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Observation Test

Do you check texts for consistency and continuity? Whether you do or don't, test your powers of awareness, observation and the ability to glean key details from a text by reading these two passages. Allow yourself as much time as you like to read each passage, but you MUST NOT revisit passage one after reading passage two - that's cheating, only read each passage ONCE! Once you are done, jot down on paper the five differences between the two texts.

Continuity Puzzle : Passage One

It was six in the morning and Jack and John were ready for another day at work. Just one day to the weekend! Jack wore a red tie and John always wore a green one with a black suit and brown shoes. Jack wore cream shirts and suits with black shoes. Jack always drank coffee and John had hot chocolate at work and tea at home. Both worked in London, one as a banker and the other as a salesman. But which was which? John worked until 6pm always; Jack's day varied. Neither worked weekends and both liked to relax by playing golf, swimming or reading a good book.

Continuity Puzzle : Passage Two

It was seven in the morning and Jack and John were ready for another day at work. Just one day to the weekend! Jack wore a green tie and John always wore a red one with a black suit and brown shoes. Jack wore cream shirts and suits with brown shoes. Jack always drank coffee and John had tea at work and hot chocolate at home. Both worked in London, one as a banker and the other as a salesman. But which was which? John worked until 6pm always; Jack's day varied. Neither worked weekends and both liked to relax by playing golf, swimming or reading a good fiction book.

Now look away from the text, and write down the five differences you spotted between the two texts. Done? Look at the answer!

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