Superficially similar sentences
They used to give this sort of test a lot when I used to go for job interviews and fill out psychometric tests. Here are three similar sentences:
- The US Government says it has evidence that Iraq provided weapons and training to Al-Qaeda
- The US Government has evidence that Iraq provided weapons and training to Al-Qaeda
- Iraq provided weapons and training to Al-Qaeda
- Iraq was involved in the September 11 attacks
Which of the preceding sentences does this news story support?
Which of the preceding sentences is it going to be used to support?
edit The correct answer to the first question is “I don’t know”. This is also, given our current situation, the correct answer to almost any question relating to Iraq in the present tense. As I’ve mentioned before, our only sources of information about Iraq in the present tense are the US Government and the Iraqi government, both of whom are proven liars on the subject. The only safe course of action is to regard all statements about Iraq as most likely deceitful.