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Do you like the following quote, which describes a story?

Asked by luigirovatti (2212points) January 10th, 2020

“The first time I took one of Nishinosomo-sensei’s classes, at the start of the very first lesson, he asked this: ‘Did you all do your revision?’ And I answered honestly and said, ‘No.’ And he said, ‘Okay, study the first chapter for next week.’ That was all he said. And then, he left the classroom. The next week, I’d mostly reviewed it. When class started, he said this: ‘Was there anything you didn’t understand?’ No one answered, ‘If you understand, there’s nothing left for me to do. Read chapter 2 for next week,’ he said. And he left the classroom again. And the next week, I read the book seriously and thought up some questions. And I asked my question. Then, he spent the next 4 weeks answering my question. And at the end, here’s what he said: ‘That’s my answer to Saikawa Sohei-kun’s question. What’s the next question?’

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zenvelo's avatar

It sets up an interesting start to a story.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

The lesson to be learned here is to not ask him a question if you need to use the restroom.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Sounds like a way to motivate his students to read.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I find it increasingly irritating to read as I proceed through the paragraph. The vagaries and inconsistencies mount with each sentence, converting the reading experience into a grinding labor—potholes for the mind.

luigirovatti's avatar

@stanleybmanly: Even though it promotes one of my simplest ideas ever proposed here, what an irony…

stanleybmanly's avatar

The irony is that it’s too “simple”. With nothing specified, your intention of driving the reader’s curiosity is buried in the tangle of unanswered questions. One mystery is enough. A jumble of mysteries packed into a single paragraph merely warns the reader to abandon the writing for fear of more of the same to follow. There is nothing profound in the concept of reading as hard work.

luigirovatti's avatar

@stanleybmanly: I highly doubt this hard work gets unrewarded at some point or other in time. The real shame is that there are not “reading” guides, or, more accurately, writing guides.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Okay . Let’s agree that there are things you would prefer reading and others you might choose to neglect. In fairness, how far should you proceed with a piece of writing to determine which is which?

luigirovatti's avatar

@stanleybmanly: Everyone is a diehard fan of something, and makes every humanly possible effort to pursue it for as much as they can. I, for instance, love very much computers, anime, conspiracies, UFOs, and mystery/thriller/suspense. So, if you don’t like reading as much, that’s fine. Try your hardest in another thing.

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