Solutions for Exam: Making the Logic Work

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What does MECE mean?
All of these options are correct: all of the ideas within the story must be mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive, there should be no overlaps within the story and no gaps in the story as a whole, and all of the ideas within the story should not overlap each other and should cover everything

What connects the ideas within one level of a grouping to the level below it?
A question links the parent ideas in a story to their children. Each parent idea provokes one single question in the reader's mind, which is then answered by the children.

What are the three best ways to order ideas within a grouping?
The most common ways to order ideas within a grouping are structure, time and degree. Magnitude, size and scale are all a different way of saying ‘degree order'; structure, order and magnitude are a mishmash of two different forms: structure and order are different ways of saying the same thing while magnitude is a different way of ordering the ideas.

When grouping ideas from the bottom up, I ask myself the following question to help me articulate the idea above …
What is interesting about these ideas to my audience? This question helps me tie the ideas together, and focus on my audience. It is irrelevant what I think about the ideas when I am preparing a piece of communication, as my audience may have a different orientation altogether.

A deductive argument leads to a conclusion that is …
Absolutely true. The ultimate test for a deductive storyline is whether there is a chance that the conclusion (or implication) could be false. If it could be false, then the implication is not absolutely true and the argument does not stack up.

A governing idea that sits on top of a grouping describes the following type of conclusion:
A probable conclusion. There is a chance that the answer is absolute, but this is not the primary test for the effectiveness of a grouping story: probably true is sufficient.

Which series of ideas belongs to the same level of the same grouping?
The first answer is correct. Explanatory notes are placed next to the other two.

  1. We should go to Greece on holidays because Greece is … cheap, fun and sunny
  2. We should buy a cat because … they run fast, they are fun and crocodiles eat fish. The third point is nothing to do with cats.
  3. We should renovate our house because … I like cooking on bbqs, you like architects and we have lots of money. This set does not pass the MECE test … so what if you like cooking on bbqs, like architects and have lots of money? This doesn't support your proposition that you should renovate the house.