Thinking outside of the box
In this story, I can only imagine myself facing the professor’s test challenge. I’m a creative-type, and usually quite flippant. Faced with a dot in the middle of a page, rather than equating it to real life, I’d have likely answered that it was a picture of a polar bear in a snow storm, or some other little joke. One of my usual life goals is to make people smile, give them a laugh! Approaching things in my life from this point of view has served me okay so far I guess! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I'm reminded of my own days in high school: during my English classes, there were two instances when I refused to deliver the assignment as directed, and each time it worked in my favor! Challenged to write an essay describing the monster Grendel from the story Beowolf, I instead drew a picture of the creature....the teacher loved the creativity shown, even though I technically turned the English assignment into an art assignment! The following year, tasked with presenting a short performance to the class of a scene from Shakespeare's Macbeth, I convinced a couple of my friends to join me in a studio to produce a full audio-drama instead! When the day came to perform in front of the class, instead, we played our produced tape and then turned a copy if the cassette in to the teacher! Full marks! High marks.