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John Stevens  
Choose between the two apparently equivalent choices — and justify your selection with reasoning: "Would you rather ... run the circumference of the circle OR perimeter of the rectangle? be given 100 grams of new nickels OR 220 grams of new dimes? have 3500 Mexican Pesos OR 210 Euros? have 20 ounces of pure gold OR 1,450 ounces of pure silver? carry a 50 lb box up 3 flights of stairs OR a 25 lb box up 5 flights of stairs? visit 28 houses (all within ½ mile) to get candy OR 16 houses (all within ¼ mile) to get candy?" These and more provocative questions date back to June, 2013. Stevens, an algebra teacher who also runs the fishing4tech.com site, declares that "Multiple choice answers are not welcome here.... Correct answers are not necessarily the norm."  


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