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Old 09-27-2005, 07:11 PM   #1
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which one of these is not like the other

My son got this wrong today and I thought his reasoning was pretty funny.

Which one of these is not like the other?

Below that there were four words

cat dog cow wolf

The correct answer was wolf. My son circled the word cow. I asked him why he circled the cow...He said there are tons of wild cats, and he has heard of wild dingo dogs, and he knows wolves are wild. But he never heard of a wild cow. It made me laugh. I explained to him that cats, dogs, and cows are all domesticated animals and the wolf is wild. Then he went off talking about how you could train a wolf to be a pet if you got it when it was very young. I still don't know if he understands why he got the answer wrong but at least school is challenging him after all


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I would have guessed cow too. It just seems out of place.

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Old 09-27-2005, 07:24 PM   #3
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I was going with cow as well, since felines and canines are hunters and carnivores. Perhaps the question was less involved on the child's level. I'd say your son was correct but not in the context of the questioner's guideline.
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FWIW, I think your son's answer and logical reasoning is just as valid as the official correct answer.

I would have chosen cow too for the same reason as JChillin - the others are carnivores.
Also, among the four animals in that group, only cows ruminate and they don't have toes nor claws.
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I would have gone with cow. Only one not a predator and carnivore.
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I used to teach school and I see where the "correct" answer comes from, but to be honest, my first thought was cow as well. Were they learning about farm animals or anything like that or was this just kind of a random thing?
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Agreed...three Carnivora and one ungulate...the cow is the odd one out in my book.
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Cow...the other three aren't bred for food.
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I think it's unanimous that your son was right. I'd have to go with the cow as well.
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well... you could go with wolf, since thats te only one not domesticated, but i would have thought of cow 1st

oh, but i guess you already said that

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