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Exercise Wednesday: The island and the chalkboard

November 19, 2014

I can’t confirm this, and my Google search was fruitless, but I’ve heard that one interview at a large company in the Silicon Valley consists of a simple question and your answer. You’re on an island and you have a piece of chalk and a blackboard. What do you do?

That’s the question. That’s the prompt for your character.

He or she is on an island, and has a piece of chalk and a chalkboard–what do they do?

No clarifications. No assumptions. No picture with this prompt to guide you. As the old Levi’s commercial says, “It’s wiiiiiiiiiide open.”

Just write.

Time limit: 30 minutes

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