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## Unscramble the Blue Letters

I get it, it's frustrating. If you want to test a statistic that comes from a private company, you can buy the face cream for you and a bunch of friends, test it out, if it doesn't work, you can say the numbers were worng. But how do you qsituoen government stictaists? You just keep chienkcg everything. Find out how they collected the numbers. Find out if you're seeing everything on the chart you need to see. But don't give up on the numbers altogether, because if you do, we'll be making public policy dincioses in the dark, using nothing but private interests to guide us.

## Open Cloze

I get it, it's frustrating. If you want to test a statistic that comes from a private company, you can buy the face cream for you and a bunch of friends, test it out, if it doesn't work, you can say the numbers were _____. But how do you ________ government __________? You just keep ________ everything. Find out how they collected the numbers. Find out if you're seeing everything on the chart you need to see. But don't give up on the numbers altogether, because if you do, we'll be making public policy _________ in the dark, using nothing but private interests to guide us.

1. decisions
2. statistics
3. question
4. checking
5. wrong

## Original Text

I get it, it's frustrating. If you want to test a statistic that comes from a private company, you can buy the face cream for you and a bunch of friends, test it out, if it doesn't work, you can say the numbers were wrong. But how do you question government statistics? You just keep checking everything. Find out how they collected the numbers. Find out if you're seeing everything on the chart you need to see. But don't give up on the numbers altogether, because if you do, we'll be making public policy decisions in the dark, using nothing but private interests to guide us.

## Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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## Important Words

1. altogether
2. bunch
4. chart
5. checking
6. collected
7. company
8. cream
9. dark
10. decisions
11. face
12. find
13. friends
14. frustrating
15. give
16. government
17. guide
18. interests
19. making
20. numbers
21. policy
22. private
23. public
24. question
25. statistic
26. statistics
27. test
28. work
29. wrong