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After looking at the first fact set, I think that the mess in Mrs. Smith’s kitchen was
created by the squirrels. The reason I came up with this conclusion is because according to the
fact set 1, we know that “squirrels are curious and bold.” That fact indicates that squirrels would
not be afraid and would not hesitate to go into Mrs. Smith’s kitchen. The “flour bag was on the
floor” and “was torn open.” The fact that it was torn open shows that squirrels could have been
the ones to tear the bag, since they would not be able to open it without tearing it. Also, the fact
that there were Squirrel “tracks in the flour leaving the kitchen but none entering,” indicates that
the squirrels probably came into the kitchen torn open the flour bag and then left.
After looking at the fact set 2, I can see that it is possible that the strong wind blew and
opened the kitchen door, and that knocked the bag of flour off the counter that was near the door.
After looking at the fact set 3, I can see that it is possible that Mrs. Smith’s boys could
have knocked the bag of flour while entering or exiting the kitchen through the door.
My final conclusion about what occurred in the kitchen is:
The fact a “rain fell briefly after Mrs. Smith left” leads to the next fact that “there were
shoe prints, now dry on the floor,” that means that after it rained, Mrs. Smith’s boys went to the
kitchen to grab cookies. Then the fact that “Mrs. Smith’s boys often forgot to close the doors”
indicates that the boys left the door opened, that supports the fact that the kitchen door “was open
upon” Mrs. Smith’s return. The fact that “squirrels are curious and bold” indicates that the
squirrels saw an open door and walked into the kitchen, because they were curious. Then the
wind blew and knocked the flour bag down, that leads to the next fact that the “flour bag was on
the floor” and “was torn open and spilled.” That shows that the strong wind blew in and knocked
the flour bag of the “counter near the bag,” which torn open when it fell down and spilled.
Squirrels must have gotten scared and decided to run away, that would explain why there were
“squirrel tracks in the flour leaving the kitchen but none entering were found. The fact that it was