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The student thinks that he can where's waldo their way to the answer

Now, does it mean it's gonna be a cinch or a sisyphean task?

Again, if I add a little detail,

The student thinks that he can where's waldo their way to the answer by using the words in the passage.

The situation is that a student has to answer a question after reading a passage, trying to figure out whether the options match verbatim with some sentence in the passage.

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    This isn't really about English usage. Where's Waldo is a children's pay book where they search an image for a peculiarly dressed character. Apr 14, 2014 at 21:08
  • Judge for yourself, here. Apr 14, 2014 at 21:10
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    'Where's Waldo / Wally?' puzzles tend to be non-complex but not easy either. They require diligent searching rather than abstruse analysis. Perhaps this is a reference to students assuming that they won't have to dig into the deeper conceptual levels of say Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains. Apr 14, 2014 at 21:45

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"Where's Waldo" is a game where you have to scan a sketch of a crowd, looking for a particular person.

By using where's-waldo as a verb, I think the writer means the student is not going to read the passage, but just scan over it, looking for a few words that resemble the question.

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