Slip or Trip? Accident or Crime?
At five-feet-six and a hundred and ten pounds, Queenie Volupides was a
sight to behold and to clasp. When she tore out of the house after a tiff with
her husband, Arthur, she went to the country club where there was a party
She left the club shortly before one in the morning and invited a few
friends to follow her home and have one more drink. They got to the
Volupides house about ten minutes after Queenie, who met them at the door
and said, “Something terrible happened. Arthur slipped and fell on the stairs.
He was coming down for another drink—he still had the glass in his hand--and I think he’s dead. Oh, my God---what shall I do?”
The autopsy conducted later concluded that Arthur died from a wound
on the head and confirmed that he’d been drunk.
DIRECTIONS: Your group is an investigative team that must
determine what may have happened. You can either agree or
disagree with Queenie’s version.
1. Do you think Queenie is telling the truth? Make a Claim.
2. Find all the evidence you can that indicates whether or not
Queenie is telling the truth. Make a list of all the evidence
(even if you think the evidence contradicts your claim).
Evidence includes concrete, observable information; personal
testimony; written documents; and material objects and their
condition or appearance.
3. Next explain how each piece of evidence supports your claim
that Queenie is (or is not) telling the truth. Each explanation
will be a generally accepted rule, which may begin with a
phrase such as, “As a rule…” If other members of your team
disagree with you, find evidence that will convince them.
4. Be prepared to explain why your evidence supports your
5. Write a report to convince the others in the class that your
analysis makes the most sense.
Rule or Warrant