Small Basic Example – Wood Chuck: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck?

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Try out the program below to figure out the answer. Then find some ways to improve the program!



TextWindow.Write("How much wood could a woodchuck chuck ")

TextWindow.WriteLine("if a woodchuck could chuck wood?")


TextWindow.WriteLine("You have 4 chances to guess how many logs.")



ans   = Math.GetRandomNumber(20)

guess = 0

trial = 0

While ( (trial < 4) And (guess <> ans) )

  trial = trial + 1

  TextWindow.Write("Guess #" + trial + " [1-20]: ")

  guess = TextWindow.ReadNumber()

  If (guess = ans) Then

    TextWindow.Write("Correct! You guessed it in try #" + trial)

    TextWindow.WriteLine(". Wait, are you a woodchuck?")

  ElseIf(guess > ans) Then

    TextWindow.Write("That’s too much wood. ")

    TextWindow.WriteLine("The woodchuck would lose its teeth!")


    TextWindow.Write("Too little. The woodchuck would starve ")

    TextWindow.WriteLine("without more wood!")





'If your user guesses incorrectly, show her the answer

If ((guess <> ans) And (trial = 4)) Then

  msg = "You lost. The correct answer is " + ans + " logs. Duh."





One might argue that a woodchuck wouldn't starve, as a woodchuck is just a common groundhog and doesn't actually chuck wood. However, the original question offers the presupposition that all the following statements acquire... What if a woodchuck could chuck wood?


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