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The Make-Up Test

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    The Make-Up Test Source: Michael Josephson, Josephson Institute of Ethics Chad and his three friends were college seniors doing well in their classes. Even
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      The Make-Up Test

      Source: Michael Josephson, Josephson Institute of Ethics

      Chad and his three friends were college seniors doing well in their classes. Even though the final physics exam was scheduled for the following Monday, Chad persuaded his buddies to take a weekend trip several hundred miles away. He told his worried friends they could study in the car and when they got back Sunday night. Instead, the boys partied all weekend and by Sunday night they knew they weren't ready for the exam.

      Chad , an A student, told them to relax. He had a plan. He called the professor at home Monday morning and told him they were on the road and ready to take the final. But they'd had a flat tire, didn't have a spare, and couldn't get help. Chad convinced the professor to let them take a make-up exam.

      When they showed up to take the exam, the professor placed them in separate rooms and handed each a test booklet. They were relieved that the first problem, worth 5 points, was simple. They were less pleased when they read the second problem, worth 95 points: "Which tire was flat, and what time did the repair truck finally come?"

      Chad 's exam had an additional note: " Chad , I just received a reference request from Harvard. How you do on this exam will determine how I fill it out." Then he added a P.S.: "You took two exams today. One was on physics, the other was on integrity. It would have been much better if you only flunked physics."

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