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In a new program, automobile owners in some neighborhoods

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23. In a new program, automobile owners in some neighborhoods whose cars are not normally driven between 1 A.M. and 5 A.M. can display a special decal in the cars┬б┬п windows and authorize police to stop the cars during those hours to check the drivers┬б┬п licenses. The theft rate for cars bearing such decals is much lower than had been usual for cars in those neighborhoods.

If it is concluded from the statements above that automobile theft has been reduced by the program, which one of the following would it be most important to answer in evaluating that conclusion?

(A) Are owners who are cautious enough to join the program taking other special measures to protect their cars against theft?

(B) In how many neighborhoods is the police program operating?

(C) Are cars in neighborhoods that are actively participating in the program sometimes stolen during daylight hours?

(D) Will owners who have placed decals on their cars┬б┬п windows but who find it necessary to drive between 1 A.M. and 5 A.M. be harassed by police?

(E) Are the neighborhoods in which the program has been put into effect a representative cross section of neighborhoods with respect to the types of automobiles owned by residents?

24. It has been claimed that an action is morally good only if it benefits another person and was performed with that intention; whereas an action that harms another person is morally bad either if such harm was intended or if reasonable forethought would have shown that the action was likely to cause harm.

Which one of the following judgments most closely confirms to the principle cited above?

(A) Pamela wrote a letter attempting to cause trouble between Edward and his friends; this action of Pamela┬б┬пs was morally bad, even though the letter, in fact, had an effect directly opposite from the one intended.

(B) In order to secure a promotion, Jeffery devoted his own time to resolving a backlog of medical benefits claims; Jeffrey┬б┬пs action was morally good since it alone enabled Sara┬б┬пs claim to be processed in time for her to receive much-needed treatment.

(C) Intending to help her elderly neighbor by clearing his walkway after a snowstorm, Teresa inadvertently left ice on his steps; because of this exposed ice, her neighbor had a bad fall, thus showing that morally good actions can have bad consequences.

(D) Marilees, asked by a homeless man for food, gave the man her own sandwich; however, because the man tried to talk while he was eating the sandwich, it caused him to choke, and thus Marilees unintentionally performed a morally bad action.

(E) Jonathan agreed to watch his three-year-old niece while she played but, becoming engrossed in conversion, did not see her run into the street where she was hit by a bicycle; even though he intended no harm, Jonathan┬б┬пs action was morally bad.
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30 Dec 2003, 16:17
A and E are the correct answers. Good job folks.
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30 Dec 2003, 16:59
E agrees with the second part of the claim. Although Jonathat did not intend any harm, he should have known that reasonable forethought would have shown that the action was likely to cause harm.
In B, Jeffrey is doing it to secure a promotion... thus, not totally with the intention of helping someone.
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30 Dec 2003, 16:59
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