I just talked about this on Twitter, and figured I’d post it here as well. This is an experiment given to my Interpersonal Communication class at Rowan University. The purpose is to read the following scenario, and rank the people in the story from 1 to 5 (explained below).
I got some help from some friends on Twitter for the class assignment, but since several others expressed an interest, here is the scenario. If you like, you can post your comments on the exercise (along with your rankings) below (though I already got the content I need for the assignment, it still might be fun to see what people think).
Linda and David Exercise
Linda and David love each other very much and wish to see each other. But they have a problem. A wide river separates them, David on one side and Linda on the other.
Steven owns the one and only boat that is capable of crossing the river. Linda goes to him and tells of her plight. She asks Steven if he will take her across the river in h is boat so she can see her love. He says that he is willing, but only if she will sleep with him. Initially, Linda says no, however, later seeing no alternative, she consents.
When Linda arrives at David’s house, she is wracked with guilt, so she tells him all that has happened. He becomes enraged and throws Linda out of the house.
Linda happens to have a very good friend who also lives on that side of the river and goes to that friend for help, but the friend says, “I’m sorry but I don’t want to get involved,” and sends Linda on her way.
Finally, Linda tells an acquaintance, Michael, what has happened. He gets angry and returns to David’s house with Linda. Michael gives David a sound beating.
Having read the story, rank each of the participants from the most (5) to the least (1) despicable, using numbers 2, 3, and 4 for those in between.
_____ The Friend