Real World Graduation 48: Paying Bills

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Which of these should be paid first?

a) Rent or mortgage

b) Car payment

c) Credit card bill

d) Any utility bill (gas/electric/water)

e) A bill from a doctor, dentist, chiropractor, or lawyer

(The answer is on p. 2 of the PDF.)

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RealWorldGraduation_Question_47_Presidential_Elections   <– PDF

Suppose, in a U. S. Presidential election, candidate A gets 48% of the popular vote, candidate B gets 46%, and the remaining 6% is divided among various other minor-party candidates as officially reported by the election authorities in all the states.  However, candidate B is declared the winner of the election, and takes the oath of office.  How could this happen?  Between the election and inauguration, neither candidate dies, is convicted of a felony, is found to be ineligible, or refuses the office.  Also, none of the 6% gained by other candidates represented a victory in any given state.

a) Candidate B engaged in large-scale election fraud, and was able to get many of candidate A’s votes to be rejected. Although 48% voted for candidate A, less than 46% were counted.

b) Candidate A was favored by the mainstream media, and they inflated the vote counts for their favorite, even though he was not as popular.

c) The other minor-party candidates gave their votes to candidate B, so he ended up with 52%, and is clearly the winner.

d) Since neither candidate got a 50% + 1 majority, a runoff was held in the U. S. House of Representatives, and candidate B was the winner.

e) A combination of a) and c).

(The answer is on p. 2 of the PDF.)

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Real World Graduation Question 46: Music Videos

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The first music video network, called “Music TV”, better known as MTV, was launched in Aug 1981. It began by showing video clips of musical acts, and later expanded to commentary on popular culture, reality shows, satire, and some political activism, mostly concerning the environment and getting young people to vote.  There are now several music video networks, among them are VH1 and CMT.  What is the underlying purpose of the music video networks?

a) To finally give young people an opportunity to see their favorite musical acts without censorship by the traditional networks

b) To allow a youth-oriented culture to express itself over the airwaves

c) To provide an opportunity for up-and-coming musical acts to obtain some exposure

d) To allow the recording companies to test the potential popularity of their new acts before committing to a full contract

e) All of the above

(The answer is on p. 2 of the PDF.)


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Real World Graduation, Question 45: Allocation of Blame

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A wife had to go to a Garden Club meeting. She told her husband to stay home while she was out, and asked him to watch Channel 6 and get the winning lottery numbers.  Also, she did not like the friends he was likely to hang out with (especially Bob).  The husband was resentful of the way his wife had ordered him around.  While his wife was gone, the husband noticed that they were out of beer, so he decided to violate his wife’s wishes.  He left the house to go and buy some beer.  On the way, his truck ran out of gas.  So he called his friend Bob, who met him where the truck was, and brought him a few gallons of gas.  Bob went back home, and the husband continued onto the store.  As he was going into the store, a mugger tried to hold him up.  The husband refused to give the mugger his beer money, so the mugger shot and killed the husband.  Who is to blame for the death of the husband?

a) The wife, for not treating the husband with respect, which provoked him into leaving the house. If he had stayed home, he would be alive now.

b) The husband, for leaving the house when his wife specifically told him to stay home.

c) Bob is at fault because he provided the gas that enabled the husband to get to the store where he was killed.

d) The husband, because he refused to obey the mugger.

e) Everyone in the story shares some of the blame except for the wife.

(The answer is on p. 2 of the PDF.)

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