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Moral Dilemma Activity take-home Questions
Consider the following scenario:
As you are walking down the street late one night, a man comes running around the corner in
great distress. He says, ?I can?t do it! I can?t run anymore!? As he points to a nearby bush next
to the sidewalk, he says, ?I?m going to hide behind here ? promise you won?t tell them where I
am!? You are concerned about the man, he seems so distraught, and so honestly promise him
not to tell, and then you start walking away. But just then, three police officers come running
around the corner and ask whether you?ve seen a man running through here.
Given that you really meant it when you promised the man you wouldn?t tell anyone where he
was, what should you tell them?
Once you?ve decided on what to do (and yes, you have to make a decision here), consider the following
things and answer the questions:
What did you decide was the right thing to do in this situation?
Why was it so difficult to come up with an answer for what to do in this situation? Monitor your assumptions:
What assumptions did you make about the man who was running and hiding?
What assumptions did you make about the police officers? pursuit of the man?
What assumptions did you make about the relative weight of your promise versus your duty to aid
police officers? Scrutinize the evidence:
This scenario did not present you with much evidence (that?s part of why it?s so difficult to decide what
to do). What evidence did you have to help you make your decision about what to do?
What evidence might have helped you make your decision more easily? Uncover solutions:
Now that you?ve considered the assumptions you made about both the man running away and the
police officers chasing him, and now that you?ve considered the evidence you were presented with and
the evidence you wish you had, what solution to the moral dilemma do you NOW think is the best one?
What is at least one argument someone might give for solving the problem in a way different from what
you suggested? Name: MSU ID:
Section: SLO 2d – Articulate ethical consequences of decisions or actions.
Performance Indicators SLO No
4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 Score Self-awareness
Identifies the issues
States their belief
States the origin of the belief
Articulates Assumptions Analyzes alternatives and
2d Explains alternative courses of
action to take
Identifies potential effects on
people, places, and things
Evaluates alternative courses of
action based on consequences to those
affected Decision making
Explains a specific course of action
Outlines concepts used in reaching
the decision Total Score (36 points
Comment: Evidence (E)
No evidence Descriptors
Embellished, vast, great, tremendous, massive
Stated, detailed, listed, itemized, quantified
Barely articulated, not enough, disorganized, scarce, unclear, incomplete
Not articulated, nothing, zilch