Tricky exam question: Mother or girlfriend — who do you save in a fire?
BEIJING: Will you save your mother or girlfriend in case of a deadly fire?
This tricky question was asked to hundreds of thousands of trainee lawyers and judges taking China’s National Judicial Exam which is designed to assess whether the examinee is qualified to practice law in China or not.
The question went like this: If a person is capable of saving his mother but saves his girlfriend instead, is he committing a crime of non-action?
Paper two gave multiple choice options for sections on drug laws, roads, pollution, fraud, bribery, murder and other serious offences.
But Question 52 asked students about “crimes of omission”, posing scenarios including lifeguards failing to save a drowning child, a husband deciding not to rescue his wife during divorce proceedings and someone letting friends drink poisoned coffee.
Option C told the story of a man who chose to save his girlfriend from a burning building over his mother, saying his actions amounted to a criminal failure to act.
While the exam has replaced water with a fire, the question is very similar to the hypothetical question about choosing between saving a drowning mother or a girlfriend – a question often asked by girlfriends that ends up putting guys in an awkward dilemma.
The ministry of justice later published the answer on September 24, saying that the man would be committing a crime of non-action if he chose his girlfriend over his mother, the Global Times reported.
According to the law in China, a son is obligated to save his mother, not his girlfriend.
Pradeep • 10 hours ago
Stupid question. Nothing tricky in this. Always save mother. You will always find another girlfriend, but not another mother
that girlfriend of urs might be mother of someone else or maybe daughter… there is no right answer to this question :p
cant agree more! u can find note one but multiple gfs again!lol!
Very funny … ha ha ha
Times have changed!
He is innocent who ever he saves, because he didn’t kill any one of them. what kind of justice where a person is not responsible for crime is said guilty.
i will save my mother n die with my gf
From a sceintific point of view the gf be saved. All the species will try to pass on its genes before death the mother has already done her part now its the turn of gf( to have kids)
Stupid question. The choice is between saving one life or losing both. Whoever is easier to save will go out first and then, if time permits, the second one. Sometimes, you need to think with your brain, not heart.
of course mother. coz if she wouldn’t have given birth to me, I would not be having a girlfriend either.
The most quirky question that came to surprise as well as humorous to everyone.
Well if it had arrived in any one of the Indian Examination papers,it would definitely be the news of the hour.