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Read the following story, then follow the directions below.

A husband and wife were living in a small town that was a distance from their workplace, shopping, and entertainment. The wife worked nights, taking their car and returning in the morning.

Each night, the husband took a bus into town and went to clubs looking for a woman with whom he would have a sexual affair. He always returned home before his wife. His affairs were always for short periods and he ended them on short notice, usually angering his lovers.

One night, he let his current lover know that he would not be returning. She asked him to leave immediately, and the husband started back to catch the bus home. Unfortunately, he had forgotten money for the trip home, so he reluctantly asked his lover to lend him the fare.

But she slammed the door in his face. He remembered that a former lover lived nearby. But she was angry from a previous incident and would not give the husband any money, either.

Time was getting short, so he rushed down to the bus station and asked the bus driver, who recognized him as a regular rider, to let him ride without paying. He promised to repay the bus driver the next night. But the bus driver insisted that rules were rules and refused the request.

The man decided to walk home even though it would take him several hours. Unfortunately, the road was dangerous, with frequent reports of crimes by thieves and muggers. Nonetheless, he had to get home, so he took the road.

On the way, a criminal stepped out of the bushes and demanded his money. The man told the criminal that he had none. The criminal seized him. In the ensuing fight, the criminal stabbed the man and he died.

There were six main characters in the story:
• Husband
• Wife
• Current Lover
• Previous Lover
• Bus Driver
• Criminal

Suppose you can assign blame points to the character. Who is the most responsible for the man’s death?

You have 25 points in total. If you give all 25 points to one person, you have none left. If you give 15 points to one person, you can assign another 10 points to whatever character or characters you wish. The only limitation is that the total points can add to only 25.

_____ Husband
_____ Wife
_____ Current Lover
_____ Previous Lover
_____ Bus Driver
_____ Criminal


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