One should not play a practical joke on someone if it shows contempt for that person or if one believes it might brin...

Megan on March 26 at 06:11PM

Why is D wrong?

Can someone please explain why D is incorrect?

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on March 26 at 09:24PM

Hello @meganw,

The difference here is who the contempt is for. Note the specific wording of our principle: "One should not play a practical joke on someone if it shows contempt for that person..."

Who is "that person?" It is the victim of the practical joke. Answer choice D simply says "contempt for someone," not specifically for the intended victim of the prank. So, we cannot be totally certain that it would have been wrong to play this practical joke.

Remember that on justification questions, we want to guarantee that the conclusion follows logically. D leaves room for uncertainty.