* 1. How would you describe your gender?

* 2. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, or something else?

* 3. If you think of yourself as a Republican, would you call yourself a strong Republican or a not very strong Republican?

* 4. If you think of yourself as a Democrat, would you call yourself a strong Democrat or a not very strong Democrat?

* 5. If you think of yourself as an Independent, do you think of yourself as more similar to Republicans than Democrats, more similar to Democrats than Republicans, or equally similar to Republicans and Democrats?

The following scenarios are from the classic thought experiment known as the trolley dilemma. It is a question of utilitarian ethics. Please answer what you feel would be the right course of action based solely on ethics and not focus on any negative consequence such as breaking the law or suffering contempt from your peers. You will not have to actually do this in the real world. Judge only what is ethically right for a person to do in each of these scenarios.

* 6. First scenario: There is a runaway trolley (railcar) careening downhill. On the track directly ahead of the trolley is a group of people who don't see it coming. There is no time to warn them and no way to stop the trolley. There is, however, a track switch up ahead. You can change the direction of the trolley and have it miss the group; however, switching it will kill a single person standing on the second track. Which is the ethical choice of action?

* 7. Second scenario: The trolley is careening downhill toward a group of people. There is no track switch. You are on a bridge over the track between the group and the trolley. Beside you is a very large, heavy person. You have the ability to stop the trolley and save the group of people by pushing the heavy person off the bridge to hit it, which will surely kill the heavy person. What is the ethical course of action?

* 8. Third scenario: You are a doctor in a hospital. There are many patients desperately in need of organ transplants but are not going to get them in time and will die at the end of the day. A relatively healthy athlete comes in complaining of a cough. You have the ability to kill and harvest organs from this athlete, which will save the lives of the dying patients. What is the ethical choice of action?

* 9. Do you have any additional thoughts? (This is optional)

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