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30th May '16 1:15:13 AM Arivne
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* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's ''Literature/ThePrincessAndThePea''. A prince wants to marry a princess but can't know whether a woman who claims to a real princess actually is. When one woman claims to be a princess his mother decides to test her by putting a pea beneath her mattress, which has 20 more mattresses and feather beds between it and the pea. The woman says she spent a sleepless night because of something hard in her bed. The prince realizes that she must be a princess because of her highly sensitive nature, and they get married.

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* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's ''Literature/ThePrincessAndThePea''. A prince wants to marry a princess but can't know whether a woman who claims to be a real princess actually is. When one woman claims to be a princess his mother decides to test her by putting a pea beneath her mattress, which has 20 more mattresses and feather beds between it and the pea. The woman says she spent a sleepless night because of something hard in her bed. The prince realizes that she must be a princess because of her highly sensitive nature, and they get married.
30th May '16 1:14:21 AM Arivne
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* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's ''Literature/ThePrincessAndThePea''. A prince wants to marry a princess but can't know whether a woman who claims to a real princess actually is. When one woman claims to be a princess his mother decides to test her by putting a pea beneath her mattress, which has 20 more mattresses and feather beds between it and the pea. The woman says she spent a sleepless night because of something hard in her bed. The prince realizes that she must be a princess because of her highly sensitive nature, and they get married.
14th May '16 9:05:47 PM nombretomado
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* Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety recruits children using a pencil-and-paper test combined with a series of {{Secret Test}}s. For example, the test requires everyone to bring exactly one pencil. On the way to the test, each child meets a girl who has dropped her pencil down a grating. The main characters each try to help her in different ways: Kate manages to MacGyver a way to retrieve the pencil, while Reynie simply breaks his own pencil in half and sharpens the broken end. This is combined with a SecretTestOfCharacter when the girl (who's actually a plant working for Mr. Benedict) offers each of them a cheat sheet.

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* Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety recruits children using a pencil-and-paper test combined with a series of {{Secret Test}}s. For example, the test requires everyone to bring exactly one pencil. On the way to the test, each child meets a girl who has dropped her pencil down a grating. The main characters each try to help her in different ways: Kate manages to MacGyver {{MacGyver|ing}} a way to retrieve the pencil, while Reynie simply breaks his own pencil in half and sharpens the broken end. This is combined with a SecretTestOfCharacter when the girl (who's actually a plant working for Mr. Benedict) offers each of them a cheat sheet.
6th May '16 12:19:28 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': When Freyja auditions to join the tactical sound unit Walkure (whose job involves putting on concerts in the middle of combat zones to [[MusicCalmsTheSavageBeast calm berserkers out of their rages]]), she is told that she failed and is sent home on a tram car. Partway though, the [[HatePlague Var Syndrome alarm]] goes off and one the passengers begins to turn psychotic. Freyja starts singing, and the guy calms down... then the other passengers are revealed to be the Walkure in disguise. It had all been staged to see how Freyja would react to a life-and-death situation, and was part of her audition. She passed.

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* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': When Freyja auditions to join the tactical sound unit Walkure (whose job involves putting on concerts in the middle of combat zones to [[MusicCalmsTheSavageBeast [[MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast calm berserkers out of their rages]]), she [[spoiler:she is told that she failed and is sent home on a tram car. Partway though, the [[HatePlague Var Syndrome alarm]] goes off and one the passengers begins to turn psychotic. Freyja starts singing, and the guy calms down... then the other passengers are revealed to be the Walkure in disguise. It had all been staged to see how Freyja would react to a life-and-death situation, and was part of her audition. She passed.]]
6th May '16 12:18:58 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': When Freyja auditions to join the tactical sound unit Walkure (whose job involves putting on concerts in the middle of combat zones to [[MusicCalmsTheSavageBeast calm berserkers out of their rages]]), she is told that she failed and is sent home on a tram car. Partway though, the [[HatePlague Var Syndrome alarm]] goes off and one the passengers begins to turn psychotic. Freyja starts singing, and the guy calms down... then the other passengers are revealed to be the Walkure in disguise. It had all been staged to see how Freyja would react to a life-and-death situation, and was part of her audition. She passed.
17th Apr '16 6:22:55 PM Mithiwithi
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* Many upper managers will take a prospective applicant out to lunch if they've passed everything up through the interview. Based on how the applicant acts towards the wait staff, they can blow their chances. The test here being how they will treat those they view as beneath them. If you're willing to verbally abuse the waiter, they have an idea of how you'll treat those under your supervision and on down the line.

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* Many upper managers will take a prospective applicant out to lunch if they've passed everything up through the interview. Based on how the applicant acts towards the wait staff, they can blow their chances. The test here being [[NiceToTheWaiter how they will treat those they view as beneath them. them.]] If you're willing to verbally abuse the waiter, they have an idea of how you'll treat those under your supervision and on down the line.
13th Mar '16 8:14:36 AM Arivne
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** ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}}'' magazine #38 adventure "Things That Go Bump In The Night". While traveling through the Brettonwood the {{PC}}s will find an owl lying on the ground, apparently with a hurt wing. This actually a trick by the (intelligent, talking) owl to find out if the {{PC}}s are friendly. If they try to help or heal it, the owl will speak to them and offer to be their guide through the forest. If they don't (or worse, if they try to kill it) then they will lose this potentially valuable source of assistance.

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** ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}}'' magazine #38 adventure "Things That Go Bump In The Night". While traveling through the Brettonwood the {{PC}}s will find an owl lying on the ground, apparently with a hurt wing. This is actually a trick by the (intelligent, talking) owl to find out if the {{PC}}s are friendly. friendly and worthy of its help. If they try to help or heal it, the owl will speak to them and offer to be their guide through the forest. If they don't (or worse, if they try to kill it) then they will lose this potentially valuable source of assistance.
13th Mar '16 8:13:23 AM Arivne
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** ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}}'' magazine adventure "The Wooden Mouse". The guildmaster of the local Thieves Guild sets up a little test for a prospective member. Using a false identity, he hires the thief to infiltrate a mansion and steal the title item. The mansion is filled with opponents prepared for the thief's arrival.

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** ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}}'' magazine #11 adventure "The Wooden Mouse". The guildmaster of the local Thieves Guild sets up a little test for a prospective member. Using a false identity, he hires the thief to infiltrate a mansion and steal the title item. The mansion is filled with opponents prepared for the thief's arrival.arrival.
** ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}}'' magazine #38 adventure "Things That Go Bump In The Night". While traveling through the Brettonwood the {{PC}}s will find an owl lying on the ground, apparently with a hurt wing. This actually a trick by the (intelligent, talking) owl to find out if the {{PC}}s are friendly. If they try to help or heal it, the owl will speak to them and offer to be their guide through the forest. If they don't (or worse, if they try to kill it) then they will lose this potentially valuable source of assistance.
7th Mar '16 10:22:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Early in the series, after [[HairTriggerTemper the Janitor]] removes a penny from an elevator door that prevented it from closing, he accuses J.D. of dropping the penny. In the SeriesFauxnale of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', the Janitor claims that when he first met J.D. he knew he accidentally dropped the penny. The Janitor was testing him to see if he'd admit it, and he has been tormenting J.D. for eight years, not because he was mad about the actual penny but because it was a test of character that J.D. failed, thus causing him to lose the Janitor's respect. Of course, this is the Janitor, so he's probably just lying out his ass again.

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Early in the series, after [[HairTriggerTemper the Janitor]] removes a penny from an elevator door that prevented it from closing, he accuses J.D. of dropping the penny. In the SeriesFauxnale of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', SeriesFauxnale, the Janitor claims that when he first met J.D. he knew he accidentally dropped the penny. The Janitor was testing him to see if he'd admit it, and he has been tormenting J.D. for eight years, not because he was mad about the actual penny but because it was a test of character that J.D. failed, thus causing him to lose the Janitor's respect. Of course, this is the Janitor, so he's probably just lying out his ass again.
7th Mar '16 10:21:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' episode "Blowback," Lucy Rand and a bunch of STO recruits are sent off to a training camp when the shuttle is attacked and hi-jacked by anti-STO zealots. They threaten to kill everybody who doesn't renounce the "one true God." But, lo and behold, it was actually a SecretTest, and those who hold onto their monotheistic beliefs in the face of death pass. Lucy [[TakeAThirdOption takes the third option]] and fights off her captors. This impresses her {{Mentor}}.

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* In the ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' episode "Blowback," Lucy Rand and a bunch of STO recruits are sent off to a training camp when the shuttle is attacked and hi-jacked by anti-STO zealots. They threaten to kill everybody who doesn't renounce the "one true God." But, lo and behold, it was actually a SecretTest, and those who hold onto their monotheistic beliefs in the face of death pass.pass (the ones who don't are later executed). Lucy [[TakeAThirdOption takes the third option]] and fights off her captors. This impresses her {{Mentor}}.
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