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13th Nov '17 2:39:13 PM GuiRitter
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*** He did it again in "[[LowerDeckEpisode Lower Decks]]", to minor character Ensign Sito Jaxa. During her time at Starfleet Academy, Sito was involved in an piloting stunt that resulted in the death of one of her classmates. When Picard meets with her he gives her a strict dressing down, telling her she should have been kicked out of Starfleet and doesn't deserve to serve aboard the Enterprise. When she tries to say she's paid for her mistake and deserves a second chance, he merely responds that her actions showed a lack of character. Initially she is too afraid to stand up to him, but after a talk with Worf she realizes Picard's judgment was unfair and calls him out on it. Afterwards, Picard revealed that he was actually considering her for a dangerous mission and wanted to test her resolve. He also tells her he specifically requested she be assigned to the Enterprise after she graduated to ensure she would get a second chance.

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*** He did it again in "[[LowerDeckEpisode Lower Decks]]", to minor character Ensign Sito Jaxa. During her time at Starfleet Academy, Sito was involved in an a piloting stunt that resulted in the death of one of her classmates. When Picard meets with her he gives her a strict dressing down, telling her she should have been kicked out of Starfleet and doesn't deserve to serve aboard the Enterprise. When she tries to say she's paid for her mistake and deserves a second chance, he merely responds that her actions showed a lack of character. Initially she is too afraid to stand up to him, but after a talk with Worf she realizes Picard's judgment was unfair and calls him out on it. Afterwards, Picard revealed that he was actually considering her for a dangerous mission and wanted to test her resolve. He also tells her he specifically requested she be assigned to the Enterprise after she graduated to ensure she would get a second chance.
13th Nov '17 2:22:26 PM GuiRitter
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* ''Film/VForVendetta''. V tests Evey's resolve by putting her through starvation, torture and death threats in what appears to be a government concentration camp but is really his basement. When he reveals the truth and she responds by packing her bags, but eventually comes to see the purpose of the test.

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* ''Film/VForVendetta''. V tests Evey's resolve by putting her through starvation, torture and death threats in what appears to be a government concentration camp but is really his basement. When he reveals the truth and truth, she responds by packing her bags, but eventually comes to see the purpose of the test.
30th Oct '17 1:25:31 AM PaulA
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* Creator/AndreNorton's Literature/TheZeroStone novel ''Uncharted Stars''. Murdoc Jern infiltrates the criminal hideout Waystar by pretending to be his father Hywel Jern, a trusted Thieves Guild appraiser and expert on [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] artifacts. A Waystar Veep (leader) decides to test him.

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* Creator/AndreNorton's Literature/TheZeroStone novel ''Uncharted Stars''.''Literature/UnchartedStars''. Murdoc Jern infiltrates the criminal hideout Waystar by pretending to be his father Hywel Jern, a trusted Thieves Guild appraiser and expert on [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] artifacts. A Waystar Veep (leader) decides to test him.
16th Sep '17 5:20:48 PM nombretomado
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* Admiral Hyman G. Rickover [[YanksWithTanks USN]], "Father of the Nuclear Navy," once went out to lunch with a prospective Naval Reactors officer. When the meal arrived, the prospect started adding salt to the food, at which point Rickover told him to leave. Why? Because anyone who would put salt on his food ''without checking that it needed salt'' was clearly not someone with the attention to detail necessary to work with nuclear reactors--particularly not naval reactors, and most particularly not US Naval Reactors (which is so anal about procedure that it has the lowest accident rate of any nuclear operator in the world: Zero). [[note]] The obvious flaws, of course, are that the prospect could have eaten the dish at the restaurant before, and the level of care demonstrated with one's lunch is not necessarily the same as the level of care one demonstrates on the job.[[/note]]

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* Admiral Hyman G. Rickover [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks USN]], "Father of the Nuclear Navy," once went out to lunch with a prospective Naval Reactors officer. When the meal arrived, the prospect started adding salt to the food, at which point Rickover told him to leave. Why? Because anyone who would put salt on his food ''without checking that it needed salt'' was clearly not someone with the attention to detail necessary to work with nuclear reactors--particularly not naval reactors, and most particularly not US Naval Reactors (which is so anal about procedure that it has the lowest accident rate of any nuclear operator in the world: Zero). [[note]] The obvious flaws, of course, are that the prospect could have eaten the dish at the restaurant before, and the level of care demonstrated with one's lunch is not necessarily the same as the level of care one demonstrates on the job.[[/note]]
26th Aug '17 8:38:54 AM TedlyAnderson
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* The story has it that when Creator/MattDamon and Creator/BenAffleck were shopping around their script for ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', they used a secret test to see which producers had actually read the script instead of just skimming it: on page 60 of the script, the two main characters, Will and Chuckie, have a completely out-of-nowhere sex scene. None of the producers they spoke with mentioned the scene, until they met Harvey Weinstein said, "I only have one really big note on the script. About page sixty, the two leads, both straight men, have a sex scene. What the hell is that?" Needless to say, they chose Weinstein as their producer, and the rest is history.

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* The story has it that when Creator/MattDamon and Creator/BenAffleck were shopping around their script for ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', they used a secret test to see which producers had actually read the script instead of just skimming it: on page 60 of the script, the two main characters, Will and Chuckie, have a completely out-of-nowhere sex scene. None of the producers they spoke with mentioned the scene, until they met Harvey Weinstein Weinstein, who said, "I only have one really big note on the script. About page sixty, the two leads, both straight men, have a sex scene. What the hell is that?" Needless to say, they chose Weinstein as their producer, and the rest is history.
26th Aug '17 8:38:30 AM TedlyAnderson
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* The story has it that when Creator/MattDamon and Creator/BenAffleck were shopping around their script for ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', they used a secret test to see which producers had actually read the script instead of just skimming it: on page 60 of the script, the two main characters, Will and Chuckie, have a completely out-of-nowhere sex scene. None of the producers they spoke with mentioned the scene, until they met Harvey Weinstein said, "I only have one really big note on the script. About page sixty, the two leads, both straight men, have a sex scene. What the hell is that?" Needless to say, they chose Weinstein as their producer, and the rest is history.
29th Jun '17 12:01:00 PM Medinoc
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* Baron Wulfenbach of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' enjoys using these on his son, the first one we see involving an analysis of an apparently important but ultimately non-working invention of his to see if Gil was sure enough of his own skills as a [[MadScientist Spark]] to point out that his overlord father made a mistake. He gives these often enough that Gil tends to asks his father with an annoyed tone if an unexpected occurrence was actually one of his little tests for him.

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Baron Wulfenbach of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' enjoys using these on his son, the first one we see involving an analysis of an apparently important but ultimately non-working invention of his to see if Gil was sure enough of his own skills as a [[MadScientist Spark]] to point out that his overlord father made a mistake. He gives these often enough that Gil tends to asks his father with an annoyed tone if an unexpected occurrence was actually one of his little tests for him.him.
** When Agatha first meets Othar Tryggvassen, GentlemanAdventurer, she asks him incredulously about some of his past accomplishments. He mentions the last one doesn't ring a bell to him, to which Agatha answers that she made it up.
21st Jun '17 4:18:23 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/WarGames''. At the beginning of the film, a U.S. ICBM base receives orders to launch its missiles. One of the officers refuses to participate in the launch, preventing it from occurring. It's later revealed that the situation was a nationwide test of the officers' willingness to launch on command. 22% of the bases failed to launch their missiles, causing serious dismay in the political and military leadership.
5th Jun '17 8:40:19 PM PaulA
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** In the novella "Gulf", Joseph Briggs is being trained so he can join a secret society of geniuses. His teacher tests his personality in several ways, including not letting him eat or sleep, inflicting intense pain and subtly trying to goad him into irrational actions. He passes with flying colors, continuing to act rationally and reliably.

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** In the novella "Gulf", "Literature/{{Gulf}}", Joseph Briggs is being trained so he can join a secret society of geniuses. His teacher tests his personality in several ways, including not letting him eat or sleep, inflicting intense pain and subtly trying to goad him into irrational actions. He passes with flying colors, continuing to act rationally and reliably.
1st Jun '17 1:25:22 AM PaulA
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* Exactly the same thing happens to the hero of John Scalzi's ''Old Man's War'' as he "waits" for his military enlistment psych exam. There the purpose is actually to gather his emotional states in preparation for the body-swap process. (The test administrator is trained in unarmed combat in case of emergency.)

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* Exactly the same thing happens to the hero of John Scalzi's ''Old Man's War'' ''Literature/OldMansWar'' as he "waits" for his military enlistment psych exam. There the purpose is actually to gather his emotional states in preparation for the body-swap process. (The test administrator is trained in unarmed combat in case of emergency.)
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