Quiz: Are You Actually Ethical?
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Are You Actually Ethical?
By: Olivia Cantor
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About This Quiz

Talking about ethics means we have to include behavior and judgment calls. Do we all have the same definitions when it comes to this intriguing topic? Probably not.

To level off, the dictionary defines "ethical" as "conforming to accepted standards of conduct." That's the working definition when we're dealing with daily actions. Ethics work in tandem with expected behavior and personal judgment. Ethics are all about how we behave and how we regard the behavior of others.

Sometimes ethics and the law intersect. Ever heard of the term "code of conduct," used in fields like journalism or medicine? It's an outline of "do's and don'ts" in the practice of those professions. It's the set of actions that professionals need to abide by. Even if we're not all journalists or medical professionals, we live and work following our specific codes of conduct.

How we respond to stimuli gives others a clue about our ethical standards. Do we buck the system or do we "color within the lines," as they say? There's no hard and fast rule here. Different people will do different things, and yes, differences arise even when there is a code of conduct to follow.

Ready to see where you fall on the ethics scale? Take this probing quiz and find out! 

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Five steps ahead of you, someone's waiting for a taxi, too. But when they wave for one, it stops in front of you. Will you get in, or will you let the other person have it?

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A techie friend hacked the Wi-Fi password of your neighbor and gave it to you. Will you mooch the "free Wi-Fi" connection?

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The grocery bagger accidentally switched your bag with another customer who purchased more expensive items than you. What's the proper thing to do here?

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You and a friend discussed an idea, then you turned it into an article and had it published. Your friend suddenly wants credit as "co-author," even though she didn't write a word; she says it was partly her idea. Your thoughts?

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Your roommate deliberately made the pizza delivery guy wait, because they have a policy of giving the food for free if they arrive beyond their allotted delivery time. What's your reaction?

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In a smoking area, you saw how a smoker accidentally burned the hair of someone beside them with their lit cigarette; the victim didn't notice. The smoker left the scene immediately. Ethical or not?

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