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This torts exam, given by law school dean and professor William T. Muse on June 1, 1963, begins with the question:

D, a child aged thirteen, had a slingshot. His parents knew of this and urged him to be careful with it. D and his friend E wandered onto the platform of R. R. Co. They and other children had frequently been chased away from this platform before and they know that they should not play there. While on the platform, D projected a stone from his slingshot toward E, who had his back turned. The stone missed E and flew toward an adult bystander, P. P saw it coming and dodged sideways into S. P realized he would bump into S when he dodged, but did not know that S had an artificial leg. S fell and broke his ankle. What is the liability, if any, of D, D's parents, and P? Why? Why not?

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T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond: Torts Exam, 1 Jun 1963