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This Torts exam, given by law school dean and professor William T. Muse on May 23, 1951, begins with the question:

A came to B's house carrying a portrait of B's old enemy, X. When B opened the door, A showed him the portrait, and B spit on it. A drew it back quickly in an unsuccessful attempt to protect it, and struck and injured C, A's wife, who had accompanied him. A then attacked B, knocked him down inside the house, and grappled with him on the floor. C stepped inside, closed and bolted the door to prevent neighbors from interfering and helped A subdue B. As soon as B had been subdued, A and C left, taking with them the portrait, which had been ruined in the scuffle. What torts have been committed?

Exam Date


T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond: Torts Exam, 23 May 1951