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This Torts I exam, given by Professor William T. Muse on January 25, 1939, begins with this question:

Jesse, who was armed with an unloaded pistol, pointed it at James and said, "If you pay me the $5 you owe me, I'll not shoot". James, who did not know whether the pistol was loaded or not, struck at Jesse with a heavy cane, whereupon Jesse, believing that he could not safely escape the blow by retreating, struck James over the head with the butt of the pistol, knocking him unconscious. James in fact owed Jesse $5. Discuss the liability each to the other.

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T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond: Torts I Exam, 25 Jan 1939