When Is It Acceptable to Lie?

Read the following scenarios and decide whether it would be okay to lie or not.

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  1. You know your best friend is cheating on his/her significant other. The significant other is suspicious and asks you, "Is s/he cheating on me?" Is it acceptable to lie for your best friend?*
    Yes
    No


  1. The person seated next to you during an exam appears to be copying your answers. As you turn your exam in, the instructor asks, "Was X copying from your exam?" Would you lie and say no?*
    Yes
    No


  1. A casual friend misses several lectures in a class you both have. He asks to borrow your notes to copy them. You don't want to hand over your hard work, but you also don't want to appear unsympathetic. Is it acceptable to lie and say you can't let him copy your notes?*
    Yes
    No


  1. A person repeatedly asks you out on a date. You've run out of excuses, but to be honest about it, you find the person completely unattractive. Is it acceptable to continue to lie with excuses?*
    Yes
    No


  1. Your parents have always trusted you. Over a break from school they ask you whether you've experimented with marijuana. Even though you have used marijuana, you are of the opinion that what your parents don't know won't hurt them. Would you lie to them about your experimentation?*
    Yes
    No