Mark Grace is credited with the Yogi Berraish quote, "If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying."
This quote stuck in my head.... Why? The other day I was randomly thinking about this. Here's a fulcrum problem.
Let's say you're in school taking a multiple choice bubble test. You're at the end of the test and you have your answer to the last bubble question but as you're on your way to answer the question - pencil in motion - the buzzer sounds. Do you fill in the blank in the next split second or do you put your pencil down?
I think you should fill in the blank. Technically that's cheating but in this case cheating may be your best option.
If you're the test grader would you rather see a student "cheating" for the last answer or not answering it?
As a grader, if you had perfect observation, I think you'd rather see the student cheat on that last hand in motion question. Why? Because it tells you the student knew the answer - or at least thought she knew the answer. It provides you with extra information about the student's knowledge. It's a two way street... If you're the student and you know you're under perfect observation you must answer the question if you know the answer - it shows effort and provides information to the grader. If you put down your pencil it shows nothing - no information. Even under perfect observation you have to try even though you know it shows you're cheating - you have to show that you almost had the answer in time. It's basic game strategy. Mark Grace was and is right.