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Wow. Is it that complicated?

Wow. Is it that complicated? Here is the simplest dictionary definition of coercion:

"The intimidation of a victim to compel the individual to do some act against his or her will by the use of psychological pressure, physical force, or threats."

Please read that several times, then proceed to take the simple quiz below to help you sharpen your logical deductive skills:

1)Clerk says: "Would you like fries with your hamberger?"

a) coercion. b) voluntary choice. c) none of the above.

2)Girl scout says: "Gee mister, it would sure help me out if you'd buy some cookies. Pleeeease?"

a) coercion. b) voluntary choice. c) none of the above.

3)Kim Jong Il says: "Follow my commands or I put you in reducation camp and torture you.

a) coercion. b) voluntary choice. c) none of the above.

4)Mugger says: "Give me your money or I shoot you."

a) coercion. b) voluntary choice. c) none of the above.

5)Obama says: "Buy healthcare insurance or pay a fine. Refuse to pay the fine, and I put you in prison. Refuse to go to prison and I shoot you."

a) coercion. b) voluntary choice. c) none of the above.

6)God says: "Worship me or I put you into a cage and light you on fire for a few trillon years."

a) coercion. b) voluntary choice. c) none of the above.

answers: 1 & 2 = B. 3-6 = A. If you scored under 100%, you may need to seek professional help.

Im no scholar, but I believe that the threat of being lit on fire for all of eternity might just squeeze into the category of "psychological pressure, physical force, or threats." I mean unless you've got a really great lawyer, in which case you might get it knocked down to "Enhanced Persuasion Technique."