General Principles of Defamation 2 Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diana, a world renowned philanthropist, dies in a tragic car accident. A few weeks after her death, an internet news site publishes a report that Diana had all of her children out of wedlock. If Diana’s estate sues the internet site for defaming Diana, they will win:
True
False
Diana, a world renowned philanthropist, dies in a tragic car accident. A few weeks after her death, an internet news site publishes a report that Diana had all of her children out of wedlock. If Diana’s children sue the internet site for defaming them, they will win:
True
False
A reporter for Entertainment Magazine writes an editorial saying that movie actors traditionally have wild parties after each day’s shoot where drugs and alcohol are abundant and where several female groupies have allegedly been attacked. Tom is a famous actor who is enraged by the accusations in the article. If Tom sues the magazine for defamation, he will most likely succeed:
True
False
A reporter for Entertainment Magazine writes an editorial saying that the cast of “Vanilla Sky”, a popular 2002 movie, used to have wild parties after each day’s shoot where drugs and alcohol are abundant and where several female groupies have allegedly been attacked. Tom is a famous actor who played the lead role in the movie. Tom is enraged by the accusations in the article. If Tom sues the magazine for defamation, he will most likely succeed:
True
False
Tom and Penelope live in an exclusive gated community in Beverly Hills. The community has a population of one hundred families. Tom and Penelope are two of the more popular members of the community and, in fact, Tom has been elected president of the community’s board of directors. Nicole is jealous of Tom’s popularity and starts a rumor that Tom has been having secret affairs with several of the married women who live in the community. If Tom sues Nicole for defamation, he will:
Choice 1 Win, because Tom was embarrassed by the accusations
Choice 2 Win, because Nicole is jealous of Tom
Choice 3 Lose, because Tom should not care what Nicole says about him
Choice 4 Lose, if Nicole can prove that her accusation is true
Tom and Penelope live in an exclusive gated community in Beverly Hills. The community has a population of one hundred families. Tom and Penelope are two of the more popular members of the community and, in fact, Tom has been elected president of the community’s board of directors. Nicole is jealous of Tom’s popularity and starts a rumor that Tom has embezzled $250,000 from the community’s maintenance fund. It turns out that Tom has embezzled money from the community’s maintenance fund but he has only stolen $150,000. If Tom sues Nicole for defamation, he will:
Choice 1 Win, because Tom was embarrassed by the accusations
Choice 2 Win, because Nicole is jealous of Tom
Choice 3 Lose, because Tom should not care what Nicole says about him
Choice 4 Lose, because Nicole’s accusation, while not absolutely true, it is generally true
Rudy is the popular Mayor of New York City. Donna, a freelance author, writes an unauthorized book about Rudy. In the book, Donna claims Rudy has embezzled hundreds of thousands of Dollars of public funds and placed the money in private overseas accounts. If Rudy sues Donna for defamation, he will probably:
Choice 1 Win, if he can prove the accusations are false
Choice 2 Win, because the book was unauthorized
Choice 3 Lose, if Donna can prove the accusations are true
Choice 4 Lose, because public figures cannot sue for defamation
Al and George are running for president. In their third debate, they are arguing about their different ideas on education when George says to Al “Don’t stand there and tell me about your ideas. You haven’t had a good idea in years and your last brainstorm almost bankrupted this country.” Al is infuriated by George’s comments, especially because they were made on national television. If Al sues George for defamation, he will probably:
Choice 1 Lose, because most people would not take George’s comments seriously
Choice 2 Lose, because he has to prove the falsity of the statement
Choice 3 Win, because the comments were made in front of millions of people
Choice 4 Win, because George’s intent was to embarrass Al

Tom and Nicole want to go out one night and they hire Penelope to baby-sit for the evening. When they return from their evening out, Tom hands Penelope a $50 bill and offers to drive her home. Penelope had expected to get paid more money for her services and is so angry that she runs out of the house crying. The next day, Penelope, still angry, spreads a rumor that Tom had raped her while Nicole was not home. Furious, Tom sues Penelope for defamation. If Penelope’s statement does not result in Tom suffering any special damages, he will not be able to recover from Penelope:
True
False
Tom, an actor and Nicole live in an exclusive gated community in Beverly Hills. The community has a population of one hundred families. Tom and Nicole are two of the more popular members of the community and, in fact, Tom has been elected president of the community’s board of directors. Penelope is jealous of Tom’s popularity and starts a rumor that Tom has embezzled thousands of dollars from the community’s maintenance fund. If Tom sues Penelope for defamation, he will:
Choice 1 Win, if he can prove special damages
Choice 2 Win, without proving special damages
Choice 3 Lose, because Tom should not care what Penelope says about him
Choice 4 Lose, because Penelope is only saying these things because she is jealous
Tom, an actor and Nicole live in an exclusive gated community in Beverly Hills. The community has a population of one hundred families. Tom and Nicole are two of the more popular members of the community and, in fact, Tom has been elected president of the community’s board of directors. Penelope is jealous of Tom’s popularity and submits an article in the community newsletter claiming that Tom has embezzled thousands of dollars from the community’s maintenance fund. If Tom sues Penelope for defamation, he will:
Choice 1 Win, if he can prove special damages
Choice 2 Win, without proving special damages
Choice 3 Lose, because Tom should not care what Penelope says about him
Choice 4 Lose, because Penelope is only saying these things because she is jealous

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