Discourse Completion Test Refusal Conditions
Refusal Conditions Given below are twelve different situations in which a person asks a question (request, invitation, suggestion or offer) to another person (who may be of equal, lower or higher status). Please, consider yourself in the respondent's position and write down exactly the way you would refuse the following requests in the space provided. Please, note that the request is not to be accepted but refused in all situations. This Test is only for English folk whose native language is English
Sample Question 2
You are working in a college. You are unmarried and one of your married colleagues who has a big family comes to your house to borrow money. Colleague: I have a big family and I just don't know where the money goes. The children always need something or the other. Could you lend me $100 for a month?
You are working in a college. Your boss who is the head of your department requests you to come at the weekend to help him. Boss: If you do not mind, I would like you to come during the weekend to help me with the library work?
. A clerk is working in the Insurance office. He has some important personal work. He requests his boss to let him go in the afternoon when the boss is having a lot of pending work for him. Clerk: I have some important work. Could I leave my office early today?
Your friend invites you on telephone, for dinner and a magic show at a hotel. Friend: We have arranged a get-together at Babylon hotel. There would be dinner and magic show for children. You are invited to join us.
You have joined a company recently and your boss invites you for lunch at his place. Boss: How about your coming over to lunch tomorrow at my residence?
You are the boss of a company. Your employee wants to invite you for his daughter's birthday. Employee: I've arranged a small party for my daughter's birthday at home on Monday and I would be delighted if you could come along.
You work as a lecturer in a college. The workload is very high and you are getting stressed over your job. Your friend suggests that you take a break and go to Malaysia. Friend: You are overstressed due to work. Why don't you take a break and go to Malaysia?
You are a student and an excellent football player. You want to become a scientist but your counsellor suggests you to take up football as your career. Counsellor: John, you are so good at football, why don't you make it your career?
You are in a new place waiting for your friend, James to pick you up. You have to meet an important person to discuss business prospects. You are hard pressed for time and your friend is going to help you with the transport. It's been an hour and he hasn't shown up. You telephone him and his housekeeper replies that he is not at home. Housekeeper: Normally James is very punctual. It seems he has got stuck somewhere. You could wait for him.
You are a businessman and have no time as you have just started your business. Your son has been a nuisance in the school. The principal wants to meet you in this connection. You generally do all your work yourself and do not take the help of others. Your friend offers to meet the principal on your behalf and sort out matters. Friend: If you do not have time, I can go and sort out matters with the principal.
You are a schoolteacher. You are talking to a manager of a car company. You show interest in one of his expensive models. He is eager to sell it to you but you are asking for a huge discount. He offers to help you sell your old car at a good price. Manager: If you are really interested in purchasing) this model, I can help you in selling your old car at a good price
You have a domestic helper at home. While ironing your clothes he spoils one of your expensive shirts. Helper: Sir, I am so sorry, I didn't mean to but while ironing your clothes, I have burnt your shirt. Please, tell me from where you have purchased it? I will replace it with a new one.
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