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PUIQ II

We are still looking for a few good book picker-uppers, so here is another round of questions designed to test your suitability for the job. This deals a little more with the actual physical labor involved in heading out to remote districts and carrying treasure from its hiding places. When we note “should be able to lift at least a forty pound box”, we are basing this on real-life experience. What would YOU do if you found yourself in these situations?

1. A donor has told you she has just one box of books to pick up. When you arrive, you find it is the box a television came in, oh, thirty years ago, is actually a cardboard cube measuring three feet in each direction. Do you

a. Say “I’ll come back when you repack that intelligently.”

b. Say “I’ll go get some smaller boxes”, drive off, and never return.

c. Say “I’ll go get some smaller boxes” and go cry on Uncle Blogsy’s shoulder.

d. Try to lift the box, throw your back out, and ask them to drive you to the emergency room.

2. This same donor tells you she was worried about how you would move that box, and provides you with the cart the television used to stand on, which is also three feet long and three feet wide, and six inches off the ground. Do you

a. Say “I’ll come back when you repack that intelligently.”

b. Say “I’ll go get some smaller boxes” and go cry on Uncle Blogsy’s shoulder

c. Try to lift the box, throw your back out, and crawl to the emergency room

d. Point out the seven stairs leading to the front door, which that cart won’t negotiate

3. You discover that what the donor has packed in the massive box is a set of Encyclopaedia Britannica with thirty years of yearbooks. Do you

a. Say “We don’t take encyclopedias” and march out

b. Try to lift the box and then try to find volume S to look up “Spinal Injury”

c. Get smaller boxes from Uncle Blogsy, repack, and let HIM decide what to do next

d. Compliment the donor on her hard work, ask to use the restroom, and crawl out the window

4. A different donor has warned you he has fifty-seven boxes to donate. You have blocked out an entire afternoon for the job only to arrive at his apartment and find he has packed four boxes each in a stack of shoeboxes. Do you

a. Say “I’ll come back when you pack that intelligently”

b. Spend the afternoon taking four boxes at a time down the three flights of stairs

c. Say “I’ll go get some bigger boxes” and go cry on Uncle Blogsy’s shoulder

d. Laugh uncontrollably until he calls the police

5. You are struggling to load the last of twenty boxes in the back of your car when the lid pops off and you see a set of books on the transcontinental railroad. Because you have read Uncle Blogsy’s blog, you know this set, if complete, is worth a six-figure price. Do you

a. Inform the donor, which may mean unloading all twenty boxes and taking them back inside

b. Give the donor a receipt and figure he must know what he’s doing

c. Take the books and let Uncle Blogsy figure out how much time HE wants to do in Purgatory

d. Take the books to a rare book dealer and tell Uncle Blogsy the donor wasn’t home

The answers are 1.c, 2.b, 3.c, 4.b, 5.c, though some of the other answers have their merits. (In the case of question 2, I went with d and THEN b, though I find it awkward to cry on my own shoulder.) People who immediately answered “Kick ‘em in the shins” to each question are excused from further consideration. I sympathize, but, as noted in question 5, Purgatory waits for shinners.

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