The Talmud Class and the Flat Tire

Four friends from Yeshiva high school were enrolled in a Talmud studies class at New York University and had all managed to earn A's so far – after all, they had studied Talmud in depth in high school. They were in fact so confident of passing Monday morning's final exam that they decided to go to a baseball game in Boston on Sunday night, figuring that they would have plenty of time to get back after the game. But they overdid it and fell asleep on the train and missed their stop in New York City completely, riding straight through.

They didn’t get back to the City until Monday afternoon.

After discussing their predicament, all four students decided to go to their Rabbi/Professor that afternoon with the same story – that they had visited a friend out of town who was in hospital, but on the way back they got a flat tire which caused them to miss the final exam.

After hearing their story, the Rabbi/Professor agreed that they could take the final the next day.

The students were relieved and all studied diligently that night for the exam.

The next day, the Rabbi/Professor placed all of the students in separate rooms, giving each of them an exam booklet. All four of them were able to answer the first relatively straightforward question, worth 5 points. Each of them sighed with relief, realizing how well prepared they were for the exam.

Then they turned the page and written on the second page was the second question: "For 95 points, which tire was it that developed a flat?”

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