Today in my college writing class we were split into 5 groups. We were then handed a piece of paper, which I was kind enough to type up and post here for you. Please read that document before continuing.
So, our group got together and discussed our options. Don't think for a second that our method was the only correct method. . . who would you keep and who would you kill? I open this up to everybody that reads this post, please list your survivors/casualties in a comment, I read all comments! So, here we go, this is what my group decided on:
Dr. Dane - Dr. Dane is a keep, he survives. His health and botanical interests were the deciding factors.
Mrs. Dane - Mrs. Dane dies. She's obese and diabetic. Diabetes alone would kill her shortly, so she is absolutely worthless. Her obesity would also be a hindrance to any mobility the group would have to incur.
Bobby Dane - Bobby dies. There is absolutely no use for a retarded 10 year old when survival is at stake. . . whether you feel bad about killing him or not.
Mrs. Garcia - Mrs. Garcia dies. A high school dropout prostitute, although it proves that she was trying to earn money, is of absolutely no use, not even for procreation and survival of the human race. She is likely infected with STD's and would be dangerous to everybody around her. She also has no practical skills that could be used to benefit the group.
Jean Garcia - Jean lives. Although an infant, Jean will provide a generational tie when grown. All the others in the group are 18 and over and after a certain amount of time will all die. Jean will be left alive with whatever offspring the others manage to have, providing a link. Since Dr. Dane's wife and Bobby we both killed, Jean would be adopted by Dr. Dean and cared for by him.
Mary Evans - Mary survives because Mary is a young female that can have a bunch of children to repopulate the planet.
Mr. Newton - Mr. Newton survives for many reasons. He's strong, young, and in medical school. These three traits provide for physical treatment of injuries, self-preservation, and helping others with difficult tasks they may come upon.
Mrs. Clark - Mrs. Clark lives. Mrs. Clark is another younger female that can have children and help repopulate the planet. She'll get over her "Zero Population Growth" attitude when she realizes that there are only 11 people left and she'll live if she has babies.
Mr. Blake - Mr. Blake lives. His B.S. in mechanics would help the group by providing shelter or transportation after the disaster.
Father Frans - Father Frans lives for several reasons. As a priest he can comfort others, and his farming background is crucial. He will work with Dr. Dean, the botanist, both as a counselor for the loss of Dr. Dean's family and as a fellow farmer, providing food for the other survivors.
Dr. Gonzales - Dr. Gonzales dies. There is no need for a doctor since Mr. Newton is in medical school, and Dr. Gonzales's age would cause him to be a hindrance.
Those are our choices, what are yours? Please comment on this post!