American Experience
Early Years: Pivotal Decisions
Pivotal Decisions: Should a Flash of Anger End Their Relationship?

You chose Choice Two. Blalock should not apologize for his blowup with Thomas -- and let him resign.

Progress on the shock work is extremely important to Blalock and errors represent a loss of time and money. He is within his rights to make his opinions known in no uncertain terms.


As the head of the lab, Blalock's decision will not be questioned.
His decision will also be considered normal for a white southerner.
He can move on quickly to find another lab assistant.


Blalock will lose a promising assistant whom he has personally trained for two months.
There is no guarantee that he can find an equally talented young person to fill Thomas' position.

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