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What about in situations like a surprise party for a friend where lying sometimes is necessary to cover up the plan or if a teacher lies to her students about a test date (with no intention of giving the test) just to see who would come prepared? Would it be okay to lie in these situations?

These scenarios do not really fall under the category of lies. They are genuinely more in line with short-term harmless pretend in the case of the surprise party or the strategy of keeping students on the alert in regards to a teacher's looming threat of an anticipated test.

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