This thread was inspired by a scene in a story I recently read (which I will not name here, because it was awful.) The heroine was led to believe that a certain antagonist had killed all her friends, and he approached her with what seemed to be killing intent. By seeming coincidence, just as he was about to strike the fatal blow, the ground under him crumbled, and he nearly fell down a precipice. Rather than save him, the heroine let him fall--but before I could shout "Woohoo!", I discovered that this was a hidden test of virtue, and that she'd failed. Naturally, I thought of this as a test of virtue done wrong, but that idea implies that there may be such a thing as a test of virtue done right. What do you think of tests of virtue? Do you use them in your stories? Why or why not?