"Paying attention in class."
"Too late for that. We're in this situation; what do you recommend for now?"
"Well.. If you were Japanese.. I'd recommend falling on your sword.. That might leave a favorable impression.
..It's too late to develop a fatal disease..
..You'd have to convince someone you have a learning disability..
..You could do really well on the final exam.. But then she'd probably turn you in for an honor code violation.."