Given the following two classes:

public class Parent {
    protected int i;

    public Parent() {
        i = 1;

public class Child extends Parent {
    private int i;

    public Child() {
        this.i = ((Child)new Parent()).getI();
        this.i = this.i++ + ++super.i;

    public int getI() {
        return i;
What will be the output of the following code?

public class Test {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Child c = new Child();
Unless you are dealing with a reference variable of a PARENT type pointing to an object of CHILD type - a superclass object cannot be cast to a subclass.

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