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9. An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest of supreme self-confidence. This willingness, often not acquired until late in life, is even more revealing than is good-natured acquiescence in having others poke fun at one.

Which one of the following inference is most supported by the statements above?

(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself.
(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.
(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are
self-confident.
(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.
(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing oneâ€™s respect for them.
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31 Mar 2005, 14:13
A) because it is the supreme form of self-confidence, we can infer that someone who lacks self-confidence wont like to hear or tell funny stories about oneself.

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31 Mar 2005, 14:26
My pick "A".....if X, then Y.....X (willingness) , Y(self confidence)

===> if no Y, then no X...."A" fits the bill.
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31 Mar 2005, 16:18
Yup A it is. I used the logic rules and it worked again
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31 Mar 2005, 16:33
1) An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest of supreme self-confidence.
2) This willingness is often not acquired until late in life
3) Willingness is even more revealing than is good-natured acquiescence in having others poke fun at one.

(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself.
- we know from the passge that:
tell funny stories or jokes about oneself --> surest supremem self-confidence. so:
not supreme self-confidence ---> do not tell story/jokes about oneself
not(supreme self-confidence) can be taken as a lack of self confidence. I'll take A

(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.
- Not supported by passage.

(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are self-confident.
- We only know the earlier part of the arguement - that self confident people tell funny stories about relating to themself. We do not know the latter part - if they meant it to let others know they do not lack self confidence

(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.
- Out. Not supported for by passage.

(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing oneâ€™s respect for them.
- way out of scope

A it is.
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01 Apr 2005, 02:06
GUYS WAT DO U THINK,,,,THIS IS AN EASY,MODERATE OR A DIFFICULT CR!
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i hate when people do'nt post the OA, it leaves in guessing!!!!

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01 Apr 2005, 06:15
karun_aggarwal wrote:
GUYS WAT DO U THINK,,,,THIS IS AN EASY,MODERATE OR A DIFFICULT CR!

I've always insisted that diffculty is a subjective thing. But personally, I consider this a easy question.
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01 Apr 2005, 06:33
Obviously (A).

All other choices are horrrribbbllle.
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01 Apr 2005, 07:27
You guys rock. OA is A. I found this difficult to do.
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01 Apr 2005, 08:24
harshi wrote:
9. An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest of supreme self-confidence. This willingness, often not acquired until late in life, is even more revealing than is good-natured acquiescence in having others poke fun at one.

Which one of the following inference is most supported by the statements above?

(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself.
(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.
(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are
self-confident.
(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.
(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing oneâ€™s respect for them.

I was kind confused by answer A and B. The stem only says "telling story about onself" but didn't mention "hearing funny stories about himself or herself" as A did, then how can A be right?
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01 Apr 2005, 11:38
karun_aggarwal wrote:
GUYS WAT DO U THINK,,,,THIS IS AN EASY,MODERATE OR A DIFFICULT CR!

if you master the logic rules posted in the forum, it will become an easy question
01 Apr 2005, 11:38
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