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An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest mark 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 one’s respect for them.
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27 Mar 2008, 04:21
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shobuj wrote:
An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest mark 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 one’s respect for them.

A in my opinion since,
B: there not mentioned about people with high self confidence do not tell funny stories or joke about others
C: Highly self confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know, how? there no motive in this sentence that telling story about himself will make audience aware someone confidence.
D: show another way to understand the sentence, but we can't say this is most supported by the statement
e: definitely not
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27 Mar 2008, 06:32
(A) is the BEST answer in the group, although not THE best answer.

the logic ic A->B, then !B->!A
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27 Mar 2008, 07:07
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i think its simple.

the first sentence has a sufficient condition in it when it says surest way. HEnce sufficient condition.

easyness to tell jokes abt himself.-->Mark of Supreme Self Confidence

when the contraspositive of the statemetn is taken,

Lack of self confidence -> not easy to tell jokes abt himself.
Statement A

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27 Mar 2008, 07:31
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Agree with A as well.
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29 Mar 2008, 03:30
Is it b?
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29 Mar 2008, 03:55
the oA is - A

can any one explain what is the meaning of the last line pls

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29 Mar 2008, 07:23
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I would choose A solely based on scope.

(A) Only deals with subjects mentioned
(C) There was no mention of them trying to demonstrate it to others; joking about him/herself is a side-effect of self-confidence
(D) Comparison not warranted
(E) Who said anything about respect?
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29 Mar 2008, 18:32
I'll go for A as well.

It seems the best choice out of the lot
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31 Mar 2008, 21:08
one more A.

Learnt this new thing today

Quote:
A->B, then !B->!A

Does anyone know if there is list out there of such logics. It could save valuable time in actual exam.
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