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As one who has always believed that truth is our nation s [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 07:25
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As one who has always believed that truth is our nation’s surest weapon in the
propaganda war against our foes, I am distressed by reports of “disinformation”
campaigns by American intelligence agents in Western Europe. In a disinformation
campaign, untruths are disseminated through gullible local journalists in order to
damage the interests of our enemies and protect our own. Those who defend this
practice say that lying is necessary to counter Soviet disinformation campaigns aimed
at damaging America’s political interests. These apologists contend that one must
fight fire with fire. I would point out to the apologists that the fire department finds
water more effective.


10. The author of the passage above bases his conclusion on which of the following?
(A) A circular definition of “disinformation”
(B) An example of the ineffectiveness of lying as a weapon in the propaganda
war
(C) An analogy between truth and water
(D) An appeal to the authority of the fire department
(E) An attack on the character of American intelligence agents in Western Europe



11. The author’s main point is that
(A) although disinformation campaigns may be effective, they are unacceptable
on ethical grounds
(B) America’s moral standing in the world depends on its adherence to the truth
(C) the temporary political gains produced by disinformation campaigns
generally give way to long-term losses
(D) Soviet disinformation campaigns have done little to damage America’s
standing in Europe
(E) disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve the political interests of the
United States


OA acc to me is debatable for the question numbered 11.Acc to me the answer should be A.Can anyone please explain?
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Re: CR [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 10:09
mojorising800 wrote:
As one who has always believed that truth is our nation’s surest weapon in the
propaganda war against our foes, I am distressed by reports of “disinformation”
campaigns by American intelligence agents in Western Europe. In a disinformation
campaign, untruths are disseminated through gullible local journalists in order to
damage the interests of our enemies and protect our own. Those who defend this
practice say that lying is necessary to counter Soviet disinformation campaigns aimed
at damaging America’s political interests. These apologists contend that one must
fight fire with fire. I would point out to the apologists that the fire department finds
water more effective.


10. The author of the passage above bases his conclusion on which of the following?
(A) A circular definition of “disinformation”
(B) An example of the ineffectiveness of lying as a weapon in the propaganda
war
(C) An analogy between truth and water
(D) An appeal to the authority of the fire department
(E) An attack on the character of American intelligence agents in Western Europe



11. The author’s main point is that
(A) although disinformation campaigns may be effective, they are unacceptable
on ethical grounds
(B) America’s moral standing in the world depends on its adherence to the truth
(C) the temporary political gains produced by disinformation campaigns
generally give way to long-term losses
(D) Soviet disinformation campaigns have done little to damage America’s
standing in Europe
(E) disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve the political interests of the
United States


OA acc to me is debatable for the question numbered 11.Acc to me the answer should be A.Can anyone please explain?


Evidently, the conclusion of the argument is that the author is distressed and to support his argument with a strong stand, he suggests an analogy of using water to put out fire.

Answer to question 10 must be C and for question 11, it must be B, main-point should summarize or paraphrase the conclusion of the argument. The author is distressed because American Intelligence is not using fair means, thereby, America's moral-standing in the world is feared, will be tarnished.
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Re: CR [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 10:35
I think the answer should be C
Re: CR   [#permalink] 14 Jan 2010, 10:35
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