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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
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26 Mar 2010, 01:46
10. The author of the passage above bases his conclusion on which of the following?
(A) A circular definition of “disinformation
A contender for correct answer but is definition of "disinformation" in passage circular?
(B) An example of the ineffectiveness of lying as a weapon in the propaganda war
Out of score. Ineffectiveness of disinformation campaigns is not discussed.
(C) An analogy between truth and water
(D) An appeal to the authority of the fire department
Totally irrelevant.
(E) An attack on the character of American intelligence agents in Western Europe
There is no attack on character here.

11. The author’s main point is that
(A) although disinformation campaigns may be effective, they are unacceptable on ethical grounds
IMHO, this is correct answer. Whole passage is structured to convery this point.
(B) America’s moral standing in the world depends on its adherence to the truth
America's moral standing "in the world" is not discussed.
(C) the temporary political gains produced by disinformation campaigns generally give way to long-term losses
Neither the temporal gains, nor the long term losses are discussed.
(D) Soviet disinformation campaigns have done little to damage America’s standing in Europe
Not discussed.
(E) disinformation campaigns do not effectively serve the political interests of the United States
Passage mentions lying to counter Soviet disinformation campaigns but does not mentiones it's effectiveness.

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26 Mar 2010, 22:15
IMO
10. C
11. E
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27 Mar 2010, 05:52
mirzohidjon wrote:
IMO
10. C
11. E
Will be waiting for OA!

I second C and E. OA, please!
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27 Mar 2010, 07:06
10. C

11. E

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27 Mar 2010, 08:26
C, A
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28 Mar 2010, 03:51
C, E

The analogy of fire and campaign implies that the campaign is not an effective means of fighting the fire?
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28 Mar 2010, 05:03
IMO C & E
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07 Apr 2010, 05:23
C & E

10. I thought for B and C as contenders. I eliminated B, because the argument does not label disinformation technique as ineffective. Even if it does so, it is through the use of analogy, and combine it with the first sentence that the author prefers truth.
11. My contenders were A and E. A could not be the answer, because it introduces a term 'ethical' not mentioned previously in the text.
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08 Apr 2010, 02:37
So what are the OAs?
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08 Apr 2010, 02:52
I also go for C, E
C is well explained above.

I went for E because:
a) A brings the term "ethical" which though may be inferred is not mentioned.
b) The apologists contend that disinformation hampers political interest and can be matched with disinformation. To this the author replies that water (read truth) is more effective, suggesting that disinformation is not an effective weapon to counter Soviets attempt to damage political interest.
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19 Jul 2010, 20:52
qs1 is C for sure. What abt 2? is it E?
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20 Jul 2010, 00:49
Has to be C E
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20 Jul 2010, 00:59
IMHO C,E.
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20 Jul 2010, 08:41
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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.
Author Disinformation is not effective to counter soviet`s campaigns aimed at damaging America’s political interests.
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

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20 Jul 2010, 09:16
C

A
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21 Jul 2010, 06:11
C,A - OAs pls...
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21 Jul 2010, 07:58
c and e for me as well
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24 Jul 2010, 14:33
C and E for me too.
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24 Jul 2010, 20:42
C, E.
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