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22 Apr 2005, 06:43
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Critic: People today place an especially high value on respect for others; yet, in their comedy acts, many of todayâ€™s most popular comedians display blatant disrespect for others. But when people fail to live up to the very ideals they hold in highest esteem, exaggeration of such failings often forms the basis of successful comedy. Thus the current popularity of comedians who display disrespect in their acts is hardly surprising.
The criticâ€™s argument depends on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) People who enjoy comedians who display disrespect in their acts do not place a high value on respect for others.
(B) Only comedians who display blatant disrespect in their acts are currently successful.
(C) Many people disapprove of the portrayal of blatant disrespect for others in comedy acts.
(D) People who value an ideal especially highly do not always succeed in living up to this ideal.
(E) People today fail to live up to their own ideals more frequently than was the case in the past.
Successful comedian should do comedy that appeals to masses.
What appeals to the masses is making fun of those people who fail to follow the ideals they hold.
For this to happen it must be true that there are always some people who cannot follow their ideals.
People who enjoy comedy on one person might still respect some other person.
But the critic doubts, that though people say they place high value on respect for others they actually donot as they enjoy comedy.
I will go with A based on the simple fact that D mimics the statement too closely. I often stay away from answers that sound too much like the paragraph. The GMAT study strategy link says something about this, though I may be wrong.
Successful comedian should do comedy that appeals to masses. What appeals to the masses is making fun of those people who fail to follow the ideals they hold. For this to happen it must be true that there are always some people who cannot follow their ideals.
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