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24 Jul 2005, 16:48
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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.
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24 Jul 2005, 17:49
Looks like A....
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24 Jul 2005, 17:57
E, I think

An assumption is additional evidence and if an assumption is negated, the argument should fall apart.

A is wrong because it is out of scope. Argument does not mention anything about comedianâ€™s audience.

B is wrong because it is too broad. This might be inferred from the argument, but itâ€™s not the assumption.

C out of scope as argument doesnâ€™t say anything about disapproval.

D is wrong as comedians who donâ€™t live up to their ideals are not representative of people (in general) who do not live up to their ideals.

E is right because if we negated it and say people today donâ€™t fail to live up to their own ideals than was the case in the past, then the critic would have no point or nothing to criticize. Note as the critic mentioned â€œpeople todayâ€
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25 Jul 2005, 03:51
(A) is more preferable compared to other choices.
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Re: CR - Comedians and ideals [#permalink]

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25 Jul 2005, 10:45
AJB77 wrote:
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.

D

The passage explains the popularity of comedians: "...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". So, the success of comedy is connected with the fact that COMEDIANS FAIL TO LIVE UP TO THE IDEALS THEY VALUE HIGHLY. This situation is possible only if we assume D, i.e. that there are people who fail to live up to the ideals they value highly
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25 Jul 2005, 11:31
E for me.

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25 Jul 2005, 12:36
D for me

What is OA ?
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25 Jul 2005, 14:03
D for me.

Nothing in the paragraph suggests any comparison between the past and the present. Frankly, I don't like this question very much
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25 Jul 2005, 16:23
OA is D. This is from an original LSAT test.
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