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Critic: People today place an especially high
value on respect for others; yet, in their comedy
acts, many of todayтАЩs 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 criticтАЩs 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.

***Any :idea: :?:
I thought the answer was (E) because of the word "current" in the stimulus. I was wrong.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2003, 14:34
D ??

If D is negated then - people who value an ideal especially highly always succeed in living up to this ideal - this makes the argument fall apart.

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 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2003, 16:54
D it is.
E compares past with present. author never mentions past acts or whatever.

in D, "people fail to live up to the very ideals they hold" suggests that people sometime fail to match their own ideals
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