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Critic: People today place an especially high value on respect for others; yet, in their comedy acts, many of today'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 critic'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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Re: CR : LSAT : Comedians .... [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2009, 04:05
Between C and D.
I go with C. OA?
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Re: CR : LSAT : Comedians .... [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2009, 17:08
D for me
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Re: CR : LSAT : Comedians .... [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2009, 22:41
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Re: CR : LSAT : Comedians .... [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2009, 14:13
C, OA??
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Re: CR : LSAT : Comedians .... [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2009, 00:20
I will go with A. If exaggeration of failings makes successful comedy, then people must be enjoying it and not be placing high value on respect for others.
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Re: CR : LSAT : Comedians .... [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2009, 01:42
IMO D

gmatavenue wrote:
Critic: People today place an especially high value on respect for others; yet, in their comedy acts, many of today'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 critic'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 --> this choice seems to counter premise, not an assumption. Generally, people still place a high value for respectation to each other

(B) Only comedians who display blatant disrespect in their acts are currently successful --> out of scope. This choice doesn't show any of unsurprising signs of the popularity of the comedians

(C) Many people disapprove of the portrayal of blatant disrespect for others in comedy acts --> this seems to weaken the argument

(D) People who value an ideal especially highly do not always succeed in living up to this ideal --> best choice, this answer shows that because it is not always that people can keep any ideal at highest degree, so it is not surprising that such fact will occur in a kind of performance reflecting the real world. You can use a technique in Bible Power score for Assumption by negating this choice, you will see that:
People who value an ideal especially highly always succeed in living up to this ideal
-> if this is true, then the success of such comedians will be a big surprise
(E) People today fail to live up to their own ideals more frequently than was the case in the past -->such fact does not relate to the surpriseness of the popularity of current comedians
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Re: CR : LSAT : Comedians .... [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2009, 14:21
OA OE

1. (D)
Leave it to an academic to take all the hilarity out of comedy, huh? Notice how this critic
sets up a paradox and promptly resolves it: it would seem to be surprising that people
really esteem respect for others, and yet rude (“disrespectful”) comedians are really
popular. But the conclusion, signaled by “Thus,” is that that shouldn’t be a surprise,
because comedy emerges when people fall short of their ideals. O.K., then that assumes
that comedy audiences (people who value respect highly) must fall short of living up to
that ideal of respect—which is what (D) gives us, in so many words. Check it using the
Kaplan Denial Test: if (D) is false, if people who esteem respect do live up to that ideal,
then there must be some other reason for the current popularity of rude comics. (D), if
negated, contradicts the author, so (D) must be the right answer.
It’s hard, perhaps, to pre-phrase an answer to this question, but a survey of the choices
finds the other four way outside the scope:
(A), in fact, contradicts the whole thrust of the argument, which is all predicated on the
idea that the very people who esteem respect are the ones who find disrespectful comics to
be a scream.
(B) and (C) Each of these cites an exception to a generalization made by the critic; neither,
if false, damages the logic. The author is examining why many rude comics are popular, so
contrary to (B), the argument permits the possibility of successful and respectful—though
perhaps less amusing—comics. And the author addresses the general popularity of rude
comics, so contrary to (C), the argument allows for the possibility that some folks don’t
find rude comics to be a source of humor.
(E) The argument concerns popular comics and audiences today. No comparison between
comics and audiences of today vs. yesteryear is addressed or implied.
• Ordinarily, Assumption questions lend themselves to pre-phrasing. But if you
cannot come up with a key author assumption yourself, no sweat. Check the choices,
and apply the Kaplan Denial Test to find the statement whose truth the author is
counting on.
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Re: CR : LSAT : Comedians .... [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2009, 18:17
I choose D by POE
Re: CR : LSAT : Comedians ....   [#permalink] 28 Oct 2009, 18:17
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