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Former prisoners of Japanese internment camps seeking [#permalink]
15 Oct 2003, 01:47
50% (02:34) correct
50% (02:05) wrong based on 4 sessions
1. Former prisoners of Japanese internment camps seeking monetary reparations from the government are often told, тАЬThere is neither wealth nor wisdom
enough in the world to compensate in money for all the wrongs in history.тАЭ Which of the following most weakens the argument above?
A) Prior wrongs should not be permitted as a justification for present wrongs.
B) Even though all wrongs cannot be compensated for, some wrongs can be.
C) Since most people committed wrongs, the government should compensate for wrongs with money.
D) Monetary reparations upset social order less than other forms of reparation.
E) Since money is the basic cause of the wrongs, should it not be the cure?
It is a myth that U.S. workers are pricing themselves out of the market. The wages of U.S. manufacturing workers increased at a slower rate in the 1970's than those of workers in other major countries. Between 1970 and 1980, pay increased 489% in Japan and 464% in Germany, compared to 128% in the United States. Even though these countries experienced faster productivity growth, their unit labor costs still rose faster than in the United States. During the 1970's, unit labor costs rose 192% in Japan, 252% in Germany, and only 78% in the United States.
According to the above passage:
A) unit labor costs in the 1970's were higher in Japan than they were in Germany or the United States
B) the wages of U.S. workers need to be increased to be consistent with other countries.
C) U.S. workers are more productive than Japanese or German workers
D) the wages of U.S. workers in manufacturing increased at a slower rate in the 1970's than the wages of workers in Japan or Germany
E) Workers in Japan and Germany work harder than workers in the U.S., and their wages have increased accordingly.
(B) The argument states that there can be no compensation for "all the wrongs in history," but the argument is about just one wrong of history. Even though all wrongs cannot be compensated for, some wrongs can be.
(D) Answers A and C are incorrect because they are simply not supported by the facts stated in the passage. Answer B is not necessarily true because the passage compares wages in terms of percentage increases, not actual wages. Answer D is almost identical to the second sentence in the passage, and is correct.