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# George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation,

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George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg is enough to make one despair of political humanity."

Shaw's statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?

A Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit
B Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population
C Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins
D Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share
E Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples' basic needs
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03 Sep 2008, 19:54
ssandeepan wrote:
George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg is enough to make one despair of political humanity."

Shaw's statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?

A Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit
B Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population
C Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins
D Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share
E Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples' basic needs

ANS should be A>
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04 Sep 2008, 01:15
I will go for C.
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04 Sep 2008, 05:56
I say A
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04 Sep 2008, 07:01
Another vote for A.
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04 Sep 2008, 11:05
A for me ... profits provide an incentive to do work
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06 Sep 2008, 10:11
ssandeepan wrote:
George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg is enough to make one despair of political humanity."

Shaw's statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?

A Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit
B Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population
C Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins
D Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share
E Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples' basic needs

Clearly E ,scope is bakers and surgeons ,they earn interests and profits providing peoples basic needs ,this is critisised!!
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01 Oct 2008, 13:33
Searched all over the place for a good explanation of why A is correct, and E is incorrect... but could not find one. Anyone else want to give it a try?
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01 Oct 2008, 17:52
On the first thought, i went 4 A but after reading again , I think E is a better choice. The author cites examples of Baker and a surgeon to criticize them as they r earning profits by supplying people's needs.
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George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg is enough to make one despair of political humanity."

Shaw's statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?

A Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit
B Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population
C Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins
D Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share
E Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples' basic needs
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01 Oct 2008, 21:13
I would go for A. The question asks us to identify an illustration that critizes a statement, we should find an illustration that the statement attacks. I think A is the best.
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02 Oct 2008, 05:57
This is one of the questions that makes me shake my head.

The assumption here is that:

1. you pay the baker because you want bread.
2. you pay the surgeon because you need to get your legs cut off (whatever the dang reason is)

For A) to be correct, you have to assume that the surgeon is cutting off your legs for an unnecessary reason. But what if want/need to cut off your legs? (cut it off because you've been injured in a war, cut it off so you can put on a prostetic leg, etc.).

The fact that we have to assume that cutting of your legs unnecessary is absolutely BS. There could be many reasons why the procedure is done, but the fact that we have to assume that it's good/bad it's nonsense.

............As I'm writing, I'm starting to realize why I'm wrong (how funny) - the assumptions I laid out before were MY assumptions, and not the author's. The author can have very different assumptions, however ridiculous they may be. Therefore, A) can be right - and the fact that he is critizing it, makes the answer even more correct.

E) would be the correct answer is MY assumptions were used.

It's funny how things become clearer when you start venting
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02 Oct 2008, 06:03
Another A.

The logic here is that ... profits provide an incentive to do work (no matter if the work is worth/good or not) and A proves this point this putting clearly by syaing "unnecessary dental work "
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05 May 2012, 03:29
ssandeepan wrote:
George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg is enough to make one despair of political humanity."

Shaw's statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?

A Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit
B Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population
C Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins
D Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share
E Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples' basic needs

I think A is the correct answer. The reason is that it is similar in construction to the original argument provided. What is the OA??
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05 May 2012, 20:00
E: For people to earn profits by supplying other peoples basic needs does not make one despair of political humanity.

"should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg" - From this statement, it sounds as if there's an unnecessary acts being performed for financial/personal gain.

Hence, I chose A.
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