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# If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what

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If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

Q1. Which one of the following is an assumption made by the author of the passage?

A. The arts of life have no useful end.

B. The artificial is not better than the natural.

C. Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature.

D. The injunction to follow nature should not be violated.

E. The arts of life are indirect means of following nature.

Q2. If the authors argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?

A. There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless.

B. Harming the environment is not an end, or purpose, of the arts of life.

C. The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials.

D. Constructing buildings is not an art of life.

E. Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use.

+1 to whoever can get 2/2 right first my own score was 0/2.
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If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

Q1. Which one of the following is an assumption made by the author of the passage?

A. The arts of life have no useful end.

B. The artificial is not better than the natural.

C. Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature.

D. The injunction to follow nature should not be violated.

E. The arts of life are indirect means of following nature.

Q2. If the authors argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?

A. There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless.

B. Harming the environment is not an end, or purpose, of the arts of life.

C. The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials.

D. Constructing buildings is not an art of life.

E. Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use.

+1 to whoever can get 2/2 right first my own score was 0/2.

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29 May 2008, 23:43
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If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

Q1. Which one of the following is an assumption made by the author of the passage?

A. The arts of life have no useful end.

B. The artificial is not better than the natural.

C. Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature.

D. The injunction to follow nature should not be violated.

E. The arts of life are indirect means of following nature.

Q2. If the authors argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?

A. There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless.

B. Harming the environment is not an end, or purpose, of the arts of life.

C. The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials.

D. Constructing buildings is not an art of life.

E. Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use.

+1 to whoever can get 2/2 right first my own score was 0/2.

1 - C
2 - E
tough questions. + 1 for bsd_lover for posting these
May i know the source of these questions and please share the OE if you have them
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29 May 2008, 23:45
For Q.1, im confused b/w B and C. But if i were 2 make a choice , i will go for B
For Q2, again im confused b/w E and C. Finally, I will go for C.

PS: whats my score?

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If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

Q1. Which one of the following is an assumption made by the author of the passage?

A. The arts of life have no useful end.

B. The artificial is not better than the natural.

C. Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature.

D. The injunction to follow nature should not be violated.

E. The arts of life are indirect means of following nature.

Q2. If the authors argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?

A. There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless.

B. Harming the environment is not an end, or purpose, of the arts of life.

C. The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials.

D. Constructing buildings is not an art of life.

E. Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use.

+1 to whoever can get 2/2 right first my own score was 0/2.

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30 May 2008, 00:06
OA is C and E

+1 to both sondenso and vdhawan. Now do you guys mind explaining HOW THE HELL did you figure this one out ? I still don't understand the full argument.

Source is CR Bin2 from gmatter - no doubt this is an LSAT question.
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OA is C and E

+1 to both sondenso and vdhawan. Now do you guys mind explaining HOW THE HELL did you figure this one out ? I still don't understand the full argument.

Source is CR Bin2 from gmatter - no doubt this is an LSAT question.

Here is my reasoning:

1. If Gmat is NOT so important in application to get in B-school, why you must work hard to raise Gmat score?

Assumption of this statement must be "Gmat is so important in application to get in B-school"

I think this reasoning is the same as the question in discussion. So assumption is "the artificial is better than the natural", then I make a link btw this assumption with the remaining statement. Because "digging, plowing, building, bla bla all are direct violations of ...nature."

So C win.

2. When somebody counters your reasoning by saying that "it has adverse effects-or bad effects". Just counter back by pointing that it has best/good/useful/advantagious effects also. And E win!

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Haha I tried giving you another kudo, but I can only give one per hour per user, maybe one later. Great explanation btw.
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30 May 2008, 04:39
actually i get C and E too..

the author is clearly supporting that artifical is better than nature..
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06 May 2011, 06:58
this was not too tough . C and E follow from the tone of the author/poet, btw this author/poet sounds kind of ayn randish, so it was easier to nail down may be .
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06 May 2011, 07:06
http://www.tnr.com/articles/books-and-a ... ln?page=64

the lines come from here. paula fox was the author
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06 May 2011, 07:12
first one got wrong.
E rules the second.
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