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In the 1960's paranoia was viewed by social scientists as ungrounded fear of powerlessness, and the theme of paranoia as it relates to feelings of powerlessness was dominant in films of that period. In the 1970's, however, paranoia was viewed by social scientists as a response to real threats from society. Films of this period portray paranpoa as a legitimate response to a world gone mad.

Which of the following is a conclusion that the statements above, if true, most strongly support?

a) Ungrounded fear of powerlessness can degenerate into a real threat.

b) Between 1960 and 1970, the world has become a more threatening environment in which to live.

c) Paranoia is a condition that keeps changing with the changing perceptions of the social scientists.

d) Images of paranoia presented in films made in a given period reflect trends in social science of that period.

e) The shift in perception of social scientists from the 1960's to the 1970's resulted from an inability to identify successfully what paranoia is all about.

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14 Mar 2008, 04:59
a) Ungrounded fear of powerlessness can degenerate into a real threat.
-> words used but not supported by the passage, no link btw the 2
b) Between 1960 and 1970, the world has become a more threatening environment in which to live.
-> same, out of the radar
c) Paranoia is a condition that keeps changing with the changing perceptions of the social scientists.
-> only mentioned abt the views, not the condition
d) Images of paranoia presented in films made in a given period reflect trends in social science of that period.
-> Sound good, linked all the 3 discussed subjects, paranoia, social science and film
e) The shift in perception of social scientists from the 1960's to the 1970's resulted from an inability to identify successfully what paranoia is all about.
-> 'inability to identify successfully what paranoia is all about' doesn't seem match with the passage, i mean a bit extreme, and does not mention about film - relation

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14 Mar 2008, 07:39
D as well
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14 Mar 2008, 11:36
OA is D
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14 Mar 2008, 16:39
clear D
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14 Mar 2008, 18:26
Can anyone give a breakdown why not C?
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14 Mar 2008, 18:28
I guess the statements never say paranoia is a "condition" correct?
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