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People should be held accountable for their own behavior, and if holding people accountable for their own behavior entails capital punishment, then so be it. However, no person should be held accountable for behavior over which he or she had no control.

Which of the following is the most logical conclusion of the argument above?

(A) People should not be held accountable for the behavior of other people.
(B) People have control over their own behavior.
(C) People cannot control the behavior of other people.
(D) Behavior that cannot be controlled should not be punished.
(E) People have control over behavior that is subject to capital punishment.
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04 Jul 2006, 01:57
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04 Jul 2006, 02:22
I will go with A.
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04 Jul 2006, 06:53
People should be held accountable for their own behavior, and if holding people accountable for their own behavior entails capital punishment, then so be it. However, no person should be held accountable for behavior over which he or she had no control.

Which of the following is the most logical conclusion of the argument above?

(A) People should not be held accountable for the behavior of other people. - EVEN IF PEOPLE ARE IN CONTROL OF OTHERS ACTION ?
(B) People have control over their own behavior. -- REJECT
(C) People cannot control the behavior of other people. - NOT A CONCLUSION
(D) Behavior that cannot be controlled should not be punished. - CAN BE PUNISHED BUT SHOULD NOT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
(E) People have control over behavior that is subject to capital punishment. - SUBJECT TO CP MEANS ACCOUNTABLE ????? MAY BE NOT

BUT IF ACCOUNTABLE THEN - NO CONTROL IS ESTABLISHED .

IMO E -- but reluctantly --- what is the source ? LSAT 1000 CR
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04 Jul 2006, 08:16
why is B wrong?

people having control over their behaviors leads to capital punishment. But if they are able to control it, then they will not suffer such punishment.

Also, the last sentence 'However, no person should be held accountable for behavior over which he or she had no control.'

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04 Jul 2006, 08:26
I think it's B. It's the safe answer.

A. I could have control over the behavior of other people. passage doesn't say anything about that.

C. Passage doesn't say that. It just says that I shouldn't be held acountable if I can't control it, which implies that I can control other people's behavior.

D. This is not clear. Who's behavior? If it's talking about mine, then this sentence contradicts the passage.

e. This contradicts the second sentence.
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04 Jul 2006, 12:06
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I think it's B. It's the safe answer.

A. I could have control over the behavior of other people. passage doesn't say anything about that.

C. Passage doesn't say that. It just says that I shouldn't be held acountable if I can't control it, which implies that I can control other people's behavior.

D. This is not clear. Who's behavior? If it's talking about mine, then this sentence contradicts the passage.

e. This contradicts the second sentence.

Correct B is the answer.. I am pasting the oA below..

The correct response is (B). The argument includes the following two premises:

Premise: People are accountable for their own behavior.
Premise: People are not accountable for behavior they cannot control.

Here's the logical conclusion based on these two premises:

Conclusion: People can control their own behavior.

(A) would require that people never have control over the behavior of other people. Yet the argument does not provide this premise.

(C) would require that people should not be held accountable for the behavior of other people. Yet the argument does not provide this premise.

(D) is not a conclusion; (D) simply reiterates one of the argument's premises (the second sentence).

(E) is not inferable. The argument allows for the possibility that a person might not have control over another person's behavior which is subject to capital punishment.
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05 Jul 2006, 04:05

A. I could have control over the behavior of other people. passage doesn't say anything about that.

C. Passage doesn't say that. It just says that I shouldn't be held acountable if I can't control it, which implies that I can control other people's behavior.

D. This is not clear. Who's behavior? If it's talking about mine, then this sentence contradicts the passage.

e. This contradicts the second sentence.[/quote]

Correct B is the answer.. I am pasting the oA below..

The correct response is (B). The argument includes the following two premises:

Premise: People are accountable for their own behavior.
Premise: People are not accountable for behavior they cannot control.

Here's the logical conclusion based on these two premises:

Conclusion: People can control their own behavior.

(A) would require that people never have control over the behavior of other people. Yet the argument does not provide this premise.

(C) would require that people should not be held accountable for the behavior of other people. Yet the argument does not provide this premise.

(D) is not a conclusion; (D) simply reiterates one of the argument's premises (the second sentence).

(E) is not inferable. The argument allows for the possibility that a person might not have control over another person's behavior which is subject to capital punishment.[/quote]

hmmm I get it now.

B only says humans have control -may not be all the time but they do .

all other options are far fetched.
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05 Jul 2006, 05:46
(B) just seems a little too extreme, especially considering the passage explicitly states "should." Clearly, some schizophrenics don`t have control over there own behavior.
05 Jul 2006, 05:46
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