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# Since no one returns from death, we can never be certain

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Since no one returns from death, we can never be certain about what passes through the mind of the dying person. For the unconscious, the confused, and the heavily sedated, these final moments are probably meaningless. However, for the mentally alert, it is quite possible that death presents itself as an unbelievably glorious experience, a flight into an entirely new universe of sensation. Why should we think so? Some people who have been reprieved from “certain” death at the last moment have experienced what goes through the consciousness of those who are not so fortunate. For example, parachutists who have survived falls report experiences that resemble psychedelic “trips.”
The primary point of the argument in the passage is
(A) no one returns from death
(B) dying can be a glorious experience
(C) we can never know what passes through the mind of a dying person
(D) some people are reprieved from death at the last moment
(E) some people “die”, yet live to report their, experiences

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21 Jun 2009, 06:30
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Since no one returns from death, we can never be certain about what passes through the mind of the dying person. For the unconscious, the confused, and the heavily sedated, these final moments are probably meaningless. However, for the mentally alert, it is quite possible that death presents itself as an unbelievably glorious experience, a flight into an entirely new universe of sensation. Why should we think so? Some people who have been reprieved from “certain” death at the last moment have experienced what goes through the consciousness of those who are not so fortunate. For example, parachutists who have survived falls report experiences that resemble psychedelic “trips.”
The primary point of the argument in the passage is
(A) no one returns from death This is a cause/premise
(B) dying can be a glorious experience
(C) we can never know what passes through the mind of a dying person. Starting point/premise but not the primary point
(D) some people are reprieved from death at the last moment an example for why dying can be glorious
(E) some people “die”, yet live to report their, experiences not true

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OA. B

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05 Jun 2013, 22:38
B is also mentioned in the passage just as A and C are. What makes B the conclusion, while not others ?
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B is also mentioned in the passage just as A and C are. What makes B the conclusion, while not others ?

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Let analyze the stimulus:

Main point: it is quite possible that death presents itself as an unbelievably glorious experience, a flight into an entirely new universe of sensation.
Connecting clause:
Why should we think so?
Explanation: Some people who have been reprieved from “certain” death at the last moment have experienced what goes through the consciousness of those who are not so fortunate. For example, parachutists who have survived falls report experiences that resemble psychedelic “trips.”

Clearly, A & C are just supporting sentences, not the main point.

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