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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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03 May 2010, 14:54
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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 not the point, just a plain truth.
(B) dying can be a glorious experience - This is what argument is trying to explain why...
(C) we can never know what passes through the mind of a dying person - True. Not trying to proove the point.
(D) some people are reprieved from death at the last moment - This is the example given to support the main point.
(E) some people “die”, yet live to report their, experiences - ????

IMO B.

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03 May 2010, 14:56
It's between B and C for me. I will go with B, though it would make more sense to me if it said "dying might be a glorious experience. That would be the point of the passage.

C is close second, as this is mentioned in the passage. I don't think this was the primary point though.
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04 May 2010, 09:02
OA?
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04 May 2010, 19:25
B - The paragraph states that it is difficult to truly know what death is like, which we already know. However, it goes out of its way to demonstrate the possibility of what death might be like based on certain instances.
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05 May 2010, 09:18
Because (B) is straight from the premise I thought it is a trap and hence did not pick it.

no other options are strong and so picked (E)...
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05 May 2010, 09:25
Come on noboru, tell us the OA. I am dying by curiosity and it not even a glorious experiance.
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06 May 2010, 13:10
hgp2k wrote:
Come on noboru, tell us the OA. I am dying by curiosity and it not even a glorious experiance.

OA is B.
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iMO B
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06 May 2010, 14:36
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iMO B

If you are not going to explain why, is better not to share your opinion...
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