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# Some judges complain about statutes that specify mandatory

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Some judges complain about statutes that specify mandatory minimum sentences for criminal offenses. These legal restrictions, they complain, are too mechanical and prevent judges from deciding when a given individual can or cannot be rehabilitated. But that is precisely why mandatory minimum sentences are necessary. History amply demonstrates that when people are free to use their own judgement they invariably believe themselves to act wisely when in fact they are often arbitrary and irrational. There is no reason to think that judges are an exception to this rule.

Which one of the following sentences most accurately expresses the main point of the passage?

A) People beleive that they have good judgement but never do
B) Mandatory minimum sentences are too mechanical and reduce judicial discretion.
C) Judges should be free to exercise their own judgement
D) Judges are often arbitrary and irrational
E) Mandatory minimum sentences are needed to help prevent judicial arbitratriness.
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28 Jul 2005, 06:16
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28 Jul 2005, 06:26
Another E.

From the argument it is clear that we can weed out A, B and C, as they directly contradict the author's point of view. D is too strongly worded, and that leaves us with the more acceptable E
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28 Jul 2005, 07:11
Agree with E.
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28 Jul 2005, 11:23
Yes, E is my choice too.
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28 Jul 2005, 17:08
I agree with E too, A is too general and other choices are too narrow and does not cover the whole argument, E focuses on the central theme of the passage.
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28 Jul 2005, 19:16
E sounds good to me
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28 Jul 2005, 23:38
I will disagree with everyone here by choosing (B). The argument states that

These legal restrictions, they complain, are too mechanical and prevent judges from deciding when a given individual can or cannot be rehabilitated.

So mechanical and prevention of use of judges discretion does it. (B).
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29 Jul 2005, 02:33
E looks best.
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30 Jul 2005, 01:52
OA ps?
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30 Jul 2005, 12:52
OA is E. I fell for the trap. i chose D. After looking at Darth's explanation i understand how its AC D is too far reaching.
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30 Jul 2005, 16:16
E.

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30 Jul 2005, 16:56
gmataquaguy wrote:
OA is E. I fell for the trap. i chose D. After looking at Darth's explanation i understand how its AC D is too far reaching.
BTW, this is a key point with RCs too. Be wary of a statement that is too strong or neutral. The answer choices for "conclusion" or "main purpose" type questions usually tend to be moderately conclusive.
30 Jul 2005, 16:56
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