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Student Representative [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2006, 21:36
Student representative: Our university, in expelling a student who verbally harassed his roommate, has erred by penalizing the student for doing what he surely has a right to do: speak his mind!

Dean of students: But what you’re saying is that our university should endorse verbal harassment. Yet surely if we did that, we would threaten the free flow of ideas that is the essence of university life.

Which one of the following is a questionable technique that the dean of students uses in attempting to refute the student representative?

(A) challenging the student representative’s knowledge of the process by which the student was expelled
(B) invoking a fallacious distinction between speech and other sorts of behavior
(C) misdescribing the student representative’s position, thereby making it easier to challenge
(D) questioning the motives of the student representative rather than offering reasons for the conclusion defended
(E) relying on a position of power to silence the opposing viewpoint with a threat
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2006, 21:52
Reads like an LSAT CR.

Caught between B or C, I`ll take (C) for confusion over what the student said. There is a fine line between unrestrained free speech and outright harrassment.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2006, 23:44
I go with C.

IMO, student representative is trying to say that it was not the verbal harassment but the student was speaking his ideas.
But Dean counter that argument by describing that student representative is trying to defend the verbal harassment.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2006, 10:40
will go with C...

for these question I use the following method...

for every answer take all keyword/phrases and see if they are applicable to the paragraph...
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2006, 11:03
C - The dean is interpreting in the wrong way as evident in this sentence - "But what you’re saying is that our university should endorse verbal harassment" ....
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2006, 11:51
C - but this does not seem like a very clear answer - it is the lesser of all evils I guess. I hate when CR are like that because it becomes a little subjective.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2006, 09:15
GMATT73 wrote:
Reads like an LSAT CR.

Caught between B or C, I`ll take (C) for confusion over what the student said. There is a fine line between unrestrained free speech and outright harrassment.


I was caught between B & C too and chose B in the end.

OA is C.

Thanks Dahiya.. your explanation makes sense.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2006, 02:57
I pick C too...

I think misdescribing is something that comes to your mind while you read the argument.... Although B is close....but other parts of behaviour is a bit questionable.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2006, 03:07
Will go with C here.

Clearly the dean has twisted the intended meaning of the student representative's question to suit his needs.
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