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9. 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 youâ€™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 representativeâ€™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 representativeâ€™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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21 Nov 2006, 10:25
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
9. 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 youâ€™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 representativeâ€™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 representativeâ€™s position, thereby making it easier to challenge

C seems to be the answer. What the student representative said has nothing do with stopping free flow of ideas. But the dean is putting the student in such a position.

(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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21 Nov 2006, 10:25
I think its C here.
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21 Nov 2006, 20:10
Argument Paraphrased.:
Student Rep: Freedom of speech should not be curtailed, even if it involves Verbal Abuse.
Dean: You are saying verbal abuse should be encouraged (endorsed)

The Dean highlights only one part of the student rep's argument making it sound like that part is actually the main point of the rep's argument.

B says it better than I do!!

Edited: Meant to say C, typed in B. Explanation still stands though!

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21 Nov 2006, 22:23
Tricky one. going with C.
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21 Nov 2006, 22:38
I original went for B, but the other sorts of behavior piece makes me think that it is too vague, and the dean does not talk about other sorts of behaviour.

C talks about the Dean twisted the students arguement. So C seems to be the correct choice.

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21 Nov 2006, 23:02
I think c is the ans here
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21 Nov 2006, 23:41
9. 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 youâ€™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 representativeâ€™s knowledge of the process by which the student was expelled no mention of proceee
(B) invoking a fallacious distinction between speech and other sorts of behavior Based on undelined section
(C) misdescribing the student representativeâ€™s position, thereby making it easier to challenge Doesnot describ reps position
(D) questioning the motives of the student representative rather than offering reasons for the conclusion defended No mention of motive
(E) relying on a position of power to silence the opposing viewpoint with a threat There is no threat made
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23 Nov 2006, 00:39
prefer C.

the rep said 'free flow of ideas', but the dean said 'endorsement of the verbal harassment'. 2 different things.
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23 Nov 2006, 05:23
OA is C!
23 Nov 2006, 05:23
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