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Which of the following most logically completes the argument??
When people engage in activities that help others ,their brain releases endorphins,
the brain’s natural opiates, which induce in people a feeling of well-being. It has
been suggested that regular release of endorphins increases people’s longevity.
And a statistic on adults who regularly engage in volunteer work helping others
shows that they live longer, on average, than adults who do not volunteer. However,
that statistic would be what we would expect even if volunteering does not
boost longevity, because...

A. in the communities studied, women were much more likely to do regular
volunteer work than men were, and women tend to live longer than men do.
B. the number of young adults who do regular volunteer work is on the increase
C. the feelings of well-being induced by endorphins can, at least for a time, mask
the symptoms of various conditions and diseases, provided the symptoms are
mild.
D. it is rare for a person to keep up a regular schedule of volunteer work throughout
his or her life.
E. Some people find that keeping a commitment to do regular volunteer work
becomes a source of stress in their lives.

[spoiler]This question has been discussed on some sites; the general consensus, however, was divided along the OA (C) and option A.[/spoiler] Please discuss your choice with reasons.
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that statistic would be what we would expect even if volunteering does not
boost longevity, because...
A. in the communities studied, women were much more likely to do regular
volunteer work than men were, and women tend to live longer than men do.
>> This supports the statistics. But our goal is to find the sentence that can fit in 'even if volunteering does not boost longevity...'. This is not the correct option.
B. the number of young adults who do regular volunteer work is on the increase
>> Can not fit in the final sentense.
C. the feelings of well-being induced by endorphins can, at least for a time, mask
the symptoms of various conditions and diseases, provided the symptoms are
mild.
>> Yes, This is the correct option. We expect the statistics even if volunteering does not boost longevity, because the feelings of well-being... makes people think that their they are healthy and results in longevity.
D. it is rare for a person to keep up a regular schedule of volunteer work throughout
his or her life.
>> Will not fit
E. Some people find that keeping a commitment to do regular volunteer work
becomes a source of stress in their lives.
>> This can not be part of the sentense.
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24 Mar 2010, 22:47
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25 Mar 2010, 12:00
OA = C.
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OA = C.
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i'm afraid the oa is A, not C.
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26 Feb 2012, 15:50
A. in the communities studied, women were much more likely to do regular
volunteer work than men were, and women tend to live longer than men do.
>> This supports the statistics. But our goal is to find the sentence that can fit in 'even if volunteering does not boost longevity...'. This is not the correct option.

You're right with on exeption. goal is to find the sentence that can fit in 'even if volunteering does not boost longevit and A is exactly that cind of centence
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27 Feb 2012, 00:18
I want to say that the correct choice is A according to the manhattan link above. Also, the below is my explanation for choice A:

Premise: Activities helping others => increase endorphin => well-being
Increase endorphin => increase longevity
Statistic: Those who help others : Live longer > Those who do not
(Assumption: Helping other => Increase longevity)
=> Conclude: Statistic will still be correct even if Assumption does not happen because

A. in the communities studied, women were much more likely to do regular volunteer work than men were, and women tend to live longer than men do. => This choice give other reasons for longevity. That is sex, not volunteering.

C. the feelings of well-being induced by endorphins can, at least for a time, mask the symptoms of various conditions and diseases, provided the symptoms are mild. => this choice truly does not relate
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