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A century in certain ways is like a life, and as the end of a century approaches, people behave toward that century much as someone who is nearing the end of life does toward that life. So just as people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life, people at a century’s end __________.

Which one of the following most logically completes the argument?

(A) reminisce about their own lives
(B) fear that their own lives are about to end
(C) focus on what the next century will bring
(D) become very interested in the history of the century just ending
(E) reflect on how certain unfortunate events of the century could have been avoided

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Hi,

Can anyone explain why D is the correct answer?
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Hi... Can someone explain why D is the answer ? I choose A.
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Argument says century is like a life.
people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life.

Now we need to answer what will people do at a century’s end?

This is sort of a parallel reasoning question.
We are given that century is like a life and people at the end of life look back on the events of their life. Therefore, people at the end of century will look at the events of the century.

This is also a real life situation. Have you noticed at the end of every year a lot of TV shows are aired which go over events of the last year? Same here. :)

D says people become very interested in the history of the century just ending. This is akin to saying that people become interested at the events of the century just ending.
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just as people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life, people at a century’s end

just as brings comparison so one can suggest that persons who are at end of their life enjoy looking back in century , the others enjoy looking forward to upcoming century.

Option C has equal chance as D
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Just as people behave when their life is about to end they behave exactly the same when a century is about to end. It means what u do when life or a century is going to end is same.
so what you should fill in the blank to complete the sentence should be exactly parallel to the first part. Here is how :

just as X so Y - we know its and idiom where X & Y has to be of similar nature and should be comparable, all in all parallel and should be expressing the same meaning.

in argument "Y" is - "People spend much time looking back on the events of their life when in their last years (when life is going to end)
so "X" should be - "People spend much time looking at events of the century when it is going to end".

Choice "D" is exactly what "X" should be. it says people take interest in history (events happened in century) of century just ending.
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Why not A & B ?

I am unable to understand how it is D ?

How to approach this sentence ?

Can someone help me out ?
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Why not A & B ?

I am unable to understand how it is D ?

How to approach this sentence ?

Can someone help me out ?


you have to read the TEXT in entirety.The passage talks about a subtle comparison between TWO EPISODES. the way one looks at his life as he come to his own FAG end AND the way one VIEWS as the 100 years comes to an end.

(A) reminisce about their own lives-------> this PEOPLE are said to be doing when their OWN life is coming to FAG END so it CANNOT be the answer
(B) fear that their own lives are about to end---->FEAR is no where in the PICTURE ! so this is also out

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A century in certain ways is like a life, and as the end of a century approaches, people behave toward that century much as someone who is nearing the end of life does toward that life. So just as people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life, people at a century’s end __________.

Which one of the following most logically completes the argument?

(A) reminisce about their own lives -People become interested in events that happened in the current ending century
(B) fear that their own lives are about to end -People become interested in events that happened in the current ending century
(C) focus on what the next century will bring -Their focus is on the current century, rather than on the next century
(D) become very interested in the history of the century just ending -Correct
(E) reflect on how certain unfortunate events of the century could have been avoided -Out of scope
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A century in certain ways is like a life, and as the end of a century approaches, people behave toward that century much as someone who is nearing the end of life does toward that life. So just as people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life, people at a century’s end __________.

This argument makes a parallel between how people behave at the end of a century and how people behave at the end of a life. If people look back at the events of their lives as their lives come to an end, then we can infer that people will look back at the events of the century as the century comes to an end. Answer choice (D) clearly expresses this.

Which one of the following most logically completes the argument?

(A) reminisce about their own lives - is incorrect because a century’s end will prompt reminiscence of the century’s events, not reminiscence of the people’s lives
(B) fear that their own lives are about to end - is out of scope. There is no indication that people would be fearful.
(C) focus on what the next century will bring - looks forward instead of backward.
(D) become very interested in the history of the century just ending -- Correct
(E) reflect on how certain unfortunate events of the century could have been avoided - is out of scope. There is no reason to conclude that people would look back on the unfortunate events.
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Hi expert,
I understood the logic in this question, but I am still confused about the phrase "history of the century just ending" in answer D.
I think "People at year-end" means we are still in this year, not yet enter a new year. Therefore, the century just ending seems to talk about the previous century, rather than the current one.
Could you explain?
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A century in certain ways is like a life, and as the end of a century approaches, people behave toward that century much as someone who is nearing the end of life does toward that life. So just as people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life, people at a century’s end __________.

Which one of the following most logically completes the argument?

(A) reminisce about their own lives
(B) fear that their own lives are about to end
(C) focus on what the next century will bring
(D) become very interested in the history of the century just ending
(E) reflect on how certain unfortunate events of the century could have been avoided

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A century in certain ways is like a life, and as the end of a century approaches, people behave toward that century much as someone who is nearing the end of life does toward that life. So just as people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life, people at a century’s end
_________

(A) reminisce about their own lives Not own lives but century

(B) fear that their own lives are about to end Not mentioned

(C) focus on what the next century will bring Out of scope

(D) become very interested in the history of the century just ending

(E) reflect on how certain unfortunate events of the century could have been avoided Out of scope

(D)
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I feel totally stumped to understand why I faltered in argument understanding and PoE.

Argument understanding:

Quote:
A century in certain ways is like a life,


A century is analogous to life

Quote:
and as the end of a century approaches, people behave toward that century much as someone who is nearing the end of life does toward that life.

(1) Towards end of a century, people have similar reactions for century as a person
who is towards end of his life, e.g. critically injured in an accident and admitted in ICU


Quote:
So just as people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life, people at a century’s end __________.

Key conclusion marker: so
Key comparison marker: just as

Main conclusion: Just as people who are in their last year spend thinking about past events in their lives___
what do people at end of century do?
Well from (1) it clearly folows they people would like to think about events in century.

Which one of the following most logically completes the argument?

Quote:
(A) reminisce about their own lives

Why I chose this? Although I knew I was intersted in key word century in answer choices
this choice seemed so tempting since it talks about people thinking about their own lives
and I could not disassociate people's lives and century.

Quote:
(D) become very interested in the history of the century just ending

Why I rejected this?
Wait? People are interested in events that occurred in a century
as they are interested in events that occurred in past lives.

I guess in spite of such simple language in argument, I was stumped to match my paraphrase
with PoE. Is that correct?
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creativeminddu wrote:
A century in certain ways is like a life, and as the end of a century approaches, people behave toward that century much as someone who is nearing the end of life does toward that life. So just as people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life, people at a century’s end __________.

Which one of the following most logically completes the argument?

(A) reminisce about their own lives
(B) fear that their own lives are about to end
(C) focus on what the next century will bring
(D) become very interested in the history of the century just ending
(E) reflect on how certain unfortunate events of the century could have been avoided

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You need to be exact in your understanding of the argument.

A century is like a life so say 1900 to 2000 years is like one life of 100 years.

"People behave toward that century much as someone who is nearing the end of life does toward that life."
So just as someone nearing the end behaves towards the life he has lived, people behave towards that century.

"So just as people in their last years spend much time looking back on the events of their life,"
People at the end of their life look back on the events of their life.
Similarly, at the end of a century, people will look back on the events of the century (which is a life coming to an end).

So answer is (D), not (A). People don't look back at their own lives, they look back at the century's life. Else, the whole point of comparing century to a life etc is lost.
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