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# According to one psychological theory, in order to be happy, one must

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According to one psychological theory, in order to be happy, one must have an 'intimate relationship with another person. Yet the world's greatest composers spent most of their time in solitude and had no intimate relationships. So the psychological theory must be wrong.

The conclusion above assumes that

(A) the world's greatest composers chose to avoid intimate relationships
(B) people who have intimate relationships spend little time in solitude
(C) solitude is necessary for the composition of great music
(D) less well known composers had intimate relationships
(E) the world's greatest composers were happy

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1. According to psychological theory, To be Happy --> Need Intimate Relationships
2. Greatest composers --> Spend time in solitude

Therefore, psychological theory must be wrong

Above, you can see the jump when we are talking about Great Composers. The argument assumes that "Great Composers were happy". Hence answer should be E
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18 Feb 2019, 23:32
This is cause and effect type question.

Cause: Have an intimate relationship with someone
Effect: happiness

The author refutes this causal relationship by referring to world's greatest composers. Author says that world's greatest composers spent most of their time in solitude and had intimate relationship. Based on this the theory is false. So, the author is essentially saying that the cause was absent but the effect was still produced. Hence, our assumption is that the world's greatest composers were happy.

Answer: E
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