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# An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about

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An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest of supreme self-confidence. This willingness, often not acquired until late in life, is even more revealing than is good-natured acquiescence in having others poke fun at one.

Which one of the following inference is most supported by the statements above?

(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself.

(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.

(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are self-confident.

(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.

(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing one┬б┬пs respect for them.
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22 Dec 2003, 14:29
A looks good, but isn't it extreme??

I have no confidence in picking one sure answer for this one..
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22 Dec 2003, 16:37
A

B is not correct because the premise does not talk about self confident people making jokes about other at all .. out of scope.
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14 Apr 2016, 04:13
Guys i agree with you, i also think it is A.
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26 Nov 2019, 08:10
OA added and bumping for further discussion
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02 Dec 2019, 18:14
Can anyone explain why A is correct?
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02 Dec 2019, 18:54
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Paragraph talks about self confidence and gives two cases
1. Person easily joking about oneself (even in front of an audience)
2. Others poking fun at one.
A person with high self confidence enjoys both traits, as per the passage.

(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself.

This seems the corollary of what the passage says. Let's keep it.

(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.

Out of scope. The object of joke is oneself, and not others.

(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are self-confident

The main essence is missing. Telling jokes is different from "telling jokes about oneself". Option C is eliminated.

(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.

No mention about confidence. Also, the second part in the passage does mention confident people enjoy others poke fun at them. Option D seems a very generalized statement, and hence ruled out.

(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing one's respect for them.

The context is about self-confidence (about oneself) and not respect (for the audience) . Totally out of context. Ruled out.

Hence option A seems the best answer IMO.

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03 Dec 2019, 07:01
asandeep wrote:
An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest of supreme self-confidence. This willingness, often not acquired until late in life, is even more revealing than is good-natured acquiescence in having others poke fun at one.

Which one of the following inference is most supported by the statements above?

(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself.

(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.

(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are self-confident.

(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.

(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing one┬б┬пs respect for them.

I spent 2 mins 30 secs, eliminating all the answer choices! Ultimately, I ended up choosing C. My reasoning is:
Premise 1 says about the person, who is surest of supreme self-confidence.
Premise 2 says that this quality is not acquired till late in life. Okay. Now the question stem asks for inference.
TBH, the question looks more of RC type than of CR type. Anyhow, the options are,
A. Since Premise says about person with surest self-confidence, I eliminated this one! If a person with modest self-confidence does not tell funny stories, then this option does not hold. That is the reason why I eliminated A.
B. Neither this can be inferred. Premises mention that highly self confident people tell jokes about themselves not others
C. Again, this cannot be inferred. Just because A and B happens, there could not be a causal relationship.
D. Most people -- The set we are considering is, supreme self-confident people. Eliminate D
E. Looks like there is certain typo (one┬б┬пs), but other than that, option E can also be eliminated. All the Premise talks about is joke about oneself not others.

It took 2 mins for me to reach this part! Now, again skimming A through E, I chose C in 30 secs half-heartedly. Can anyone point out errors in my reasoning?
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04 Dec 2019, 06:03
asandeep wrote:
An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest of supreme self-confidence. This willingness, often not acquired until late in life, is even more revealing than is good-natured acquiescence in having others poke fun at one.

Which one of the following inference is most supported by the statements above?

Argument analysis:
There are number of factors to determine if person is self confident - the most supreme is the one in which the person is not hesitant in telling funny stories / jokes about himself.
This confidence is not acquired untill late in life
The ability to crack jokes about oneself is a better factor to judge a person's self-confidence than the ability to allow others to poke fun at oneself

(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself.
- The argument states that of the many indicators of self-confidence, the ability to poke fun at oneself and the ability to let other poke fun at oneself are one of the many indicators of self confidence. Thus if one is not self-confident he definetly lacks both of them.
-Correct

(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.
- We do not know anything about this. May be they do tell funny stories is very non-offensive way or may be they do not.
-Wrong

(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are self-confident.
- Not true. May be they tell to help others to increase their sefl-confidence or just to lighten up the mood.
-Wrong

(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.
- First point is this argument speaks about highly self-confident people. We do not know whether they constitute a high percentage among general public.
-Wrong

(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing one's respect for them.
-Wrong
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11 Dec 2019, 11:17
asandeep wrote:
An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest of supreme self-confidence. This willingness, often not acquired until late in life, is even more revealing than is good-natured acquiescence in having others poke fun at one.

Which one of the following inference is most supported by the statements above?

(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself.

(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.

(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are self-confident.

(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.

(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing one┬б┬пs respect for them.

I also believe that A is best of the lot,but isn't it going too far?
here is my take on this
Supreme Self Confidence= Willingness to share funny story abt oneself
this Supreme Self Confidence is greater than
high level of confidence = Letting people laugh at you
So we know what confide (high and supreme) leads to but nothing abt what lack of it leads to.
Best I could make out that "PEOPLE WHO LACK HIGH SELF CONFIDENCE DO NOT SHOW WILLINGNESS TO SHARE FUNNY STORY ABT ONESELF or LIKE TO BE MADE FUN OF".

I am continuously eliminating options in Inference type on the basis of Answer choice being too extreme or reverse logic can be said to be true.

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11 Dec 2019, 14:32
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The CONTRAPOSITIVE of an if-then statement is always true.
Original statement: If A, then B.
Contrapositive: If not B, then not A.

Example:
Original statement: If John is in New York City, then John is in the United States.
Contrapositive: If John is not in the United States, then John is not in New York City.

asandeep wrote:
An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest mark of supreme self-confidence. This willingness, often not acquired until late in life, is even more revealing than is good-natured acquiescence in having others poke fun at one.

Which one of the following inference is most supported by the statements above?

(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself.

(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.

(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are self-confident.

(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.

(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing one┬б┬пs respect for them.

Passage:
An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is the surest mark of supreme self-confidence.
In other words:
If a person tells funny stories about himself, then he has self-confidence.
Contrapositive:
If a person lacks self-confidence, then he is unwilling to tell funny stories about himself.

This willingness is even more revealing than is good-natured acquiescence in having others poke fun at one.
In other words, good-natured acquiescence is another indication of self-confidence:
If a person exhibits good-natured acquiescence in having other poke fun at him, then he has self-confidence.
Contrapositive:
If a person lacks self-confidence, then he does not exhibit good-natured acquiescence in having other poke fun at him.

A: A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself.
In other words:
If a person lacks self-confidence, then he will not enjoy telling or hearing funny stories about himself.
Option A combines the two contrapositives above into a single statement and thus is a valid inference.

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