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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. – не понял смысл

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’s respect for them.

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16 Feb 2008, 06:39
i say A

passage says that if you are confident, you have no problem making jokes or telling embarassing/funny stories about yourself. Also, you dont mind it when others poke fun at you.

So, we can infer that the opposite is true for non-confident individuals; namely, that they are reluctant to share those same types of stories, or, cant take jokes made at their expense in good stride.
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16 Feb 2008, 09:25
I choose A too and for the same reasons mentioned above.
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16 Feb 2008, 19:03
(A) A person who lacks self-confidence will enjoy neither telling nor hearing funny stories about himself or herself. [Hold it]
(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others. [Hold it]
(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are self-confident. [other audience is not discussed - eliminate it]
(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told. [What most people want is out of scope - eliminate it]
(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing one’s respect for them.[respect - not discussed in the argument - eliminate it]

Between A and B

B – About others is not discussed in the argument – eliminate it

Re: CR (funny stories)   [#permalink] 16 Feb 2008, 19:03
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