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# An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is th

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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.

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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.

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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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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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?

Inference question

Pre-thinking

We are given that the most confident person will tell jokes about him/herself and that a confident (but not as confident as the latter person) person will have fun while other people tell jokes about him/herself.

We simply can infer that someone who is not confident probably won't like either telling jokes about her/him or when other people make fun her/him

POE

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

(B) People with high self-confidence do not tell funny stories or jokes about others.
telling jokes about others is out of the picture

(C) Highly self-confident people tell funny stories and jokes in order to let their audience know that they are self-confident.
the purpose of telling jokes as well is out of the picture

(D) Most people would rather tell a funny story or joke than listen to one being told.
what most people will do cannot be inferred

(E) Telling funny stories or jokes about people in their presence is a way of expressing one┬б┬пs respect for them.
cannot be inferred as respect here is out of scope

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Re: An easy willingness to tell funny stories or jokes about oneself is th [#permalink]
I believe there is an easier explanation for option A :
"Telling funny story or joke about one self ---> self confidence" take care of the word "Surest"
Therefore A----> B and since it is necessary and sufficient thus NOT B ----> Not A

Thus option A..

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