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# An unbiased observer of everyday encounters in Western

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An unbiased observer of everyday encounters in Western societies would surely not find many instances of unkindness by people under 65 toward people over 65. There are undoubtedly incidents of unkindness based on age, and these warrant reproof. However, the very fact that such reproof occurs and is generally accepted implies that our Western societies basically respect the elderly. The same conclusion can be drawn from a recent survey finding: 71 percent of the under 65 population agreed with the statement that people over 65 receive too little respect from society, while only 44 percent of the over-65 population, the target of the alleged irreverence agreed with it.
The author concludes that Western societies basically respect the elderly partly because

A. people under 65 are just as kind to people over 65 as they are to people of their own age group

B. survey data suggest that fewer people over 65 than under 65 get too little respect

C. disrespect for the elderly does not go so far as to result in actual harm

D. survey data suggest that people over 65 are more aware of incidents involving disrespect to the elderly than are people under 65

E. incidents of unkindness to the elderly are neither common nor generally accepted in Western societies

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16 Sep 2008, 05:35
wow, a really tricky question. Well, I pick E. This is because the argument seems to suggest that just because most of the people accept that the elderly don't get enough respect, then it means that they respect the elderly. I had a hard time understanding this argument because it's not logical nor is it enough to be considered respectful by just simply accepting what the survey has found. However, this is what this argument is trying to do.

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16 Sep 2008, 07:15
Tricky, but I'd say the answer is definitely E.

A is incorrect. There's no evidence stated about incidents of unkindness to folks under (or over) 65.
B is wrong, since that's not what the survey showed.
C refers to something (actual harm) that isn't referred to in the passage.
D is wrong, because that's not what the survey showed; even if it did, that would prove the opposite.
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16 Sep 2008, 08:38
E as well.
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17 Sep 2008, 19:43
Nihit wrote:
(concl +PR1)An unbiased observer of everyday encounters in Western societies would surely not find many instances of unkindness by people under 65 toward people over 65.
(counter PR1)There are undoubtedly incidents of unkindness based on age, and these warrant reproof. (supports main concl by countering counter PR1)However, the very fact that such reproof occurs and is generally accepted implies that our Western societies basically respect the elderly.
(PR2)The same conclusion can be drawn from a recent survey finding: 71 percent of the under 65 population agreed with the statement that people over 65 receive too little respect from society, while only 44 percent of the over-65 population, the target of the alleged irreverence agreed with it.
The author concludes that Western societies basically respect the elderly partly because

A. people under 65 are just as kind to people over 65 as they are to people of their own age group -> this is OOS

B. survey data suggest that fewer people over 65 than under 65 get too little respect -> this is changing the context no where below 65 age people are said to b disrespected ELIMINATE

C. disrespect for the elderly does not go so far as to result in actual harm -> consequences of disrespecting are not discussed

D. survey data suggest that people over 65 are more aware of incidents involving disrespect to the elderly than are people under 65
-> this attracts me but somehow E wins ,here the only point which eliminates this is more aware,nowhere we are talking about awareness of elderly
E. incidents of unkindness to the elderly are neither common nor generally accepted in Western societies -> this is the best

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17 Sep 2008, 19:44
whats the source of these CR questions ?
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18 Sep 2008, 00:34
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18 Sep 2008, 03:28
Another E.
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18 Sep 2008, 11:34
Good one

Another E!
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18 Sep 2008, 12:22
OA is E

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