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Commentator: In the new century, only nations with all the latest electronic technology will experience great economic prosperity. The people in these nations will be constantly bombarded with images of how people in other countries live. This will increase their tendency to question their own customs and traditions, leading to a dissolution of those customs and traditions. Hence, in the new century, the stability of a nation’s cultural identity will likely ______________ .

Which one of the following most logically completes the commentator’s argument?

(A) depend on a just distribution of electronic technology among all nations
(B) decrease if that nation comes to have a high level of economic wealth
(C) be ensured by laws that protect the customs and traditions of that culture
(D) be threatened only if the people of that culture fail to acquire the latest technical skills
(E) be best maintained by ensuring the gradual assimilation of new technical knowledge and skills

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IMO A

prethink: if the culture is affected by the images viewed by the other nation people, who just follow them, ...than by making sure that all cultures have the same level of images or technology,we can protect culture.
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Commentator: In the new century, only nations with all the latest electronic technology will experience great economic prosperity. The people in these nations will be constantly bombarded with images of how people in other countries live. This will increase their tendency to question their own customs and traditions, leading to a dissolution of those customs and traditions. Hence, in the new century, the stability of a nation’s cultural identity will likely ______________ .

Which one of the following most logically completes the commentator’s argument?

(A) depend on a just distribution of electronic technology among all nations
(B) decrease if that nation comes to have a high level of economic wealth
(C) be ensured by laws that protect the customs and traditions of that culture
(D) be threatened only if the people of that culture fail to acquire the latest technical skills
(E) be best maintained by ensuring the gradual assimilation of new technical knowledge and skills



IMO B.
The argument says ONLY nations with tech will have prosperity(read wealth in option). People of these nations will have all the issues with culture(bombarded with images & dissolution of their customs etc.). Hence their own identity will decrease.
"Only" is the keyword here. No other nation will be wealthy hence cause & effect(tech leads to wealth) can be reversed & B stands strong.
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Commentator: In the new century, only nations with all the latest electronic technology will experience great economic prosperity. The people in these nations will be constantly bombarded with images of how people in other countries live. This will increase their tendency to question their own customs and traditions, leading to a dissolution of those customs and traditions. Hence, in the new century, the stability of a nation’s cultural identity will likely ______________ .

Which one of the following most logically completes the commentator’s argument?

(A) depend on a just distribution of electronic technology among all nations
(B) decrease if that nation comes to have a high level of economic wealth
(C) be ensured by laws that protect the customs and traditions of that culture
(D) be threatened only if the people of that culture fail to acquire the latest technical skills
(E) be best maintained by ensuring the gradual assimilation of new technical knowledge and skills


PREMISE #1: Only high-tech nations will achieve economic prosperity
PREMISE #2: People in prosperous nations will constantly see how other countries live.
PREMISE #3: People in prosperous nations will question societal norms, leading to a dissolution of societal norms.
CONCLUSION: In the new century, the stability of a nation’s cultural identity will likely ______________ .

At this point, we should spend some time trying to generate something that might complete the conclusion.

If we can't come up with something, no problem.

Onto the answer choices!!!
As we read the answer choices, we should ask: MUST this be true?

(A) depend on a just distribution of electronic technology among all nations
This might be a tempting answer, because many students will read more into the passage that is actually stated.
Even though the passage says "The people in these nations will be constantly bombarded with images of how people in other countries live. This will increase their tendency to question their own customs and traditions." it's easy to assume that the passage implies that these people are looking at peoples who are LESS FORTUNATE than they are. However, this is not stated.
ELIMINATE A

(B) decrease if that nation comes to have a high level of economic wealth
This fits perfectly with the passage, which says: Economic prosperity --> people question norms --> dissolution of norms
KEEP B

(C) be ensured by laws that protect the customs and traditions of that culture
There's nothing in the passage to suggest that laws will have any effect on the dissolution of norms
ELIMINATE C

(D) be threatened only if the people of that culture fail to acquire the latest technical skills
Out of scope.
The passage talks about nations with all the latest electronic TECHNOLOGY. There's nothing in the passage about TECHNICAL SKILLS
Also, the passage concerns the predicament of nations that DO become prosperous (via high-tech). Nothing is mentioned about what happens to those nations that DON'T acquire technical skills.
ELIMINATE D

(E) be best maintained by ensuring the gradual assimilation of new technical knowledge and skills
Totally out of scope.
First off, the passage talks about nations with all the latest electronic TECHNOLOGY. There's nothing in the passage about TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE and SKILL
Also the passage mentions nothing about the RATE at which tech skills and knowledge are acquired.
ELIMINATE E

Answer: B

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