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27 May 2004, 21:19
A - Passage is not telling this.

B - same as A (out of scope choice)

C- Just restating the last of paragraph. generally it should reflect the whole content of paragraph .. too specific.

D - right choice .. the author intend to argue

E- same as A
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28 May 2004, 07:25
I agree with D. This was a tough one and must certainly be from the LSAT. C does seem obvious but is indeed too specific. The authors says in the last sentence that if an individual does not cause any prejudice to others, society should not get involved. The first sentence then says that if society does get involved, the promotion or degradation of general welfare is open to discussion. The general tone of the author casts doubt on the effectiveness of society to promote general welfare
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28 May 2004, 09:06
I cannot get this question. Please explain why D is right?
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28 May 2004, 12:03
Let us reverse the order of the statements

Sentence 1: If a person's conduct does not affect prejudicially the interests of others, it should not come under the jurisdiction of society in the first place.

Sentence 2: As soon as any part of a person's conduct affects prejudicially the interests of others, society has jurisdiction over it, and the question of whether the general welfare will or will not be promoted by interfering with it becomes open to discussion.

Author's intention in the first sentence: If a person's interests are not prejudiced, it should not fall under the jurisdiction of society since there is no benefit for it to be so

Author's intention in the second sentence: If a person's interests are prejudiced, then it falls under the jurisdiction of society but the claim that the latter can improve general welfare is not guaranteed and is opened to discussion

So looking at above two general intentions, the author either:
1) repudiates the utility of society's jurisdiction
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2) casts doubt on the utility of society's jurisdiction

Hence, we conclude that
D) society's intereference with the actions of individuals does not enhance general welfare

I believe D is best for the above reason
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28 May 2004, 20:37
Paul wrote:
Let us reverse the order of the statements

Sentence 1: If a person's conduct does not affect prejudicially the interests of others, it should not come under the jurisdiction of society in the first place.

Sentence 2: As soon as any part of a person's conduct affects prejudicially the interests of others, society has jurisdiction over it, and the question of whether the general welfare will or will not be promoted by interfering with it becomes open to discussion.

Author's intention in the first sentence: If a person's interests are not prejudiced, it should not fall under the jurisdiction of society since there is no benefit for it to be so

Author's intention in the second sentence: If a person's interests are prejudiced, then it falls under the jurisdiction of society but the claim that the latter can improve general welfare is not guaranteed and is opened to discussion

So looking at above two general intentions, the author either:
1) repudiates the utility of society's jurisdiction
or
2) casts doubt on the utility of society's jurisdiction

Hence, we conclude that
D) society's intereference with the actions of individuals does not enhance general welfare

I believe D is best for the above reason

Here is my explainations after knowing the answer.

Society's intereference with the actions of individuals does not enhance general welfare

This is a very strong statement and does not enhance welfare can connote that whenever society interfere the general welfare is not enhanced. Imagine a situation when it does the reverse. So by sheer GMATic wisdom this choice is out.

Paul you weighted the second part of the first sentence too much, I guess. I think we should look at the passage as "Whenever the actions of individual affects others society is in charge. When they are incharge we do not know if that will result in something good or bad, But if the action does not affect others the society better stay out ot it. So the author argues that blah blah.

I also checked D but C it is. OA

DISCLAIMER: I just ventured. If you lose sleep because of my explainations refer your greviences to ETS.

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29 May 2004, 04:21
Hell yeah it has to be C. Paul almost made me believe that D is right and so is everyone else. It looked like all of you had a group discussion.
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29 May 2004, 18:09
As I said, this was a tough one. I thought C was really too obvious and LSAT type answers are just never obvious
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29 May 2004, 18:59
I think D is wrong for the reason that's obvious in the passage: and the question whether general welfare will or will not be promoted... open for discussion....something like that.

So any answer choice that lead to some conclusion regarding General welfare can not be correct.
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30 May 2004, 21:06
How to find the correct chioce for this kind of problems??

I thought C is too specific..

D is correct one ..
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30 May 2004, 21:57
Some hints:

1. Make sure you understand what the passage is telling you in simple terms - your own terms. (they like to call it paraphrase, but I believe the key is understanding)

2. Beware out of scope choices (provided you've done 1)

3. You can practive LSAT Qs, they are similar to this Q but a little different from GMAT CRs. (LSAT Qs can be quite cumbersome and require more awareness and thinking to solve, which is a good way to practice)

4. Practice questions alike often. You can find these by digging past GMATCLUB verbal dicussions. (2003-now)
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30 May 2004, 22:51
By the way this is no LSAT question. This is just a normal question from an old GMAT prep company.
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31 May 2004, 00:12
That's fine but this does resemble LSAT official prep qs. Maybe the company models their qs based on gmat and lsat format (provided that the later is generally more difficult than the former).
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