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# From time to time, the press indulges in outbursts of

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From time to time, the press indulges in outbursts of indignation over the use of false or misleading information by the U.S. government in support of its policies and programs. No one endorses needless deception. But consider this historical analogy. It is known that Christopher Columbus, on his first voyage to the New World, deliberately falsified the log to show a shorter sailing distance for each day out than the ships had actually traveled. In this way, Columbus was able to convince his skeptical sailors that they had not sailed past the point at which they expected to find the shores of India. Without this deception, Columbus’s sailors might well have mutinied, and the New World might never have been discovered.

11. Which of the following is the main weakness of the historical analogy drawn in the passage above?
(A) The sailors in Columbus’s crew never knew that they had been deceived, while government deception is generally uncovered by the press.
(B) A ship’s log is a record intended mainly for use by the captain, while press reports are generally disseminated for use by the public at large.
(C) The members of a ship’s crew are selected by the captain of the ship, while those who work in the press are self-selected.
(D) The crew of a ship is responsible for the success of a voyage, while the press is not responsible for the use others make of the factual information it publishes.
(E) In a democracy, the people are expected to participate in the nation’s political decision making, while the members of a ship’s crew are expected simply to obey the orders of the captain.

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10 Dec 2009, 14:30
I think the analogy is not between the press and the ship but between the deception done by govt. and that was done by Columbus. Therefore we can eliminate B,C and D.
A sounds absurd as it has seemingly no bearing with the analogy.

E sounds to me the best answer, here it contradicts that deception by Govt. is not good because it serves a different purpose.
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10 Dec 2009, 16:59
I agree, I think E is the best answer, too. It states the difference btw a government and a ship crew.
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17 Dec 2009, 14:05
My ans E. what is the OA?
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17 Dec 2009, 14:41
My first thought was E, but knowing it is 700 level question, it would be too easy.
However the other answers are irrelevant, out of scope or don't impact the argument.
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17 Dec 2009, 19:43
I don't know why but I actually think A, because it only talks about the concerned parties involved (crew & press), in the first case crew never knew of the deception but the press knew about it, so the analogy doesn't stand, i guess....
since the passage doesn't talk about people....I will stick with A though E sounds good too
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11 Jan 2010, 07:01
I will go with A. E is plausible but imo, not correct. Democracy and political decision making etc seems to be superflous, and actually not adding anything.
What is the OA?
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11 Jan 2010, 07:07
Hang on, reading it once again, I think its E ( as explained by others above) .
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11 Jan 2010, 10:43
I think the answer is B.

It is true that the log is mainly for the ship's captain.
Also, information about how far the ship has traveled etc etc is usually available to the sailors through other means.
Whereas press statements and releases are the only way information is dissembled to the public.
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15 May 2011, 07:05
No one endorses needless deception. -- conclusion.

between A and E, E clearly brings out the comparison between citizens and the crew member of the ship.
This is the clear difference in the analogy not interpreted.
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15 May 2011, 13:24
i think its B, E may not be the ans as ,its said in the para that columbus was able to convince his crew members,and E say obey orders..
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15 May 2011, 14:42
I guess B... What is d OA?

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