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# George Bernard Shaw wrote: That any sane nation, having

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10 Jul 2008, 11:42
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George Bernard Shaw wrote: That any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg is enough to make one despair of political humanity.

Shaw's statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?

(A) Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit
(B) Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population
(C) Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins
(D) Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share
(E) Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples basic needs
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10 Jul 2008, 12:17
as far as i understand....its A..not sure though...

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10 Jul 2008, 12:23
IMO B.

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Shaw: "Bakers can be paid more to make more bread, but that it doesn't follow that surgeons should be paid more to cut off legs."

A aptly describes a similar situation among dentists, who perform unnecessary procedures to increase their earnings.

IMO, straight A.

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11 Jul 2008, 01:19
I think bernard shaw is criticizing those who serve the basic needs of human to earn profit.

IMO E,

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11 Jul 2008, 02:53
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11 Jul 2008, 05:14
I'd pick A.

Reasoning: It is not eithical for a Doctor to chop off one's leg for the sake of money. Funny, isnt it:)

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11 Jul 2008, 05:15
George Bernard Shaw wrote: That any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg is enough to make one despair of political humanity.

Shaws statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?

(A) Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit -> this is out of scope

(B) Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population -> This is actually taking abt specialising according to effect on population -> eliminate

(C) Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins -> no grocers mentioned in the argument hence out of scope -> eliminate

(D) Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share -> oil companies out of scope -> out of scope eliminate

(E) Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples basic needs -> this is perfect since it directly states that they are to provide basic needs and charge for the same.Hold this

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11 Jul 2008, 11:31
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12 Jul 2008, 09:45
OA is A

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12 Jul 2008, 10:08
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George Bernard Shaw wrote: That any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg is enough to make one despair of political humanity.

Shaws statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?

(A) Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit

(B) Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population

(C) Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins

(D) Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share

(E) Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples basic needs

you have ppl bake the bread in order to suppy it.. but thats not the same with surgeon as to cutt the leg just to meet the need.

I will go with A

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03 Aug 2010, 06:02
I think the explanation can be ' Shaw wants to illustrate the loss of hope of political humanity'.

out of all choices, A only depicts the same.
for eg. option C tells grocers raise the cost to increase profit which is not as bad as dentists doing unnecessary dental work to increase the profit"

pls. correct me if am wrong.

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03 Aug 2010, 07:30
It was a toughie.. Couldn't understand Hope such qns don't make an appearance in the real GMAT

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It took me sometime to get to what GB Shaw was saying there!

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05 Aug 2010, 01:02
Should be A.

We can criticize the Dentists in the same as we can criticize the Surgeons for charging for something that is not humane or not ethical.

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05 Aug 2010, 02:18
Hope this is a level 4 or 5 question.. gurus, correct me if am wrong..

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It's the dentist.
Here's my thinking. GB Shaw makes the point that although you can improve the supply of bread by providing a financial incentive, it does not follow that you should be able to improve the supply of cut-off legs through an incentive. Thus, there is a difference between an incentive for a positive outcome and for a negative outcome.

Cut-off legs are negative when the procedure isn't necessary (obviously, sometimes cutting off a leg is a life-saving procedure), so the closest analogy is A, a dentist who performs unnecessary dental surgeries because he may gain more money by doing so.

In fact, one could replace the cut-off legs idea with pulled teeth and it's basically the same example.

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04 Aug 2011, 05:12
srivicool wrote:
Hope this is a level 4 or 5 question.. gurus, correct me if am wrong..

I would say this is around 700 level. GMAC could make it 750 -800 level by changing the question to:

Shaw’s statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing all of the following except:

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04 Aug 2011, 05:24
+1 for A.. Real tricky question.. It took time for me to understand it.. Just hoping that such questions won't appear in GMAT.
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04 Aug 2011, 08:51
initially i tht it was C but based on the explanations given i think my thinking was totally wrong..was a real tough one dis...

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