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1. Greek tragedy, one of the enduring pillars of our belief system, dramatized
the concept that the misfortune a person suffers is not an accident, but
rather a logical outcome of flaws in that person’s nature; the misfortune is
thus that person’s “fault.” Nonetheless, today the public broadly supports
bankruptcy protection, family welfare and other “social safety net” programs
that shield the destitute in the face of their hardships, at taxpayer expense.
Which of the following, if true, would best resolve the paradox in the
statements above?
• The ancient Greeks had few, if any, such social safety net programs in their
society.
• The majority of the public is more familiar with the works of Shakespeare
than those of Greek tragedy.
• Some people insist that society, not the individual, is to blame for most
accidents.
• Many people in financial difficulties feel too ashamed to declare bankruptcy
or to take advantage of other social safety net programs.
• The religions practiced by most people today strongly encourage people to
contribute to charities that assist innocent people injured in natural disasters,
such as hurricanes.

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28 Jan 2010, 03:52
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1. Greek tragedy, one of the enduring pillars of our belief system, dramatized
the concept that the misfortune a person suffers is not an accident, but
rather a logical outcome of flaws in that person’s nature; the misfortune is
thus that person’s “fault.” Nonetheless, today the public broadly supports
bankruptcy protection, family welfare and other “social safety net” programs
that shield the destitute in the face of their hardships, at taxpayer expense.
Which of the following, if true, would best resolve the paradox in the
statements above?
• The ancient Greeks had few, if any, such social safety net programs in their
society.
• The majority of the public is more familiar with the works of Shakespeare
than those of Greek tragedy.
• Some people insist that society, not the individual, is to blame for most
accidents. Correct.Causes both the events mentioned in the argument.
• Many people in financial difficulties feel too ashamed to declare bankruptcy
or to take advantage of other social safety net programs.
• The religions practiced by most people today strongly encourage people to
contribute to charities that assist innocent people injured in natural disasters,
such as hurricanes.

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An option that is a possible cause of the vents in the argument resolves the paradox in the argument.

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28 Jan 2010, 04:45
The fact that "some" people insist that society is to blame for misfortune does
not explain why the public today "broadly supports" social safety net programs.

So its not C. "some" is the easiest way to see why C is wrong
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28 Jan 2010, 04:54
Maybe (E)?

Greek tragedy may remain one of the pillars of western belief system but there are other factors to consider too - that is religion.
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28 Jan 2010, 08:22
• The ancient Greeks had few, if any, such social safety net programs in their
society.
CORRECT: as they didnothave any such "social security pgms",even if the greeks had broadly supported so
,there was no way they could have enrolled in them.But since today we have such programs and we enrol in them

• The majority of the public is more familiar with the works of Shakespeare
than those of Greek tragedy.
Shakespeare doesnot add anything to aolve the discrepancy
• Some people insist that society, not the individual, is to blame for most
accidents.
SOME people donot define the broad agreement
• Many people in financial difficulties feel too ashamed to declare bankruptcy
or to take advantage of other social safety net programs.
its not about taking advantage rather about wide accepatnce in safety programs
• The religions practiced by most people today strongly encourage people to
contribute to charities that assist innocent people injured in natural disasters,
such as hurricanes.
out of context
so IMO: A
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29 Jan 2010, 06:24
IMO : D

It resolves the paradox. It says that even though there is social safety net, Many people suffer for misfortune because of their own fault
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29 Jan 2010, 11:53
1. Greek tragedy, one of the enduring pillars of our belief system, dramatized
the concept that the misfortune a person suffers is not an accident, but
rather a logical outcome of flaws in that person’s nature; the misfortune is
thus that person’s “fault.” Nonetheless, today the public broadly supports
bankruptcy protection, family welfare and other “social safety net” programs
that shield the destitute in the face of their hardships, at taxpayer expense.
Which of the following, if true, would best resolve the paradox in the
statements above?
• The ancient Greeks had few, if any, such social safety net programs in their
society.
• The majority of the public is more familiar with the works of Shakespeare
than those of Greek tragedy.
• Some people insist that society, not the individual, is to blame for most
accidents.
• Many people in financial difficulties feel too ashamed to declare bankruptcy
or to take advantage of other social safety net programs.
• The religions practiced by most people today strongly encourage people to
contribute to charities that assist innocent people injured in natural disasters,
such as hurricanes.

Would go with E... as the same shows another reason for the public today to be more inclined towards such programs. Hence this has got nothing to do with the Greek version of misfortune
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31 Jan 2010, 17:43
would go with E because it does not contradicts either of the premises presented
1) greek belief that people are to blame for their own misfortunes
2) in our society today, we set up systems and networks to help those who are in need

The answer is saying that particular group of people, the religeous one, would still help others out, these group of people do not fall into the category of the ancient greek, thus they are willing to helps out others, this does not contradict the first premise, as we are not talking abot the same group of people. Also, it does not contradict the second premise.
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The statements above present a paradox. If, as the author implies, the ethos of
Greek tragedy still holds as an "enduring pillar of our belief system," an ethos
declaring each person's misfortune that person's fault, then the majority of the
public should not support "social safety net" programs, which are based on the
philosophical position that someone's misfortune is not necessarily his or her
fault.
(A) This choice does not resolve the paradox. The observation that the ancient
Greeks had few social safety net programs does not explain why the public today
supports such programs, while holding onto the ethos of Greek tragedy.
(B) This is an irrelevant comparison. This choice does not say that the public is
actually unfamiliar with Greek tragedy, and its greater familiarity with
Shakespeare does not explain the paradox.
(C) The fact that "some" people insist that society is to blame for misfortune does
not explain why the public today "broadly supports" social safety net programs.
(D) This choice does not resolve the paradox. Perhaps many destitute people do
not take advantage of social safety net programs because they feel ashamed --
maybe even guilty, as if they caused their own misfortunes (whether or not they
did), in accordance with the ethos of Greek tragedy. However, this observation
does not explain why these programs enjoy the broad support of the public.
(E) CORRECT. This statement undermines the author’s assumption that the
ethos of the ancient Greeks is the only operative component of the public's belief
system. If most people believe in helping innocent victims of natural disasters,
then they must believe that there can be "innocent victims" and that not all
misfortune is due to the actions and flaws of the individual in question.
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