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If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes—all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

Which one of the following is an assumption made by the author of the passage?
(A) The arts of life have no useful end.
(B) The artificial is not better than the natural.
(C) Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature.
(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated.
(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature.

Can anyone explain why the ans is "c"
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artificial < nature. From the first sentence / premise.
violation of law - reverse it ! artificial > nature. Since Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are the examples of artificial arts of life. They should be assumed "better" than nature - all are direct "violations" of the law. C is obvious.

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C for me. The passage says artificial things are to do something better than the way it is done naturally. In the next line it gives examples of some of these ways and says they are in violation of nature. So, these things,being artificial, must be better than nature. Hence C.
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If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes—all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

Which one of the following is an assumption made by the author of the passage?
(A) The arts of life have no useful end.
(B) The artificial is not better than the natural.
(C) Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature.
(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated.
(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature.

Can anyone explain why the ans is "c"

My understandingThe author questions the existence of arts, on the basis that they have to be better than following nature for anyone to pursue it.Then he moves on to building, ploughing etc and states that these are violations of injunction to follow nature.

A look at the answer choices \
1.totally wrong......
2.Does not match with the author's statement.
3Digging,ploughing etc are artificial as understood above and they have to be better than natural way of existence (red font above).
4. Nowhere stated or implied in the statement.
5. It is either artificial or natural no middle path..

Therefore, Ans C....

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Author is refuting the premise that artificial is better than nature. and he uses the example of arts of life- digging, wearing clothes etc. and he clearly assumes these are better than nature- only then he can use this as an exmaple to reute the argument stated in the beginning of the sentence. Hence, C is an assumption.

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If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes—all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

Which one of the following is an assumption made by the author of the passage?
(A) The arts of life have no useful end.
(B) The artificial is not better than the natural.
(C) Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature.
(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated.
(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature.

Can anyone explain why the ans is "c"



Prethinking: Author thinks artificial is better than nature and gives examples of digging, plowing etc to show that these are better than nature and we do them and go against nature.He is sure that these examples somehow make us/artificial better than nature and these are enough to prove that.

A)usefulness of arts never discussed
B)Opposite.
C)exactly what we thought.
D)kinda opposite plus next step.opposite stretch.
E)nowhere mentioned,doesnt connect.

Hope it helps.Let me know if i should clarify further..


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If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes—all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature.

Which one of the following is an assumption made by the author of the passage?
(A) The arts of life have no useful end.
(B) The artificial is not better than the natural.
(C) Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature.
(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated.
(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature.



The author questions the validity of arts, on the basis that they are supposed be better than the nature.
Then he gives examples of certain activities such as building, ploughing etc and states that these are violations of injunction to follow nature.

lets move to options
1.out of scope
2.stated in the question as it is.. can't be an answer
3 if they are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature; that means Digging, ploughing etc are artificial and have to be better than natural way of existence. Yes this can be an answer, keep.
4. not stated neither implied. out of scope
5.does not follow the author's argument. eliminate it

Therefore, Ans C.

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