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# If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what

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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.

If the author’s argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?
(A) There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless.
(B) Harming the environment is not an end, of purpose, of the arts of life.
(C) The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials.
(D) Constructing buildings is not an “art of life.”
(E) Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use.
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17 Jun 2009, 08:54
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Very tricky, from which source did you get such questions
My choice: C and E

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 -->out of scope
(B) The artificial is not better than the natural -->weaken
(C) Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature -->the best: digging, plowing, ... are all artificial human activities and because they are better than nature --> forming the basis for the argument
(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated -->no
(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature -->irrelevant

If the author’s argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?
(A) There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless -->no influence
(B) Harming the environment is not an end, of purpose, of the arts of life -->irrelevant
(C) The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials -->out of scope
(D) Constructing buildings is not an “art of life.” -->no influence
(E) Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use -->the best: it helps strengthen the argument: like digging, plowing or etc, constructing building is also artificial activity but it's favorable because it helps human's life to be better
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17 Jun 2009, 10:35
I'd go with D and C
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17 Jun 2009, 21:22
Gr8 ..your are bang on target ..
Why C is wrong in 2nd question ??
Minheequang wrote:
Very tricky, from which source did you get such questions
My choice: C and E

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 -->out of scope
(B) The artificial is not better than the natural -->weaken
(C) Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature -->the best: digging, plowing, ... are all artificial human activities and because they are better than nature --> forming the basis for the argument
(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated -->no
(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature -->irrelevant

If the author’s argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?
(A) There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless -->no influence
(B) Harming the environment is not an end, of purpose, of the arts of life -->irrelevant
(C) The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials -->out of scope
(D) Constructing buildings is not an “art of life.” -->no influence
(E) Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use -->the best: it helps strengthen the argument: like digging, plowing or etc, constructing building is also artificial activity but it's favorable because it helps human's life to be better

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18 Jun 2009, 01:19
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tenaman10 wrote:
Gr8 ..your are bang on target ..
Why C is wrong in 2nd question ??
Minheequang wrote:
Very tricky, from which source did you get such questions
My choice: C and E

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 -->out of scope
(B) The artificial is not better than the natural -->weaken
(C) Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature -->the best: digging, plowing, ... are all artificial human activities and because they are better than nature --> forming the basis for the argument
(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated -->no
(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature -->irrelevant

If the author’s argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?
(A) There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless -->no influence
(B) Harming the environment is not an end, of purpose, of the arts of life -->irrelevant
(C) The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials -->out of scope
(D) Constructing buildings is not an “art of life.” -->no influence
(E) Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use -->the best: it helps strengthen the argument: like digging, plowing or etc, constructing building is also artificial activity but it's favorable because it helps human's life to be better

C is wrong in 2nd question because it's about the fundamental aspect of the activity, not the sub-factors like: materials. Construction is itself an artificial activity, no matter what its materials are. So, C does not state the point
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20 Jun 2009, 02:43
Minheequang wrote:
Very tricky, from which source did you get such questions
My choice: C and E

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 -->out of scope
(B) The artificial is not better than the natural -->weaken
(C) Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature -->the best: digging, plowing, ... are all artificial human activities and because they are better than nature --> forming the basis for the argument
(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated -->no
(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature -->irrelevant

If the author’s argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?
(A) There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless -->no influence
(B) Harming the environment is not an end, of purpose, of the arts of life -->irrelevant
(C) The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials -->out of scope
(D) Constructing buildings is not an “art of life.” -->no influence
(E) Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use -->the best: it helps strengthen the argument: like digging, plowing or etc, constructing building is also artificial activity but it's favorable because it helps human's life to be better

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23 Jun 2009, 10:25
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26 Jun 2009, 08:58
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Minheequang wrote:
Very tricky, from which source did you get such questions
My choice: C and E

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 -->out of scope
(B) The artificial is not better than the natural -->weaken
(C) Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature -->the best: digging, plowing, ... are all artificial human activities and because they are better than nature --> forming the basis for the argument
(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated -->no
(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature -->irrelevant

If the author’s argument were challenged on the grounds that the construction of buildings has adverse effects on the natural environment, which of the following replies might the author use to respond to the challenge logically?
(A) There are human activities, such as making music, that are environmentally harmless -->no influence
(B) Harming the environment is not an end, of purpose, of the arts of life -->irrelevant
(C) The construction could involve the use of natural, not artificial, materials -->out of scope
(D) Constructing buildings is not an “art of life.” -->no influence
(E) Even if the natural environment is disturbed by the construction of buildings, it is improved for human use -->the best: it helps strengthen the argument: like digging, plowing or etc, constructing building is also artificial activity but it's favorable because it helps human's life to be better

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