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If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all

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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.

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First let's understand the passage.

If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? - it means that arts of life are all artificial and are not better than natural
To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes—all are direct violations of the injunction to follow nature. - This statement is where we find the difficulty lies in comprehension- The author says that to dig,to plow, to build,to wear clothes are violating the injunctions to follow nature- what are these injunctions? -" that natural is better than artificial." This means that to dig,to plow, to build,to wear clothes are better than natural, thereby violating the injuction.

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(A) The arts of life have no useful end.-the author is trying to understand what are the uses of arts of life.so incorrect

(B) The artificial is not better than the natural.-"It's stated in the passage explicitly" .Incorrect

(C) Digging, plowing, building, and wearing clothes are better than nature.- " this is what the author assumes as these arts are violating the injunction that natural is better than artificial." Correct

(D) The injunction to follow nature should not be violated.-" The author does not say so ,rather he gives the instances of violation". Incorrect

(E) The arts of life are indirect means of following nature -" This is actually a weakener. If the arts of life are nothing but following nature than there is no violation of the injunction ."The conclusion specifically states that there has been a violation, if this statement is true than nothing has been violated as all these arts are present in nature already and are better than the one's practiced. Incorrect
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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.


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