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In opposing government regulation of business, conservatives often appeal to the Jeffersonian ideal of limited government, expressing the wish that government would "get off the backs of the American people." Yet, paradoxically, many of these same conservatives address questions of private morality, such as those dealing with sexual behavior, by calling for______

Paradoxically means 'a contradictory statement'. So, if the underlined portion must contradict with what precedes it, then it must contain information that seeks the government's influence.

Only (E) seeks the government's influence.

(E) an increased governmental role in the regulation and control of private sexual behavior

Hence, (E) is the right answer choice.
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Why is "C" not an answer ?

Which of the following best completes the passage below?

In opposing government regulation of business, conservatives often appeal to the Jeffersonian ideal of limited government, expressing the wish that government would "get off the backs of the American people." Yet, paradoxically, many of these same conservatives address questions of private morality, such as those dealing with sexual behavior, by calling for______

(A) a return to the restrictive sexual morality of the Victorian era
(B) a strengthening of the role of the family in setting moral norms for society
(C) a limitation on the amount of sexually provocative material appearing in books, motives, and television shows
(D) greater freedom for individuals to choose their own way of handling sexual issues
(E) an increased governmental role in the regulation and control of private sexual behavior



It says "Getting off people's backs" meaning govt involvement with people not with publications
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Re: In opposing government regulation of business, conservatives often app [#permalink]
Answer is E.

Logic of the passage:
For business telling government to -> Leave them kids alone, let them do as they wish.
Since the word paradox has been used, what happens next should contradict the spirit of independence emphasized in the first part.
Hence, for sexual behavior telling government -> how dare they?! Tell them to stop.
Also, notice that its about ‘private morality’. Hence any option that discusses social morality or morality in public sphere is irrelevant.
Hence, (B) and (C) can be eliminated.

Now Option (A) specifically talks about one era. The question speaks only about restriction not defining codes of which era should be implemented. Hence, (A) is extreme in its treatment of the conservatives.

Option (D) talks about more freedom to individuals which doesn’t sit well with the structure of the sentence.
X (however, but, instead, paradoxically, surprisingly) Y ==> Part Y is opposite in meaning/logic to part X
Hence, (D) is diametrically opposite and hence, the worst possible answer.

Option (E) talks of increased regulation by government in private sexual matter. This is exactly opposite of what confederates demand in business. It fits the structure of the sentence and fits the meaning too. Hence, option (E) is correct.
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