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It is even more important that we criticize democracies that have committed human rights violations than that we criticize dictatorships that have committed more violent human rights offenses. Human rights violations are always inexcusable, but those committed by governments that represent the will of the people are even more reprehensible than those committed by dictators. Further, our criticism is more likely to have an effect on the former than on the latter.

Which one of the following is a proper inference from the passage?

(A) All governments commit some inexcusable and reprehensible acts.

(B) Some human rights violations are more reprehensible than other, more violent human rights violations.

(C) Criticism of human rights violations is certain to have no effect on a dictatorship.

(D) Human rights violations are more likely to occur in democracies than in dictatorships.

(E) Those who do represent the will of the people are less likely to be moved by criticism than are those who merely claim to represent the will of the people.

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B is wrong, here we are not at all comparing some human right violation then more violent human right violation.

E should be the answer. This is something definite and passage talks about? Experts please explain ?

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B is wrong, here we are not at all comparing some human right violation then more violent human right violation.

E should be the answer. This is something definite and passage talks about? Experts please explain ?

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akash.tripathi, we can get B directly from the argument. It states clearly that violations "committed by governments that represent the will of the people are even more reprehensible than those committed by dictators." So we know that some violations are more reprehensible than others. The author is using this to explain why we should be more upset by violations committed by democracies than by *more violent* violations committed by dictators. So apparently actions by democracies can be more reprehensible than these more violent violations, because they are performed by those who are supposed to be representing the will of the people.

E isn't valid because we are only told that democracies are more responsive than dictatorships. We don't know that dictators *claim* to represent the will of the people, so we can't connect that statement to E, which compares those who really represent the people to those who merely claim to.
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It is even more important that we criticize democracies that have committed human rights violations than that we criticize dictatorships that have committed more violent human rights offenses. Human rights violations are always inexcusable, but those committed by governments that represent the will of the people are even more reprehensible than those committed by dictators. Further, our criticism is more likely to have an effect on the former than on the latter.

Which one of the following is a proper inference from the passage?

(A) All governments commit some inexcusable and reprehensible acts.
"All governments" is too strong to infer from the amount of information given.

(B) Some human rights violations are more reprehensible than other, more violent human rights violations.
There's a fair possibility as is evident from this part of the passage "...but those committed by governments that represent the will of the people are even more reprehensible than those committed by dictators..."

(C) Criticism of human rights violations is certain to have no effect on a dictatorship.
Comparatively less effect doesn't mean zero effect.

(D) Human rights violations are more likely to occur in democracies than in dictatorships.
No information provided in the passage in this context.

(E) Those who do represent the will of the people are less likely to be moved by criticism than are those who merely claim to represent the will of the people.
1. "Those who do represent the will of the people" refers to the government and as per the last sentence of the argument, the government will have a greater effect.
2. We can't be sure whether "those who merely claim to represent the will of the people" represents dictators and even if it does, the whole idea contradicts the last line of the argument.


Thus, option B.

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New post 13 May 2017, 19:10
nahid78 wrote:
It is even more important that we criticize
democracies that have committed human rights
violations than that we criticize dictatorships that
have committed more violent human rights offenses.
Human rights violations are always inexcusable, but
those committed by governments that represent the
will of the people are even more reprehensible than
those committed by dictators. Further, our criticism is
more likely to have an effect on the former than on
the latter.
Which one of the following is a proper inference
from the passage?
(A) All governments commit some inexcusable and
reprehensible acts.
(B) Some human rights violations are more
reprehensible than other, more violent human
rights violations.
(C) Criticism of human rights violations is certain
to have no effect on a dictatorship.
(D) Human rights violations are more likely to
occur in democracies than in dictatorships.
(E) Those who do represent the will of the people
are less likely to be moved by criticism than
are those who merely claim to represent the
will of the people.


Please edit the format of this question so that it members can read conveniently!
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It is even more important that we criticize democracies that have committed human rights violations than that we criticize dictatorships that have committed more violent human rights offenses. Human rights violations are always inexcusable, but those committed by governments that represent the will of the people are even more reprehensible than those committed by dictators. Further, our criticism is more likely to have an effect on the former than on the latter. Which one of the following is a proper inference from the passage?

(A) All governments commit some inexcusable and reprehensible acts.

(B) Some human rights violations are more reprehensible than other, more violent human rights violations.
--> correct as highlighted in green color in stimulus.

(C) Criticism of human rights violations is certain to have no effect on a dictatorship.
--> out of scope.

(D) Human rights violations are more likely to occur in democracies than in dictatorships.
--> out of scope.

(E) Those who do represent the will of the people are less likely to be moved by criticism than are those who merely claim to represent the will of the people.
--> contradict the stimulus.
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New post 09 Aug 2017, 12:36
Question is a bit tricky. I felt that A and C are trick choices. While D and E were clearly the wrong choices, but the language in E, if not read with attention would make it the only choice in my opinion, but that is the red herring in the choices. The fact that you don't comprehend, fully process, or skip over that key word "Those who do represent the will of the people will be less likely". I wasn't convinced by A and C and I hand't crossed out B from the choices. Because A and C both come off s being absolutes in the sense that the language is strong, I guessed B. Not sure if I totally would be able to process the logic through this way in real test setting though.
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