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# Jack s aunt gave him her will, asking him to make it public

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Jack’s aunt gave him her will, asking him to make it public when she died; he promised to do so. After her death, Jack looked at the will: it stipulated that all her money go to her friend George. Jack knew that if he made the will public, George would squander the money benefiting neither George nor anyone else. Jack also knew that if he did not make the will public, the money would go to his own mother, who would use it to benefit herself and others, harming no one. After reflection, he decided not to make the will public.
Which one of the following principles, if valid, would require Jack to act as he did in the situation described?
(A) Duties to family members take priority over duties to people who are not family members.
(B) Violating a promise is impermissible whenever doing so would become known by others.
(C) One must choose an alternative that benefits some and harms no one over an alternative that harms some and benefits no one.
(D) When faced with alternatives it is obligatory to choose whichever one will benefit the greatest number of people.
(E) A promise becomes nonbinding when the person to whom the promise was made is no longer living.

Please explain....also can we expect this kinda question in GMAT....thanks!!

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27 May 2008, 09:04
i would say D. its down to D or C, and I picked C because we cannot assume that just because giving the money to George benefits no one, it doesnt necessarily harm anyone.

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27 May 2008, 09:07
IMO C is the clear winner

i dont know whether we will see something like this in the actual GMAT

i ll let the gmat gurus take this questions

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27 May 2008, 10:54
C!
only one that makes sense.

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27 May 2008, 11:47
i say D.. i dont think he makes a decision based on choice but based on obligation..

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27 May 2008, 12:31
bepositive wrote:
Jack’s aunt gave him her will, asking him to make it public when she died; he promised to do so. After her death, Jack looked at the will: it stipulated that all her money go to her friend George. Jack knew that if he made the will public, George would squander the money benefiting neither George nor anyone else. Jack also knew that if he did not make the will public, the money would go to his own mother, who would use it to benefit herself and others, harming no one. After reflection, he decided not to make the will public.
Which one of the following principles, if valid, would require Jack to act as he did in the situation described?
(A) Duties to family members take priority over duties to people who are not family members. irrelevant. Even if this were the case, Jack's aunt is the family member who's duties he did not complete.
(B) Violating a promise is impermissible whenever doing so would become known by others. irrelevant since the argument says nothing about his violating the promise would be known by others or whether it is permissible
(C) One must choose an alternative that benefits some and harms no one over an alternative that harms some and benefits no one.Jack didn't have to choose between a beneficial alternative over a harmful one. If he had made the will public, George wouldn't benefit, but he wouldn' be harmed (the stem doesn't have any reference to harm to George or others)
(D) When faced with alternatives it is obligatory to choose whichever one will benefit the greatest number of people. Jack make an obligatory decision to choose the option that benefited the most people.
(E) A promise becomes nonbinding when the person to whom the promise was made is no longer living. this comes close but this principle isn't at the heart of the issue that is presented here. D is a closer fit

Please explain....also can we expect this kinda question in GMAT....thanks!!

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hence D.

p.s i don't this this is a GMAT type question, but the root principles of figureing out patterns is, so still okay practice i guess.

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27 May 2008, 13:45
D seems correct....the same reason given by buffdaddy.
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27 May 2008, 13:55
B by POE , but even B doesn't look correct - rather it looks the least incorrect.

For those saying D - the premise clearly states that taking the will public will NOT benefit anybody including George. For those saying C - none of the premises state anything about harming anyone. Both choices do not "seem" to harm anyone.

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edit - ok I read the question incorrectly. I read that Jack DID make the will public. While clearly he didnt ... early morning sickness strikes ... The answer is clearly D in that case.

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27 May 2008, 14:04
Going with D
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