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# Most people are indignant at the suggestion that they are

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10. Most people are indignant at the suggestion that they are not reliable authorities about their real wants. Such self-knowledge, however, is not the easiest kind of knowledge to acquire. Indeed, acquiring it often requires hard and even potentially risky work. To avoid such effort, people unconsciously convince themselves that they want what society says they should want.
The main point of the argument is that
(A) acquiring self-knowledge can be risky
(B) knowledge of what one really wants is not as desirable as it is usually thought to be
(C) people cannot really want what they should want
(D) people usually avoid making difficult decisions
(E) people are not necessarily reliable authorities about what they really want

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22 Nov 2006, 12:43
Close call between B and C.

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22 Nov 2006, 15:33
I would go for E...

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22 Nov 2006, 20:37
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
10. Most people are indignant at the suggestion that they are not reliable authorities about their real wants. Such self-knowledge, however, is not the easiest kind of knowledge to acquire. Indeed, acquiring it often requires hard and even potentially risky work. To avoid such effort, people unconsciously convince themselves that they want what society says they should want.
The main point of the argument is that
(A) acquiring self-knowledge can be risky
(B) knowledge of what one really wants is not as desirable as it is usually thought to be
(C) people cannot really want what they should want
(D) people usually avoid making difficult decisions
(E) people are not necessarily reliable authorities about what they really want

I had to choose between A and E. A is right, but it is not the main point of the argument. The main point is mentioned in the first statement. If the first statement is not there in the argument, then A can be the answer.
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22 Nov 2006, 20:42
We are basically looking for a conclusion here:

(A) acquiring self-knowledge can be risky - premise already stated
(B) knowledge of what one really wants is not as desirable as it is usually thought to be - Goes against the argument
(C) people cannot really want what they should want - This is too extreme.
(D) people usually avoid making difficult decisions - Just because people avoid making this difficult decision does not mean they they avoid making all difficult decisions.
(E) people are not necessarily reliable authorities about what they really want

Give me E!

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22 Nov 2006, 20:46
I would go with E.

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22 Nov 2006, 22:01
E for me too.

People don't know what they want. It is very difficult and risky to know what one wants. So people end up wanting what society says.

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22 Nov 2006, 23:34
E for me too.

basically it means people don't know what they really want. and the argument explains the reason.

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23 Nov 2006, 08:37
OA=E!

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