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# No nation can long survive unless its people are united by a

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03 Sep 2005, 02:26
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No nation can long survive unless its people are united by a common tongue. For proof, we need only consider Canada, which is being torn asunder by conflicts between French-speaking Quebec and the other provinces, which are dominated by English speakers.

Which of the following, if true, most effectively challenges the authorâ€™s conclusion?
(A) Conflicts over language have led to violent clashes between the Basque-speaking minority in Spain and the Spanish-speaking majority.
(B) Proposals to declare English the official language of the United States have met with resistance from members of Hispanic and other minority groups.
(C) Economic and political differences, along with linguistic ones, have contributed to the provincial conflicts in Canada.
(D) The public of India, in existence sine 1948, has a population that speaks hundreds of different, though related, languages.
(E) Switzerland has survived for nearly a thousand years as a home for speakers of three different languages.

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03 Sep 2005, 03:35
E - Swiss have survived for 1000s of years.

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03 Sep 2005, 04:23
I choose E too...D is rejected because the choice says "...hundreds of different but related languages...."

which by the way is not the real case in India....
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03 Sep 2005, 05:16
Another vote for E
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03 Sep 2005, 07:10
E.

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03 Sep 2005, 08:22
e.

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03 Sep 2005, 12:42
one more vote for E

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03 Sep 2005, 13:12
E here again.

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03 Sep 2005, 17:04
C for me.....challenges the argument!
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03 Sep 2005, 17:06
E certainly sounnds compelling!
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04 Sep 2005, 15:30
I think it is C.

The author is assuming that the only reason a nation will fail is due to linguistic problems. Thus, C disproves that assumption by saying that Canada had other problems in addition to linguistic problems.

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04 Sep 2005, 20:03

Conclusion: no common tongue -> nation cannot survive

E: no common tongue -> nation survived

C is incorrect: economic differences and/or political differences + and/or no common tongue -> nation cannot survive. The conclusion still holds true

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05 Sep 2005, 08:19
OA is E.

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05 Sep 2005, 17:18
Got E.

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06 Sep 2005, 01:20
Straight E.
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06 Sep 2005, 04:25
E is the one

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06 Sep 2005, 05:49
one more E

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