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

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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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23 Mar 2006, 09:27
Here is my take on it..

C.. is my choice.. not the language, but something else resulted in provincial conflicts..

D was my second choice, but D is very similar to E.. and question can have only one right answer!
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23 Mar 2006, 10:17
No nation can long survive unless its people are united by a common tongue but Switzerland has survived for nearly a thousand years as a home for speakers of three different languages So I ll go with E
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23 Mar 2006, 12:10
I go with

^ E ^

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23 Mar 2006, 19:23
E
1000 years - long survival
3 languages - common tounge - directly contradicts

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23 Mar 2006, 19:57
E for me also.
Here we need an argument that directly states that multiple languages yet successful existence. Only E gives that.
In D, ' though related ' weakens the counter provided by the argument.

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24 Mar 2006, 02:03
definitely E.

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24 Mar 2006, 04:00
E it is

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24 Mar 2006, 04:54
OA is E.

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