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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 author’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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20 Feb 2009, 21:37
is it c?
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20 Feb 2009, 21:53
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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 author’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.

Focus on how the claim is made. The claim is generalized by basing on a specific case. If you show that there is another one that contradics the claim, you successfully damage the argument.

E is the best
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what;s OA?
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21 Feb 2009, 02:07
A,B and C are out bcos these support the author's conclusion. now b/w D and E, E is better bcos in d, though there is a mention of different languages but the usage of 'though related' somewht dilutes the situation. also in E, the usage of 'has survived' makes it look better over D.
Hence my choice is E
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 author’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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31 Oct 2009, 17:09
"E" for me. What is the OA?
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01 Nov 2009, 02:16
Torn between D n E but would go with E as D states similarity of some sorts amongst the languages
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01 Nov 2009, 03:32
IMO E, directly weakens the conclusion by giving a counter example...
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08 Nov 2009, 06:11
i will go for" E", reply2spg pls post OA
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08 Nov 2009, 09:04
The best option to choose is [E].. OA pls..
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08 Nov 2009, 13:51
E too.
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E for me.......

D states that "The public of India, in existence sine 1948, has a population that speaks hundreds of different, though related, languages"--since the argument already mentions that no nation can long survive unless its people are united by a common language.

So D in other way strengthens the arguments since the languages are relates despite being different.

E is the best answer which weakens the argument.
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09 Nov 2009, 12:12
Its definitely E
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09 Nov 2009, 13:31
I will go with E since it directly counters the argument.
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10 Nov 2009, 10:43
The answer for this IMO is E.

Although Choice D is a contender, E wins because the presence of phrase “though related languages” in the choice D makes E a stronger contender
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No nation can long survive unless its people are united by a common tongue.

This is the argument of the passage. The remainder of the passage serves as the author's premise. Option E directly challenges the author's assertion.

It has been over a year, yet the OA has not been posted.
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20 Dec 2010, 04:39
The OA is E.

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20 Dec 2010, 20:18
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E too.

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25 May 2012, 07:48
I was caught between D and E but choose D!! My reasoning with E is that it stresses that the country is home to three different languages. It does not stress on the relationship among different language speaking population. It may be that the people speak in their dialect within their own groups only. A person may know two languages - one for communication with outer world and another for inter-community/ home communication. There will be one official language yet multiple regional languages.
I am taking the context from an Indian perspective, and inclined towards D. Can you highlight the error in my reasoning.
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25 May 2012, 10:29
+1 E

A, B, and C are opposite.
D is tempting, but the argument refers to long periods of time.
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