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# People should be held accountable for their own behavior,

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People should be held accountable for their own behavior, [#permalink]

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People should be held accountable for their own behavior, and if holding people accountable for their own behavior entails capital punishment, then so be it. However, no person should be held accountable for behavior over which he or she had no control.

Which of the following is the most logical conclusion of the argument above?

(A) People should not be held accountable for the behavior of other people.
(B) People have control over their own behavior.
(C) People cannot control the behavior of other people.
(D) Behavior that cannot be controlled should not be punished.
(E) People have control over behavior that is subject to capital punishment.
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16 Jan 2007, 12:46
Looks like A.?
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16 Jan 2007, 13:43
between A and C

I would go with A
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16 Jan 2007, 14:07
A

C would not work because if C was a conclusion, the first sentence would not be supporting evidence for it.
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17 Jan 2007, 02:23
One more A.
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17 Jan 2007, 09:36
I chose D
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17 Jan 2007, 09:56
Beg to differ ... B !
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Re: CR - Capital Punishment [#permalink]

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17 Jan 2007, 21:26
choice B seems to be the most logical.
the fact that capital punishment can be leived on people to be held accountable goes to show that people can control their behaviour.

author has further mentioned that capiatl punishment cant always be applied goes to show that you cant control the other people's behavior at all times and hence choice C is over ruled.
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17 Jan 2007, 23:56
The 1st sentence of the passage says

"People should be held accountable for their own behavior, and if holding people accountable for their own behavior entails capital punishment, then so be it. "

The 2nd sentence starts with the word 'however'.

However, no person should be held accountable for behavior over which he or she had no control.

The conjunction 'however' is inserted to provide an exception for the argument in the 1st sentence. i.e, an exceptional condition when people should not be held accountable for their actions, if the action was involuntary and not controllable.

IMHO, (D) Behavior that cannot be controlled should not be punished., is a better answer.

Can we have the OA?
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18 Jan 2007, 00:06
One more D
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18 Jan 2007, 06:09
one more D
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18 Jan 2007, 08:55
The OA is B... This was a tough one
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18 Jan 2007, 09:01
OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

The correct response is (B). The argument includes the following two premises:

Premise: People are accountable for their own behavior.
Premise: People are not accountable for behavior they cannot control.
Here's the logical conclusion based on these two premises:

Conclusion: People can control their own behavior.
(A) would require that people never have control over the behavior of other people. Yet the argument does not provide this premise.

(C) would require that people should not be held accountable for the behavior of other people. Yet the argument does not provide this premise.

(D) is not a conclusion; (D) simply reiterates one of the argument's premises (the second sentence).

(E) is not inferable. The argument allows for the possibility that a person might not have control over another person's behavior which is subject to capital punishment.
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19 Jan 2007, 02:51
terp26 wrote:
OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

The correct response is (B). The argument includes the following two premises:

Premise: People are accountable for their own behavior.
Premise: People are not accountable for behavior they cannot control.
Here's the logical conclusion based on these two premises:

Conclusion: People can control their own behavior.
(A) would require that people never have control over the behavior of other people. Yet the argument does not provide this premise.

(C) would require that people should not be held accountable for the behavior of other people. Yet the argument does not provide this premise.

(D) is not a conclusion; (D) simply reiterates one of the argument's premises (the second sentence).

(E) is not inferable. The argument allows for the possibility that a person might not have control over another person's behavior which is subject to capital punishment.

Excellent question..thanks
19 Jan 2007, 02:51
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