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# People should be held accountable for their own behavior,

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24 Jan 2008, 05:12
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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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24 Jan 2008, 08:47
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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24 Jan 2008, 11:16
I already posted the OA with the explanation from the source.

Even I thought it was D.

Please visit this webpage for the source of this question.

http://www.west.net/~stewart/gmat/qmcriti[10A].htm
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15 Mar 2017, 08:44
This is definitely not a reputable question. B does not logically follow from the premises, but D certainly does.
Re: People should be held accountable for their own behavior, &nbs [#permalink] 15 Mar 2017, 08:44
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