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# Student representative: Our university, in expelling a

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27 Sep 2003, 11:08
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9. Student representative: Our university, in expelling a student who verbally harassed his roommate, has erred by penalizing the student for doing what he surely has a right to do: speak his mind!

Dean of students: but what you' re saying is that our university should endorse verbal harassment. Yet surely if we did that, we would threaten the free flow of ideas that is the essence of university life.

Which one of the following is a questionable technique that the dean of students uses in attempting to refute the student representative?

(A) challenging the student representativeтАЩs knowledge of the process by which the student was expelled

(B) invoking a fallacious distinction between speech and other sorts of behavior

(C) misdescribing the student representative' s position, thereby making it easier to challenge

(D) questioning the motives of the student representative rather than offering reasons for the conclusion defended

(E) relying on a position of power to silence the opposing viewpoint with a threat
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27 Sep 2003, 12:13
I vote for C. To speak one's mind is not TO ENDORSE HARASSMENT. So the dean misdescribes the rep's position and then attacks it.

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27 Nov 2011, 12:17
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28 Nov 2011, 02:24
+1 for C.

A very tough question(Looks to me as 750+).

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28 Nov 2011, 02:44
wow, +1 for C, but a very tough one.

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30 Nov 2011, 15:14
+1 C

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03 Dec 2011, 03:50
Praetorian wrote:
9. Student representative: Our university, in expelling a student who verbally harassed his roommate, has erred by penalizing the student for doing what he surely has a right to do: speak his mind!

Dean of students: but what you' re saying is that our university should endorse verbal harassment. Yet surely if we did that, we would threaten the free flow of ideas that is the essence of university life.

Which one of the following is a questionable technique that the dean of students uses in attempting to refute the student representative?

(A) challenging the student representativeтАЩs knowledge of the process by which the student was expelled => not challenge student's knowledge, this answer is wrong

(B) invoking a fallacious distinction between speech and other sorts of behavior => not distinct speech and other sorts of behavior

(C) misdescribing the student representative' s position, thereby making it easier to challenge => yes, it is correct one

(D) questioning the motives of the student representative rather than offering reasons for the conclusion defended => not mention the motive of student

(E) relying on a position of power to silence the opposing viewpoint with a threat => what is the power of silence in argument, not mentioned. Eliminate.

Choice C is correct.
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