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# The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion

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The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion [#permalink]

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21 Feb 2006, 19:39
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The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race. It takes from posterity, as well as the existing generation, and from those who dissent from the opinion even more than from those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if it is wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit: the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
Which one of the following best expresses the conclusion presented in the argument?
(A) Silencing the expression of an opinion is robbing the human race.
(B) Silencing the expression of an opinion harms those who dissent more than those who agree.
(C) Anyone who agrees with an opinion would not want to silence its expression.
(D) Gaining a clearer perception and livelier impression of truth is a great benefit.
(E) The greatest benefit is the opportunity of exchanging truth for error.

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21 Feb 2006, 21:06
B.
A states the first statement of the argument itself.
C - Not supported by the argument.
D - This is only one part of the argument. It does not support the whole.
E - same reasoning as D.

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21 Feb 2006, 22:49
chuckle wrote:
B.
A states the first statement of the argument itself.
C - Not supported by the argument.
D - This is only one part of the argument. It does not support the whole.
E - same reasoning as D.

good explanation chuckle... i will pick on B too.. OA ?
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22 Feb 2006, 10:05
Some more explanation please

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22 Feb 2006, 21:54
I will go for B.
D and E are partial arguments.
A is not even a satisfactory argument.
C is good but not the better one when compared with B.

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22 Feb 2006, 21:59
(B) is directly supported in the second half of the passage.

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22 Feb 2006, 22:54
OA is not what you guys are telling

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23 Feb 2006, 18:31
some more try please

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23 Feb 2006, 20:10
Is it A?

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24 Feb 2006, 02:06
It's D

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24 Feb 2006, 04:37
buzzgaurav wrote:
I will go for B.
D and E are partial arguments.
A is not even a satisfactory argument.
C is good but not the better one when compared with B.

If its not B(which I was sure of) then it should be C as I have stated earlier.
But I still cant figure out what is wrong with B

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24 Feb 2006, 07:01
Think that it should be A).
It best summarises the main idea of the passage

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24 Feb 2006, 14:02
I believe it is D

B comes the closest but it seems to be restating what is in the passage rather than offering a conclusion for the whole. D seems right to me.

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24 Feb 2006, 15:27
Well guys OA is .........

A

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26 Feb 2006, 09:58
Paraphrase:
Silencing those who have an opinion is like robbing them.
You not only silence the current generation, but the future generations and people who might take the same stance as well.
If the opinion is right, then the opportunity to exchange the truth for the error is lost
If the opinion is wrong, then it is worse, th benefit of clarity and better impression of truth is lost to these people.

If this were an RC, then the main idea would be "Silencing the people who have opinion is wrong and why?"
Also the conclusion does not necessarily follow, it might be the very first sentence. Considering this passage, IMHO, the other 3 sentences (in the passage) are buildling up the case for the 1st sentence (main idea). So it could as well be the conclusion.
Also by POE:

(A) Silencing the expression of an opinion is robbing the human race.

(B) Silencing the expression of an opinion harms those who dissent more than those who agree.
-> reflects only part of the main idea.

(C) Anyone who agrees with an opinion would not want to silence its expression.
--> more like a feel good answer

(D) Gaining a clearer perception and livelier impression of truth is a great benefit.
-> reflects only part of the main idea.

(E) The greatest benefit is the opportunity of exchanging truth for error.
-> reflects only part of the main idea.

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26 Feb 2006, 18:22
I went with B first and in the next attempt, chose A.
Here is the reasoning-
Human Race consists of
a) those who hold an opinion
b) those who oppose that opinion

Silencing the expression of an opinion would hurt group A but para argues that it hurts group B more.
Whatever the case, it is robbing both the groups OR one might say, it is robbing the human race.

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26 Feb 2006, 18:22
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