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# The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion

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01 Sep 2006, 21:46
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17. 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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02 Sep 2006, 00:09
is it (B)
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02 Sep 2006, 04:48
It could be A, actually...

B is one of the reasons that the author gives to qualify this statement...

But not 100% sure...
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02 Sep 2006, 06:47
(A) seems to capture the overall theme of the argument ...

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02 Sep 2006, 19:55
OA Ans is A. I think all other choices except 1st, states part of the idea not full idea.

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02 Sep 2006, 19:55
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# The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion

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