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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 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.

Would appreciate an explanation for the answer.
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28 Jun 2004, 09:51
C. Sorry cant explain, except that C generalizes the opinion.
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28 Jun 2004, 12:23
Agree with Bhai on this one. All the other choices are statements drawn directly from the excerpt while C is a generalization of the argument as a whole; it is what the author is getting at.
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28 Jun 2004, 19:56
C it is. agree with Paul and Bhai.
Conclusion holds good for a paragraph as a whole, and not for individual statements. Except C, all other choices rephrase the sentences.
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29 Jun 2004, 05:03
Paul: would need your expertise here.

OA is (A)
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29 Jun 2004, 05:33
I belive A is the correct answer because it presents essence of the argument disinterestedly.

B - biased statement and never expressed in the argument.
C - Never implied by the argument
D - Just (later)part of the last statement
E - Just (initial)part of the first statement

Do let me know the OA.

mba wrote:
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.

Would appreciate an explanation for the answer.

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29 Jun 2004, 05:41
Hey..there is a small correction. For the explanation of E, replace "first" by "last".

Also, I noticed that OA was already given.

mallelac wrote:
I belive A is the correct answer because it presents essence of the argument disinterestedly.

B - biased statement and never expressed in the argument.
C - Never implied by the argument
D - Just (later)part of the last statement
E - Just (initial)part of the first statement

Do let me know the OA.

mba wrote:
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.

Would appreciate an explanation for the answer.

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Awaiting response,

Thnx & Rgds,
Chandra

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