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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.
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11 Jun 2009, 03:10
It's D for me.

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11 Jun 2009, 03:18
I will go with A.

What is the OA?

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11 Jun 2009, 10:51
A for me too.
This is a statement of the form
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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?

(D) Gaining a clearer perception and livelier impression of truth is a great benefit.
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11 Jun 2009, 22:38
tenaman10 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.

I think I'll go with (A), which paraphrases the first sentence. The reason being is that the rest of the passage seem to play the role of explaining and elaborating on the first sentence; I assume that first sentence is the main point of the passage.

As for the others, they seem to all paraphrase parts of the explanations/elaborations, but do not summarize the whole point of the passage.

This almost seems like a reading comp question. Where did it come from?

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12 Jun 2009, 01:39
I went for A es well.)))

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12 Jun 2009, 05:57
IMO A

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28 Feb 2013, 06:31
I go with B ... Is thr an OE for this?

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28 Feb 2013, 06:32
I go with B ... Is thr an OE for this?

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28 Feb 2013, 14:09
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I think it is D. It should not be A because ONLY "Silencing the expression of an opinion" is NOT robbing the human race.

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28 Feb 2013, 18:30
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tenaman10 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.

If we analyze the argument in a simpler form, here is how I see it:

1. Silencing an opinion hurts
2. Right opinion - you gain
3. Wrong opinion - still beneficial as you get more clear perception

Which leads to the conclusion that either way getting an opinion is a good thing. Answer A only talks about robbing and doesn't address the authors conclusion that you gain as well. Whereas ans D addresses both sides of the equation. So IMO Ans D.

Would like to know the OA.
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