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The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it

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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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I think the answer is A.

The argument is about the harmful effects of silencing a person's opinion (both right and wrong opinions).

Choice B is about comparison that those who dissent a opinion harm more than those who hold it. Part of the argument not conclusion.
Choice C is about a person who agrees with the opinion. Irrelevant.
Choice D and E are only a parts of the passage.

Therefore, by POE, I think Choice A is a better choice.
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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.

Finding a conclusion in a given argument:

When trying to decide between two clauses as to which is a [supporting fact/intermediate] and which is the [conclusion/prediction] insert "because" between the two clauses.

The must logical combination of clauses... "X because Y has happened" ... X is the conclusion, and Y is the supporting fact/intermediate to conclusion.

Mentally testing each sentence against others, typically reveals the conclusion quickly.

Examples:
"The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race." because "It takes from posterity, as well as the existing generation, and...."
"The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race." because "If the opinion is right, they are deprived of..."
"The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race." because "...if it is wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit: the clearer..."

Answer: A
Conclusion of argument is...
"The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race."
Therefore, the correct answer will be a summarized variation of the above stated conclusion, and be supported by all additional information/reasoning in the paragraph.
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