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

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06 May 2005, 07:54
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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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15 Sep 2008, 01:40
A.

Think all the question asks is identify the ultimate conclusion in the para.

B speaks about silencing the expresiion of opinion and those who dissent are the more affected lot but The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is the main conclusion here. the rest support the main conclusion.
hence [A].
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17 Sep 2008, 19:26
Nihit 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. -> this is correct since all the premises are given to prove this concl only

B. Silencing the expression of an opinion harms those who dissent more than those who agree. -> this is not a concl but a premise and may be sub concln

C. Anyone who agrees with an opinion would not want to silence its expression. -> this is not mentioned anywhere OOS

D. Gaining a clearer perception and livelier impression of truth is a great benefit. -> this is just an inference

E. The greatest benefit is the opportunity of exchanging truth for error -> this is extreme option hence eliminate

Concl:The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race.

PR1: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.
PR2 : 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.

Clearly concl is (A)

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11 Jun 2009, 10:51
A for me too.
This is a statement of the form
Conclusion. Reasons
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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 Apr 2019, 04:30
GMATNinja, GMATNinjaTwo
could you tell distinguish between A and D ??
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