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The philosopher Socrates was considered by the traditions of the ancient Greek society in which he lived to be a very ugly man. However, he once convinced a colleague of his that he, Socrates, was the better looking of the two as his eyes bulged out a great deal, and thus were better at collecting light, so more suitable for seeing, and that his nose was very large, and was therefore more capable of gathering smells.

Which of the following is NOT an assumption in Socrates' argument?

(A) The society in which Socrates lived should value the sizes of people's noses more than it actually did.

(B) Eyes which bulge out a great deal and noses which are large are better suited for their tasks than those of more normal proportions.

(C) The ability of a body's senses to carry out their functions is considered attractive qualities in a person.

(D) The person to whom Socrates was comparing himself did not have bulging eyes or a large nose.

(E) The most important factors deciding whether a person is considered good-looking are how well his or her eyes and nose function.
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06 Sep 2006, 16:12
(A) The society in which Socrates lived should value the sizes of people's noses more than it actually did.

B-E are assumptions...
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06 Sep 2006, 19:59
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The society in which Socrates lived should value the sizes of people's noses more than it actually did....that is a fact....not a part of the socrates argument.
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06 Sep 2006, 20:25
A it should be.
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06 Sep 2006, 20:33
yeah..A..Socrates did nt really bother abt his society..
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06 Sep 2006, 20:42
"should" was the dead giveaway in (A). Could have just stopped there, but as U2 Lover instructs us, ALWAYS read all the answer choices to avoid careless errors.
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06 Sep 2006, 20:47
But doesent (D) sound the odd one out.Provided they were able to measure the sizes of the nose.
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06 Sep 2006, 21:00
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But doesent (D) sound the odd one out.Provided they were able to measure the sizes of the nose.

Have else could Socrates have based his comparison on his definition of "ugly?"
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07 Sep 2006, 00:45
Exactly so (D) is not an assumption.It can be inferred.
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07 Sep 2006, 00:54
A imho
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07 Sep 2006, 05:58
I go with A
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07 Sep 2006, 06:07
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07 Sep 2006, 09:54
I think A is an assumption, eventhough I don't like the " should".

For me E is not an assumption since Socrates can draw is conclusion even if nose and eyes are NOT the most important factors.
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07 Sep 2006, 10:12
OA is (A)
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08 Sep 2006, 01:37
Close one b/w D and A.
But A wins hands down because of the 'should'
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