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Tocqueville, a nineteenth-century writer known for his study of democracy in the United States, believed that a government that centralizes power in one individual or institution is dangerous to its citizens. Biographers claim that Tocqueville disliked centralized government because he blamed Napoleonâ€™s rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy.
Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the biographersâ€™ claim?
(A) Although Napoleon was popularly blamed at the time for the terrible living conditions in Normandy, historians now know that bad harvests were really to blame for the poor economic conditions.
(B) Napoleon was notorious for refusing to share power with any of his political associates.
(C) Tocqueville said he knew that if his father had not suffered ill health, his family would have had a steady income and a comfortable standard of living.
(D) Although Tocqueville asserted that United States political life was democratic, the United States of the nineteenth century allowed political power to be concentrated in a few institutions.
(E) Tocqueville once wrote in a letter that, although his childhood was terribly impoverished, it was not different from the experience of his friends and neighbors in Normandy.

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17 Jun 2006, 20:33
Only (C) points to some other cause besides Napoleans rule that resulted in Toqueville having an impoverished youth.
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17 Jun 2006, 20:38
I agree with the answer too but even option A provides with an alternative for the Impovished conditions
is it ruled out because it talks more general and specific to our case ???

That was my reason to choose C over A
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17 Jun 2006, 20:52
Yes, A is out of the scope of the Biographers claim.
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17 Jun 2006, 23:51
foolz_rulz wrote:
Tocqueville, a nineteenth-century writer known for his study of democracy in the United States, believed that a government that centralizes power in one individual or institution is dangerous to its citizens. Biographers claim that Tocqueville disliked centralized government because he blamed Napoleonâ€™s rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy.
Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the biographersâ€™ claim?
(C) Tocqueville said he knew that if his father had not suffered ill health, his family would have had a steady income and a comfortable standard of living.

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yes, it's C.
The biograpghers argued that the centralized gov caused N to suffer during childhood and thus he disliked such gov --> weaken N's argument by attacking N. C points out that: the true reason for N's childhood suffering is becoz of his father's illness, not becoz of the centralized gov --> C casts doubt on the biographer's argument.
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