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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 Napoleon's rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy.

Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the biographers 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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my choice is C. Acc to Biographers, Tocqueville blamed Napolean rulefor the poverty of his childhood. But C says, it was his father's ill health which was responsible for poverty in his childhood. This clearly weakens the biographer's claims
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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 Napoleons rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy.
Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the biographers 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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I am confused b/w A & C.

Both the options give reasons that say Napolean was not responsible for poverty of Tocqueville in his childhood.
Rather option A talks about broader perspective that how centralized power(Napolean) was not responsible for the poverty of people whereas option C talks only about poverty of Tocqueville,others may be rich or poor we don't know.Moreover,the arguement is about the effects of Centralized Power,so it should viewed for the mass rather than an individual.

Can anybody explain plz??
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I am confused b/w A & C.

Both the options give reasons that say Napolean was not responsible for poverty of Tocqueville in his childhood.
Rather option A talks about broader perspective that how centralized power(Napolean) was not responsible for the poverty of people whereas option C talks only about poverty of Tocqueville,others may be rich or poor we don't know.Moreover,the arguement is about the effects of Centralized Power,so it should viewed for the mass rather than an individual.

Can anybody explain plz??


even though bad harvests were responsible, this doesn't change what Tocqueville thought. So, A can't be the answer.

C sounds like the best answer.
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Tocqueville, a nineteenth-century writer...
historians now know that bad harvests were really to blame for the poor economic conditions

There is time difference between these two so E is out. The only option which is left is C.
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I agree with C.

A is out of scope. A does not establish whether T thinks N was the cause of poverty
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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 Napoleons rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy.
Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the biographers 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.


The Answer mentioned above is C , my ques is how does "not having a steady income" mean poverty as in the conclusion?

Why is A wrong?

Please explain

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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 Napoleons rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy.
Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the biographers 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.


The Answer mentioned above is C , my ques is how does "not having a steady income" mean poverty as in the conclusion?

Why is A wrong?

Please explain

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Since it is a weaken question, we must look for an answer choice which attacks biographer's claim i.e. "Biographers claim that Tocqueville disliked centralized government because he blamed Napoleons rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy" WHEREAS choice A has nothing to do with Tocqueville (doesn't talk about the concern of Bioghapher's claim), hence A is wrong.

Hope it's clear.
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Here the correct answer is C as it clearly states an alternate cause which weakens the argument i.e Tocqueville blamed Napolean rule for the poverty. But C says that it was his father's ill health which was responsible for poverty.
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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 Napoleon’s rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy.
Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the biographers’ 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.

i reached the answer through poe
but still not convinced with C
can you please explain ...
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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 Napoleon’s rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy.
Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the biographers’ 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.

i reached the answer through poe
but still not convinced with C
can you please explain ...


We need to weaken the biographer's claim : we should choose such an answer which is giving any other reason for his poverty rather than the Napoleon’s rule , only C is providing that alternate reason.

Hope this will help you.
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This is a weaken C.R. question. The biographers are claiming that Tocqueville blames Napoleon for his poor childhood, and that this is why he dislikes centralized government. If we can find another cause of his poor childhood outside of Napoleon, however, then this argument falls apart. Answer choice C does exactly that. It attributes Tocqueville's poor childhood to his father's ill health, and not Napoleon. This breaks the causal link that Napoleon caused his poor childhood (and is why Tocqueville dislikes centralized government), and thus weakens the biographers' claim.

I hope this helps!!!
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Option A or C
Here although option A is also weakening the stand that Napolean was responsible for poverty in Normandy,but it is very generic belief and does not weaken the biographers claim regarding belief of Tocqueville on Napolean. Hence Option C is a clear choice which weakens the Biographers claim regarding belief of Tocqueville on Napolean.
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As per the argument the option C states the alternate cause.

But in the argument:
"because he blamed Napoleons rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy."

Can we doubt this? I mean is it not the premise?

Please let me know.

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I am not able to relate the answer to the argument.

Here is my analysis.

What Tocqueville said:-
Quote:
He believed that a government that centralizes power in one individual or institution is dangerous to its citizens.


According to Biographers , Why Did he believe :-
Quote:
Because he blamed Napoleons rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy.


We have to weaken the Biographers claim.

That means we have to find an alternate answer which says that it was not because of Tocqueville disliking the Napoleon but something else.


I have confusion between A and C.

Quote:
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.

Here the alternate is mentioned : bad harvests were really to blame for the poor economic conditions..
Poor economic conditions--> Bad Harvest
Can terrible living conditions lead to Poor economic conditions??
If yes, is this choice strengthening the Biographers claim.


Quote:
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.

How does this relate to Tocqueville concluding that "a government that centralizes power in one individual or institution is dangerous to its citizens"???

How is this reinforcing the conclusion?? I not only want to find an alternate but also want to find an alternate that relates to the claim that Tocqueville made.
And I am not able to do that.


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Ya.I agree too.U can't go against the premise and blaming Napoleon is the premise.
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C - As it gives a reason for his childhood spent in poverty. It was because of his father's condition and not Napoleon.
Hence weakens the argument.
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I made a mistake not understanding the full meaning of option C.
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