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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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21 Aug 2010, 01:50
This one was simple. There's another reason why Biographers plea cab be rejected that Tocqueville disliked centralized government because he blamed Napoleon’s rule for the poverty of his childhood.

hmm ... ravgtiwari, I believe you have got the wrong OA.
OA should be C as mentioned in the below thread!
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21 Aug 2010, 02:22
At first I thought it to be A but it should be C- C gives u an alternate reason-blaming T's father for the poverty and not N...
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21 Aug 2010, 03:10
It's C

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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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23 Aug 2010, 07:11
C for me too. It cannot be A.
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23 Aug 2010, 08:14
C too.
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07 Sep 2010, 00:21
I agree it should be C
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14 Sep 2010, 05:29
me to think it should be C
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14 Sep 2010, 05:51
I got C too .......... used POE to narrow down to A & C, and then it was C.
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14 Sep 2010, 19:45
I pick C and was sweated to see that OA is different.

Thanks you guys for reaafirming my believe in C.
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15 Sep 2010, 00:45
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This one was simple. There's another reason why Biographers plea cab be rejected that Tocqueville disliked centralized government because he blamed Napoleon’s rule for the poverty of his childhood.

hmm ... ravgtiwari, I believe you have got the wrong OA.
OA should be C as mentioned in the below thread!
tocqueville-a-nineteenth-century-writer-89350.html

wow i choose C........
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15 Sep 2010, 02:13
why is it not A?

I narrowed to A and C. C is more direct but A doesn't give direct reason for elimination.

Any light on why A should be eliminateD?

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15 Sep 2010, 02:14
Ok. I got it. Thank you.
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15 Sep 2010, 22:42
C provides evidence that Tocqueville's belief is different from biographers contention.

Hence weakens the biographer's conclusion by providing alternative explanation.
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Conclusion:
Tocqueville disliked centralized government because he blamed Napoleon’s rule for the poverty of his childhood in Normandy.

So to weaken the conclusion we have to state any other reason for his dislike. To do that if we can show that Napoleon was not the reason for the poverty in childhood, we can weaken the conclusion

C confirms that he had poverty because his family didn't have any steady income.

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15 Aug 2011, 07:31
IMO C as this is the only answer which undermines the claim of biographer
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