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kiklavan wrote:Okay I'm going to give this a shot. Keep in mind this was my interpretation and might not be 100% foolproof, but I figured it might be helpful for you to see how someone else approached it regardless.
For 11, I got to the answer by POE. B is too strong, C is too strong, and D is out of scope, and E is out of scope.
Elaborating on B because you asked. "Fail" is unsupported in the passage. The author talks about all of those things listed as being beneficial but he does not discuss what will happen if they do not occur. I don't think "and" is the critical thing to hinge on because "or" wouldn't change the fact that we just don't know what would happen based on what the author gives us.
I didn't love A, but it is was weak and the only one that wasn't fundamentally flawed. For something to be an "end in itself" means that it's valuable in its own right. Lines 6, 20, 27, 42, 57, point to the idea that the author thinks preservation of language is worthwhile and that efforts to revitalize it are important. If this answer choice were false and the author didn't think that this would be "an end in itself," the passage would have ONLY discussed the utility of preserving language. Instead the author seems to believe that language should be preserved because it is important. The second and last paragraph provide support for the last part of A.
25 is all in the beginning of the last paragraph. The author begins by explaining that there is nostalgia for determinism. Then (in the sentence "cognitive satisfaction" comes up), qualifies that by basically saying oh we don't believe the underlying theory anymore, but we still miss the "cognitive satisfaction" provided by determinism. Considering context, we can infer "cognitive satisfaction" to be a reason for the nostalgia previously discussed. Even if you couldn't prove that right, A, C, D, E, are very, very out of scope so again POE would have been beneficial.
Hey! Thanks for the breakdown. You're right about 25. The other answer choices are trash. I'm now wondering why I had a difficulty choosing B.
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