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by thegmatbeater » Sun May 25, 2008 7:44 am
6. Some sociologists believe that religious sects such as the Quaker-based Quiet Ones, who believe the end of the world is imminent and seek to purify their souls by, among other things, abstaining completely from sexual relations, are a product of growing disaffection with modern, industrialized and urbanized living. As evidence, they cite the fact that there are no other active organizations of the same type which are more than 40 or 50 years old. The evidence, however, fails to support the conclusion for ____________.

Which of the following is the most logical completion for the passage?

(A) the restrictions on sexual relations are such that the only source of new members is outside recruitment, so such sects tend to die out after a generation or two
(B) it is simply not possible to gauge the intensity of religious fervor by the length of time the religious sect remains viable
(C) the Quiet Ones group may actually survive beyond the second generation of its existence
(D) there are other religious sects that emphasize group sexual activity which currently have several hundred members
(E) the Quiet Ones are a Quaker-based organization and have no members in the Northeast, which is even more heavily urban and industrialized than Quaker country

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by s_raizada » Sun May 25, 2008 11:56 am
E

rephrasing the argument

Quiet ones are product of dissatisfaction with industralised world

E weakens this point.

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by luvaduva » Sun May 25, 2008 11:58 am
Here is what I think:

Sociologists state that since these sects are no more than 40 or 50 years old, it must be disaffection with modern, industrialized, urban living that have produced this. In my mind, they are saying these sects are only a recent occurence.

So, if we can find another reason why they are no more than 40-50 years old we can answer the question.

I think (A) does this. The sects die out after a generation or two keeping the ages below 40-50 years. This could have been happening for the last 300 years.

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by netigen » Sun May 25, 2008 12:25 pm
What is the evidence: there are no other active organizations of the same type which are more than 40 or 50 years old

Conclusion: these organization are a product of growing disaffection with modern, industrialized and urbanized living

basically what author is reasoning is that since modern, industrialized and urbanized living is only 40-50 years old hence organization is really only that old and not any older.

To weaken this lets find if we have any alternative reason for the organization to be only 40-50 years old and not any older.

(A) provides such a reason and weakens the argument.

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by khanshainur » Tue May 10, 2016 6:00 am
The answer seems to be A