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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## The frequently expressed ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 0 member replies ### Top Member ## The frequently expressed The frequently expressed view that written constitutions are inherently more liberal than unwritten ones is false. No written constitution is more than a paper with words on it until those words are both interpreted and applied. Properly understood, then, a constitution is the sum of those procedures through which the power of the state is legitimately exercised and limited. Therefore, even a written constitution becomes a liberal constitution only when it is interpreted and applied in a liberal way. If the statements in the argument are all true, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of them? (A) A careful analysis of the written text of a constitution can show that the constitution is not a liberal one. (B) It is impossible to determine that a written constitution is liberal merely through careful analysis of the written text. (C) There are no advantages to having a written rather than an unwritten constitution. (D) Constitutions that are not written are more likely to be liberal than are constitutions that are written. (E) A constitution is a liberal constitution if it is possible to interpret it in a liberal way. How will i identify the best Option? OA B ### GMAT/MBA Expert Legendary Member Joined 14 Jan 2015 Posted: 2667 messages Followed by: 122 members Upvotes: 1153 GMAT Score: 770 Top Reply lheiannie07 wrote: The frequently expressed view that written constitutions are inherently more liberal than unwritten ones is false. No written constitution is more than a paper with words on it until those words are both interpreted and applied. Properly understood, then, a constitution is the sum of those procedures through which the power of the state is legitimately exercised and limited. Therefore, even a written constitution becomes a liberal constitution only when it is interpreted and applied in a liberal way. If the statements in the argument are all true, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of them? (A) A careful analysis of the written text of a constitution can show that the constitution is not a liberal one. (B) It is impossible to determine that a written constitution is liberal merely through careful analysis of the written text. (C) There are no advantages to having a written rather than an unwritten constitution. (D) Constitutions that are not written are more likely to be liberal than are constitutions that are written. (E) A constitution is a liberal constitution if it is possible to interpret it in a liberal way. How will i identify the best Option? OA B The key sentence: No written constitution is more than a paper with words on it until those words are both interpreted and applied. In other words, before a written constitution is both interpreted and applied, we can't arrive at any definitive conclusions about its nature. This is why B is correct. If a constitution has only been analyzed and not yet applied, we can't discern the underlying nature of the document. (And for what it's worth, this question feels more like an LSAT-type problem.) _________________ Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor Veritas Prep Reviews Save$100 off any live Veritas Prep GMAT Course

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