DISCUSSION: You’re not going to like hearing this, but if you got this question wrong it’s because you completely misunderstood the passage.
Lines 12-13 say the right answer. If you found those lines, then this was a very easy question.
All of the wrong answers assume you had no idea what experts believe and what laypeople believe.
This question illustrates why it’s extremely important to review a passage if you’re not clear on what it says. The wrong answers are designed to trick people who have only a partial understanding of what they read.
- Lines 34-49 directly contradict this. Laypeople wouldn’t support saving skydivers even if there were a good ratio of dollars to lives saved.
- Experts care about lives saved, not voluntariness. If laypeople deferred to experts, then laypeople wouldn’t care about voluntariness.
- CORRECT. Lines 12-13 say this directly.
- Lines 11-12 say that this is what experts focus on.
- Lines 46-49 say that this is what the author recommends the government consider. Total resources available wasn’t mentioned as a factor that laypeople consider.
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