DISCUSSION: For author’s attitude questions, look for judgments. Authors tend to be quite subtle. Assume that any small positive/negative judgment implies that the author completely agrees/disagrees with a given group.
- The author didn’t say that people misunderstand risk. For instance, the second sentence of the third paragraph imply that people do understand the risks faced by skydivers.
- It’s true that the author doesn’t recommend listening to ordinary people. But the author’s concern seems to be that regular people don’t support enough regulation. For instance, the author supports regulating the safety of skydivers (see the second sentence of the third paragraph), whereas ordinary people wouldn’t want to spend money improving skydivers’ safety.
- CORRECT. From the fifth sentence of the second paragraph to the first sentence of the third paragraph show two reasons that the author is skeptical of ordinary people’s views on voluntariness. Ordinary people only look at part of the situation, and ordinary people decide whether something is voluntary based on whether or not they like the activity.
- Actually, the first sentence of the fourth paragraph show that the author is mainly concerned with saving lives.
- The author never criticizes experts. Instead, the author spends paragraphs 2-3 criticizing common people.
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