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Question

The passage suggests that Williams, Bell, and Matsuda would most likely agree with which one of the following statements regarding personal stories?
  1. Personal stories are more likely to de-emphasize differences in background and training than are traditional forms of legal discourse.
  2. Personal stories are more likely to shatter the complacency of the legal establishment and disturb its tranquillity than other forms of discourse.
  3. Personal stories are more likely to adhere to the principles of objectivism than are other forms of discourse.
  4. Personal stories are more likely to lead to the accurate reconstruction of facts than are traditional forms of legal narrative.


Solution

The correct option is A Personal stories are more likely to de-emphasize differences in background and training than are traditional forms of legal discourse.
Look at the closing lines of this passage “the engaging power of narrative might play a crucial, positive role in the process of legal reconstruction by overcoming differences in background and training and forming a new collective based on emotional empathy”. Option (b) is supported by these lines.
Option (a) goes against what has been stated in this passage.
Look at the lines “Such alternative narratives can shatter the complacency of the legal establishment and disturb its tranquillity”. But these lines do not state that personal stories are more likely to shatter the complacency of the legal establishment and disturb the tranquillity than other forms of discourse to do so (in fact all the other forms of discourse are not mentioned in this passage), so option (c) is wrong.
Option (d) is not supported by this passage.

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