One should not play a practical joke on someone if it shows contempt for that person or if one believes it might brin...

Emily on August 23 at 02:50AM

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Can someone please break down the diagrams for this question?

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Mehran on August 24 at 03:47AM

Hi @EmilyMarieMenendez, thanks for your post.

Let's start by diagramming the stimulus.
"One should not play a practical joke on someone if it shows contempt for that person or if one believes it might bring significant harm to that person."

"If" introduces a sufficient condition.
Shows contempt for that person = SC
Believes might bring significant harm to that person = MBSH
Play a practical joke = PPJ

SC or MBSH ==> not PPJ
contrapositive: PPJ ==> not SC and not MBSH

Ok, that's the principle.

Now the question stem asks us to identify the answer choice that is most justified by this principle.

Answer choice (C) is correct. There is no contempt (not SC) but it could bring significant harm (MBSH). MBSH is sufficient to conclude not PPJ.

Hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.