The passage suggests that which one of the following is true about the drafters of the United Nations Convention?

Kyland on December 7, 2021

Why C? and not E?

The drafters seemed to want to have broad interpretation of the criteria so that it could be flexible for "unanticipated" situations. That was the reason i selected E. I can kinda see C, but there is not direct language stated it would be too difficult that i saw.

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Emil-Kunkin on January 25, 2022

Hi @Kyland, you're absolutely right about flexibility, and it looks like you did have the right part of the passage in mind when trying to understand what the passage tells us about the drafters of the convention, the second paragraph. We are told the drafters of the convention wanted to provide a "safety net" for refugees who would not have fallen into any other category. This is why they made the "social group" criterion flexible, in order to accommodate any unanticipated situation.

The question asks what the passage suggests about those drafters. This means we are looking for something that, while not directly stated by the passage, nevertheless is highly likely to be true based on the information in the passage.

C is highly likely to be true based on the passage. We are told that the drafters wanted to be broad in order to include unanticipated situations and those that did not fit neatly into any category. A group of refugees might not fit neatly into any of the existing categories because they are being persecuted for some other reason not originally included (the passage takes gender as the example, but we could imagine hair color, language/dialect, sexual orientation, etc.). It would indeed be onerous to list all these out, and future persecution may relate to groups that did not even exist at the time of drafting, such as HIV status. While there is no direct language, there does not need to be for this question type.

E, however, goes well beyond the scope of what we know of the drafters. We have no clue if gender based persecution was a major issue at the time, and the passage does not give us a reason to think this is true.