Question 3: A century in certain ways is like a life, and as the end of a
century approaches people behave toward that century much as someone who is
nearing the end of life does toward that life. So just as people in their
last years spend much time looking back on events of their life, people at a
century's end blank. Alight so you notice which of the following most logically
completes the argument. So we have an argument completion question.
Argument completion questions are really just like must be true question because if it's
asking us what logically completes the argument logically completes means
that it follows logically or must be true. So therefore we're picking an
answer choice that completes the argument based on what was included in
the rest of the passage. So as you notice this passage is comparing a century to
a life. And how? Well, as the end of a century approaches people behave toward
that century much as someone who is nearing the end of their life is gonna
treat that life. So just as people in the last year spent much time looking
back on the events of their lives
people as centuries in much time looking back on the events of the past century.
You notice that logicaly completes the argument because if I'm analogizing the way people
behave towards the end of their lives to the way people behave toward an end of a
century and I said at the end of their lives they spent much time looking back at the
events of their life. Well therefore at a century's end these people will
spend much time looking back on the events of the past century. You notice that
that follows logically. It logically completes the argument. So these are really a
subset of must be true question. So now we're looking for the answer choice that
restates this idea that they spent much time looking back on the events
of the past century. Let's take a look at (A): Reminisce about their own lives.
And clearly (A) is out because that is what people do toward the end of their
The end of the passage here is what they're doing it a century's end. (B) Fear that their own lives are
about to end. Again does not follow. Nothing about that in the passage. How could that
logically complete argument? So (B) is out.
(C) Focus on what the next century will bring. And again, no, we're looking back or reminiscing
on the events of our lives. So therefore at a centuries end we will look back on
the events of the century not about what next century will bring future life would bring if there is even this idea of
reincarnation. But that is the idea (C) again does not logically complete this argument.
Which brings us to (D): Become very interested in the history of the century
just ending. And you notice that logically completes the argument. Basically restating the
idea that they spent much time looking back on the events of the past century.
The history of the century that just ended. So (D) here would be the correct answer
as it logically completes this argument. We're analogizing between the end of a
person's life an end of the century with the way they treat the end of their
lives by looking back on the events of their life. Well therefore at
the end of the century they would look back on the events of the past century or the history of
the century just ending. Again just making sure checking (E): Reflect on how certain
unfortunate events of the century could have been avoided. And again it's not
about looking back to things we wanted to change. Just by looking back on the
events of one's life and then analogizing to the events of the past century.