Word Usage- The War on Human Exceptionalism

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Word Usage- The War on Human Exceptionalism

    Unlikely as it may seem, utilitarian bioethics is the counterpart (A)/ remonstrance (B) to animal rights in the war on human exceptionalism.

    While (A)/ But (B) animal right proponents seek to elevate some animals to the level of humans, utilitarian bioethics advocates would reduce nascent human life to the status of animals.

    If either view prevails, our equal rights would become ephemeral (A)/ineluctable (B), based on subjective personhood rather than intrinsic humanity.

    Our value would depend on the moment of measuring, leaving us ever vulnerable to depersonalization and perhaps even the concomitant(A)/ concordant (B) loss of what today are called universal human rights.

    1. AABA
    2. BBBA
    3. AAAA
    4. BAAA

 

  • Correct Answer
    Choice (C) AAAA

Detailed Solution

Sentence 1- Unlikely as it may seem, utilitarian bioethics is the counterpart (A)/ remonstrance (B) to animal rights in the war on human exceptionalism.

We need to look at what the rest of the sentences say before a choice can be made on this one.

Sentence 2- While (A)/ But (B) animal right proponents seek to elevate some animals to the level of humans, utilitarian bioethics advocates would reduce nascent human life to the status of animals.

The correct word choice here is ‘while’. The word ‘but’ does not fit in grammatically and meaning-wise.

Here the meaning of sentence 1 also becomes clear. Utilitarian bioethics is the counterpart (opposite number, or flipside to) to animal rights in the war on human exceptionalism. The choice ‘remonstrance’ (sharp protest against) does not make sense in this context.

Sentence 3- If either view prevails, our equal rights would become ephemeral (A)/ineluctable (B), based on subjective personhood rather than intrinsic humanity.

The correct word choice here is ephemeral, or short-lived. Ineluctable (irrevocable) does not apply, it states just the opposite.

Sentence 4- Our value would depend on the moment of measuring, leaving us ever vulnerable to depersonalization and perhaps even the concomitant(A)/ concordant (B) loss of what today are called universal human rights.

Concomitant, meaning accompanying or concurrent, is the correct word choice here. Concordant means being in agreement or harmony. This word does not fit here.

Correct Answer: AAAA



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