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    The title "Better Off Dead?"

    The pitch sounded so straightforward and practical in those TV commercials aired by the Republican Party over the summer. "We can make health insurance affordable now, without the Clinton government-run system . . . If you lose your job, you won't lose your coverage . . . Let's do it now!" That message, polls show, has resonated with the 85% of Americans who already have health insurance. Their priority, by and large, is to make their own coverage more secure and affordable, rather than to finance elaborate subsidies for the uninsured. And now that they have beaten back the major overhaul of health care that Democrats had proposed, one would expect Republicans to seize their moment.

    1. How did the TV commercials sound?
    a. The message was spoken in a clear voice.
    b. The message sounded simple.
    c. The message sounded very serious.
    d. The message sounded too good to be true.

    2. What was the message?
    a. Don't vote for the Clinton government
    b. Cut the costs of the health insurance for the employed
    c. Reform the health insurance system
    d. Make health insurance cheaper when you lose your job

    3. What is the most important item on the Republican's agenda?
    a. Reforming the Clinton government-run system
    b. To do something about the number of Americans who are uninsured
    c. To help the uninsured get more coverage
    d. To help themselves

    4. What is expected of the Republicans?
    a. They beat the Democrats yet again on the health issue by terminating coverage
    b. They keep health care just as it is
    c. They make good on their promise
    d. They propose that the Democrats raise their pitch

    These are not my homework. I have finished the questions, but there are no OAs. I have chosen in turn A, D, C, and C. The entire article of that above passage is here: Better Off Dead? - TIME

    What are the correct answers?

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    Re: The title "Better Off Dead?"

    Quote Originally Posted by ilovepsycho View Post
    The pitch sounded so straightforward and practical in those TV commercials aired by the Republican Party over the summer. "We can make health insurance affordable now, without the Clinton government-run system . . . If you lose your job, you won't lose your coverage . . . Let's do it now!" That message, polls show, has resonated with the 85% of Americans who already have health insurance. Their priority, by and large, is to make their own coverage more secure and affordable, rather than to finance elaborate subsidies for the uninsured. And now that they have beaten back the major overhaul of health care that Democrats had proposed, one would expect Republicans to seize their moment.

    1. How did the TV commercials sound?
    a. The message was spoken in a clear voice.
    b. The message sounded simple.
    c. The message sounded very serious.
    d. The message sounded too good to be true.

    2. What was the message?
    a. Don't vote for the Clinton government
    b. Cut the costs of the health insurance for the employed
    c. Reform the health insurance system
    d. Make health insurance cheaper when you lose your job

    3. What is the most important item on the Republican's agenda?
    a. Reforming the Clinton government-run system
    b. To do something about the number of Americans who are uninsured
    c. To help the uninsured get more coverage
    d. To help themselves

    4. What is expected of the Republicans?
    a. They beat the Democrats yet again on the health issue by terminating coverage
    b. They keep health care just as it is
    c. They make good on their promise
    d. They propose that the Democrats raise their pitch

    These are not my homework. I have finished the questions, but there are no OAs. I have chosen in turn A, D, C, and C. The entire article of that above passage is here: Better Off Dead? - TIME

    What are the correct answers?
    It's a very ill-thought out exercise, which may well have relevance in the context of the magazine article - which I don't have time to read. There are few (if any) right answers.

    1 - certainly not c or d; could well be a or b (neither of which is specified in the article).
    2 - d
    3 and 4 - insufficient data; we know nothing ([U]from this text[/U)] about the Republicans' [note position of apostrophe] agenda, or about what is expected of them. (If you believe political ads, there's a case for suggesting that they do tell you what to expect of the people who pay for them, but I'm not so sure. Is there an implicit 'We will do what we say' message? If there is, do you believe it? )

    b
    Last edited by BobK; 09-Dec-2009 at 16:27. Reason: Typo

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