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    Question for the Teachers

    Hello everybody:
    I'd like you all to know that this is my first post to begin with
    Here is my question:
    I actually had to do an English evaluation test, and I'd like to see with you what you think the answer would be for this:

    "The popularity of Palmerston as Prime Minister was based on the impression he gave of aggressiveness in foreign policy, but now we realise that his policies were exceedingly cautious"

    People like Palmerston because.......
    A- he was foreign
    B- his policies were flexible
    C- they thought he was cautious
    D- they thought he was aggressive

    Thank you for your responses :)


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    Re: Question for the Teachers

    I think, 'B'.

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    Re: Question for the Teachers

    My pick is 'D'


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    Re: Question for the Teachers

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    My pick is 'D'
    The sentence says 'like', not 'liked'.


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    Re: Question for the Teachers

    My answer is C : They thought he was cautious.
    as it says the popularity was based on an impression "...the impression he gave of agressiveness..."
    then the part ".......we realise that his policies were exceedingly cautious"
    now "we realise" at present, but the "cautiousness" goes back to that time, and the question does return back on about the past

    What do you think ?
    Sorry the question is at present, I just get so confused ?? "we now realise at this time that his policies were exceedingly cautious, so that is whay people like Palmerston" could that be correct ?
    Last edited by pickaboo; 03-Jun-2008 at 14:00.


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    Re: Question for the Teachers

    Quote Originally Posted by pickaboo View Post
    My answer is C : They thought he was cautious.
    as it says the popularity was based on an impression "...the impression he gave of agressiveness..."
    then the part ".......we realise that his policies were exceedingly cautious"
    now "we realise" at present, but the "cautiousness" goes back to that time, and the question does return back on about the past

    What do you think ?
    I think it's impossible to say here 'People like ... because they thought ...' because it would mean that it is the same generation of people. Do you realize that Palmerston lived in the XIX century?
    Last edited by Clark; 03-Jun-2008 at 19:46.


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    Re: Question for the Teachers

    Is it possible that 'like' got into this sentence by mistake instead of 'liked'?
    If so than the correct answer would be d).

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    Re: Question for the Teachers

    "The popularity of Palmerston as Prime Minister was based on the impression he gave of aggressiveness in foreign policy, "



    Does this sentence mean...

    1.Palmerston was popular among people because he gave the impression of aggressiveness in foreign policy,

    or 2.Whether or not Palmerston would become popular among people depended on the impression he would give of aggressiveness in foreign policy?

    I'm just curious. Maybe it means 1.


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    Re: Question for the Teachers

    It is the first.

    Palmerston was popular because his foreign policies appeared aggressive [the electorate likes a positive feel in governmental policy].

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    Re: Question for the Teachers

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is the first.

    Palmerston was popular because his foreign policies appeared aggressive [the electorate likes a positive feel in governmental policy].
    Ta!(I mean...Thank you ever so much!)

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