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Q1

by carly.applebaum Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:55 pm

I don't understand the term in the stimulus or the wording I answer choices D and E. I get that there is a negative tone going on but I am really stumped as to how to interpret "purely programmatic" and the answer choices.

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Re: Q1

by maryadkins Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:31 pm

The quoted text--"purely programmatic"--appears right after we're told that the UDHR is weak b/c it is "nonbinding." That means it can't be enforced. If laws are nonbinding, they're not enforceable. (D) captures this.

Note that this paragraph is about that--whether its binding, and how it then led to laws that are binding. It's not about the hierarchy within the organization (E), inspiring gov't programs (A), translating anything abstract to something concrete (B), or compromises of any sort (C).

When you get a question like this that references a specific portion of text, focus on the discussion in that section of the passage.

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Re: Q1

by AyakiK696 Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:42 pm

I chose B for this question. I ruled out D because I thought that the language was too extreme, but I guess looking back now it's supported by "nonbinding legal status." The only contention I had was that B seems to also fit with the meaning of "purely programmatic" in the sentence, in that the issue that the author is describing seems to be the fact that the UDHR was unable to create any "specific" type of rules? Am I extrapolating too much? Is this answer choice wrong because the author never mentions "abstract ideals"?
 
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Re: Q1

by BrianM353 Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:51 am

I was down to B and D.

The language programmatic clearly points to B, but the context points to D. Using the argument that words matter, I went with B and reasoned that

"For all it's strong language and high ideals, the doc remains a resolution of a method-based nature" makes sense and matches the drafters going from high ideals -> concrete standards.

I guess my question is how, exactly, are they using the word programmatic here to make it not refer to method or plan equivalent? Scouring online dictionaries and thesauruses, no one equates non-binding and programmatic.