- Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:47 pm
It's not much of a stretch, is it? After all, the author implies agreement with the view that there is something "intuitively wrong, or unjust" about punishing a shoplifter with a 20-year prison sentence. Calling a punishment "unjust" means it "lacks justice." So the justice part of answer choice E is clearly covered in the terminology of the passage. And the dictionary definition of the adjectival use of "moral" (from Merriam Webster) is "of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior." Given that the author uses the term "wrong" to describe the disproportionate punishment, this sense of "moral" is also adequately covered in the passage. If you're troubled merely by the fact that the word "moral" was used in the answer but doesn't appear in the passage, just be aware that synonymous language is fair game in reading comprehension answer choices, even when we're looking for something with specific passage support. So long as you've got a true synonym (here, "moral" = notions of "right/wrong"), you should consider the answer a contender.
I hope this helps!