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Okay, so I'm finding that I am really good at all the different types of Logical Reasoning questions, EXCEPT for those that I describe as "Venn Diagram" questions.  For illustration purposes, here is a sample question of what I am talking about:

Preptest #23, Section 2, question 10:

All bridges built from 1950 to 1960 are in serious need of rehabilitation.  Some bridges constructed in this period, however, were built according to faulty engineering design.  That is the bad news.  The good news is that at least some bridges in serious need of rehabilitation are not suspension bridges, since no suspension bridges are among the bridges that were built according to faulty engineering design.

If the statements above are true, then, on the basis of those statements, which one of the following must also be true?

A) Some suspension bridges are not in serious need of rehabilitation.
B) Some suspension bridges are in serious need of rehabilitation.
C) Some bridges that were built according to faulty engineering design are in serious need
   of rehabilitation.
D) Some bridges built from 1950 to 1960 are not in serious need of rehabilitation.
E) Some bridges that were built according to faulty engineering design are not bridges
   other than suspension bridges.

My natural instinct is to start drawing Venn diagrams, but this technique obviously doesn't work, as I have proven to myself over and over.  Yet, I cannot seem to come up with a better strategy for solving these problems!  This is a worrisome problem for me, especially after writing preptest #23, which seemed to have at least 3 of these questions in one LR section.  Ahhh!

Does anyone have a better method for approaching these types of LR questions?  I am really stumped here.

Thanks for all your help!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Amazed and freaked out...
« on: July 15, 2004, 11:54:02 PM »
I also agree with Mike.  I'm writing in October, which is over a year ahead of schedule... I am entering my 5th and final year of UG this fall, and next April I will complete two degrees.  Then I'm working for a year, and then planning for LS in September 2006.  So far, and yet so close!

As for what my job will be, who knows?  I could work in a lab, a law office, a petro plant, a tutoring centre... whatever I can make the most money at!  ;D

And, I'm still only going to be 24 when I plan on entering, which isn't bad...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Bob and Doug Mckenzie
« on: June 20, 2004, 09:10:29 AM »
Quote: I take offense to the answer choice about being american and not knowing anything outside the us aside from amelie and LOTR.

Jacy, I.... (sighs).

Never mind.

Take off, eh?    ::)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Bob and Doug Mckenzie
« on: June 20, 2004, 09:09:02 AM »
Quote: Bob Mackenzie? TSN Hockey insider? Chubby guy who gets all the scoops on hockey

Dude, I'm not sure that "TSN" and "Hockey insider" should ever be used in the same sentence...  :-X

It's an old Canadian skit from an old Canadian comedy show called SCTV... Bob and Doug McKenzie ruthlessly portray the stereotypical Canadian.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Bob and Doug Mckenzie
« on: June 18, 2004, 01:24:11 AM »
To anyone silly enough to look at this thread.. I am drunk, so when I constructed the poll I did not notice that:

A)  I spelled Mckenzie wrong in the question for the poll
B)  For some reason, I allowed for two choices to be made, which makes no sense whatsoever.

Sorry I'm a jackass, thanks for your valuable time!

Studying for the LSAT / Bob and Doug Mckenzie
« on: June 18, 2004, 01:19:53 AM »
This isn't a horror story.. unless you have seen Strange Brew.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Replacement - Here's Your Chance
« on: June 18, 2004, 01:13:00 AM »
"It's times like these that reaffirm my status as a foreigner in this country!! I had no idea who any of those people were!"

That's okay, Ruskiegirl!  I don't think there are many Americans who are familiar with the likes of Bob and Doug Mackenzie!

Curious... let's put that to a poll!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Was it all worth it?
« on: June 18, 2004, 01:06:07 AM »
On another note...

The whole "1st tier/4th tier" labelling-of-law-schools thang... is that an official system of ranking that exists in the States, or is it some vernacular way of classifying US schools as either "good" or "bad"?

Just wondering.

It is in no way official.
The rankings are released by various organizations and are based on factors such as "bar passage rate", "average employment upon graduation" etc... is one such company.

So, this entire ranking system that everyone depends upon so much appears to be a nearly perfect candidate for the the Chomskian model of propaganda... hmmm...

In Canada, I believe that our "Maclean's Annual University Ranking" is the closest parallel to this infamous "tier system".

Thanks for the info, M2!  So insightful, a fountain of information (or intoxication?  I forget which).

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Allright I'm drunk....
« on: June 18, 2004, 12:53:37 AM »
Yo Mpete...

UofM = U of Manitoba?

Maybe not... just wondering.

(seeing as how this thread is completely pointless in the first place)

Law School Admissions / Re: LSD on LSD?
« on: June 18, 2004, 12:42:48 AM »
I am not so certain that the human race draws itself closer to complete annihilation.  Isn't the cycle of history about the rise and fall of the greatest nations and societies that exist in all of humanity?

I believe in the lessons of history... just as Western culture rises, it will inevitably fall in the wake of another, more powerful society.  When?  Who knows?  Probably will not happen within my lifetime.

But I think that Western society is inevitably doomed to failure.  Those who survive will be those who learn how to get along with the least amount of material wealth- and then when the most materialistic societies run out of an abundance of resources, their own societies will collapse.

Truly, humanity has the capacity to annihilate itself, but I don't think we are anywhere close to those boundaries... humans are adept at adapting to different environments, and thus we will continually find solutions to the problems we create.  However, there must be a limit to how far the human race is capable of repairing the damage it causes.

I've run out of things to say... could be the alcohol, though it probably has more to do with my fleeting desire to smoke more dope.  Thanks for the enlightenment, and the chance to disperse my own drivel...

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