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Studying for the LSAT / Re: RC author attitudes
« on: November 28, 2006, 01:02:42 AM »
bump a dump

Studying for the LSAT / RC author attitudes
« on: November 26, 2006, 06:34:49 PM »
I just finished taking a preptest from 94, and on an RC passage I narrowed the author's attitude to "qualified approval" and "contentious disagreement." Silly me, I picked the latter, more extreme one, and was incorrect. I'm wondering if anyone's taken note of seeing a relatively extreme author's attitude answer choice? For example:

"wholehearted disagreement"
"extreme optimism"

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Best Logical Reasoning Tips?
« on: November 26, 2006, 04:42:20 PM »
Weird, I was thinking about starting a "post your own random LR tip" thread yesterday.

The question stem "which one of the following is MOST STRONGLY SUPPORTED" is somewhat different from a "must be true" question in that something thats strongly supported doesn't HAVE to be true, it just has to be the AC that's most strongly supported. I took PS, but I hear that in TM they even categorize this as a sub-category of MBT.

note whether argument is valid or invalid. (this really helps in parallel reasoning questions)

I think PR question stems will say whether an argument is valid or invalid...

Studying for the LSAT / assumption question
« on: November 24, 2006, 10:05:42 PM »
Stage performances are judged to be realistic to the degree that actors reproduce on stage the behaviors generally associated by audiences with the emotional states of the characters portrayed. Traditional actors imitate those behaviors, whereas Method actors, through recollection of personal experience, actually experience the same emotions that their characters are meant to be experiencing. Audiences will therefore judge the performances of Method actors to be more realistic than the performances of traditional actors.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(B) The behavior that results when a Method actor feels a certain emotion will conform to the behavior that is generally associated by audiences with that emotion.
(D) Traditional actors do not aim to produce performances that are realistic representations of a character's emotional states.

I picked D. I figured that if traditional actors DO in fact aim to produce performances that are realistic representations etc., then audiences won't necessarily judge Method actors performances to be more realistic. (Plus, i thought that the word "realistic" should be in the AC). The answer is B though. ??

Studying for the LSAT / Re: odd question
« on: November 24, 2006, 10:02:55 PM »
Thanks sweetpri, that's kind of what I was thinking but definitely not as concisely.

It's from a 1994 test, so it's probably no longer relevant -- but it was so odd that I couldn't help but be curious to see what other people would think.

Studying for the LSAT / odd question
« on: November 24, 2006, 08:56:22 PM »
The problem that environmental economics aims to remedy is the following: people making economic decisions cannot readily compare environmental factors, such as clean air and the survival of endangered species, with other costs and benefits. As environmental economists recognize, solving this problem requires assigning monetary values to environmental factors. But monetary values result from people comparing costs and benefits in order to arrive at economic decisions. Thus, environmental economics is stymied by what motivates it.

If the considerations advanced in its support are true, the passage's conclusion is supported

(A) strongly, on the assumption that monetary values for environmental factors cannot be assigned unless people make economic decisions about these factors
(B) strongly, unless economic decision-making has not yet had any effect on the things categorized as environmental factors
(C) at best weakly, because the passage fails to establish that economic decision-makers do not by an large take adequate account of environmental factors
(D) at best wewakly, because the argument assumes that pollution and other effects on environmental factors rarely result from economic decision-making
(E) not at all, since the argument is circular, taking that conclusion as one of its premises

the credited response is A. Any ideas?

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