« on: November 09, 2007, 10:49:58 PM »
I too had trouble with flaw questions. I overcame my troubles in three ways:
1) I read the Logical Reasoning Bible's chapter on flaw questions and memorized all of the flaws therein. If you want to get even crazier you can go to wikipedia and look at their list of fallacies. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this, however, because there are many fallacies that haven't appeared as answers on LSATs and are not likely to appear on your test.
2) I classified every single answer choice on flaw questions with a one word descriptor. For example I would take "the argument attacks the source of the claim rather than his contentions" and classify it as "source fallacy" or "ad hominem". Both mean the same thing; to attack the person instead of his argument. After doing this many times, you begin to know which fallacy each answer choice is talking about and if it applies to the stimulus.
3) Finally, I rephrased the argument abstractly. I don't know how to explain to you how to phrase the argument abstractly. For me, it just happened one day and I think it is the easiest way to spot a flaw because it simplifies the argument tremendously.
Hope that helps.