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Studying for the LSAT / PT #36 Sec1(LR) Q.24
« on: November 14, 2008, 04:17:59 AM »
I don't get why (B) is the correct answer. The passage doesn't say 1984 exercised the most influence; it just says that 1984 exercised much influence and that it was chosen second most often by the readers. Then, why do we need to know how many people chose books other than 1984 to evaluate the columnist's argument?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Dec. 2006 RC passage #4 Q.28
« on: November 14, 2008, 04:09:27 AM »
Thanks a lot, testboy.

I don't have the test with me right now, but I'll review it soon. If I still don't get it, I'll post a reply. Anyways, thanks!

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Studying for the LSAT / Dec. 2006 RC passage #4 Q.28
« on: November 10, 2008, 04:51:44 AM »
This is the legal reasoning systems passage.

I put (C), and the correct answer is (B).

I don't get why (C) can't be the answer. In lines 25-30, the author gives examples for which computer systems are not capable of interpreting or categorizing. No matter how well a software(legal reasoning system) is devised, those can't be correctly categorized by it, so I thought the answer choice (C) correctly states the function of lines 25-30 in the passage. I guess if there's only reason for (C) to be wrong, it would be the usage of the term, 'isolate,' because what lines 25-30 does in the passage is to delineate a few examples of relevant case, not to isolate issues. But, I thought it was not enough to make (C) an incorrect answer.

Can someone tell me what is wrong in my reasoning?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: PT #32 Sec.2(RC) Q.12
« on: September 17, 2008, 04:17:04 PM »
I don't see why theories would not represent the values of the culture.  Theories are made on the ideas, experiences and values of those who propose them.  As a pretty basic example, in English speaking cultures the use of rhyme has a particular value which is significant to that culture.  In Japanese, there really isn't any notion of rhyme, so according to the proponents mentioned in paragraph 3 of the reading passage, it wouldn't make sense to criticize a Japanese haiku using Western theories of rhyme.

Yeah, your explanation makes sense to me. I just thought it was an extended stretch of reasoning to equate "theories" with "values." But I guess you can't explain it better than this.

Thank you so much for your help!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: PT #32 Sec.2(RC) Q.12
« on: September 17, 2008, 05:15:51 AM »
The proponents in the third paragraph argue that the values of one culture cannot be used to judge another culture.  Q.12 asks with which of the answer choices would these proponents disagree. 

(A) cannot be correct because we do not know what values are being used in the study.  Plus there is no judging going on.  This one is kind of a shell game I suppose, since they stick in that stuff about moral codes between Western/non-Western societies.

(D) is correct because it states that theories (values) of one society is used to criticize (judge) literature of another society with different values.

Can you say the literature theories are equivalent to "values" of that society? I didn't see them as equals, that's why I didn't pick it.

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Studying for the LSAT / PT #33 Sec.2(RC) Q.19
« on: September 17, 2008, 05:10:48 AM »
This is the CO2/photosyntheic rates/wet tundra passage.

Q19. The author would be most likely to agree with which one of the following statements about the conclusions drawn on the basis of the research on plant growth mentioned in the first paragraph of the passage?

So, there are two researches mentioned in the first and second paragraph. My question is, which research is Q19 referring to? Is it the one mentioned in the first paragraph or the one in the second paragraph? I put (D) because I thought it was the research mentioned in the second paragraph, - whose conclusion says agricultural abundance may not happen because of competition among different types of plants.

I think I'm confused about what the question intends to ask and how to crosscheck the answers using the information in the passage. Please give me some hint about how to approach this question.

Thank you in advance!

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Studying for the LSAT / PT #33 Sec.2(RC) Q.21
« on: September 17, 2008, 04:34:23 AM »
This is the CO2/photosynthesis/wet tundra passage.

The correct answer is (C). I didn't put (C) because the author only stated in the second paragraph that plants with higher photosynthetic efficiencies(corn or sugarcane) may lose their edge compared to other weeds with lower photosynthetic efficiencies(weeds). I thought it was not actually stated that plants with a high photosynthetic efficiency necessarily grow more slowly than other weeds with a low efficiency. The weeds might grow more quickly in a high-CO2 environment, but they do not necessarily grow more quickly than plants with higher photosynthetic efficiency. This is why I thought (C) could be consistent with what's stated in the passage.

I thought (D) was inconsistent with what's stated in the passage, because the author talks about the differences in growth in a high-CO2 environment among plants with different photosynthetic efficiencies. I thought nothing in the passage offers information regarding growth speed among plants with same photosynthetic efficiencies.

Is there anything wrong in my reasoning?

Plus, is there a tip in dealing with this type of inference questions? Most of the questions I miss in RC are inference questions, so I guess there's something wrong in my approach to these questions.

Thank you so much for your help.

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Studying for the LSAT / PT #32 Sec.2(RC) Q.12
« on: September 17, 2008, 12:22:02 AM »
This is the multicultural education passage.
I'm having a hard time understanding why (D) is correct. I put (A) because I thought the proponents of the second version of education would find comparison of two cultures not fair. I thought (D) was a loser because I thought if they use Western literary theories to study the literature of other societies, then it's not incompatible with the second version of education that they suggest - which argues cultures should be studied on its own term without being judged by other cultures' values, and it's justified to use Western "methods" such as anthropology, social psychology, political science, etc.

Can somebody explain why (D) "has to" be the correct answer while (A) doesn't hit the right spot?

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You started from a 155 and got a 164. That's a NINE point increase after THIRTY ONE tests. Most test takers will take 4 or 5 practice tests, maybe 10 if they're super determined. What does that say?

Yeah. I can see where your argument comes from. If you take 5 to 10 PTs and you're only that much determined, yeah, you can expect only less than 10 pts increase. But, the thing is some people are waaaay more determined than that and I was saying it's more than possible that the OP could get above 175. Only if he/she is willing to be persistent - at least for six months. And about my profile, I haven't updated it for almost a year - and it's not thirty one tests, it's ALL the prep tests out there.

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Definitely over 175.

You should shoot for a 180 - I'm not kidding.

I started from 150, now I get 170s often times. Don't compromise. Definitely above 175.

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