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« on: November 05, 2007, 03:49:02 AM »
Just something to remember - when LSAC asks which response option most strengthens an argument, that does not mean it has to strengthen it very much. There are two possibilities. Four of the response options can strengthen it somewhat and the fifth can strengthen it a lot. Or, four response options may not strengthen it at all and the fifth one (TCR) can strengthen it just a little. Whenever there is a which most strengthens it question, the amount of strength necessary for a response option to be correct mus be measured against the other choices.
Actually, this is a common misconception. In a strengthen question one AC will strengthen the argument, even by a minute amount, and the other four will weaken it or be completely irrelevant from a logical perspective. They may seem to strengthen the argument from an anecdotal or 'common sense' view, but when the argument is boiled down to its logical elements each will be found lacking.
« on: October 31, 2007, 04:15:38 AM »
a it, unlike the other phographs of john, showed him in the style of dress he and his friends usually wear rather than the formal clothes he wore at the ceremony
What John was wearing probably doesn't really change what he thinks he looks like, as he has probably seen himself in formal clothes before.
b it was the only phto taken of john at his wedding for which the phtographer has used a flash
John probably does not see himself with constant flash lighting in real life.
c it was black-and white phto, whereas the other phtos that showed john were mostly color photos
John presumably does not generally see himself in black and white.
d it was unique in showing john's face reflected in a mirror, the phtographer having taken the phto over john's shoulder
John, when looking into a mirror, sees himself 'backwards' - in reflection. Normal camera shots show him 'frontwards.' The camera shot taken in the mirror shows him 'backwards.' Thus he sees himself in the shot as he normally does in the mirror.
e it was one of only a few taken at the wedding that showed no one but john
Having other people around John does not make him look different.
« on: October 31, 2007, 04:09:46 AM »
How about, "Like Andrew Jackson before me, I have all too much experience getting stitched up in the Tennessee backwoods..."
« on: October 27, 2007, 01:24:34 AM »
I think this one's a fairly tough game as far as deductions go.
« on: October 26, 2007, 06:32:26 PM »
Sure, because of the G - H and F - Q rules. I thought it was slightly easier starting by placing P, however.
« on: October 26, 2007, 06:31:16 PM »
Another option would be try to find out where a TM or PS class is and ask the instructor for private tutoring w/o the company as a middleman.
Often times, this is a direct violation of the instructor's contract with the prep company, so don't be surprised if you get shot down.
« on: October 26, 2007, 06:28:12 PM »
A bit on conditional logic:
If we have an affirmation A--> B
then the inverse is what you call the incorrect negation !A --> !B
converse is what you call the incorrect reversal B --> A.
Yes, these two are contrapositives of one another; no, they are not inverses of one another.
The answer to the rest of your question is essentially yes, with one caveat: if you're diagramming parallel flaw questions, you need to know which is which.
« on: October 26, 2007, 02:39:36 PM »
It could. You have to keep that rule in mind when picking answer choices. The reason it might not mislead is that for every question in which it comes up, two AC's look OK based on the linked option scenario; one will have T and L on the same stage, one won't.
« on: October 26, 2007, 02:37:45 AM »
Not all 8. Draw them with linked options:
P T/G H/L X
X G/T L/H Q
etc. That's enough to blaze through the questions and will take you far less time on the setup.
« on: October 25, 2007, 09:53:25 PM »
I'd set it up as two tiers, one each for the N and S stage, by time:
N __ __ __ _X
S _X __ __ __
6 8 10 12
The placement of P in N6 or S12 then leads into scenarios, where H/L or Q/T inhabit the 10 slots.
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