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Studying for the LSAT / Easy way of attacking preptest 34 (June 01) game 4?
« on: November 24, 2007, 11:33:08 PM »
This game took me forever! So many conditionals! Can anyone offer any tips for it?

When I retried the game, I figured out that demarcating the sets of conditionals and contrapositives made following the chains a lot easier. Did anyone find the same?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Weaken question
« on: November 18, 2007, 06:40:09 PM »
I figured out the reason why TCR is correct. TCR provides a concrete example that would illustrate Dr. Rees's objection; the bears normally walk in a way that would leave footprints that look like they were left by a human who was cross-stepping.

Thanks for the information. I guess it's now been largely confirmed that if the LR section has multiple-question stimuli, it's almost certainly the experimental section.

Studying for the LSAT / I hate reading comp...
« on: November 17, 2007, 11:29:14 PM »
UGH. -5 on Dec 06!

What was the last preptest to utilize LR stimuli with multiple problems? I remember seeing that configuration on the June '06 experimental section, but have heard conflicting assertions as to whether or not this configuration has appeared on non-experimental sections in the recent past.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: T15 debt payoff timetable
« on: November 16, 2007, 07:22:42 PM »
How much can you reasonably expect to make during the summer?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Necessary Principle LR Problem
« on: November 16, 2007, 12:03:05 PM »
Thanks to everyone for the discussion, as it was an informative one.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Necessary Principle LR Problem
« on: November 16, 2007, 12:03:37 AM »
The argument can be said to also assume that economic retribution would entice X to stop selling their stuff for import.  Such an answer would have also qualified as correct with the necessary assumption stem.

Would it? That assumption crossed my mind, but I also read the possibility that not selling X the equipment would reduce the supply of the highly-demanded agricultural imports. Even if X didn't stop selling their stuff for import, X not receiving the ordered equipment would presumably affect their ability to produce agricultural imports, if not entirely preventing that production, at least slowing it down somewhat.

(I'm probably reading too much into this...)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Diagramming this fact set?
« on: November 15, 2007, 10:36:17 PM »
In the Centerville Botanical Gardens, all tulip trees are older than any maples. A majority, but not all, of the garden's sycamores are older than any of its maples. All the garden's maples are older than any of its dogwoods.

I correctly answered this problem, but wasn't sure whether or not the diagrams I sketched accurately represented the information provided, or even whether or not I should have diagrammed in the first place. Can someone clarify these two points of uncertainty?

I'm guessing this was an inference question (it almost sounds like Games rules).  If I was going to diagram, I'd probably start by listing what I could lock down by age.


Then I might branch off "most sycamores" above maple and "some sycamores" below maple.  You just have to keep open whether some/most sycamores are older than tulips and whether some sycamores are younger than dogwoods.

Sort of like:

Tulip > Maple > Dogwood
Sycamore >(most) Maple
Maple >(some, less than 50%) Sycamore


I tried diagramming the stimulus using conditionals, but in retrospect those diagrams didn't make much sense.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Necessary Principle LR Problem
« on: November 15, 2007, 10:32:06 PM »
Your answer certainly is not a sufficient assumption b/c it doesn't prove the conclusion 100% valid.  Change the 'never' to something less strong and it could be a necessary assumption. 

Remeber, there are numerous (possibly an infinite amount if you consider defenders) necessary assumptions for every argument.  Do not rule out one in an answer choice just b/c it is not the one that you prephrased.

Why wouldn't the answer I chose be a sufficient assumption? If that answer was a pertinent principle, then it would justify the stimulus's evaluation, wouldn't it?

(I do realize why the answer choice I chose was incorrect for this particular question stem - it is far too strong to be necessary. To tell you the truth, though, by the time I had reached the answer choices, I had forgotten this was a necessary assumption problem, which is why I chose that answer choice, thinking it was a sufficient assumption problem. I do want to know, though, if I erred in categorizing that answer choice as a sufficient assumption.)

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