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Studying for the LSAT / Confusing TRC for LR problem
« on: November 12, 2007, 03:08:22 PM »
Stimulus:
One can never tell whether another person is acting from an ulterior motive; therefore, it is impossible to tell whether someone's action is moral, and so one should evaluate the consequences of an action rather than its morality.

Stem:
Which one of the following principles, if valid, most helps to justify the reasoning above?

TCR:
The intention of an action is indispensible for an evaluation of its morality.

How does this correct response strengthen the argument? I thought the stimulus explicitly mentioned that it's impossible to evaluate the morality of the action, therefore morality plays no part evaluating the action.

Is it correct because it shows that because the intention is not discernable, the morality is not discernable?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: HARDEST LSAT QUESTIONS
« on: November 11, 2007, 03:46:45 PM »
I always found the math problems easy, although students seem to have a world of difficulty with them.

Definitely agree on the dioxin/fish/mill weaken question, that one's tough.

Don't recall the bee vision question.  I'll have to look it up.  2003 seems like a hard year overall.

Key to the bee question is realizing that the stimulus describes two causal relationships: bee vision caused flower development and flower color didn't cause bee vision development. TCR affirms the latter relationship.

The bee vision question is on 13-66.

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Studying for the LSAT / Preptest 18 (Dec 92) RC passage 3, Question 20
« on: November 11, 2007, 03:06:46 PM »
I don't understand how TCR (AC-D) undermines McLoughlin's account. Couldn't a revival have taken place prior to the missionaries' arrival, then another taken place afterwards?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Beginning of trend of increasing RC difficulty?
« on: November 10, 2007, 10:39:35 PM »
Maize and C4 Photosynthesis is pretty brutal.  I agree that Basins of Attraction isn't all that bad.

God, I can't believe I missed 3 on that passage. I learned of those mechanisms in intro bio, and again in biochem. UGHHH!!

(I thought the African art distribution passage was was tougher to understand, but surprisingly didn't miss any problems on that passage. Go figure.)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Beginning of trend of increasing RC difficulty?
« on: November 10, 2007, 10:37:45 PM »
My instructor mentioned that the answer choices have gotten longer, and more of them deal with analogies, "logically completing X paragraph," and overall organization of a passage or a paragraph.

I also noticed that some of the subject matter is becoming more abstract, as opposed to empirical (e.g. dealing with sociological categorizations).

The word count test specs per section and per test have not really changed since June of 1991.  The passages are of the same length ranges and so are the answer choices.  Abstract subject matter is nothing new.

Passage and paragraph organization questions are nothing new and their frequency does not seem to have really changed markedly. 

A bit more emphasis on points of view expressed or implied being tested in the questions now as compared to before.

There have not been any killer RC passages in years the likes of Denise Meyerson / CLS (Dec. '99 - that one is a killer) or the water bugs one (micropterous / macropterous wings - 1991 or 1992 I think)

Many people complain about the basins of attraction passage from last year, but it is really not bad once you get past the abstract intimidating nature of it.


What was the Denise Meyerson passage? And are you sure that the length of the answer choices has not appreciably changed since the earlier LSATs? My instructor was pretty explicit in pointing out the increased length of the answer choices in the newer passages.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Beginning of trend of increasing RC difficulty?
« on: November 10, 2007, 05:28:12 PM »
My instructor mentioned that the answer choices have gotten longer, and more of them deal with analogies, "logically completing X paragraph," and overall organization of a passage or a paragraph.

I also noticed that some of the subject matter is becoming more abstract, as opposed to empirical (e.g. dealing with sociological categorizations).

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Studying for the LSAT / Beginning of trend of increasing RC difficulty?
« on: November 10, 2007, 01:22:14 PM »
My prep course instructor claims that the RC section has become markedly more difficult in recent exams. Comparing RC sections of earlier exams (1993) to later ones (2005), I can see that this characterization is likely to be true. However, he wasn't able to provide a specific year in which this trend began. Does anyone have this information?

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My Walgreens digital timer stopped sounding its alarm, and I'd rather not risk buying another similar digital timer from a different drugstore, which is why I'm interested in buying this product.

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Studying for the LSAT / Anyone have a used copy of "Virtual LSAT Proctor?"
« on: November 10, 2007, 12:23:59 AM »
I'm willing to buy it off of you. Send a PM if you have it and no longer need it.

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I was able to select the correct response for this problem, but wasn't able to diagram the conditional relationships in it. Can anyone help?

Stim:

Some government economists view their home economies as immune to outside influence. But economies are always open systems; international trade significantly affects prices and wages. Just as physicists learned the shortcomings of a mechanics based on idealizations such as the postulation of perfectly frictionless bodies, government economists must look beyond national borders if their nations' economies are to prosper.

Stem: The argument's conclusion follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

TCR: A national economy cannot prosper unless every significant influence on it has been examined by the nation's government economists.

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