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Studying for the LSAT / Huh? Wierd LR Question.
« on: September 06, 2007, 08:05:05 AM »

From PrepTest 21, Section III, Question 7.

Of all the wedding photos, there was one that John and friends couldn't agree on.  His friends said that the picture didn't resemble him, but John said that it was the only photo that did.

Resolve the paradox . . .

A  It, unlike the other photos, showed him the dress he and his friends usually wear rather than the formal clothes for the ceremony.
C  It was black-and-white, whereas the others were color.
D  It showed John's face reflected in the mirror, the photographer having taken the pic over his shoulder.


Studying for the LSAT / Quick Weaken Argument: PrepTest 9, Section II, #7
« on: September 05, 2007, 07:38:11 PM »
7.  Waste management companies, which collect waste for disposal in landfills, say that disposable plastics make up an ever-increasing percentage of the waste they handle.  Therefore, attempts to decrease the amount of plastic that people throw away in the garbage are failing.

D)  An increasing proportion of the paper, glass, and metal cans that waste management companies used to handle is now being recycled.

Check out the scope shift between “disposable plastics” and “plastic.”  Are they one and the same?  I'm having some trouble seeing why I can make that assumption.

Studying for the LSAT / For Anyone Who Needs A Bit of LSAT Inspiration
« on: September 05, 2007, 07:08:46 PM »

It's trite, I know, but it always helps me:

I plan on watching hokey inspirational movies the day before the LSAT.  Any great suggestions?

I'm serious.  How do you impress members of the opposite sex with your legal eye?

Studying for the LSAT / Assumption Question from the late 90's
« on: September 04, 2007, 06:20:16 PM »

If a person walks rather than drives, there is one less vehicle polluting.  Therefore, if people walked whenever it's feasible for them, then pollution would be reduced.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(The conditionals are fairly straightforward, but the answers are less so.)

C)  Walking is the only feasible alternative to driving that results in a reduction in pollution.

E) People sometimes drive when it is feasible to walk instead.

Negated, "E" turns into "People never drive when it is feasible to walk instead," but I still don't understand why it's the right answer.


I've been working on the LSAT since June now, and some of you know me from my regular posting, but I'm looking for some extra motivation before the 29th.  I thought that a study partner(s) might help.

We could meet anywhere in Newark or Manhattan, like the public library, a Starbuck's, or even Port Authority.

Studying for the LSAT / Deceptively Simple Sufficient Assumption Question
« on: September 04, 2007, 03:43:08 PM »

Is it just me or are the 1993/94/95 LR problems much more straightforward, though just as tricky?

Here's #23 from PrepTest, as paraphrased by yours truly:

A poor farmer once said: "You're either rich or poor, and either honest or dishonest.  All poor farmers are honest.  Therefore, all rich farmers are dishonest."

The farmer's conclusion is properly drawn if the argument assumes that:

A)  Every honest farmer is poor.
C)  Everyone who is dishonest is a rich farmer.

In my diagram:

R/P and H/~H

P <-> H

R -> ~H

How does "A" fit it better than "C," my choice?

I'm still having some trouble with sufficient assumption questions.  If anyone can find a guide to diagramming, then that would be astounding.

Studying for the LSAT / Logic Buffs: Negating "Any"
« on: September 04, 2007, 02:57:01 PM »
I recently came across PrepTest B in my Superprep book, where Section I's problem 23 presented me with an obstacle:

"Tilling by any method other than deep tillage is not a viable option."

I thought I would negate it into:

"Tilling by any method other than deep tillage is a viable option."

But LSAC says that the proper negation is "Tilling by some method . . . ."

Can anyone explain why?

Studying for the LSAT / Ouch
« on: September 03, 2007, 07:28:53 AM »

The comparative reading in this RC section is just pure pain.

Studying for the LSAT / Nothing Like Labor Day Weekend with the LSAT!
« on: September 02, 2007, 09:46:37 AM »
Ah, I'm just going to lay on the New Jersey grass with a gelid drink and my SuperPrep book in preparation for Sept. 29!


13.  Politician:  The bill that makes talking on car phones while driving illegal should be adopted.  My support of this bill is because of a concern for public safety.  Using a car phone awfully distracts the driver, which poses a threat to safe driving.  People would be deterred from using their car phones while driving if it were illegal to do so.

A)  The more attention one pays to driving, the safer a driver one is.
B)  The only way to reduce the threat to public safety posed by car phones is through legislation.
C)  Some distractions interfere with one’s ability to safely operate an automobile.
D)  Any proposed law that would reduce a threat to public safety should be adopted.
E)  Car phone use by passengers does not distract the driver of the car.

Any clue?

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