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Calling LR geniuses.....................you know who you are!

Calling LR geniuses.....................you know who you are!
« on: September 29, 2008, 01:55:10 PM »
Ok, I'm annoyed here. (A) is the correct answer but I chose (E).

The reforms to improve the quality of public education that have been initiated on the part of suppliers of public education have been insufficient. Therefore, reforms must be demanded by consumers. Parents should be given government vouchers with which to pay for their children's education and should be allowed to choose the schools at which the vouchers will be spent. To attract students, academically underachieving schools will be forced to improve their academic offerings.

The argument assumes that

(A) in selecting schools parents would tend to prefer a reasonable level of academic quality to greater sports opportunities or more convenient location.
(B) improvement in the academic offerings of schools will be enforced by the discipline of the job market in which graduating students compete
(C) there is a single best way to educate students
(D) children are able to recognize which schools are better & would influence their parents' decisions
(E) schools would each improve all of their acacdemic offerings & would not tend to specialize in 1 particular field to the exclusion of others.

I was able to easily cross off B, C & D.

But when I found out (A) was the right answer, I was like what?? :-\  Where did sports opportunities & a more convenient location even come from??! There's no hint of that in the stimulus! How do we even know what the parents of these kids want. We just know that they can choose their kids school w/these gov't vouchers!

I realized I struggled w/this when I corrected my answers & I was writing reasons for the correct & incorrect answers. When I came to this one, I was blank on reasons.

Help please! :-[

Re: Calling LR geniuses.....................you know who you are!
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2008, 02:09:56 PM »
Ok, I'm annoyed here. (A) is the correct answer but I chose (E).

The reforms to improve the quality of public education that have been initiated on the part of suppliers of public education have been insufficient. Therefore, reforms must be demanded by consumers. Parents should be given government vouchers with which to pay for their children's education and should be allowed to choose the schools at which the vouchers will be spent. To attract students, academically underachieving schools will be forced to improve their academic offerings.

The argument assumes that

(A) in selecting schools parents would tend to prefer a reasonable level of academic quality to greater sports opportunities or more convenient location.
(B) improvement in the academic offerings of schools will be enforced by the discipline of the job market in which graduating students compete
(C) there is a single best way to educate students
(D) children are able to recognize which schools are better & would influence their parents' decisions
(E) schools would each improve all of their acacdemic offerings & would not tend to specialize in 1 particular field to the exclusion of others.

I was able to easily cross off B, C & D.

But when I found out (A) was the right answer, I was like what?? :-\  Where did sports opportunities & a more convenient location even come from??! There's no hint of that in the stimulus! How do we even know what the parents of these kids want. We just know that they can choose their kids school w/these gov't vouchers!

I realized I struggled w/this when I corrected my answers & I was writing reasons for the correct & incorrect answers. When I came to this one, I was blank on reasons.

Help please! :-[

This is a "Necessary" question. The bold sentence is the conclusion. The stimulus reads educational reform initiated by educators failed. So now it's up to the parents to tell government where the money should be spent. Conclusion reads because schools will want the parents to support them, it will force those lowly schools to improve. Which means, it's necessary that parents will not pick school based on non-academic areas, like sports competitiveness of schools. Author assumes parents are concerned primarily with academic education.

If you negate A, it will destroy the conclusion. So A is the right answer.

Re: Calling LR geniuses.....................you know who you are!
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2008, 02:36:13 PM »
^^ Exactly. Just remember with assumption questions (necessary assumption questions, that's for you Lind) to always always check your answer by logically negating it and seeing if it destroys the conclusion. If it doesn't, go back through and find the one that does. Key to assumption questions -- conclusion conclusion conclusion.

Re: Calling LR geniuses.....................you know who you are!
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2008, 02:44:36 PM »
Makes sense! Thank you guys.  And girls. :)

How do you know that it's a necessary assumption Q? I mean I know with words like "required," "depends upon," and so forth- it's obvious but how about w/this question stem?

Re: Calling LR geniuses.....................you know who you are!
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2008, 03:00:54 PM »
Makes sense! Thank you guys.  And girls. :)

How do you know that it's a necessary assumption Q? I mean I know with words like "required," "depends upon," and so forth- it's obvious but how about w/this question stem?


it asks what the author is assuming. In other words, author doesn't state what the assumption is but expects you to understand his/her position without explicitly expressing it. Like if i said "I'm going to ace the LSAT on saturday," im also implying the assumption that i won't get sick, get lost on the way, or whatever to be there. It's necessary that I don't get lost, because if I get lost on the way to LSAT, im not going to ace the LSAT. so the implication is assumed. It's my unstated assumption.

Re: Calling LR geniuses.....................you know who you are!
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2008, 06:22:10 PM »
Oh thank you guys!!! :-*

I have another one that's been troubling me......would you mind??

I just don't want to wear out my welcome.

Re: Calling LR geniuses.....................you know who you are!
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2008, 07:19:03 PM »
Actually the question was directed at you too Brad Pitt. ;)



Oh thank you guys!!! :-*

I have another one that's been troubling me......would you mind??

I just don't want to wear out my welcome.

The worst they can do is say no.

Re: Calling LR geniuses.....................you know who you are!
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2008, 09:20:41 PM »
I have another one that's been troubling me......would you mind??

Did you PM somebody already about it?  If not, fire away.

Re: Calling LR geniuses.....................you know who you are!
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2008, 12:43:48 PM »
Thanks everyone. :)

First of all, I have to say that writing my own explanations (like you all advised) for why the right answer is right & the wrong answers are wrong has really made think and do things differently this time around. It's definitely a lot harder to do than just reading Kaplan's explanations.

Ugh....tell me there's still some logical reasoning hope for me in these 2 months I have left. :-[

Here's the question:

By examining fossilized beetles, a research team has produced the most detailed description yet of temperatures in Britain over the past 22,000 years. Fossils of species that still exist were selected and dated. When individuals of several species found in the same place were found to date to the same period, the known temperature tolerances of the existing beetle species were used to determine the maximum summer temperature that could have existed at that place & period.

The procedure of the researchers assumes which one of the following?

(A) Beetles can tolerate warm weather better than cold weather.
(B) Fossils of different species found in the same place belonged to different period.
(C) The process of dating is more accurate for beetles than for other oragnisms.
(D) The highest actual summer temperature at a place & period equaled the average of the highest temperatures that could have been tolerated by each of the beetle species found there & dated to that period.
(E) The temperature tolerances of the beetle species did not change significantly during the 22,000-year period.

The answer is E but I chose B & I couldn't even tell you why! :-\

And can someone explain what the 2nd sentence means??

Re: Calling LR geniuses.....................you know who you are!
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2008, 12:53:39 PM »
Thanks everyone. :)

First of all, I have to say that writing my own explanations (like you all advised) for why the right answer is right & the wrong answers are wrong has really made think and do things differently this time around. It's definitely a lot harder to do than just reading Kaplan's explanations.

Ugh....tell me there's still some logical reasoning hope for me in these 2 months I have left. :-[

Here's the question:

By examining fossilized beetles, a research team has produced the most detailed description yet of temperatures in Britain over the past 22,000 years. Fossils of species that still exist were selected and dated. When individuals of several species found in the same place were found to date to the same period, the known temperature tolerances of the existing beetle species were used to determine the maximum summer temperature that could have existed at that place & period.

The procedure of the researchers assumes which one of the following?

(A) Beetles can tolerate warm weather better than cold weather.
(B) Fossils of different species found in the same place belonged to different period.
(C) The process of dating is more accurate for beetles than for other oragnisms.
(D) The highest actual summer temperature at a place & period equaled the average of the highest temperatures that could have been tolerated by each of the beetle species found there & dated to that period.
(E) The temperature tolerances of the beetle species did not change significantly during the 22,000-year period.

The answer is E but I chose B & I couldn't even tell you why! :-\

And can someone explain what the 2nd sentence means??

Are you attacking the conclusion? Because you need to. This is yet another Necessary question. The conclusion says the similar type of beetles living today could not stand the high temperature back then. So you have to assume since back then the beetles have not changed in their temperature tolerance. Because if they did, then the conclusion would be extremely weakened. If you negate E, it says this. If temperature tolerance of beetles did change since 22k years ago, then conclusion would fail. Your choice of B, if you negate it, it says the 2 fossils found were not from 2 different periods. It will strengthen the conclusion.