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cs_rudy

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Question for you LR wizzes...
« on: December 24, 2006, 03:54:33 PM »
I have a lot of trouble with abstract LR questions. E.G. Flaw in the Reasoning, Method of Reasoning, Etc... I find that after reading the stimulus and reviewing all the answer choices, they all start to sound the same/correct. Does any one have a strategy that consistently pares away the irrelavant/wrong answers? How do you guys tackle these questions?

Thanks a lot, many of you are a fantastic help.

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Re: Question for you LR wizzes...
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2006, 04:05:13 PM »
Flaw in reasoning: find the assumption to begin with
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Re: Question for you LR wizzes...
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2006, 04:19:59 PM »
If it helps, there is one question in particular that caused this message. Question 8 from the 1st section of the October 1996 LSAT.

"Millions of female bats rear their pups in Bracken Cave. Although the mothers all leave the cave nightly, on their return each mother is almost always swiftly reunited with her own pup. Since the bats' calls are their only means of finding one another, and a bat pup cannot distinguish the call of its mother from that of any other adult bat, it is clear that each mother bat can recognize the call of her pup."

The argument seeks to do which of the following:

(A) derive a general conclusion about all members of a gropu from facts known about representative members of that group

(B) establish the validity of one explanation for a phenomenon by excluding alternative explanations

(C) support, by describing a suitable mechanism, the hypothesis that a certain phenemon can occur

(D) conclude that members of two gropus are likely to share a certain ability because of other characteristics they share

(E) demonstrate that a general rule applies in a particular case

I am not going to post the answer quite yet, or even what I put, because I want to see what others think TCR is. Lets just say I narrowed it down to two and chose the wrong one for now, I will post what I put and what the answer is later.

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Re: Question for you LR wizzes...
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2006, 04:31:09 PM »
Here's another one I had trouble with. This one baffles me.

Yolanda: Gaining access to computers without authorization and manipulating the data and programs they contain is comparable to joyriding in stolen cars; both involve breaking into private property and treating it recklessly. Joyriding, however, is the more dangerous crime because it physically endangers people whereas only intellectual property is harmed in the case of computer crimes.

Arjun: I disagree! For example, unauthorized use of medical records systems in hospitals could damage data systems on which human lives depend, and therefore computer crimes can also cause physical harm to people.

(A) fails to maintain a distinction made in Yolanda's argument

(B) denies Yolanda's conclusion without providing evidence against it

(C) relies on the actuality of a phenomenon that he has only shown to be possible

(D) mistakes something that leads to his conclusion for something that is necessary for his conclusion

(E) uses as evidence a phenomenon that is inconsistent with his own conclusion

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Re: Question for you LR wizzes...
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2006, 06:12:54 PM »
I think TCR for bat question is B and for the medical records one, C. Is that right?
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Re: Question for you LR wizzes...
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2006, 06:22:09 PM »
That's what I thought too but I didnt want to post in case I was wrong...I feel better knowing I picked the same answers as someone with a 173  :)
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Re: Question for you LR wizzes...
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2006, 06:22:57 PM »
Flaw in reasoning: find the assumption to begin with
classic vague kaplan response  ::)

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Re: Question for you LR wizzes...
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2006, 06:39:24 PM »
Flaw in reasoning: find the assumption to begin with
classic vague kaplan response  ::)

worked for me.



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Re: Question for you LR wizzes...
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2006, 08:58:35 PM »
Flaw in reasoning: find the assumption to begin with
classic vague kaplan response  ::)

worked for me.



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Re: Question for you LR wizzes...
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2006, 09:11:40 PM »
I'm going to also go with B for the answer to the bat question. That's a tough one though.

What is the actual *question* for the second one? You forgot to put it in there...