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« **on:** September 28, 2005, 01:36:30 PM »
Thank you for your detailed response, sometimes it's just not worth it to type out a big long complicated answer, glad you found it interesting enough to do that. It's what I was looking for.

And I agree with you that analyzing and finding what works for you can be more important than what's the "right" way.

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Further, I believe you are incorrect in suggesting that you can get the question wrong by using the Kaplan method, and choosing the assumption instead of the assumption plus evidence.Remember, the LSAT never expects you to evaluate likelihood. One choice is right, four are rotten.

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Right, but in an "If assumed" question, they may not include the assumption as an answer choice. The answer choice may be One right (the assumption + "extra") and 4 rotten.

In that case, if you know what the assumption is, you have to be prepared to pick an answer that goes beyond the assumption. If you don't know that, you may regard any answer that has more info than the assumption as incorrect.

If the basic assumption is "A -> B", the right answer to a "If assumed" question stem could be "A only if B."

If you were looking for "A -> B", you would regard "A only if B" as wrong because they are logically different. However, if "A only if B" is true, then "A -> B" is also true, so "if assumed", then it is the right answer.

The argument may REQUIRE "A -> B" to properly follow, but "A only if B" could SUFFICE. You may just require a hammer, but a bulldozer would suffice. If you're looking for just the hammer, then you may overlook the bulldozer. Crude analogy, I know, but makes sense to me.

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I believe that LRB's sub-categorization is incomplete because it's chosen to characterize one atypical type of assumption that is correct in this sort of question (assumption plus something else), and has ignored the others.

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This is probably because there are several "If assumed" questions on the LSAT, and you need to approach those differently due to the example above. LRB is just addressing the types of question stems that are typical.

I may be way off base, would love your thoughts.