PT 47 LR1 #20 Assumption Question

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PT 47 LR1 #20 Assumption Question

Postby Knock » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:24 pm

So I was stuck between A and D on this question. I was having trouble applying the assumption negation technique to both these choices. Could anyone help me out and show me how you would do this properly to solve this question? Thank you

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Re: PT 47 LR1 #20 Assumption Question

Postby Close Diamond » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:31 pm

I think the reason A is not correct is because it uses the term "take an interest." The stimulus is about improving well-being, not merely taking an interest.

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Re: PT 47 LR1 #20 Assumption Question

Postby Knock » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:32 pm

Close Diamond wrote:I think the reason A is not correct is because it uses the term "take an interest." The stimulus is about improving well-being, not merely taking an interest.


So you would not be able to negate the answer choice to figure out the problem at all?

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Re: PT 47 LR1 #20 Assumption Question

Postby Close Diamond » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:48 am

Knockglock wrote:
Close Diamond wrote:I think the reason A is not correct is because it uses the term "take an interest." The stimulus is about improving well-being, not merely taking an interest.


So you would not be able to negate the answer choice to figure out the problem at all?


Oh, I was just explaining why A is incorrect. You can successfully use the negation technique to see that D is the credit answer: If no children would benefit from high-quality day care then it certainly would not improve the well-being of all children.

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Re: PT 47 LR1 #20 Assumption Question

Postby Knock » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:51 am

Close Diamond wrote:
Knockglock wrote:
Close Diamond wrote:I think the reason A is not correct is because it uses the term "take an interest." The stimulus is about improving well-being, not merely taking an interest.


So you would not be able to negate the answer choice to figure out the problem at all?


Oh, I was just explaining why A is incorrect. You can successfully use the negation technique to see that D is the credit answer: If no children would benefit from high-quality day care then it certainly would not improve the well-being of all children.


Thank you. So what would the negation be for A?

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Re: PT 47 LR1 #20 Assumption Question

Postby Close Diamond » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:10 am

Knockglock wrote:
Close Diamond wrote:
Knockglock wrote:
Close Diamond wrote:I think the reason A is not correct is because it uses the term "take an interest." The stimulus is about improving well-being, not merely taking an interest.


So you would not be able to negate the answer choice to figure out the problem at all?


Oh, I was just explaining why A is incorrect. You can successfully use the negation technique to see that D is the credit answer: If no children would benefit from high-quality day care then it certainly would not improve the well-being of all children.


Thank you. So what would the negation be for A?


That's a little tougher. Maybe: Some governments that don't subsidize high-quality day care… [the rest as it is on the test].

The first line of defense (or offense) with assumption questions - or any question - is to look for any missing links in the logic while you're reading. That way, by the time you get to the answers, you know what you're looking for and what you're not. But, the fact that you chose A and D as your option shows that you do have a good grasp of this stuff.

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Re: PT 47 LR1 #20 Assumption Question

Postby Cambridge LSAT » Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:28 am

Knockglock wrote:
Close Diamond wrote:
Knockglock wrote:
Close Diamond wrote:I think the reason A is not correct is because it uses the term "take an interest." The stimulus is about improving well-being, not merely taking an interest.


So you would not be able to negate the answer choice to figure out the problem at all?


Oh, I was just explaining why A is incorrect. You can successfully use the negation technique to see that D is the credit answer: If no children would benefit from high-quality day care then it certainly would not improve the well-being of all children.


Thank you. So what would the negation be for A?

Choice A is a conditional statement:
government takes an interest in the well-being of all children it governs → subsidizes high-quality day care

To negate it, rephrase it such that the sufficient condition doesn't guarantee the necessary condition. If a government takes an interest in the well-being of all children it governs, it doesn't necessarily subsidize high-quality day care.




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