PT 18 section 4 question 8

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PT 18 section 4 question 8

Postby Systematic1 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:53 am

I get why the correct answer is B, but I don't understand why answer D is wrong. The conclusion of the argument is that Malsenian converts to classical music are most comfortable with recorded music, and have no desire to hear live performances. In order for that to be true, wouldn't they have to assume that the records available are not recordings of public concerts (ie. live performances).


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Re: PT 18 section 4 question 8

Postby chadbrochill » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:43 am

Lol wow this question is quite tricky,

My take is that D would strengthen the argument if true, and its negation would certainly weaken the argument.
At the same time, D is not necessary to the argument, and its negation would not destroy the argument.
*D would establish live performances and recorded music as (mostly) mutually exclusive

Meanwhile, if B is negated, the author has no business making any assertions. B is necessary to the argument.
*B would establish that an inference can be drawn between the audiences and attendance numbers of concerts and must have been assumed by the author.

It helps to think of necessary assumption questions as "must be true", B must be, while D is icing on the cake.

Hope this makes sense, anyone else willing to chime in?

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Re: PT 18 section 4 question 8

Postby boblawlob » Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:29 am

Nothing in the stimulus ties the new buyers to classic concerts. Yet the conclusion does relate the two elements together. So that answer must make that connection.

Why is (d) wrong? How does a classic record being or not being a recording of a live performance help the argument? You could potentially say, "Well, because classic records are concert recordings, therefore new buyers don't feel they don't have to go to concerts because they can enjoy it from the comfort of their own home." The problem with that though is that you are making another assumption to support the assumption, and that's not what you want to do with the LSAT. Just because a classic record is a concert recording does not help you reach DIRECTLY towards the direction that new buyers have no desire to go see concerts.

Stick to the answer choice that does the best to get you from point A to point B and doesn't require you to go off course.

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