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#23 - Health association: In certain studies, most

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I am hoping you can explain to me why B is incorrect and E is correct. I've read LSAC's explanation and chose B on both my inital testing and blind review.

The critic says that the participants who were favorably disposed to the substitution failed. I am thinking that B is incorrect now because the health association nor the critic state anything about if a person is more favorably disposed to the meatless regimen that they will be more likely to succeed that one is who not. The critic just merely states that even those participants who were favorably disposed failed to make the transition.

However, I still do not understand why E is correct. The critic doesn't seem to call into question whether people would or would not succeed in the regimen if the doctor told them to.

Thanks for your help in advance.
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I too selected B instead of E. I thought that B was correct because it relates to what the Critic is saying about being "favorably disposed." Any insight would be appreciated.

Also, I had a really hard time understanding what the question stem was asking for. What type of question is this?

Thank you!
Jennifer Janowsky
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LSAT_Novice and Stephanie,

Thanks for your questions! Looks like both of you are having a similar issue.

To summarize, the Health Association says people volunteered to exclude meat from their diet and succeeded without problems, therefore people can change to meatless diets without suffering. A critic argues that these people were predisposed to give up meat beforehand, and that still many of them failed.

The stem asks the following: Using the same evidence from the stimulus, what answer choice does the critic's response most weaken? This is just a Cannot Be True question, in which you are seeing which answer choice doesn't follow.

(B) is designed to trick you, because it is actually the answer that most follows the evidence in the stimulus. The problem is, it is not an idea weakened by the critic's response. The critic's response would support that "more favorably disposed to the meatless regimen a person is the more likely that person is to succeed in the attempt," rather than weaken it. This means this answer is not a Cannot Be True--it is really the opposite.

Answer (E), however, is the following: Most people told to exclude meat would succeed in doing so. This follows from the evidence from the Health Association in the stimulus, while still being weakened by the critic's view.

I hope that clears up your questions, let me know if that helps!