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#23 - The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on

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Justify the Conclusion—SN. The correct answer choice is (C)

The conclusion here is that some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold. This is said to follow from the idea that if there is no strike then management must have increased wages, as increased wages would require management to sell some of its subsidiaries:

    No Strike :arrow: Inc Wages :arrow: Sell Subs

To prove the end of the chain (sell subs), simply state that the beginning of the chain will occur (no strike).

Answer choice (A): This does not initiate the chain relationship shown above.

Answer choice (B): We want management to increase wages, as that would prove the conclusion.

Answer choice (C): This is the correct answer choice. As mentioned above, this would initiate the chain relationship described in the stimulus.

Answer choice (D): Just because the president has the authority to increase wages does not mean that it will happen.

Answer choice (E): Again, this does not show that the wage increase will occur, so it does not prove the conclusion.
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hi i have quick question! if there was an answer choice saying “wage would increase” would this be a correct answer as well?

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Wapet,

The second sentence establishes the following relationship:

Wages Increase :arrow: Sell Subsidiaries.

Therefore, if we were told that wages would increase, yes, we would know that Bell must sell some of its subsidiaries.

It would be odd for the choice not to incorporate the full conditional reasoning of the stimulus, but you are right that the conclusion would follow.

The LSAT test writers will not give you two correct choices, so if they gave you that choice, it would replace (C), the correct choice.
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Brook Miscoski wrote:Wapet,

The second sentence establishes the following relationship:

Wages Increase :arrow: Sell Subsidiaries.

Therefore, if we were told that wages would increase, yes, we would know that Bell must sell some of its subsidiaries.

It would be odd for the choice not to incorporate the full conditional reasoning of the stimulus, but you are right that the conclusion would follow.

The LSAT test writers will not give you two correct choices, so if they gave you that choice, it would replace (C), the correct choice.



thank you so much for the reply. :)