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#22 - Must Be True

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Complete Question Explanation
(See the complete passage discussion here: viewtopic.php?t=12412)

The correct answer choice is (B)

This question refers to the author’s discussion in the third paragraph of the passage, in which the author discusses the fact that people are used to dealing with the way their brains construe things rather than dealing with the sense perceptions themselves. This is why, the author continues, the front-to-back explanation is appealing—the notion of a chair “inside” the imaginary space within the mirror makes sense to us, despite the fact that this is a false premise, and allows us to understand this explanation.

Answer choice (A): The only mention of a top-to-bottom discussion appears in the first paragraph, where it is pointed out that top-to-bottom is not the way that things are reversed in mirrors. This has nothing to do with the fact that we are accustomed to dealing with our mental constructs, so this choice should be quickly ruled out of contention.

Answer choice (B): This is the correct answer choice. As discussed above, the author mentions this fact to show why the front-to-back explanation of mirrors is appealing, and this tendency facilitates our ability to understand this explanation.

Answer choice (C): This incorrect answer choice looks like it was designed specifically to confuse. Thankfully, if you took a shot at prephrasing the answer to this question, you probably saw through this choice—the fact that we are accustomed to dealing with our mental constructs facilitates our ability to understand the front-to-back explanation. It doesn’t facilitate our ability to challenge complex explanations, so this choice fails the Fact Test and should be ruled out of contention.

Answer choice (D): This is an Opposite Answer of sorts, since the fact that we are accustomed to dealing with our mental constructs, which is supported by the normally reliable equation to perceptions, facilitates our ability to understand the front-to-back explanation.

Answer choice (E): Our being accustomed to dealing with mental constructs does not facilitate our ability to overemphasize the fact that mirrors simulate sense impressions. This confusingly worded wrong answer choice is unsupported by the passage and thus fails the Fact Test.
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Hey,

This concerns the incorrect answer choice (D) and the thought process in regards to the wording used in the question, "passage" instead of "author."

For this question, I am confused, does it make a difference in thinking about this as "passage" in comparison to "author," because I am confident the author rejects (albeit that may be too strong of language) the front-to-back explanation, but that is within the passage, if that is accurate, I think that is facilitating to an understanding of that rejection.

Thanks, I appreciate your input.