## LRB p289 "Basic Cause and Effect Problem Analyzed"

cagruder
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The only way I could see D being absolutely wrong is if the stimulus stipulated that those students prone to dropping out actually did not and could not meet the criteria for graduation, but this is not what the stimulus says. It just says they "feel they are not succeeding."

Perhaps A is correct because it's a preferable answer to D. A says students who feel they are underperforming are disincentivized to drop out rather than, as per D, incentivized to graduate, hence to continue their education. Perhaps A's preferability over D trades on its simplicity as an explanation? Maybe I'm just missing something about the concept of a shell game?

I've really wracked my brain trying to figure out why D is incorrect. I'd appreciate some help!

Thanks
Dave Killoran
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The only way I could see D being absolutely wrong is if the stimulus stipulated that those students prone to dropping out actually did not and could not meet the criteria for graduation, but this is not what the stimulus says. It just says they "feel they are not succeeding."

Perhaps A is correct because it's a preferable answer to D. A says students who feel they are underperforming are disincentivized to drop out rather than, as per D, incentivized to graduate, hence to continue their education. Perhaps A's preferability over D trades on its simplicity as an explanation? Maybe I'm just missing something about the concept of a shell game?

I've really wracked my brain trying to figure out why D is incorrect. I'd appreciate some help!

Thanks

Hi C,

Thanks for the question! You've hit on the easiest explanation for (A) within your comments: "Perhaps A is correct because it's a preferable answer to D." Let's say that every point you made about (D) happened for sure. Even then, it would still be a more circuitous route to providing an alternate cause (and one with very likely a lesser impact) than (A). Of course, LSAC covers themselves for this by using the classic language, "most seriously weakens," and here they are telling you they value the directness of (A) moreso. Looking at (A) vs (D) in this context gives you clues to how they think (and they are, after all the arbiters of right and wrong on this exam).

In one sense, I focus on how the test makers like to look at certain answers, and I know they see the "graduates" group and immediately think, "that's heading in the wrong direction" which to them will lead to a weaker ending point.

Thanks!
Dave Killoran
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