For answer choice A, why can't we support an argument by stating that there are other instances that such an event also occurs?
#23- A professor of business placed a case-study assignment
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Answer A may support a little, but it isn't nearly as good as answer B, which mentions "Studies consistently show".
I got this question correct, but just wanted to double check my thought process of how to arrive at this answer.
Conclusion: "Not the case that books delivered via computer will make printed books obsolete"
P: 50/70 students printed the assignment
The LSAT speaker is assuming that her classroom's behavior is representative of the total book consumer market.
A) Should not be chosen because "several" is vague, could be 2/100 students, does not strengthen
B) Correct answer as this supports this professors claim, and shows this behavior is common not just in their class
C) Should not be selected as "some people" is vague
D) Assumes all electronic books are scanned, out of scope
E) Out of scope
Your reasoning is on point. Nicely done!
Thank you for the above reasonings! I eliminated B because I thought most computer users was defining only a subsection of users. Yes, most computer users may print out longer reading material but what if that group was only 3 people?
I now understand how several (in A) actually means less than many or most and could mean 3 or four and how some is not strong enough because while it could mean all, it could also mean only one, D doesn't say that the "unless" portion doesn't happen and E is irrelevant. But despite seeing all the errors in reasoning in all of these, I am having trouble seeing how the subsection of people in the world that are computer users would strengthen the point. Even though it is most of the computer users, we don't know how large this population is so how can we say that books won't become obsolete? Is it that books are generally longer than a few pages so there will be at least some people in the world who will want to print materials out?
A) yes they print out reading assignments, but that doesn't mean that they'll print out books. Maybe they enjoy reading books on a screen but not shorter reading assignments
C) they could look at the screen in short intervals instead of long periods
D&E are irrelevant
B) even if computer users is a small subsect of the population, most of this group will print out reading material and they'll print out something if it is longer than a few pages which you can reasonably infer that this means they will continue wanting physical printed books so at least some people in the world will want to read printed books.
Thank you in advance!
Your reasoning looks good, hasan66, but remember that in a Strengthen scenario we are not necessarily trying to prove that the author is correct, but only to add more evidence to support his claim. We need the answer that helps the most, relative to the other four answer choices, but even the one that we pick need not be a lot of help. Even if the "most" is just 50% + 1 person, that still helps the claim that books will not become obsolete, because more than half of this group will still print them.
If it helps, it's a Strengthen! Don't confuse this question type for a Justify the Conclusion, with its much higher standards.
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Got it! I do tend to confuse the two and end up wasting time mulling over the relative strengths of various answer choices. This is good to keep in mind!
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