LSAT and Law School Admissions Forum

Get expert LSAT preparation and law school admissions advice from PowerScore Test Preparation.

  • Posts: 35
  • Joined: Apr 27, 2020
Dear PowerScore,

I think the correct answer choice (A) assumes that if the end of an action is solving problems then the action itself is not malicious. However, I can't see why these two things are mutually exclusive. Should I just accept this and move on to other questions? It seems that the logic here confused me.

Thank you for your help.
 Frank Peter
PowerScore Staff
  • PowerScore Staff
  • Posts: 99
  • Joined: May 14, 2020
Hi Leni,

Sometimes the LSAT may present us with questionable logic that we may just have to accept. For example, in this question, we're not being asked to strengthen or weaken the logic, just to take it as is and choose a conforming answer choice.

While it's certainly good to think critically about what you read on the LSAT, just remember that not every question is asking us to identify potential logical flaws.
  • Posts: 35
  • Joined: Apr 27, 2020
Dear Frank,

Thank you very much! :ras: :ras:
  • Posts: 2
  • Joined: Jul 16, 2021

Could someone explain how exactly the right answer is A? More importantly, how to rule out all of the other choices? I am at a loss how to go about this problem and I don't know why...

Thank you for your help!
  • Posts: 14
  • Joined: Aug 30, 2020
I chose answer choice E. I dont see how toddlers use biting as a technique to "solve problems," as stated in answer choice A, more than using that as a way "to get what they want."
 Rachael Wilkenfeld
PowerScore Staff
  • PowerScore Staff
  • Posts: 669
  • Joined: Dec 15, 2011
Hi dviera and pie,

Let's take this one from the top.

Our stimulus says that toddlers aren't being malicious when they bite. It then gives an example of a child biting when they want a toy as a way to get that toy. It's a causal relationship that maliciousness is not the cause of biting.

We want to strengthen that with a principle. What answer choice would help this conclusion that they aren't malicious? That's our goal here.

Answer choice (A): If biting was a way to solve problems, that would strengthen the idea that it wasn't malicious when they bite. This is the correct answer.

Answer choice (B): This doesn't apply to our situation here. The child is not attention seeking, and it's not clear if this would be malicious or not.

Answer choice (C): This would not apply to the situation either.

Answer choice (D): This doesn't address the malicious issue. This describes more of the goals and responses to biting, not the behavior behind biting.

Answer choice (E): This is similar to answer choice (D). It talks about what the effect of the biting was, not the cause.

Hope that helps!

Get the most out of your LSAT Prep Plus subscription.

Analyze and track your performance with our Testing and Analytics Package.