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 Adam Tyson
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Great question, tug59567! A good rule to follow is "when in doubt it's a contender." Don't cross out an answer because you don't fully understand it, because that means you cannot know that it is wrong! Losers are answers that you KNOW are wrong, and can explain, at least to yourself and preferably to a room full of judgmental strangers, WHY it's wrong. When faced with challenging vocabulary, you usually won't be able to explain the problem with the answer, so you MUST keep it around and focus on either eliminating the other four or else finding another one that you know for sure is right, a perfect match for your prephrase.

So what's wrong with E that should have allowed you to confidently eliminate it, and thus comfortably settle on the one remaining contender that you did not fully understand? It's that the issue isn't that Zachary doesn't understand the moral obligations of artists. That's not his problem. And it's not that his understanding is too narrow, but perhaps too broad? His problem was probably better prephrased along the lines of "Zacahry's ideas about moral obligations can lead to an unsolvable contradiction." Or maybe "if we follow Zachary's, we may be faced with an impossible conundrum."

And that's pretty much what "untenable" means - a position that cannot be maintained or defended, because it is too problematic or not possible.

Final bit of advice: whenever you encounter challenging vocab on the LSAT, add that word to a list and then look it up! If it shows up in one question, it will likely show up in another, and they do love to push us in that way!

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