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(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=14168)
The correct answer choice is (D)
Passage Exclusivity questions ask about information contained in only one of the two passages, but
the general nature of this question makes it difficult to arrive at a precise prephrase. Instead, try the
process of elimination: any answer choice that cannot be proven by reference to Passage B will be
Answer choice (A): This answer choice contains an exaggeration: we cannot prove that most water
customers in the city are delinquent just because some of them are.
Answer choice (B): Just because some delinquent residents live in high-income neighborhoods does
not mean that most such residents live in high-income neighborhoods. As with answer choice (A),
this one contains an exaggeration.
Answer choice (C): The author is generally critical towards the idea of selectively shutting
off people’s water (lines 60-61). It is highly unlikely that she would describe this practice as
“appropriate,” especially considering that the delinquent water bills were paid only a few days late.
Answer choice (D): This is the correct answer choice. From the discussion in the first paragraph
of passage B, we can infer that the city officials’ plan is a novel one. For instance, some of the
delinquencies are decades-old, implying that the city has not been successful in attempting to collect
their debts. Also, shutting off people’s water is described as a drastic idea aimed at making an
example of a few privileged residents. Shutting off people’s water is clearly not a common response
to delinquent accounts: if it were, water delinquents would have had their water shut off a long time
Answer choice (E): This answer choice may seem attractive, because the author of passage B clearly
wants to classify water bills as taxes (lines 58-61). However, we are left wondering if this is the only
reasonable solution to the problem of overdue water bills.