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(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=14300)
The correct answer choice is (B)
Although a precise prephrased answer to this Passage Relationship question would be difficult to
produce, the discussions of the passage similarities and differences should be sufficient to locate the
correct answer choice.
Answer choice (A): This answer choice is incorrect, because it is passage A (not passage B) which
seems more optimistic towards the reliability of fingerprint identification.
Answer choice (B): This is the correct answer choice. Although “general in focus” may not be
the first adjective that comes to mind when describing passage B, we can easily prove that passage
B is more general in focus than passage A. The author of passage B makes broad allegations about
the practice of fingerprint identification as lacking in uniform standards, precision and reliability.
Meanwhile, the first author is a judge delivering a ruling on a specific case involving the use of
fingerprint evidence. Passage B questions the general reliability of fingerprint evidence; passage A
argues that such evidence is appropriately used in a specific situation.
Answer choice (C): The author of passage B shows no hesitation in criticizing the practice of
fingerprint identification. This answer choice refers more appropriately to the alleged claims of the
fingerprint examiners, who the author criticizes for not answering important questions about the
value of fingerprint evidence (lines 56-58).
Answer choice (D): Like incorrect answer choice (A) above, only passage A is respectful of any
opposing claims (e.g. the defendant’s appeal). No opposing views are discussed in passage B.
Answer choice (E): There is no evidence that the author of passage B relies on unsubstantiated
claims. As with answer choice (C) above, this description refers more appropriately to the fingerprint
examiners discussed in passage B, who are accused of relying on unsubstantiated assumptions about
the reliability of fingerprint identification.