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(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=14608)
The correct answer choice is (D)
This question is an excellent example of the benefits of personalizing LSAT Reading Comprehension
passages. By knowing what the researchers were looking for and what the students were asked to do in
the study described in the second paragraph, there is no need to refer back to the passage. Test takers can
simply look for an answer choice that does not fit the pattern of the study.
Answer choice (A): In answer choice (A), the linguists provide participants and topic and are asking for
setting. This fits the methodology of the study and is a restatement of the hypothetical example from
lines 36 – 40.
Answer choice (B): This is merely the other “blank” for the scenario from answer choice (A). It fits the
methodology and can be quickly eliminated.
Answer choice (C): This answer choice is drawn from the second hypothetical example in the passage
(lines 40 – 43). Here, participant and setting are supplied and the student is asked to provide the missing
language mix. Again, since this matches the study pattern it can be eliminated.
Answer choice (D): This is the correct answer choice. Here, the researchers supply participants and
language mix. But in the study, students were asked to provide the language mix in every case. This
answer choice is correct because it uniquely fails to fit the study methodology.
Answer choice (E): Like answer choice (A), this answer choice provides two of the three conversational
factors and asks for the third. It is likewise an incorrect answer choice.