June 2007 LSAT, Game 1, #4

Question number 4 in Game 1 of the June 2007 LSAT asks "Any of the following pairs could be the third and fourth digits, respectively, of an acceptable product code EXCEPT:" That's a bit of a mouthful--let's see if we can translate it. The word "respectively," here, means "in that order." And since we're told that any of the pairs of digits COULD be third and fourth, EXCEPT one of the pairs, (the pair we're looking for) that means the correct answer CANNOT be third and fourth. So another way of asking the question would have been "which one of the following cannot ever be the third and fourth digits, in that order?" Dammit, why didn't they just say that?

Because it's a test, of course. They're seeing if you can 1) slow down, 2) be patient, and 3) decode some far-less-than-perfectly-written English. That's exactly what you're going to have to do to make sense of Court opinions, contracts, and especially statutes--the LSAT is making sure you have the reading chops that will be required at the next level. Okay, now let's answer this question.

If you don't already have the June 2007 LSAT, you'll find it here. To answer question number 4 in Game 1, I'm going to once again lean heavily on the two worlds I made in my setup (this probably won't make any sense if you didn't read that post):

World 1:   1      2     0/3   __   3/4  (where the third spot and the fifth spot can EACH be 3, but they can't SIMULTANEOUSLY be 3).

World 2:   2      4     0/1   __   1/3  (where the third spot and the fifth spot can EACH be 1, but they can't SIMULTANEOUSLY be 1).

For question #4, any answer choice that will work in either (or both) of the two Worlds will not be the correct answer. The answer choice that won't work in either world will be our answer.

A)  In World 2, it's possible to have 0, 1 as the third and fourth digits. So this is out.

B)  In World 1 and World 2, it's possible to have 0, 3 as the third and fourth digits. So this is out.

C)  In World 2, it's possible to have 1, 0 as the third and fourth digits. So this is out.

D)  In World 1, it's possible to have 3, 0 as the third and fourth digits. So this is out.

E)  It's impossible to have 3, 4 as the third and fourth digits in either World 1 or World 2. So this is the correct answer to a "could be true EXCEPT" question.