June 2013 LSAT, LR2, Q2, acrylic paint

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Kathleen Thurmond, unlike most of the 20-somethings I work with, isn't entirely certain what she wants to do with her life. It's refreshing to work with her... at 37, I know at lot less than I did at 27. Kathleen might choose law school, or maybe she'll choose something even better. I've never rooted harder for a student to overcome the LSAT hurdle.

Guest Blogger: Kathleen Thurmond

Hi, my name is Kathleen Thurmond and I am definitely one of Nathan's older students. However, I have tons of energy and a curiosity about life that keeps me young... my almost daily workouts also help.  I love life and its challenges, so taking the LSAT and potentially going to law school seemed like the right thing. I spent 18 years in the non-profit world, primarily in health care management and AIDS. Then I unexpectedly needed to take over my father's company when he had a stroke. I obtained an MBA and was CEO for 12 years before selling to a large competitor in Southern California. I moved to San Francisco because it's my favorite city. I decided I wanted to go to law school in late November to give teeth to my advocacy for women and girls. In a month, I'll be in the rainforests of Ecuador with the Pachamama Alliance on a women-only trip. LSAT study will need to wait.

I liked this question because I had a nightmare situation with a house in Long Beach. A house where the first painter didn't scrape the old paint thoroughly enough so as soon as he painted, it began to peel. I had to hire a new painter and paid twice! The facts are the following:

  1. Acrylics are a great choice for house painting. (This doesn't mean that other paints aren't.)
  2. Paint can't correct badly cracked surfaces. My house painter should have read this paragraph!
  3. Badly cracked surfaces indicate a big problem that needs repair. Seems obvious.

Since the question asks us to choose the answer that is “most strongly supported” by the given facts, all we need to do is pick an answer that seems boring and obvious based on what we already know.

A. In real life, harsh weather is certainly a cause of cracked paint. But the given facts didn't say this, and we're supposed to be picking an answer that is supported by the given facts (and only those facts). This can't be the answer.

B. The given facts don't say acrylics are the only solution... simply that they are an excellent choice. There could be a million other excellent choices on the market. This is out.

C. The facts never mention anything about "painting over" other types of house paint, so this can't be the answer.

D. This is almost certainly our answer. House paints are not required to correct surface defects, because repairs must be done first. That's exactly what we were told in the facts.

E. Completely irrelevant. Who cares about the color at this point? The given facts said nothing about color.

Our answer is D.

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends! --nathan

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project