June 2013 LSAT, LR2, Q24, an LSAT lesson from Adam Carolla

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project As a daily listener of The Adam Carolla Show, I was surprised to find that this question seems to have been written by Adam. He might have had to dictate it to an assistant, otherwise we'd still be hearing the <click>... <click>... ... ... <click> as he hunt-and-pecked out the argument. But the words are right out of his mouth. Stop naming every player "MVP." Stop giving trophies to every player on every team. Stop making such a big deal about birthdays, the "ultimate participation award." If you praise kids for everything, you're praising them for nothing at all.

I try to argue with everything I read on the LSAT, but this one simply makes too much sense. I don't agree with Adam on everything either, but on this point, I agree wholeheartedly.

The question simply asks us to identify the conclusion of the argument. We should always be able to answer a question like this before looking at the answer choices. Ask yourself: What's the main point of this rant? If you could boil it down into one sentence, what would you say? My prediction is something like "stop fucking up your kids by praising them for every solid poop they make."

A. Uhm... hell no. This is exactly the opposite of the point.

B. This looked good to me at first. The argument absolutely did say this. But the ultimate point really wasn't "the kids will stop hearing praise." The point was "you'll fuck your kids up by making them unable to hear praise." I liked this answer on my first pass through, but there's a later answer that turns out to be better.

C. No, let's not overcomplicate it. The point wasn't about kids' actual abilities vs. parents' expectations. It was about ruining them by overpraising them for mundane shit. This isn't it.

D. Yes, this is exactly the point. This will be the answer. B was part of the argument, but D is the main point.

E. Terrible answer. This is the opposite of what the argument was saying.

Our answer is D.

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