Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT: June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Deanne Katz was in my 1L section at UC Hastings, but I didn't really get to know her until we were teaching assistants together for Legal Writing and Research in our 2L year. My favorite things about Deanne are her cheerful wit, the fact that she rode her bike from the Mission to Hastings, like I did, and her awesome food blog. She even included a cocktail recipe in her LSAT explanation. Check it out.
Guest blogger: Deanne Katz
Before we dive into this question, let's go through some introductions about my own LSAT experience. I got a 169 on the LSAT using my own, somewhat ridiculous review program, which involved taking a practice test every weekend for a year plus working my way through a PowerScore book. It worked, although I was in college with a lot of free time and no real responsibilities. I went from a score in the mid-150s to a 169, but it's not exactly a system I can recommend. Review is the key to a better score, but the kind of review I did wouldn't work for many people. Which brings me to the second part of my introduction: we're all going to need a cocktail.
The LSAT is not exactly what you'd call fun, so to make it go down easier, I've included an easy cocktail recipe to go along with my explanation. It's my favorite summer drink, a Lynchburg Lemonade. The recipe is down below, so let's get to the question.
After reading through the question twice, I did what I always remember doing first when taking LSAT tests: I came up with my own answer before I even looked at the provided answers. My first thought was that I'm looking for an answer that mentions enjoyment and gives a reason why reading could be better than listening.
Shoot. There's no answer like that on my first pass. But I can eliminate answers (C) and (D) right away. Neither of them actually respond to the question – they don't deal with why enjoyment of one form would be higher than another. (C) says both readers and listeners should report more enjoyment. (D) doesn't have anything to do with enjoyment; it's about availability.
Back to the question. On my second pass I realize that all I need is something to distinguish this group of respondents from people in general. And since (C) and (D) are already out, I only have three answers to choose from. (A) is out because it doesn't respond to the question. On the first time through the wording tripped me up a little, but now I'm sure it doesn't fit because like (D) it doesn't say anything about enjoyment.
(B) gave me a little more hesitation. Part of my brain is saying, maybe taking less time affects enjoyment. But then I remember this is an LSAT problem, not a real life question. The answer doesn't mention enjoyment so it has to be out.
That leaves answer (E), and while it's not what I'd call a good answer, it's the best option out of the available choices. It does differentiate the survey about this particular book from other experiences, and it's the only answer that both talks about enjoyment and indicates any difference between reading and listening. None of the other answers fit both parts of the question.
Phew, now for that drink. The Lynchburg Lemonade. It's one of those cocktails that you pretty much have to make at home because the version you get at a bar generally combines whiskey, triple sec, sour mix, and some kind of lemon-lime soda and is almost always subpar. At home, it gets an upgrade.
To make this cocktail you're going to need: 1 shot of whiskey (or bourbon, my favorite whiskey variation) – a shot is about 1.5 ounces or just shy of ¼ cup ½ shot of triple sec 2 shots lemonade Ice Sparkling water
In some kind of shaker – a cocktail shaker if you're fancy but a jar with a lid will work just as well – combine the whiskey, triple sec, lemonade, and ice. Cover it tightly and shake it with one hand until your arm is very tired. Then switch to the other hand and shake again until that arm is tired. Open the shaker and strain the contents in a fresh glass with a few ice cubes in it. Top with sparkling water (or champagne, but that makes for a strong cocktail so be wary) and serve immediately.
As a bonus, if you're looking to spice up this drink even more, you can check out this recipe for lemonade on my blog. It's a classy touch and we're all about class. Cheers, to a job well done.
Deanne is an East Coast transplant living in SF and working as a writer. She went to law school, passed the bar, and had the terrible realization that being a lawyer was not the right choice. So she found a different path and it worked out better than she could have imagined. She plays a lot of ultimate Frisbee and writes about food and cooking in her own little corner of the Internet, the Impromptu Kitchen. Come check it out.
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