June 2013 LSAT, Reading Comprehension, Q1

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project I always anticipate this question”¦ it appears on every single RC passage. Reading Comprehension, in my book, boils down to two steps: 1) Read. 2) Comprehend. This question asks whether you read, and comprehended. Do you know why the author was here to waste your time? Or did you let your eyes glaze over? Did you get the main point? Or didn't you? If you struggled at all with questions 1-7, odds are that you didn't quite catch the main point of the passage. Here's my summary, if you need a refresher.

Before I even looked at the questions, I predicted that the main point was about Booker T. Whatley, a crazy person who has a bunch of nonsensical hippified ideas about how small farms might be able to survive. That's what I'm looking for as I head into the answer choices.

A. I'll read all five answers, but this isn't half bad. The author did want to tell us about Whatley, and Whatley did have a set of (ridiculous) recommendations about how small farms might survive. I'll be surprised if this doesn't turn out to be the answer.

B. No. The passage never mentioned whether the “dominant approach” to farming is sensitive to the demands of the consumer.

C. No. Whatley wasn't providing a “general critique,” or “assessing the ability” of small farms to compete. Whatley was providing a list of ridiculous hippie bullshit recommendations for small farms to follow. That's something different.

D. No. Whatley definitely recommended CMCs for small farms, but didn't say they were necessary. And anyway, CMCs weren't the main point. The main point was Whatley's stupid list of recommendations which included, but was not limited to, CMCs.

E. Nope. The author (wisely, in my view) never took a position on whether Whatley's recommendations were useful. It was “Whatley has a list that he says will help small farms,” not “Whatley has a list that will help small farms.”

Our answer is A, because it's the best match for our prediction”¦ it's the best summary of why the author came here to waste our time.

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