June 2013 LSAT, Reading Comprehension, Q2

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

Question #2 is basically a Must be True question. It's asking, according to Whatley, which one of these things has to happen. Since I have a pretty good handle on Whatley's ridiculous hippie plan, I think I can answer the question.

A. No, Whatley's point was “plant what the customers want,” not “plant random shit and see if customers want it.”

B. Large lanes between plots of each crop? That's new to me. I don't remember him saying this. Still, he did anticipate hordes of city dwellers coming to the farm each summer to harvest, and I think that large lanes between plots would facilitate this aspect of his plan. If I hate all the other answer choices, I can pick this one.

C. This is exactly the opposite of what Whatley envisions. Whatley thinks city slickers are going to flock to the farm to harvest their produce every week.

D. People do this, and I'm always amazed that they don't get ripped off. But it has nothing to do with what the author was talking about.

E. The author specifically talked about Whatley's recommendation that farmers “comply with client requests regarding the use of chemicals.” But E has the farmer taking the initiative and omitting chemicals for environmental reasons, whether or not the clients actually make that request. This is a trap answer, and I fell for it the first time I read this question. But this is not a part of Whatley's plan.

Our answer is B, because it's the only one that connects to an aspect of Whatley's plan, as discussed in the passage.

 

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