Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT: June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project It's critical that you answer Main Point questions before tainting yourself by looking at the answer choices. To do so, you simply need to restate your understanding of the passage as a whole. I like to do this by pretending to ask the author, "Why are you wasting my time with this?" For this passage, I think the author would say "well, I wanted to tell you about what would have been a really cool link between the extinction of the dodo and the extinction of a species of tree... but even though it would have been cool, I'm pretty sure it wasn't true." That pretty much captures it, I think. (Here's my summary of the entire passage, if you need a refresher.)
Armed with a prediction, we can now head into the answer choices.
A. Huh? Nothing here about Temple, the misguided ecologist, and nothing about the dodo theory. No way.
B. Much better. This answer captures the idea that Temple's dodo theory was pretty cool, but probably wrong. I bet this is it.
C. No way. The passage wasn't about a "solution" to Calvaria's decline.
D. No, the entire fourth paragraph suggests that the theory is wrong.
E. Tricky, but no. The passage didn't say anything about what might have happened if the dodo had not gone extinct. This is speculative.
Our answer is B, because it's a very close match to our "why are you wasting my time with this" prediction.
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