June 2013 LSAT, Reading Comprehension, Q23

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project This is a Must Be True question. We need to pick an answer that has direct evidentiary support from the passage. I'm not sure if we can predict this one in advance, since it seems to be asking us about a detail from the passage that may or may not be obscure. Still, I can always restate the Main Point... that can't ever hurt. What did the author think about Temple's research on birds? Well, the author seemed to think that the dodo-Calvaria link would have been cool, but probably didn't actually exist. (Here's my summary of the entire passage, if you need a refresher.)

Keeping the passage's main point firmly in mind, let's tackle the answer choices.

A. Yep. In the first paragraph, we're told that Temple's primary purpose on Mauritius was "research on endangered birds of Mauritius." This is probably it.

B. No, we weren't told that Temple's research on birds gave him any clues about how crush-resistant Calvaria pits are. He might have tested the pits by running them over with his Jeep, for all we know.

C. I have two reasons to dislike this answer. First, I'm not sure that Temple tested turkeys on Mauritius... he could have done his turkey-testing in the United States. Second, Temple didn't actually prove that turkey gizzards exert roughly the same force as dodo gizzards did. How could he, when he didn't have dodos available to test?

D. No way. The author was skeptical of Temple's methodology... remember when the author delivered the somewhat snide "semblance of rigor"? This one is out.

E. This feels like an attractive trap to me. In the first paragraph, we were told that Temple assumed the seeds couldn't germinate, because he couldn't find any young Calvaria trees. But I don't think that the hypothesis started with the seeds. I think the hypothesis started with a lack of trees.

Our answer is A, because it has direct support from the passage.

 

 

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