June 2013 LSAT, Reading Comprehension, Q3

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.

The answer to question #3 should be predicted before looking at the answer choices. Why did Whatley say that “pick-your-own” was a good idea? He only provided one reason: that harvesting was so expensive. That's gonna be the answer.

A. I'm sure this is a benefit of “pick-your-own” schemes in real life. Unfortunately, the author never mentioned it. So this ain't the answer.

B. Growing a variety of crops, according to Whatley, guarantees a substantial year-round cash flow. Not “pick-your-own.”

C. I think this will probably turn out to be the answer. Harvest is expensive, so if we can avoid that expense, we can charge less than the supermarket but still make money. That was basically the point. As long as I can get past D and E, this will be our answer.

D. Tempting”¦ this is definitely along the lines of what the author said Whatley believes. But I fear that it might be too absolute. Did Whatley really say that the farmer should only grow crops selected by clients within the CMC? Or did Whatley recommend, more generally, “grow what clients want”? Looking back at the passage, the author specifically supported C in lines 29-31. Lines 23-24 do talk about the farmer only growing crops clients ask for, but it does not get so specific as “specific varieties. Whatley said “only grow peaches if clients ask for peaches””¦ he never said anything about specific varieties of peaches.

E. No. Whatley didn't say “this is necessary because there is a big potential market.” Whatley said “this is necessary because harvest is too expensive, and this will allow you to compete.”

It's not a super-easy question”¦ there were a couple attractive wrong answers here. But our answer is C.

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