June 2013 LSAT, Reading Comprehension, Q4

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.

I haven't looked at the answer choices yet, but “the author is primarily concerned with” looks like another main point question. This shit is much easier than most students make it out to be! Remember, my prediction before I ever looked at the questions (much less the answer choices) was that the author's primary goal was to introduce me to Booker T. Whatley, a guy with a fake-sounding name who has a list of recommendations for small farms. That's what I have in mind as I head into the answer choices.

A. The author didn't say that Whatley was “innovative,” nor did she say that the problem of small farms going bankrupt was “serious.” I doubt this is the answer.

B. This answer might be describing Tim Gunn's guide to fall fashion (I don't know if such a thing exists, but I would read it if it did”¦ I love Project Runway) but this answer does not describe the given passage. Terrible answer.

C. No. The passage was about a specific dude and his specific recommendations. Not about “widely accepted practices.”

D. No. The passage provided no critique of Whatley's plan”¦ no analysis of pros and cons.

E. No. There was absolutely no “analysis of impact””¦ we have no idea whether Whatley's plan has ever even been tested in the real world.

So, it looks like I eliminated all five answers. Do you think I'm worried? Because I'm not. Calmer than you are, dude. The truth is that if you don't eliminate all five answers from time to time, you're simply not being critical enough. I hated these five answers. So what? Now all I have to do is eliminate, for good, the ones I hated the most, and pick the one I hated the least.

Looking back, I seriously hated B, C, D, and E. There are concrete reasons why each of them can't possibly be the correct answer. I did object to A, but in retrospect, if the author didn't think Whatley is “innovative,” and if she didn't think the problem is “serious,” then why the fuck is she writing about it? I don't love A, but it's the best of a bad lot. Our answer is A.

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