QUESTION TEXT: Science writer: Scientists’ astounding success rate with…
QUESTION TYPE: Most Strongly Supported
- Scientists usually choose which problems to work on.
- When others choose problems for scientists, the scientists help write the question in a way that makes the question easier for science to solve.
- Scientists rarely have to answer questions not designed to be answered by scientists.
ANALYSIS: The whole passage suggests that scientists might not do so well with problems they haven’t helped to design. Scientists have stuck to questions that science is good at answering.
This probably isn’t the only reason science is successful, but it helps to have a good question to work on.
- There’s no support for this. There are many problems that are scientifically solvable, but that no one asks scientists to look at. Think of small things from your daily life that you wonder about. Sure, scientists could solve them, but you haven’t asked, have you?
- The stimulus says scientists can answer most questions they formulate. This answer mistakenly negates that.
It’s possible scientists can solve problems while being unsure how to ask the question. Choosing the right question can be hard sometimes. In more concrete terms, this would be doing something right without knowing why.
- CORRECT. If scientists were asked to solve every type of question, then they would probably do less well on questions that weren’t designed to be answered by scientists. They get an advantage by asking their own questions.
- Who knows? Maybe most problems scientists are called upon to solve are chosen by scientists and not business leaders.
- This goes too far. Science has some power. If science were terrible, then scientists probably couldn’t solve even those problems they chose themselves.
Free Logical Reasoning lesson
Get a free sample of the Logical Reasoning Mastery Seminar. Learn tips for solving LR questions