This is an explanation for passage 2 of LSAT preptest 64, the October 2011 LSAT. This passage is about Mexican-American proverbs. It discusses the origin and role of proverbs in the Mexican-American community.
This section has paragraph summaries and an analysis of the passage, links to the explanations for the questions are below.
- Definition of proverb, and origins of Mexican-American proverbs.
- The role of proverbs in the Mexican-American community: they’re often educational.
- Proverbs also link Mexican-Americans with their heritage.
The passage is a description of the role of proverbs within the Mexican-American community. The material is easy to understand compared to other passages. I encourage you to reread if it you’ve got any points of uncertainty. I don’t have anything to add beyond the paragraph summaries above.
On easier passages it’s vital to have a good map of the passage. Since the concepts aren’t difficult, the questions test you on knowledge of specific details. Questions 8-12 are all about specific details. It’s easiest to answer by finding a specific line in the passage that supports the right answer.
The best way to make a mental map of the passage is to skim over it again after reading it. 15-20 seconds should be enough. This lets you see the order of the passage more clearly, and seeing the details a second time helps confirm them in your memory.
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