DISCUSSION: For main point questions, ask yourself: why did they tell me that? LSAT passages always have a point. Here, the point is that the two plans to deal with crime are really just opposite sides of the same coin.
- This is true, according to the passage, but it isn’t the main point. This answer ignores the fact that utility maximization theory will let us settle the debate.
- The passage’s point was broader. Utility maximization theory can be used to settle the debate between the two camps.
- The point was that utility maximization theory could settle the debate between the two sides. Quantification of effects wasn’t mentioned.
- CORRECT. Utility maximization theory lets us see that both sides are right. Deterrence and better opportunities are both important for stopping crime.
- Utility maximization theory demonstrates this is wrong. Norms and institutions affect whether someone will commit a crime. If no one gives you a job, your business idea fails and the government won’t give you money, you may be tempted to steal rather than starve.
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