QUESTION TEXT: The television network’s advertisement for its new …
QUESTION TYPE: Necessary Assumption
CONCLUSION: The TV station’s ad is worse than the producers’ ad.
REASONING: The TV station’s ad is grossly misleading.
ANALYSIS: This is a classic LSAT error. It makes a comparison, but only tells you about one of the two ads.
The argument tells us that the station’s ad was grossly misleading. But the argument doesn’t tell us anything about the producers’ ad. The argument merely implies that the producer’s ad wasn’t also grossly misleading. So the argument merely assumes that the producers’ ad is better.
- The stimulus wasn’t about how viewers discover the program. The stimulus was only about how effective each ad would be.
- CORRECT. The negation of this answer wrecks the argument. There’s no difference between the ads if this answer isn’t true.Negation: The producer’s ad would have been grossly misleading as well.
- Same as A. The stimulus is not about how most viewers found the program. The argument is about whether or not the TV station’s ad was effective, compared to the producers’ ad.
- This goes too far. The stimulus didn’t say that the producers’ ad was the greatest ad in the history of the known universe. The argument only said that the producers’ ad would have been better than the TV station’s ad.
- Same as A and C. The stimulus was about whether the TV station’s ad was worse than the producers’ ad. This answer doesn’t even talk about the ads, it just gives us a useless fact about the audience.
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