DISCUSSION: You must take LSAT answers literally. If a statements says “talent plays no role” then this means talent has zero impact. That’s a silly idea, and the authors don’t agree. Lines 55-57 show that some talent is required.
Yet answer E is the most common answer chosen: it says talent plays no role. That’s insane.
- CORRECT. Unusually, there’s no single line I can point to in order to definitively prove this answer. Nonetheless, I believe the passage as a whole clearly supports it.
The entire passage discusses a debate about whether skills are innate or learned. The recent research on lines 45-50 show that our views of the source of some skills are still changing.
Given our lack of certainty, it’s reasonable that in at least some fields we can’t tell how much extensively talent is innate.
- Lines 55-57 contradict this. You don’t need the highest level of talent to succeed. You just need the level of talent common to reasonably competent performers.
- The passage didn’t say whether any fields actually do require exceptional talent. And the whole point of the argument is that exceptional talent tends not to be required.
- This isn’t supported. Lines 62-64 say motivation is required, but the passage doesn’t say what affects motivation.
- This answer directly contradicts the passage. Lines 51-57 say that “that level of talent common to all reasonably competent performers” is necessary for exceptional performance. The passage says talent is not as important as we think, but the passage definitely says some talent is necessary.
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