DISCUSSION: See the passage analysis section for a full overview of the two passages. The author of passage A is very excited about the discovery of the new online video game economy. Lines 17-18 describe Edward Castronova’s shock at finding an economy. This is strong language for the LSAT. The author of passage A is excited.
Passage B has a scholarly tone. See lines 44-45: “This article will argue that….policy support that result.”
- Neither passage is critical or apprehensive (afraid of) the online video game economy.
- The second passage is academic. This question asks about the style of the first passage. And neither passage is dismissive.
- CORRECT. See lines 7-8 “curious”, or 13 “even more interesting” or 17-18 “stared….with a shock”. The author of passage A is extremely excited about this new discovery.
- Passage A is definitely curious about this new phenomenon. Undecided is not the right word however. Here’s an example of an undecided but curious article:
“I don’t know about these online games. They seem difficult. Can you really make money in them? That’s so different from anything I know. Is it really possible? I bet there’s some mistake here. I definitely want to know more though.”
- Passage A is definitely enthusiastic. They are not skeptical however. No part of the passage questions whether Castronova is correct.
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