DISCUSSION: All of the wrong answers are never mentioned in the passage. Instead, they’re things you associate with courtrooms from your background knowledge.
Background knowledge can help orient your thinking, but it can never be used to justify an answer on a question like this. Check the passage to confirm your choice. If you don’t, you’re likely to fall into a trap.
- The author never mentions this fear. In fact, in lines 13-15, the author states that stealing thunder is generally effective.
- The author never said that stealing thunder should only be used in opening statements. In fact, opening statements are not mentioned even once in the passage.
- The author didn’t mention anecdotes even once. This answer is trying to mislead you by alluding to the dangers of stealing thunder mentioned in lines 50-59, but that section had nothing to do with anecdotes.
- CORRECT. Lines 11-20 say this more or less directly.
- The passage never mentions courtroom experience.
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