PT51.S2.Q24 (P4) - computers have long been utilized

TheoryandPracticeTheoryandPractice Alum Member
edited March 2017 in Reading Comprehension 1008 karma

I was down to answers C and E and wasn't sure why E would be a better choice than C and vice versa.
I did watch JY's video and still have trouble figuring this out.

C- I thought this was supported by line 2-4. Wouldn't "word processors, spreadsheets, legal research systems" be counted as as legal research tools? I interpreted C as the computerized automated legal reasoning systems not being able to fulfill its original expectations and functions.

E- This is supported by line 55-58. However, I thought that the wording "computer specialists" is too narrow to capture the idea in E. That's why I hesitated.

What makes E better supported by C? Because I see both as textually supported.

Please let me know!



  • Mellow_ZMellow_Z Alum Member
    edited March 2017 1997 karma

    Your quotation of C is definitely applicable, and is correct in the sense that those are legal research tools. However, there is no opinion tied to that statement. The author never mentions whether those uses of computers are how they should continue to be used, or if that is a limitation in their application to helping with legal matters. He merely states that those tasks are how computers have been used historically.

    I'm still a greenhorn myself, so someone else can probably explain it much better than I can. Either way, that was how I was able to write off C. I didn't look too far into the "computer specialist" part of E. The passage says it's a computer system using advanced AI techniques, so I figured that developing those systems would fall within scope of a computer specialist (which I think is actually relatively generic because it doesn't say developer, programmer, etc).

  • TheoryandPracticeTheoryandPractice Alum Member
    edited March 2017 1008 karma

    Ah @Mellow_Z Thank you!
    Yes your explanation that no author opinion is tied to C clicked with me. That makes sense.

    Can anyone else explain why "computer specialist" part of E is not the essential part of the answer choice? I know that correct inference answers don't have to be 100 percent true, but I wonder if there's a standard (sort of a litmus test) to distinguish the essential support from a superfluous one.

    I think reading inference Qs are slightly more tricky than MSS questions in LR because somehow I find MSS's right answers a bit more obvious.

  • TheoryandPracticeTheoryandPractice Alum Member
    1008 karma

    can anyone answer the above question? Thanks so much!!

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