##### LSAT 10 – Section 1 – Question 12

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PT10 S1 Q12
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Method of reasoning or descriptive +Method
A
9%
157
B
81%
165
C
1%
155
D
5%
154
E
3%
157
141
149
158
+Medium 146.679 +SubsectionMedium

We can identify this question as Method of Reasoning because of the question stem: “The argument employs which one of the following reasoning techniques?”

When dealing with a Method of Reasoning question, we know we are looking for an answer choice that correctly describes the structure of our entire argument. Our correct answer is going to fit the argument exactly. Our wrong answer choices likely explain argument structures we are familiar with, but that simply don’t apply to the specific question we are looking at. Knowing what the right and wrong answers are going to do, we can jump into the stimulus.

We first learn of a fire that destroyed the city Municipal Building, occupying the fire fighters until the late afternoon. Because anyone within the vicinity would have seen the fire, and Thomas’s walk home had to go through that area, the speaker concludes Thomas must have seen the fire. This seems to be a fairly reasonable conclusion. Knowing that our stimulus uses a series of must-be-true information to affirm the conclusion we can proceed into answer choice elimination.

Answer Choice (A) If our evidence would individually “allow the conclusion to be properly drawn,” we would not need to link the steps together in our stimulus. We can eliminate this answer choice because we know our premises link together to support the conclusion.

Correct Answer Choice (B) This is exactly what we are looking for! This is the only answer choice that correctly describes the linked series of events that lead us to the main point.

Answer Choice (C) This is not descriptively accurate due to the emphasis on temptation. Without any reference to why it is tempting to believe Thomas did not see the fire we can eliminate this answer choice.

Answer Choice (D) In order for this to be our correct answer, the stimulus would need to include evidence of something that “regularly occurred” in the past. Without this evidence we can eliminate this answer choice from contention.

Answer Choice (E) Saying our conclusion asserts what is “possible” does not quite line up with our stimulus. The speaker concludes that Thomas must have seen the fire - not that it was simply a possibility.