LSAT 46 – Section 2 – Question 01

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Type Tags Answer
Curve Question
PT46 S2 Q01
Point at issue: disagree +Disagr
+Easiest 144.676 +SubsectionEasier

This is a Point at Issue Disagree question. We know this because of the question stem: Cox and Crockett disagree over whether…

Our job here is to evaluate Cox and Crockett's conversation and determine their disagreement. Notice how the question stem does not use the word "suggests" or "supports.” It simply says the word "disagree." That means the disagreement is explicit, which means our work got a lot easier. Cox and Talbot will state two claims that explicitly contradict each other. Once we find that, we can hone in on the correct answer choice.

Cox uses a bunch of referential phrasing in his statement. By now, you should be well-acquainted with referential phrasing, so I'll give you the translation:

"The consumer counsel did not provide sufficient (enough) justification for its action (the recall) when it required that Derma-35 be recalled from the market."

Did Cox even make an argument? No, all Cox has done is make a claim. He has provided no support for the claim the council didn't provide enough justification. Well, there isn't much to agree or disagree on. Either you think they provided sufficient evidence, or they did not. And Cox did not.

Crockett says he disagrees with Cox. Immediately, we have our answer. Crockett believes sufficient evidence was provided, and Cox does not. . Right here is where we can stop and start hunting for the Correct Answer Choice (D). But before we move on, let's evaluate what else Crocket has to say. He claims Derma 35 causes inflammation, but the council cited blemishes, which are a side effect of inflammation. Ok, so the council took this off the market because of blemishes. Crocket then claims that the council rightly acknowledged blemishes are a significant health concern. "Rightly" indicates Crocket agrees that blemishes are a health concern.

We know a lot about what Crocket thinks and little about what Cox thinks. In order to know if Cox and Crocket disagree on something, we need to know both of their positions on the matter. If we don't know at least one of their positions, we can rule out the AC. So as a matter of strategy, we will ask whether or not we know Cox's position on the answer choice. If we do not know his position, we will have no way of knowing whether he disagrees with Crockett.

Answer Choice (A) is incorrect since neither Cox nor Crocket state their opinion on whether Derma 35 should remain on the market. Since we don’t know anyone’s opinion on this matter, we can eliminate this answer choice.

Answer Choice (B) is wrong because we do not know where Cox lands on this. He might agree. He might disagree. We can rule this one out for the same reason we ruled out (A).

Answer Choice (C) is incorrect because Cox never mentions what justification the council gave. He simply says that it was not sufficient. We can rule this one out since we don’t know Cox’s opinion on this.

Correct Answer Choice (D) Cox explicitly says he agrees with this position, and Crocket says he disagrees. Correct Answer.

Answer Choice (E) is incorrect because we do not know if Cox believes this or not. Therefore, it is out.

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