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September 2014 LSAT
The author's stance toward the arguments of the strict constructionist Darwinians can most accurately be described as...
on October 15 at 12:47AM
Why is A correct? Why is B incorrect?
on November 12 at 03:05AM
Good question! For this one, you really want to focus on how aggressive the author is being with his or her tone, without being afraid to call it like it is. There are a number of examples in this passage of a disagreeing tone being taken by the author. Letâ€™s pinpoint some examples to help bring this answer choice into context.
Lines 1 through line 8 start off telling us Darwin himself didnâ€™t like to reduce his theory, but the strict constructionists did just that. Being the creator of the theory, Darwin is being used as an appeal to authority that speaks against the viewpoint of the constructionists.
Line 16, â€œIf the strict constructionists are right...â€ down to line 22, taking special note of line 19 where it says â€œBut in fact...â€ is a good example of where the author is directly contradicting the strict constructionist point of view. The following paragraphs (paragraph 3 and paragraph 4) both serve to elaborate on the authorâ€™s position, directly countering the views of the strict constructionists and providing further evidence for the authorâ€™s stance in this point of disagreement.
Because the author is blatantly trying to refute the claims of the strict constructionists, we get to A) emphatic disagreement.
Answer choice B, mild disapproval, is too weak. The author spends most of the passage refuting the strict constructionist viewpoint, so â€œmild disapprovalâ€ doesnâ€™t accurately characterize the tone of the author, which is much more antagonistic.
Hope this helps!
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