The author discusses the "cognitive framework" that jurors create (line 58) primarily to

Ryan on October 18, 2019

Why is A correct? Why is B incorrect?


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Skylar on October 20, 2019

@Ryan-Mahabir Happy to help!

(A) is correct because it identifies the point that the author makes regarding "cognitive framework" as stated in the passage. Lines 50-54 state "Jurors, who often initially have little information about a case, are usually eager to solidify their position regarding the case. They can therefore be expected to use the early positive framing to guide their subsequent analysis of the trial information." This shows us exactly what (A) says - "that at least some information mentioned early in a trial can influence the way jurors evaluate information presented later in the trial."

(B) is incorrect because it is not explicitly stated or supported in the passage. The passage discusses cognitive framework in terms of filtering information through a schema jurors establish from information presented in the beginning of the trial (lines 58-59). It never discusses cognitive framework as having to do with "certain attitudes and biases" like (B) suggests. Since it is not stated, we cannot assume it to be true. Be weary of allowing your own outside knowledge and opinions of things like juries to affect your answer and take away from what is explicitly stated in the text!

Does this make sense? Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Skylar on October 20, 2019

*Be wary (please excuse the typo)