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kassidee on December 14, 2019

If the stimulus is an cause and effect argument, will the fact that it is a cause and effect have to do with the answer choice?

If the stimulus has cause and effect reasoning, does that mean the answer will have to do with that cause and effect relationship always? Or can it just have to do with the conclusion alone?

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BenMingov on December 17, 2019

Hi Kassidee, thanks for bringing this up.

I think it is important to mention that creating hard blanket rules for the LSAT is a difficult and often times unrewarding exercise. While there may be cases that signify something usually happens or is the case, it is exceedingly difficult to establish rules such as these that will always be true.

When we see cause and effect reasoning, note whether it is flawed or not. Often times (perhaps, even usually) it will be. There is a great possibility that the question will somehow hinge on your understanding that the reasoning is flawed and how the error was made in going from reasoning to conclusion. It is best to be flexible with your approach and always take each passage/question at face value and evaluate accordingly.

If you have a specific question that made you consider this and would like one of us to elaborate on it more specifically, please reply and note which question it is! Best of luck with your studies!