If the essay featured in the fourth issue has an urban theme, then any of the following could be true EXCEPT:

Dp4u2nv on February 1, 2020

Why is the Correct Answer C

In my Master sketch h/j are interchangeable for 1&2 and 4&5. There are no rules saying that one has to be in a particular place so couldn't Howland's essay be both 4th or 5th? I am confused about this.

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Skylar on February 1, 2020

@Dp4u2nv, happy to help!

The game setup tells us that there are exactly two urban-themed essays.

Rule 3 tells us that F and K must have different themes. Since there are only two themes to choose from, this means that one must be urban-themed while the other is rural-themed.

Rule 4 tells us that J has an urban theme.

Therefore, we know that our two urban themes have to belong to J and either F or K.

(C) states that H could be assigned to the fourth spot, but the question notes that the fourth spot must have an urban theme. We know that the fourth spot must then be assigned to J or (F/K), as these are our only options for the urban theme. In this situation, H must be rural-themed, so it cannot be assigned to the fourth spot and (C) cannot be true.

Does that make sense? Please let us know if you have any other questions!