The passage provides information that most helps to answer which one of the following questions?

Ava on February 8, 2020

Answer choice A

I understand where in the text the correct answer is pointing to (lines 23-24). However, can someone explain why answer choice A is wrong? I thought that lines 7-12 provided some evidence for this question, but obviously not as much as the correct answer choice. Nevertheless, it would be useful to see an explanation of why answer choice A is wrong. Thanks in advance!

Replies

Shunhe on February 8, 2020

Hi @shafieiava,

Thanks for the question! The question in (A) asks for what areas outside Europe did Spanish-language proverbs currently used in Mexican American communities originate. The lines you pointed to, lines 7-12, tell us that many reached Mexico from peninsular Spain (part of Europe) and other parts of Europe. However, the question is asking about areas outside of Europe, and so we aren’t given any answers to that. Thus, (A) is wrong. The lines you pointed to supporting (E) are the right ones to look at! Hope this helps, and feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.

Andrew on April 8, 2021

Is there a way to know that A is wrong without knowing that Spain is part of Europe because I don't think the passage ever mentioned that Spain is part of Europe?

Mazen on April 28 at 05:32PM

Hi Andrew,

My thinking is this:

You do not have to know that Spain is part of Europe, but you cannot assume that it is not. Say you do not know that Spain is part of Europe, you still cannot assume that Spain is not.

No unwarranted assumptions on the LSAT (or life for that matter if you ask me!!!)

Emil on May 5 at 01:38AM

Hi Mazen,

I like your reasoning here, and I think that this is a totally valid way to justify the answer without having to resort to outside knowledge. But, while the LSAt does not expect specialist knowledge, test takers can use common sense, and so a statement like "Spain is in Europe" does not have to be explicitly made in order for test takers to accept it to be true.

Mazen on May 7 at 05:44PM

Thank You Emil