The television network's advertisement for its new medical drama grossly misrepresents what that program is like. Thu...

Alex on March 31 at 12:13AM

Could Someone Please Explain why A is wrong?

I understand the reasoning behind B being the answer, but my hangup with A is that wouldn’t you have to also assume that people watch the advertisement in the first place if you are going to conclude that it had a negative effect on the viewership? If people didn’t see the advertisement, the whole argument about the advertisement being misleading and viewers dropping off would be totally irrelevant. Thanks!!

3 Replies

on April 3 at 11:05PM

Hello @mahosmar,

A. Most viewers who tune in to the first episode of the program will do so because of the network's advertisement

You make a good point. People would have to watch the first episode because of the advertisement for this argument to make any sense. But you have made one fatal error. How many people must this apply to? Answer choice A says "most," but the correct answer "some." Most of the first episode viewers did not have to see the advertisement. This only needs to apply to some of the first episode viewers.

You were on the right track here, but A is incorrect because it is too strong.

Kearan on July 26 at 11:41PM

Why is "most" too strong in this answer choice?

on August 26 at 04:00AM

I chose A too. The explanation the "instructor" gave us is complete BS, he has no idea what he is talking about.

First, I'll tell you why I think B is correct. The argument is trying to jump to the conclusion that the producer's advertisement is more effective in attracting the sort of viewers likely to continue watching the program than the current advertisement for the program. But the problem is that they have no grounds to compare the producer's advertisement vs the current advertisement. Like take a hypothetical like "What if the producer's advertisement was even MORE misrepresentative?" Answer Choice (B) allows us to properly draw the conclusion.

As far as A goes, I believe it is a good answer choice (for the same reasons the person who asked the original question), but in a way, it is COMPLETELY irrelevant. I say this because if you take the current advertisement and the producer's advertisement, the conclusion is trying to establish the RELATIVE effectiveness of each respective advertisement. So even if "most viewers (let's say 70%) who tune in to the first episode of the program will do so because of the network's advertisement for the program," this could apply to both the current and producer's advertisements. The factor is basically a constant variable that does not give any insight to the relative effectiveness of an advertisement's ability to attract viewers to continue watching their program.

I often found that LSAT likes to put a trap answer for answer choice (A) because we tend to pick it because it seems like a good answer. I think it helps to slow down and read all the answers.

Hope it helps, cheers.