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

Alex on March 31, 2020

Could Someone Please Explain why A is wrong?

I understand the reasoning behind B being the answer, but my hangup with A is that wouldnt 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 didnt see the advertisement, the whole argument about the advertisement being misleading and viewers dropping off would be totally irrelevant. Thanks!!

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on April 3, 2020

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, 2020

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

on August 26, 2020

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.

Sawyer on July 26, 2021

Hi, I also chose answer choice A. After reading the instructor's explanation I am even more confused. I do not see anywhere in the stimulus that indicates "some"as opposed to the "many" stated in the answer choice. I also believe that in order to state that "false expectations" drove viewers away, you would have to assume that the misrepresentative ad was the reason for the false expectations, in which case the viewers must have seen the program because of the first ad (which gave them false expectations).

I would like an instructor to please further explain this. Thank you

Emil on November 14 at 03:34PM

We cannot prove that the author believes A. While I think we can say that the author must believe that the ads are a factor in many people's decision to watch the first episode of the show, A goes well beyond this. It says that most people will do so for this reason. The issue here is that maybe the author only thinks this applies to 20 percent or 40 percent.