The reaction described in which one of the following scenarios is most analogous to the reaction of the art critics m...

Rachel-Caldwell-2 on June 24, 2020

Differentiating between reaction and situation

I completely understand why C parallels the situation, but the wording of this question threw me off. It asks which resembles the reaction of the critics in line 13. In that line it says they were embarrassed, so I looked for an embarrassing situation. How can I better differentiate and understand what questions like this are asking in the future?

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Victoria on July 4, 2020

Hi @Rachel-Caldwell-2,

Thanks for the question!

Whenever a question asks you to analogize/look for a parallel scenario, you should largely be looking for the characteristics of the scenario as a whole as opposed to any singular aspects of it.

I find it is also helpful to go back to the original and ensure that you understand all aspects of it before you even read the answer choices. If you map out the characteristics of the original scenario prior to addressing the answer choices, you will have a better sense of what you should be looking for and hopefully have an easier time picking out the correct answer.

The best advice I can give you for understanding and addressing similar questions in the future is twofold.

First, keep practising! Many question stems across past LSATs are similar. The more you practise, the better you'll get at picking up patterns.

Second, try not to get too hung up on any one question. Focus on developing the underlying skills more than you focus on specific questions as no two questions will ever be exactly the same/covering the exact same material. Go back and figure out why you got the question wrong, see if there are any transferable lessons you can learn from the mistake, and then keep practising! Now that you understand what this question was looking for, you can apply this understanding to any similar questions you may see in the future.

I hope this was helpful. Please let us know if you need any further clarification or have any more questions! Keep up the good work.

Rachel-Caldwell-2 on July 14, 2020

Thank you! This was helpful. Do you have any advice or know if there is an office hours for strangely worded questions?