It can be most reasonably inferred from the passage that the author views the test case strategy developed by Marshal...

Rachel on July 20 at 05:02PM

Why C?

Could someone please explain why the correct answer is C and why D is wrong? I get tripped up with questions when they ask for 1 word inferences/ definitions, so any strategy suggestions would also be greatly appreciated.

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Shunhe on July 20 at 06:14PM

Hi @RayJ,

Thanks for the question! So in general, when you’re reading through the passage, keep a careful note of the overall tone of the author and the passage, which should help you for questions like these.

Here, we’re being asked for something that can be most reasonably inferred from the passage about how the author views the test case strategy developed by Marshall. Well, we want to go to the lines where the author is talking about this and see what the author thinks. And this happens fairly near the beginning, actually. Take a look at lines 13-15, where the strategy is introduced as one of many “innovations that forever changed the landscape of public interest law.” In other words, it was an innovation with huge impact; the word “innovation” implies something is new, or unprecedented, and that’s where the support for (C) lies.

Now take a look at (D), which tells us that the test case strategy developed by Marshall was necessary. Is this true? Did the passage tell us that the strategy was 100% needed? No, the passage doesn’t preclude the possibility of other strategies working; it just says that this one did. So we can’t call this test case strategy “necessary,” and so (D) is wrong.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.