The author discusses the skill of synthesis in the third paragraph primarily in order to

Eugene on July 31 at 09:11PM

Can someone please explain this

Can someone please explain this question and why D is incorrect, and why the right answer is correct?

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Shunhe on August 1 at 03:34AM

Hi @EugeneC,

Thanks for the question! So we’re asked here why the author discusses the skill of synthesis in the third paragraph. Overall, what’s going on in this passage? Well, the author is advocating a change in the passage. More statutory law should be taught. And the author talks about some of the reasons for this. And then, in the third paragraph, another reason is discussed! You learn this great synthesis skill. So that’s the reasoning behind why (A) is correct; the third paragraph, in talking about synthesis, identifies and describes a benefit (learning the synthesis skill) that the author says would result from the change advocated in the passage (more statutory law).

(D) tells us that the reason we talk about the skill of synthesis is to explain why it’s necessary for studying statutory law. But actually, what does the passage say about this relationship? The passage tells us that “another skill that teaching statutory law would improve is synthesis” (26-27). So it’s not that synthesis is necessary for statutory law. It’s that statutory law helps with synthesis! So (D) doesn’t correctly describe what’s going on there, and so it’s incorrect.

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