LSAT Boss Class 6: Know Your Roles
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Class 6: Know Your Roles.
Role questions ask you to identify the role that a particular statement plays in an
argument. Since there are only two parts to every argument, the roles will describe how either a premise or a conclusion does its job in the argument:
For premises, their role may be one of the following:
to offer hypothesis or explanations;
to provide specific details to support generalizations;
to describe or distinguish one group in comparison/contrast to another; or
to offer possible or necessary causes for an effect.
For conclusions, their role may be one of the followings:
to provide results;
to make generalizations based on specific details; or
to identify the effects or consequences of events mentioned in a premise.
Your task in a role question:o Identify the type of argument o Rearrange the sentences of the argument so they spell out a clear and logical argument (either sequentially, analogously or otherwise) o Identify the premises and conclusions using the “Why? Test”. o Locate the statement mentioned in the call of the question. o Then, carefully assess which answer choice corresponds perfectly to that role, considering what you identified as the premises and conclusion of the argument. We'll be going through this lesson thoroughly, with a homework review in Thursday's class.