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LSAT pitfalls I

Reading comprehension pitfalls

TermDefinition
Traps of Similarities and Differences Comparing and contrasting items in a continuous section of text.
Trap of separation take a long discussion of given topic, then inserting discussion about a distinct (but related) topic into separate pieces of the longer discussion. In questions, test makers will require you to see big picture discussion
Traps of similarities and difference: why Shows ability to sort out and differentiate ideas, no matter how similar they seem
trap of separation: why tests ability to track related concepts, even when separated by many lines
trap of proximity putting two unrelated ideas close together in text, making them seem like they're interlinked
trap of proximity: why demonstrate ability to make distinctions between ideas
trap of inserted alternate viewpoint Presents several different viewpoints, forcing reader to track both topical and extraneous perspectives to main point
trap of IAV: why Tests ability to track different perspectives and understand who said or believed what
traps of chronology Traps pertaining to the placement and order of items within a passage. Readers tend to believe that the order items are presented is automatically in chronological order.
Trap of order Belief that because one item is presented first, that item predates the second item
Trap of cause Assuming because one item is discussed prior to another, that first item caused the second item
Traps of chronology: why Tests logical ability, mental aptitude to not simply follow assumptions and to really read the test
Passage topic traps Upending expectations on difficulty, i.e. assumptions the science or law sections will be harder than the humanities
passage topic traps: why keeps everyone honest/subverts expectation/just take it one sections at a time!
Created by: rnk918