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# Historian: Radio drama requires its listeners to think about what they

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Historian: Radio drama requires its listeners to think about what they hear, picturing for themselves such dramatic elements as characters’ physical appearances and spatial relationships. Hence, while earlier generations, for whom radio drama was the dominant form of popular entertainment, regularly exercised their imaginations, today’s generation of television viewers do so less frequently.

Which one of the following is an assumption required by the historian’s argument?

(A) People spend as much time watching television today as people spent listening to radio in radio’s heyday.

(B) The more familiar a form of popular entertainment becomes, the less likely its consumers are to exercise their imaginations.

(C) Because it inhibits the development of creativity, television is a particularly undesirable form of popular entertainment.

(D) For today’s generation of television viewers, nothing fills the gap left by radio as a medium for exercising the imagination.

(E) Television drama does not require its viewers to think about what they see.

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09 Mar 2018, 21:06
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I would go with option D as it clearly states the assumption as to why the author thinks that today's generation use less of their imagination.

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10 Mar 2018, 08:00
Is E wrong because of the 'drama' bit after Television? In the argument we are concerned with tv viewers, but the AC narrows it to TV drama viewers?
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Is E wrong because of the 'drama' bit after Television? In the argument we are concerned with tv viewers, but the AC narrows it to TV drama viewers?

I was also stuck between D and E, and then realized that probably the key here is 'imagination' and not just mere 'thinking'. Because D plugs in the gap about the lack of imagination, whereas E is just making a generalised statement, requiring us to make the additional assumption that 'thinking' about something must be a part of 'imagination', I went for D.

Originally posted by carolinexi on 10 Mar 2018, 12:34.
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10 Mar 2018, 12:39
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stickman wrote:
Is E wrong because of the 'drama' bit after Television? In the argument we are concerned with tv viewers, but the AC narrows it to TV drama viewers?

I was also stuck between D and E, and then realized that probably the key here is 'imagination' and not just mere 'thinking'. Because D plugs in the gap about the lack of imagination, whereas D is just making a generalised statement, requiring us to make the additional assumption that 'thinking' about something must be a part of 'imagination', I went for D.

Ah yes - okay that is a much stronger case for why E is wrong than what I had thought.
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Between E and D: E contradicts the information in the para. The para says "today’s generation of television viewers exercise their imagination less frequently". Nowhere it says that the tv viewers don't exercise the imagination at all. Also, the language of E makes a bit of broader stretch from "using imagination" wording to "not think about what they see". All from above makes E incorrect.
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Mate, I think I found another LSAT problem.

(I come across most of these via the "Daily Practice Questions" functions)

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08 Jan 2019, 23:52
I will go with option D as it talks about imagination, option E instead talks about thinking.
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23 Feb 2019, 12:53
Bumping this one for discussion as well. Really a great LSAT question that forces you to not make further assumptions.
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29 Apr 2019, 04:54
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Historian: Radio drama requires its listeners to think about what they hear, picturing for themselves such dramatic elements as characters’ physical appearances and spatial relationships. Hence, while earlier generations, for whom radio drama was the dominant form of popular entertainment, regularly exercised their imaginations, today’s generation of television viewers do so less frequently.

Which one of the following is an assumption required by the historian’s argument?

(A) People spend as much time watching television today as people spent listening to radio in radio’s heyday.

(B) The more familiar a form of popular entertainment becomes, the less likely its consumers are to exercise their imaginations.

(C) Because it inhibits the development of creativity, television is a particularly undesirable form of popular entertainment.

(D) For today’s generation of television viewers, nothing fills the gap left by radio as a medium for exercising the imagination.

(E) Television drama does not require its viewers to think about what they see.

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Dissecting given options:
A). No comparison of time given. Out of scope.
B). Again, not stated anywhere. Out of scope.
C). Judgement. Not in the passage.
D). Let's counter this: If something else is filling the gap and lets people exercise their imaginations (eg.- iPad, smartphones, PC, etc.); then only would the author's argument be valid. This is precisely the option we are looking for. CORRECT.
E). It says 'does not' whereas the author is assuming 'less than what radio drama does'. You get the point.

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29 Apr 2019, 04:56
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carolinexi wrote:
stickman wrote:
Is E wrong because of the 'drama' bit after Television? In the argument we are concerned with tv viewers, but the AC narrows it to TV drama viewers?

I was also stuck between D and E, and then realized that probably the key here is 'imagination' and not just mere 'thinking'. Because D plugs in the gap about the lack of imagination, whereas D is just making a generalised statement, requiring us to make the additional assumption that 'thinking' about something must be a part of 'imagination', I went for D.

Ah yes - okay that is a much stronger case for why E is wrong than what I had thought.

D). Let's counter this: If something else is filling the gap and lets people exercise their imaginations (eg.- iPad, smartphones, PC, etc.); then only would the author's argument be valid. This is precisely the option we are looking for. CORRECT.
E). It says 'does not' whereas the author is assuming 'less than what radio drama does'. You get the point.

Hope it helps.
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30 Apr 2019, 05:27
I can't grasp why D. As I've understood, the argument says that viewers do exercises of imagination merely less frequently; it doesn't mean that people stopped doing the picturing. If we negate option D, it says "something fills the gap left by radio as a medium for exercising the imagination" So what? Something fills the gap but probably people are not interested in picturing dramatic elements?
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30 Apr 2019, 08:22
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I can't grasp why D. As I've understood, the argument says that viewers do exercises of imagination merely less frequently; it doesn't mean that people stopped doing the picturing. If we negate option D, it says "something fills the gap left by radio as a medium for exercising the imagination" So what? Something fills the gap but probably people are not interested in picturing dramatic elements?

The author states : People are not using creative power/imagination for visualizing characters’ physical appearances and spatial relationships in today’s generation of television viewers as they did during the radio listeners of earlier times...

Now comes the point : Mark the word , today’s generation of television viewers , it doesn't mention TV viewers, it generalizes hence, generation of television viewers may include iPad users , smartphones users , PC users , etc. and mark my words there are opportunities for imagination....

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Thus, (D) can not be negated and must be our Answer !!!!
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