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It is highly likely that Claudette is a classical pianist. Like most classical pianists, Claudette recognizes many of Clara Schumann's works. The vast majority of people who are not classical pianists do not. in fact, many people who are not classical pianists have not even heard of Clara Schumann.


The reasoning in the argument above is flawed in that:

(A) ignores the possibility that Claudette is more familiar with the works of other composers of music for piano
(B) presumes, without providing justification, that people who have not heard of Clara Schumann do not recognize her works
(C) presumes, without providing justification, that classical pianists cannot also play other musical instruments
(D) relies for its plausibility on the vagueness of the term "classical"
(E) ignores the possibility that the majority of people who recognize many of Clara Schumann's works are not classical pianists.

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It is highly likely that Claudette is a classical pianist. Like most classical pianists, Claudette recognizes many of Clara Schumann's works. The vast majority of people who are not classical pianists do not. in fact, many people who are not classical pianists have not even heard of Clara Schumann.


The reasoning in the argument above is flawed in that:

(A) ignores the possibility that Claudette is more familiar with the works of other composers of music for piano
(B) presumes, without providing justification, that people who have not heard of Clara Schumann do not recognize her works
(C) presumes, without providing justification, that classical pianists cannot also play other musical instruments
(D) relies for its plausibility on the vagueness of the term "classical"
(E) ignores the possibility that the majority of people who recognize many of Clara Schumann's works are not classical pianists.

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IMO, answer is E

(A) ignores the possibility that Claudette is more familiar with the works of other composers of music for piano
- Incorrect. Claudette being familiar with works of other composers is irrelevant to this Argument.
(B) presumes, without providing justification, that people who have not heard of Clara Schumann do not recognize her works
- Incorrect. If people don't know about Clara then how will they recognize that it is her work
(C) presumes, without providing justification, that classical pianists cannot also play other musical instruments
- Incorrect. Classical pianists playing other instruments is irrelevant to the argument.
(D) relies for its plausibility on the vagueness of the term "classical"
- Incorrect. The reasoning is not about the term "Classical"
(E) ignores the possibility that the majority of people who recognize many of Clara Schumann's works are not classical pianists.
- Correct. This can be true. People who recognize many of Clara Schumann's works are not classical pianists. Author ignores this possibility in his reasoning.
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Good job on the expalanation, Akash720!

For all those who attempted the question, good job as well! Nearly a 75% correct rate is impressive. Here is an explanation from Powerscore if there is still confusion: https://forum.powerscore.com/lsat/viewtopic.php?t=10245

As always, feel free to ask clarifying questions!
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Good job on the expalanation, Akash720!

For all those who attempted the question, good job as well! Nearly a 75% correct rate is impressive. Here is an explanation from Powerscore if there is still confusion: https://forum.powerscore.com/lsat/viewtopic.php?t=10245

As always, feel free to ask clarifying questions!


Very intersting question, the explanation matches a theory described in the book "Thinking fast and slow", something which helped my logical thinking quite a bit.

It is cool to see a real life application of these concepts, I went with E following that approach and it worked out.
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