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# Many nursing homes have prohibitions against having pets, and these

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06 Oct 2018, 08:52
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Many nursing homes have prohibitions against having pets, and these should be lifted. The presence of an animal companion can yield health benefits by reducing a person’s stress. A pet can also make one’s time at a home more rewarding, which will be important to more people as the average life span of our population increases.

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the conclusion drawn in the argument above?

(A) As the average life span increases, it will be important to more people that life in nursing homes be rewarding.
(B) Residents of nursing homes should enjoy the same rewarding aspects of life as anyone else.
(C) The policy that many nursing homes have should be changed so that residents are allowed to have pets.
(D) Having a pet can reduce one’s stress and thereby make one a healthier person.
(E) The benefits older people derive from having pets need to be recognized, especially as the average life span increases.

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06 Oct 2018, 13:00
Akela wrote:
Many nursing homes have prohibitions against having pets, and these should be lifted. The presence of an animal companion can yield health benefits by reducing a person’s stress. A pet can also make one’s time at a home more rewarding, which will be important to more people as the average life span of our population increases.

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the conclusion drawn in the argument above?

(A) As the average life span increases, it will be important to more people that life in nursing homes be rewarding.
(B) Residents of nursing homes should enjoy the same rewarding aspects of life as anyone else.
(C) The policy that many nursing homes have should be changed so that residents are allowed to have pets.
(D) Having a pet can reduce one’s stress and thereby make one a healthier person.
(E) The benefits older people derive from having pets need to be recognized, especially as the average life span increases.

LSAT

Let's break down our passage:
1. Prohibitions against pets in nursing homes should be lifted (because of):
a. presence of animal companions --> less stress
b. have a pet --> time at home more rewarding (important due to lifespan increase)

We're asked about the conclusion of the argument. As the chain of logic presented is very clear, we'll first go the Precise route of inferring a likely answer. In this case, our answer choice will likely talk about how pets improve life quality in various ways and therefore the prohibitions against them in nursing homes should be lifted. This is exactly what (C) tells us and it is therefore our answer. Note that even though some of the other answer choices mention the right keywords ('pets', 'stress', 'lifespan') none put them together in the right order and scope.

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09 Oct 2018, 05:33
DavidTutorexamPAL wrote:
Akela wrote:
Many nursing homes have prohibitions against having pets, and these should be lifted. The presence of an animal companion can yield health benefits by reducing a person’s stress. A pet can also make one’s time at a home more rewarding, which will be important to more people as the average life span of our population increases.

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the conclusion drawn in the argument above?

(A) As the average life span increases, it will be important to more people that life in nursing homes be rewarding.
(B) Residents of nursing homes should enjoy the same rewarding aspects of life as anyone else.
(C) The policy that many nursing homes have should be changed so that residents are allowed to have pets.
(D) Having a pet can reduce one’s stress and thereby make one a healthier person.
(E) The benefits older people derive from having pets need to be recognized, especially as the average life span increases.

LSAT

Let's break down our passage:
1. Prohibitions against pets in nursing homes should be lifted (because of):
a. presence of animal companions --> less stress
b. have a pet --> time at home more rewarding (important due to lifespan increase)

We're asked about the conclusion of the argument. As the chain of logic presented is very clear, we'll first go the Precise route of inferring a likely answer. In this case, our answer choice will likely talk about how pets improve life quality in various ways and therefore the prohibitions against them in nursing homes should be lifted. This is exactly what (C) tells us and it is therefore our answer. Note that even though some of the other answer choices mention the right keywords ('pets', 'stress', 'lifespan') none put them together in the right order and scope.

I have eliminated C as it was repetitive. Also, former part of the choice talks about nursing homes and the latter part about residents. This clearly doesn't make any sense. Selected the second best option E, coincidentally the most selected second best option.
Are LSAT questions atleast somewhat helpful for practice?
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11 Oct 2018, 23:28
Hi akshaykotha,

If you're running out of official GMNAT questions, then LSAT questions are the next best questions to practice on. Read here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/experts-topi ... 39365.html
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12 Oct 2018, 01:57
Thanks for those links. I actually postponed solving official questions. Come to think of solving LSAT questions, they are somewhat indirect in scope and reasoning unlike official questions. My only apprehension is those questions shouldn't hamper the line of thinking. If it happened, it will take some time to unlearn them - bad habits.
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12 Oct 2018, 02:48
Akela wrote:
Many nursing homes have prohibitions against having pets, and these should be lifted. The presence of an animal companion can yield health benefits by reducing a person’s stress. A pet can also make one’s time at a home more rewarding, which will be important to more people as the average life span of our population increases.

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the conclusion drawn in the argument above?

(A) As the average life span increases, it will be important to more people that life in nursing homes be rewarding.
(B) Residents of nursing homes should enjoy the same rewarding aspects of life as anyone else.
(C) The policy that many nursing homes have should be changed so that residents are allowed to have pets.
(D) Having a pet can reduce one’s stress and thereby make one a healthier person.
(E) The benefits older people derive from having pets need to be recognized, especially as the average life span increases.

LSAT

Premises:
- Many nursing homes have prohibitions against having pets,
- The presence of an animal companion can yield health benefits by reducing a person’s stress.
- A pet can also make one’s time at a home more rewarding, which will be important to more people as the average life span of our population increases.

Conclusion:
Prohibitions against pets should be lifted.

This is option (C)
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22 Oct 2018, 11:14
PowerScore Complete Question Explanation

Main Point. The correct answer choice is (C)

Main Point questions often contain conclusion or premise indicators (such as “since” or “therefore”)
which indicate the role played by a given statement in the argument. This stimulus, however, has no
such words. In order to determine which statements are premises and which is the main point, it is
useful to ask which statements can be used as support. After reading a statement that might be the
conclusion, determine if any other statements are used to explain that statement. Statements which
are given without further support or justification are often premises, and supported statements are
typically primary or intermediate conclusions.

For example, you could ask why the prohibitions against having pets should be lifted. The next
two sentences provide benefits to lifting the prohibition. Conversely, asking why the presence of
animal companions reduces stress or why having rewarding time at home is important to an aging
population is fruitless. These statements are presented as premises and have no further support.

Answer choice (A): This answer fails the “why” test. There is no support for it and it is not the result
of the author’s argumentation.

Answer choice (B): This answer is not even implied in the argument, let alone the conclusion. The
author does argue for removing the prohibition against pets in nursing homes as part of a broader
appeal for equal treatment of nursing home residents.

Answer choice (C): This is the correct answer choice. This is main point of the argument and the
conclusion for which health benefits and rewarding time at a home are offered as premises.

Answer choice (D): This is a premise and also fails the “why” test. The author does not explain or
attempt to justify this statement.

The author is narrowly focused on persuading her audience to allow pets at nursing homes rather
than arguing about the benefits of pets to the older population overall.

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