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# Millions of people worldwide play multiplayer online games. They each

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Can anyone explain the answer of question 2?]

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2. Which one of the following most accurately expresses how the use of the phrase “skinning animals” in passage A (line 24) relates to the use of the phrase “fish pulled from the ocean” in passage B (line 49)?

Difficulty Level: 600

Explanation

This question is asking how each phrase is used in its respective passage. Passage A offers “skinning animals” as an example of an activity within a game that creates wealth. Passage B offers “fish pulled from the ocean” as an example of noncash property that requires effort to obtain and is not taxed until sale.

A. No. While this is an accurate description of passage A’s discussion of the first phrase, this answer does not reflect passage B’s discussion of the fish pulled from the ocean as property (and therefore a form of wealth).

B. Yes. This accurately captures the idea that passage A offers “skinning animals” as an example of an activity within a game that creates wealth and that passage B offers “fish pulled from the ocean” as an example of noncash property that requires effort to obtain and is not taxed until sale.

C. No. The author of passage B does not believe that acquisitions in game worlds should be taxed.

D. No. The author of passage B does not believe that fish pulled from the ocean should be taxed.

E. No. Passage B’s discussion of pulling fish from the ocean refers to a real world activity rather than a game world activity.

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Can anyone explain the answer of question 4?
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Can anyone explain the answer of question 4?

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4. Based on what can be inferred from their titles, the relationship between which one of the following pairs of documents is most analogous to the relationship between passage A and passage B?

Difficulty Level: 700

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The question is asking for an analogous relationship to that of passage A and passage B, specifically that passage A introduces a discovery and passage B discusses one legal issue that the discovery raises. (Note: You can approach this question similarly to a Parallel the Reasoning Arguments question.)

A. No. The second title should refer to some kind of legal analysis of the discovery in the first title.

B. No. The first title should refer to a discovery.

C. No. The second title should refer to some kind of legal analysis of the discovery in the first title.

D. Yes. The first title mentions a discovery and the second mentions legal analysis of that title.

E. No. The passages do not suggest that the idea that multiplayer online games have economies is renegade or unorthodox. Also, the second title should refer to some kind of legal analysis of the discovery in the first title.

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Please provide the OA for question 5. On what basis can we say that the source for passage A is "a magazine article addressed to a general audience"? Please explain. Thanks!
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Please provide the OA for question 5. On what basis can we say that the source for passage A is "a magazine article addressed to a general audience"? Please explain. Thanks!

Based on passage A, we can say that there are no technical terms used in entire passage. So, we can infer that this passage is addressed to a general audience. Also, I don't see other options are better than option A.
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can you explain question 6
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Anshuman22mishra wrote:
can you explain question 6

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6. Which one of the following most accurately describes the relationship between the two passages?

Difficulty Level: 700

Explanation

The question asks for the relationship between the two passages. The correct answer will reflect that passage A introduces the idea that transactions within multiplayer online games are a form of economy, and passage B takes that idea one step farther and considers the tax implications.

A. Yes. This accurately describes the relationship between the passages.

B. No. This answer does not reflect that passage A discusses a new idea.

C. No. While multiplayer online gaming might be considered a subculture, passage A discusses a discovery about that subculture rather than reporting on it, and passage B discusses tax issues, not policing.

D. No. Passage A discusses one economist’s discovery and neither passage discusses what a common interpretation would be.

E. No. Passage A discusses a discovery, and passage B discusses real issues that arise from that discovery.

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Paragraph Summaries
Passage A

Description of online multiplayer games.
Edward Castronova notices that games have economies.
Castronova realized that players auction video game goods on online auction sites.
Video game players are creating real world wealth.

Passage B

Most games ban players from trading game items for money.
Questions about taxation of video game goods.
In-game only wealth should be treated like gathering fish: taxed only upon sale.
We should tax the sale of items earned in game. This prevents virtual tax shelters and is in line with tax policy.

Analysis
These two passages are completely different in tone, yet many students do not notice the difference. If you struggle with tone and author’s opinion questions, you should go over these passages with a fine toothed comb. Look for every word that indicates emotion or value judgement.

The first passage has a tone of excited discovery. Wow, look! There’s an economy here. This is so cool guys! Oh my god, they’re selling things! For money! Woooooo, economics!!

I’m exaggerating, but this passage is about as enthusiastic as LSAT reading comprehension passages will get. Take a look at the first sentence of paragraph 4 of passage A: “….Castronova stared…..he realized with a shock what he was looking at.”

Emphasis mine. I’ve never seen the LSAT describe someone as shocked, or experiencing any extreme emotion. This passage is astonishingly high on the LSAT emotional scale.

Notice that Castronova’s article was published in 2004. I was at university in 2004. We had desktop computers, and no one had cellphones. I think I had gotten a high speed internet connection six years prior.

So, massive online games were very new. This article reflects that newness. An economist was only just noticing that these games have economies, and he wasn’t looking for economies within the games. It was a surprise discovery.

The tone of passage B is very different. This article was published in 2007. The world has had three years to catch up to the fact that games have economies. Now the legal system has taken notice of online games. This paper discusses how to tax online game assets.

Tax policy? Bleh, so dull. In 2004 players would have been shocked that the government would take an interest in their games. But now (2014 at the time of writing) it’s obvious that game earnings have real value, and passage B reflects an early version of this understanding.

As for the content of passage B, the argument seems rather sensible. The author argues for a clean division between games as entertainment and games as centers of e-commerce.

This passage is interesting in that five out of seven questions are entirely based on the main point of each passage and the relationship between them. One question (number 8) is partially based on this, and only question 13 is based on specific details.

On every passage, you should ask yourself “why are they telling me this”. It’s a useful question everywhere. But on these passages, it’s essential.

Find all the answer here: https://lsathacks.com/explanations/lsat ... passage-2/
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Hey guy! Could anyone explain please the no. 5 ? It's not clear for me to understand the A choice instead of B.
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Hey guy! Could anyone explain please the no. 5 ? It's not clear for me to understand the A choice instead of B.

A question asking about the source of a passage is best approached by considering the scope and tone of the passage. Look for clues in the passage about where it might have come from. Here, passage A is approachable, lacking technical language, and is positive in tone. Passage B notes that “this article will argue” an issue of tax law.

A. Yes. Passage A is approachable, lacking technical language, and is positive in tone. Passage B notes that “this article will argue” an issue of tax law.

B. No. Passage A lacks technical language, and passage B discusses points of tax law that would likely be inaccessible to a general audience.
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ArtemNYC wrote:
Hey guy! Could anyone explain please the no. 5 ? It's not clear for me to understand the A choice instead of B.

A question asking about the source of a passage is best approached by considering the scope and tone of the passage. Look for clues in the passage about where it might have come from. Here, passage A is approachable, lacking technical language, and is positive in tone. Passage B notes that “this article will argue” an issue of tax law.

A. Yes. Passage A is approachable, lacking technical language, and is positive in tone. Passage B notes that “this article will argue” an issue of tax law.

B. No. Passage A lacks technical language, and passage B discusses points of tax law that would likely be inaccessible to a general audience.

Thank you! Now it's clear.
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Can anyone explain for Q1?­
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Nikkz99 wrote:
Can anyone explain for Q1?­

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­1. Which one of the following pairs of titles would be most appropriate for passage A and passage B, respectively?

Explanation

A. No. While there is a brief mention of intellectual property in the first paragraph, passage B focuses on tax issues. This answer choice’s description of passage A is also too broad; the passage considers only Castronova’s brief thoughts about economies within multiplayer online games.

B. Yes. This answer choice reflects passage A’s focus on multiplayer online games as economies and passage B’s focus on tax issues within those games.

C. No. While there is a brief mention of the popularity of multiplayer online games, passage A is focused on the economic activity within those games. Passage B focuses only on one area of the law—taxation.

D. No. Passage A notes that people can exchange virtual goods for real currency but does not instruct people how to do so. Passage B argues against taxing transactions of virtual goods.

E. No. While passage A does discuss a new type of economy, passage B does not argue that multiplayer online games should be a revenue source.