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16 Jan 2013, 08:14
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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.
Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?
(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

OA to this is C and here is my reasoning for each choice:

(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
Most is the killer here. We don't know whether most are sure to get solved or author let them be unsolved.

(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
How do we come to know how the people solve these mysteries, its not mentioned.

(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
Inclusion of the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery and how does he do that: by picking on the same clues that detective is picking. So all such stories which have a dull companion will be giving us clues enough to reveal the mystery. Hence, we are safe with "Some" here.

(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
This choice means the author always succeeds in diverting the attention from the brilliant detective. We are told he intends to, not that he succeeds.

(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.
Dull guy does not pick wrong clues, he is just too bad with inferences.
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18 Jan 2013, 19:50
The penny just dropped in my head: I think that this is an LSAT question. First of all, it walks like one and quacks like one. Second, I am almost certain that I have seen it before. It cannot be a real GMAT question, because GMAC doesn’t allow Powerscore, Kaplan or anyone to reprint their questions. That means it has to be either a question created by Powerscore, or a reprinted LSAT question. I’ve never even picked up a Powerscore book, so if I have indeed seen it before, then it can only be an LSAT question.

As my fellow Kaplan instructor testluv said, the stimulus (paragraph) for an Inference question does not need to have a conclusion. Some of them do, but a great many do not. The important principles for analyzing these questions are (1) we must assume that every statement in the stimulus is true; (2) the correct answer is a statement that is FORCED to be true if the stimulus is true, not a statement that is likely or possible if the stimulus is true; and (3) the reasoning that forces the correct answer to be true does NOT have to use all the information in the stimulus.

In this question, the stimulus tells us that for some subset of mystery stories (the word “often” tells us that we are looking at a subset which consists of anywhere from one to 100% of mystery stories), “clues are presented in the story”; both the detective and the companion infer solutions from these clues; and readers have “a chance to solve the mystery”. The fact that readers have “a chance” means that finding the correct solution must be possible, based on the clues provided. That is answer (C).

None of the other answers are forced to be true by the information in the stimulus, although some are possible or likely. (A) is based on some specific word definitions that the LSAT uses (some might say “abuses”) to an extreme degree. For LSAT purposes, the word “often” in the stimulus means the same as “some”, “many” or “a few”. That is, it means “one or more”, all the way up to 100% of whatever it is. But (again for LSAT purposes) the word “most” in (A) very specifically means AT LEAST 50% + 1 – that is, at least a majority. So the statement in the stimulus saying that a brilliant detective “often” solves the mystery absolutely fails to prove that this happens in a MAJORITY of mystery stories – which is what (A) says.

There is simply no evidence about (B), one way or the other. Nothing in the paragraph gives any information about HOW readers solve the mystery. Certainly they COULD do it by recognizing the companion’s mistakes, but they could also do it by other means, such as duplicating the detective’s reasoning.

There is also no evidence at all about (D). Nothing in the paragraph says that the detective’s actions “divert” readers from anything. In fact, nothing in the paragraph says anything about how the detective’s actions affect readers in any way. This is a “bait” question: It simply throws in the word “divert” so that you recognize the same word from the paragraph, swallow the bait and the hook, get thrown into the icebox, and end up pan-fried in olive oil with a squeeze of lemon.

(E) actually contradicts part of the stimulus. The stimulus says that both the detective and the companion use the SAME clues. Because the detective gets the right solution, we know that the clues THEMSELVES cannot be “misleading”, as (E) claims some of them are.

One of the biggest difficulties that students have with Inference questions is trying to be too intelligent. Inferences in the GMAT and LSAT are absolutely NOT like inferences in an episode of House or an Inspector Morse mystery: They are not brilliant leaps of intuition that go far beyond the known facts and eventually turn out to be true – as long as the end of the show is less than 10 minutes away, that is. Inferences in the GMAT and LSAT are things that are FORCED to be true by the known facts, which means that they are almost always boring, and sometimes VERY boring.

To illustrate the difference between what we usually think of as “inferences” and what these tests mean by “inferences”, I use the following short exercise with my students. First, I write these two sentences on the board:

Madame LaPouffe has a pet named Fifi.
Fifi is not a cat.

Then I ask who has a picture of Fifi in his/her head, right now. I ask what Fifi looks like. As you would expect, Fifi usually looks like a fluffy white French poodle, probably wearing pink bows or ribbons. Now I point out that this picture of Fifi is what we would call an inference in NORMAL life: It’s a pretty reasonable guess about what Fifi is likely to be. But on the GMAT or LSAT, what can we infer about Fifi? Absolutely nothing. All we know is that Fifi is a pet, but not a cat.
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18 Jan 2013, 22:39
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To illustrate the difference between what we usually think of as “inferences” and what these tests mean by “inferences”, I use the following short exercise with my students. First, I write these two sentences on the board:

Madame LaPouffe has a pet named Fifi.
Fifi is not a cat.

Then I ask who has a picture of Fifi in his/her head, right now. I ask what Fifi looks like. As you would expect, Fifi usually looks like a fluffy white French poodle, probably wearing pink bows or ribbons. Now I point out that this picture of Fifi is what we would call an inference in NORMAL life: It’s a pretty reasonable guess about what Fifi is likely to be. But on the GMAT or LSAT, what can we infer about Fifi? Absolutely nothing. All we know is that Fifi is a pet, but not a cat.

I think we can also infer that Madame LaPouffe has a pet other than cat. You might say obvious but that's what one of those options could be.
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18 Jan 2013, 23:30
noboru wrote:
Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.
Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?
(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

IMO: C

(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story. It is not mentioned anywhere specifically in the argument.
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story. Mystery can also be solved by reasoning of brilliant detective. Unsure of this specific argument.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery. It is the generic argument and can not be false.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion. It can be true, but such fact is not mentioned in the argument.
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution. It may not be always true.
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19 Jan 2013, 00:24
Correction to my long post: (D) is a bait ANSWER, not a bait question. (obviously)
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21 Jan 2013, 21:11
It turns out that this IS an LSAT question. PrepTest 38 (from October 2002), Section 1, question 15. Many LSAT "logical reasoning" questions can serve as good GMAT "critical reasoning" practice, because the fundamental concepts of argument structure are the same in both tests. Unfortunately, I don't think this question was a good choice. There are a few concepts that the LSAT uses heavily, but the GMAT uses very rarely or not at all. The difference between "most/a majority" and "some/many/often", which is critical for eliminating choice (A), is one of these concepts.
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10 Jul 2013, 13:38
what is the OA my ans is E, i am not convinced with B or A , plz explain the correct ans
What does the ans choice look for when it is asking to 'support the information above'
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what is the OA my ans is E, i am not convinced with B or A , plz explain the correct ans
What does the ans choice look for when it is asking to 'support the information above'

Hi ruchikaarya41.

I'm glad to help. OA is C. The question is "inferred question". You must use information from the stimulus to infer a correct answer. So be aware that No new info accepted.

ANALYZE THE STIMULUS:

Fact 1: Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion
Fact 2: Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution.
Conclusion: the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.

(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
Wrong.The stimulus does say “most”.

(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
Wrong. The stimulus does not say “readers often solve….”. The stimulus only says there is a chance for readers to solve the mystery.

(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
Correct. The conclusion says: “the author’s strategy gives readers a chance to solve the mystery” ==> C is a paraphrase of the conclusion.

(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
Wrong. Nothing about “detective rarely divert readers from the action of the dull companion” ==> Wrong.

(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.
Wrong. SHELL GAME. This is a reverse answer. The stimulus says: the dull companion generally explores the clues that may help readers to get the correct solution. But E says: the dull companion generally explores the clues that divert readers from the correct solution ==> E means: the clues avoid readers from getting the correct solutions ==> Wrong.

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OA is C by the way. checked through MGMAT Forum
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A has the problem "Most" the stimulus is "Often"
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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.
Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?
In this we need to look for a statement that best supports either of these:
• Dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery
• Dull Companion also diverts the readers from correct solution
• Dull companion usually uses the same clues used by brilliant detective to infer an inaccurate solution

Options:
(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story. – Information already given in paragraph not a supporting statement
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story. - Information does not support any of the above points.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery. – could support point 1 but can not support all the cases as it says “some mystery stories” also does not talk about dull companion
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion. – This statement ofcourse supports point no 2 and does not contradict any other point
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution. - – this cannot be the solution as the statement itself says that the detective uses the same clues as used by brilliant detective. So clues used by brilliant detective cannot be misleading. Thus this contradicts point 3
Hence D
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The ans is definitely E

We are talking about the dull companion.
A is correct but by the POE we will give more preference to 'E' as that is the main topic of discussion.
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The ans is definitely E

We are talking about the dull companion.
A is correct but by the POE we will give more preference to 'E' as that is the main topic of discussion.
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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution. Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

a) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.

b) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.

c) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.

d) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.

e) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.
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The thing is that "most" has a formal logical meaning: it means "more than 50%." Therefore, unless we can clarify that more than half of all the mystery stories in the world match the description in the stimulus, we can't choose (A).

For example, it would be acceptable to say that "NBA players are often over 7 feet in height." There certainly are a lot more 7+ feet people in the NBA than in the regular population! However, it would be inaccurate to say that "most NBA players are over 7 feet in height," since the majority of players aren't.

Similarly, if you see the word "most" in a stimulus, it gives you a lot of information. If I tell you that "Most race-car drivers have one-syllable names," you can deduce that "There are more race-car drivers with one-syllable names than there are with three-syllable names." It's a very powerful word!

Notice the word "some" in the correct answer choice. This is exactly the kind of word you're looking for in an Inference Question (much like the equally good word, "can"). The only formal logical definition of "some" is "more than zero," so as long as we have evidence that one such mystery story matches the description above (we do know this much from the stimulus), it's acceptable.

Takeaways:

1) The words "some" and "can" imply any number, one or more. That's all they imply, so they give very little information if they appear in the stimulus, and are very commonly found in right answers on Inference questions.

2) The word "most" implies greater than half, so if it appears in the stimulus, it tells you a lot, and if it appears in an answer choice, it needs specific evidence to support it.

3) The words "often" and "many" don't really have any formal definition -- don't ascribe to them anything beyond the meaning of "some."
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Thank you Souvik, It is truly a fantastic explanation. Yet, I am little perplexed with the colored word. Did you really mean "can" or you meant to say "may". If it is "can", would you explain why you think it is equally powerful word, like "some" ?

Notice the word "some" in the correct answer choice. This is exactly the kind of word you're looking for in an Inference Question (much like the equally good word, "can"). The only formal logical definition of "some" is "more than zero," so as long as we have evidence that one such mystery story matches the description above (we do know this much from the stimulus), it's acceptable.

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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion.
Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution.
Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

a) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(detective uses to deduce the correct solution but not mentioned whether he solves the mystery.)

b) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
(Opposite. it is mentioned that readers often get diverted with dull's story but Nowhere it is mentioned that )

c) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(They offer same enough clues to everyone including detective, his assistant and reader.)

d) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
(opposite it diverts and clarifies the mystery)

e) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.(opposite dull companion diverts us)

souvik101990 can you analyse my explanation for all options and tell me whether I got wrong anywhere?
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2) The word "most" implies greater than half, so if it appears in the stimulus, it tells you a lot, and if it appears in an answer choice, it needs specific evidence to support it.

3) The words "often" and "many" don't really have any formal definition -- don't ascribe to them anything beyond the meaning of "some."

While your explanation seems very good, I'm not able to overcome my confusion in which I feel the meaning of the words most , often and many is almost same.
While at-least often and many mean a lot of things, you say they sound nothing beyond some.
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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution. Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

a) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.

b) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.

c) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.

d) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.

e) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution. Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

a) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story. Does not tell us anything about the readers perspective

b) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.Nowhere it is said the the readers will solve the mystery. The argument just mentions that the readers have a chance and the dull companion diverts them

c) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.Correct. As souvik mentioned, some is the right indicative in such kind of questions. It correctly indicates that the some mystery stories may give the readers clues to infer the correct solution. The readers may or may not be mislead but they still have chance

d) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.Actually weakens the argument

e) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.The split is between C and E. However it points out that the dull companion misleads the reader, it nowhere indicates that readers still have chance at solving the mystery from the clues in the story which is pointed out by C.
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