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Novel X and Novel Y are both semiautobiographical novels and contain

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Novel X and Novel Y are both semiautobiographical novels and contain many very similar themes and situations, which might lead one to suspect plagiarism on the part of one of the authors. However, it is more likely that the similarity of themes and situations in the two novels is merely coincidental, since both authors are from very similar backgrounds and have led similar lives.

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


(A) Novel X and Novel Y are both semiautobiographical novels, and the two novels contain many very similar themes and situations.

(B) The fact that Novel X and Novel Y are both semiautobiographical novels and contain many very similar themes and situations might lead one to suspect plagiarism on the part of one of the authors.

(C) The author of Novel X and the author of Novel Y are from very similar backgrounds and have led very similar lives.

(D) It is less likely that one of the authors of Novel X or Novel Y is guilty of plagiarism than that the similarity of themes and situations in the two novels is merely coincidental.

(E) If the authors of Novel X and Novel Y are from very similar backgrounds and have led similar lives, suspicions that either of the authors plagiarized are very likely to be unwarranted.
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A, B and C are almost out of scope, as they are restating what is already called in the statement. D is very close, whereas D goes for the groundless logic which is not true.
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New post 06 Feb 2011, 16:58
yea this lsat is tough, i got to the answer by POE. regarding (A) and (C), these are restating the premises, so i fig'ed neither can be a good conclusion.
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The question ask for the main conclusion or main point of the stimulus. A, B, and C only restate the premises. So it's between D and E. E goes too far "suspicions that either of the authors plagiarized are very likely to be unwarranted"
In contrast, D is a paraphrase of the conclusion. Thus, I pick D.

(D) It is less likely that one of the authors of Novel X or Novel Y is guilty of plagiarism than that the similarity of themes and
situations in the two novels is merely coincidental.

(E) If the authors of Novel X and Novel Y are from very similar backgrounds and have led similar lives, suspicions that either of the authors plagiarized are very likely to be unwarranted.

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conclusion: it is more likely that the similarity of themes and situations in the two novels is merely coincidental

exactly what D says.
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I have eliminated choice A, B, and C. However, when filtering between choice D and E, I get a fault, reading reversely the meaning of choice D.
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Reading through the thread, I don't think anyone really gave a reason why (E) didn't work, so I'll give my two cents :).

(D) is clearly the answer - as many have pointed out - because it succinctly sums up the conclusion: the similarities in the novel are more likely based on coincidence than on plagiarism.

(E) If the authors of Novel X and Novel Y are from very similar backgrounds and have led similar lives, suspicions that either of the authors plagiarized are very likely to be unwarranted.

'If' suggests that the author may not have lived similar lines. That the authors lived similar lives is no 'if' statement. The argument clearly says that they lived similar lives. What conclusion does the argument draw from this fact? That the similarities are likely to be coincidental. Hence (D).
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Answer is D : (D) It is less likely that one of the authors of Novel X or Novel Y is guilty of plagiarism than that the similarity of themes and
situations in the two novels is merely coincidental.

A B and C are directly stated and not captures all parts of the conclusion.
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A, B, C are reinstatement of the premise. D and E present a generic conclusion. however, I discarded E for the use of the word unwarranted. Hence, D
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New post 05 Jun 2019, 14:24
I rejected e because it contains "if".

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