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The distinctive yellow-green colors of Vincent van Gogh's paintings may have resulted from now known side effects of the drug digitalis. Digitalis was a commonly prescribed drug during the time van Gogh lived, and in portraits of the physician who treated van Gogh, he is holding a branch of foxglove, the plant from which digitalis is made.

The point of the passage is made primarily by
A) presenting clear evidence of cause and effect
B) presenting circumstantial evidence
C) connecting digitalis to van Gogh's paintings
D) citing specific documentary evidence
E) referring to opinions of established authorities
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08 Jun 2004, 13:59
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I will explain if it is correct
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08 Jun 2004, 14:12
What kind of CR is this.
Who is holding the plant. The physician ?
Unless the drug some how got into the paiting because Von Gogh was using it and the paint brush also had some contact with the drug there is no possibility that painting would change color.

(C) makes some connection but unbelievable connection.
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08 Jun 2004, 14:46
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B&D - the two other choices are looked at, seem to be identical to me
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08 Jun 2004, 18:19
The point of the passage is - The yellow-green color in VG's painting may be due to Drug Digitalis.
How is the author making this point? by providing evidences
A- not A because there is no clear indication of the cause(because VG used Drug Ditialis in his paintings) and the effect (the yellow green color in VG's paintings)
B- circumstantial evidence is indirect evidence. It is the cirumstances that surrond the facts that can be used to prove a point. In our case- Dr's potrait happen to have the plant from which the drug is made. Therefore VG used it in his painting. a good try but is still too far fetched.
so B maybe.
C - yes, its clear that there is connection between Drug and VG's paintings but I am not convinced if that is strong evidence to prove the point.
D- I strongly feel that the author is proving the point by citing some form of documented evidence ( Dr's potrait with the plant from which the drug is made-Dr is VG's physician). Whether we are convinced is another issue but the author is making a point by citing specific documented facts.
E- is out of scope.
so between B and D, I tend to choose D
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08 Jun 2004, 20:12
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The point of the passage is - The yellow-green color in VG's painting may be due to Drug Digitalis.
How is the author making this point? by providing evidences
A- not A because there is no clear indication of the cause(because VG used Drug Ditialis in his paintings) and the effect (the yellow green color in VG's paintings)
B- circumstantial evidence is indirect evidence. It is the cirumstances that surrond the facts that can be used to prove a point. In our case- Dr's potrait happen to have the plant from which the drug is made. Therefore VG used it in his painting. a good try but is still too far fetched.
so B maybe.
C - yes, its clear that there is connection between Drug and VG's paintings but I am not convinced if that is strong evidence to prove the point.
D- I strongly feel that the author is proving the point by citing some form of documented evidence ( Dr's potrait with the plant from which the drug is made-Dr is VG's physician). Whether we are convinced is another issue but the author is making a point by citing specific documented facts.
E- is out of scope.
so between B and D, I tend to choose D

I'll go with C
I agree with ur point on D ... but shouldn't we consider this to be out of scope?
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09 Jun 2004, 01:12
Anonymous wrote:
The point of the passage is - The yellow-green color in VG's painting may be due to Drug Digitalis.
How is the author making this point? by providing evidences
A- not A because there is no clear indication of the cause(because VG used Drug Ditialis in his paintings) and the effect (the yellow green color in VG's paintings)
B- circumstantial evidence is indirect evidence. It is the cirumstances that surrond the facts that can be used to prove a point. In our case- Dr's potrait happen to have the plant from which the drug is made. Therefore VG used it in his painting. a good try but is still too far fetched.
so B maybe.
C - yes, its clear that there is connection between Drug and VG's paintings but I am not convinced if that is strong evidence to prove the point.
D- I strongly feel that the author is proving the point by citing some form of documented evidence ( Dr's potrait with the plant from which the drug is made-Dr is VG's physician). Whether we are convinced is another issue but the author is making a point by citing specific documented facts.
E- is out of scope.
so between B and D, I tend to choose D

The author ventures that a certain drug may have inspired VGâ€™s paintings. It is clear that s/he does not have any solid evidence that would stand in court; note the choice of words. Yes, digitalis was a commonly prescribed drug but whether VG used it at all or was addicted to it we cannot ascertain. Yes, some doctor treated VG, but whether VG was treated from one disease or other we have no way of knowing. Yes, the good doctor is holding a bunch of flowers from which the drug is made, but to say that this is documentary evidence of some sort or that there is a double-entendre would be making unwarranted inferences. I believe this is exactly what they call circumstantial evidence (B). Just my two cents.

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09 Jun 2004, 03:25
My choice (B),
(D) is close but I don't believe that it is correct because passage doesn't connect digitalis to van Gogh's paintings, passage merely states that it is evident that the cause of Van Gogh's specific color effects were generated by digitalis held by physician(I presume) and this was just circumstantial(the tone of passage sounds like it).

What's the OA.
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09 Jun 2004, 06:12
well, B is OA on this one. This is Peterson's LSAT question. There are no official explanations given but I am not too fond of this question either. I'll try to find some better ones next time

PS nice reasoning ob
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10 Jun 2004, 19:37
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The distinctive yellow-green colors of Vincent van Gogh's paintings may have resulted from now known side effects of the drug digitalis. Digitalis was a commonly prescribed drug during the time van Gogh lived, and in portraits of the physician who treated van Gogh, he is holding a branch of foxglove, the plant from which digitalis is made.

This sentence uses modifiers wrongly, got B, anyway.
author tried a nexus between the drug and the effect. From the last sentence it can be inferred that foxglove would have caused the effect and the painting testifies the presence of foxglove during Gogh's time. [/quote]
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