D. Main Point Questions
In MAIN POINT questions, you have to identify the conclusion of an argument. You are trying to find the author's point and should approach this question in a similar way to the reading comprehension main point questions. They come in several different formats:
- The main point of the passage is that...
- Which of the following statements about... is best supported by the statements above?
- Which of the following best states the author's conclusion in the passage above?
- Which of the following conclusions can be most properly drawn from the data above?
The conclusion of arguments in Main Point questions is usually not directly stated. To find the conclusion, identify the premises and then identify the conclusion drawn from the premises. Main Point questions differ from the other Critical Reasoning questions in that the argument in the stimulus is usually valid. (In most other Critical Reasoning questions the reasoning is flawed.)
How to approach Main Point Questions:
- Analyze scope: main point junk answers will typically go outside the direct scope of the passage. Be careful to look directly at the scope of the question. Main Point answers must be within the scope of the passage. Your opinions or information outside of the passage are always outside of the scope.
- Knock out answers with extreme wording. Main Point answers typically do not use only, always, never, best or any strong words that leave little wiggle room. The right answers on Main Point
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