Suppose the author makes an assertion, such as “Small dogs make great pets.”
Does the author back it with any evidence? A question may ask you to determine
how a premise is defended. Common forms of evidence include:
Examples — Maybe the author
recounts his memories of the devoted poodle he had as a kid.
Statistics — Perhaps the author surveys dog owners
and finds that owners of small dogs are more satisfied with their pets.
Logical Argument — The author
presents logical reasons that small dogs would, necessarily, be great pets. They’re
cute, they don’t eat a lot, their bark isn’t too loud, etc.
How to identify Support for a Premise questions: Look for questions that ask about evidence.
How does the author support his point that...?
Which of the following does the author offer in support of his premise that...?
The passage provides support for all the following statements EXCEPT:
How to tackle them: Look for real evidence, examples or logical arguments
that reinforce the author’s point.