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162. One New York publisher has estimated that 50,000 to 60,000 people in the United States want an anthology that includes the complete works of William Shakespeare. And what accounts for this renewed interest in Shakespeare? As scholars point out, his psychological insights into both male and female characters are amazing even today.

This paragraph best supports the statement that

(a) Shakespeare’s characters are more interesting than fictional characters today
(b) people today are interested in Shakespeare’s work because of the characters
(c) academic scholars are putting together an anthology of Shakespeare’s work
(d) New Yorkers have a renewed interested in the work of Shakespeare

163. The image of a knitter as an older woman sitting in a comfortable, old-fashioned living room with a basket of yarn at her feet and a bun in her hair is one of the past. As knitting continues to become more popular and increasingly trendy, it is much more difficult to describe the average knitter. Knitters today might be 18, 28, 40, or 65. They might live in a big urban center and take classes in a knitting shop that doubles as a café or they may gather in suburban coffee shops to support one another in knitting and other aspects of life. They could be college roommates knitting in their dorm room or two senior citizens knitting in a church hall. Even men are getting in the act. It would be incredibly difficult to come up with an accurate profile of a contemporary knitter to replace that image of the old woman with the basket of yarn!

This paragraph best supports the statement that

(a) people are returning to knitting in an attempt to reconnect with simpler times
(b) knitting is now more of a group activity, as opposed to an individual hobby
(c) creating an accurate profile of a particular type of person depends on the people in this group having traits and characteristics in common
(d) today’s knitters are much less accomplished than knitters of the pasttoday’s knitters are much less accomplished than knitters of the past

A typical logical reasoning question presents an argument and asks you to analyze it. You may be asked to draw further conclusions from the argument, determine what strengthens or weakens the argument, find flaws in the argument, or justify the argument. Success with these types of questions depends on your being able to understand the structure of the argument. Remember that every argument has a point of view. Every argument draws a conclusion and is generally supported with evidence. Study each passage to determine how each sentence contributes to the argument the speaker is trying to make. Then make sure you understand the question that is being asked before you choose from the five answer options.

Answer questions 164 and 165 on the basis of the information below.

According to last week’s newspaper, doctors in large cities make more money than doctors in small towns or rural areas. It does not seem fair that just because a doctor’s office is in a fancy building or at a fancy address, he or she can charge the patients more. Of course, some medical schools cost more than others, but basically all doctors spend a lot of money and a long time in school. There’s no proof that graduates of the more expensive schools practice in big cities and graduates of the less expensive schools practice in small towns. All doctors should charge the same. Whether a patient goes to a doctor in a big city or small town, the cost should be the same.

164. A person seeking to refute the argument might argue that

(a) all doctors charge too much money and should lower their fees
(b) medical practices are more expensive to maintain in large cities than in small towns and rural areas
(c) doctors who owe student loans should charge more than other doctors
(d) medical care from small-town doctors is better than medical care from large-city doctors

165. A major flaw in the argument is that the speaker assumes that

(a) all doctors are specialists
(b) all patients carry health insurance
(c) all doctors have huge student loans
(d) all doctors see the same number of patients


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