See If You Can Piece Together This SOTU LSAT Logic Game

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Today is National Puzzle Day! So the LSAT blog is giving you the chance to celebrate in the true spirit of this nerdy day. That’s right: we’ve got an original LSAT Logic Game for you to piece together.

If you’re nursing a hangover from last night’s State of the Union drinking game (I did a shot every time Obama said “wage”), give yourself three bonus points. Here we go:

Nine bills, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and I, were negotiated during a secret meeting of congressional leaders. The following details about the negotiations have been leaked:

Bill A must pass for bill I to pass
Both bill C and bill D will not pass
Both bill A and bill B will not pass
Bill B or else bill C will pass
If bill H passes, then bill G will not
Bill D needs to pass for bill E to pass
Bill H needs to pass for bill I to pass
If bill G doesn’t pass and bill F doesn’t pass, then bill E will pass

1. Which one of the following is a complete and accurate list of bills that can be passed into law together?

A. B D E H I
B. A B D E
C. D E H
D. C G
E. A C

2. Which one of the following pairs of bills cannot be passed into law together?

A. H and B
B. E and F
C. A and I
D. C and F
E. E and I

3. How many other bills must be passed if bill E is passed into law?

A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4
E. 5

4. If bill I passes, then how many of the nine bills cannot be passed into law?

A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4
E. 5

5. If bill H is passed, and bill F is not passed, then which one of the following is a full and accurate list of the other bills that cannot pass?

A. A B C G
B. A B G I
C. F A C H I
D. A C G I
E. G C A

6. If bills B and F are each not passed, then which one of the following bills must be passed into law?

A. A
B. D
C. E
D. G
E. H

(Answer key: 1 – D; 2 – E; 3 – B; 4 – D; 5 – D; 6 – D)

4 Responses

  1. Brandon says:

    Would there be explanations posted for this question? Thanks.

    • Hank says:

      Hmmm, was there one in particular that tripped you up?

    • Yuko Sin says:

      Hey Brandon,

      Here are the keys to the game:

      1. All the rules can be combined into a long conditional chain.
      2. I is really important.
      3. If both bills cannot pass together, that means at least one won’t pass. So, rule two really says: If bill C passes, bill D will not.

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