The Sordid Logical Reasoning Story of Larry Monds


The Sordid Logical Reasoning Story of Larry Monds

Today’s installment of MSS brings you a free practice LSAT problem. LSAC doesn’t allow us to disseminate real problems on the intra webs, so it was written by the staff at MSS, and explained by Blueprint LSAT Prep instructor Misha Silin, who teaches our Northridge class. This question will test your fundamental logic skills and polish your diagramming abilities.

The best way to go through the problem is to try it on your own, then watch the video for the explanation. Without further ado, enjoy!

Recently, a famous well-known sports writer published his latest book: Legends or Frauds? Thousands of hours of research went into coming up with the book’s shocking conclusion: If a professional athlete has never taken performance enhancing drugs, his or her personal trainer will not hesitate in talking to the FBI. Baseball legend Larry Monds has been accused of taking massive amounts of anabolic steroids, an illicit performance enhancer. Interestingly, his trainer was jailed for contempt after refusing to speak to federal agents.

If the book’s shocking conclusion is true, which one of the following is most strongly supported by the statements above?

(A) Larry Monds’ trainer supplied Larry with anabolic steroids
(B) If Larry Monds’ trainer had spoken to the FBI, then Larry has never taken a performance enhancing drug.
(C) If a professional athlete has taken performance enhancing drugs, his or her trainer will hesitate in talking to the FBI.
(D) It is likely that Larry Monds has used performance enhancing drugs
(E) Larry Monds should speak with the FBI immediately.

Question inspired by one Barry Bonds.

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