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Course: LSAT (DEPRECATED) > Unit 1

Lesson 5: Analytical Reasoning – Worked examples

Mixed setup | New info–could be true | Worked example

Watch a demonstration of one way to approach a "New info: could be true" question on a mixed setup from the Analytical Reasoning section of the LSAT.

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- [Instructor] Before you watch this video make sure to watch the overview video for the set-up. That's where we notated the rules and made the deductions that you'll see me using here. So the question asked says if Fallon is interviewed in an earlier segment than Lewis which one of the following could be true? This is a could be true question and with the new condition that Fallon is interviewed earlier than Lewis. Because we built two scenarios in our initial set-up we can first ask, which scenario or scenarios allow Fallon to be interviewed earlier than Lewis? If one scenario doesn't let this condition happen then we can ignore that scenario for the purposes of this question only. That said, it looks like both scenario one and two allow this condition. So let's re-draw both and apply the new condition. Alright. In scenario one, Fallon would have to be in segment two so that Lewis can be later than Fallon as the question tells us. That puts Lewis in segment four and then Greer and Hernandez are left to be paired in segment one. In scenario two, for Fallon to be earlier than Lewis that would have to mean that Fallon is second and Lewis is third because we know that Fallon can't be in segment one. So that means that Hernandez and Greer are the only ones left to be in segment one. Now that we've made these deductions let's evaluate the choices to find out which one could be true. A, Fallon is interviewed in the third segment. Well, this can't be true. In this question, Fallon is interviewed in the second segment in both scenarios. B, Greer is interviewed in the third segment. This can't be true because we deduced that Greer is interviewed in the first segment in both scenarios. C, Hernandez is interviewed in the second segment. This must be false because Hernandez is interviewed in the first segment in both scenarios. D, Lewis is interviewed in the second segment. This can't be true because in scenario one Lewis is interviewed in the fourth segment and in scenario two, we determined that Lewis is interviewed in the third segment. Let's take a look at E. Munson is interviewed in the fourth segment. This could be true because it's true in scenario two. Since it's possible at least once for Munson to be interviewed in the fourth segment then this is our answer. When you're given a new condition like we were in this question remember that it's a temporary condition that's only necessarily applicable for the question that you're working on. It won't conflict with any of the original rules that you were given unless you're explicitly told that it does but it doesn't necessarily have to be true for any of the other questions.