Test: LSAT Logical Reasoning

Professor: A British scholar criticized a recent publication on John Milton’s Paradise Lost, written by a colleague of mine. Specifically, the British scholar lambasted the thesis, calling it a “publicity stunt,” formulated simply to generate attention, and said that it was not a scholarly product. However, you should know that the British scholar and my colleague have personal distaste towards one another. Given that the British scholar’s criticism of my colleague is based on mere personal bias, my colleague’s thesis is clearly a product of scholarship. 

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The reasoning in the professor’s argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that

The professor assumes that because there are personal tensions between the British scholar and his colleague, that the colleague’s thesis must be based on scholarly merit, when in fact it may have been a publicity stunt. 

The professor did not discuss the content of the thesis at all, and is simply offering his own opinion as evidence as to the character of his colleague’s thesis. 

The professor falsely implies that “scholarly product” and “product of scholarship” mean the same thing. 

The professor himself is biased because he seems to be defending his colleague based solely on their personal relationship. 

The professor frames a “publicity stunt” and “product of scholarship” as being opposite when they are not. 

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