LSAT

Category - Logical Reasoning

Melody applied to be an education policy consultant in the mayor’s office. The mayor has instituted a requirement that anyone employed by her office must have a bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant work experience, and must pass a drug test. The mayor’s hiring manager rejected Melody’s application because she only had one year of relevant work experience and so did not qualify to become an employee.

The hiring manager’s conclusion is logical if which of the following is assumed?
  1. If Melody had two years of experience, she would have been hired by the mayor’s office.
  2. A consultant is an employee of the mayor’s office.
  3. The mayor agreed with the hiring manager’s decision.
  4. The position of education policy consultant requires a graduate degree in addition to the other requirements.
  5. Melody’s work experience did not adequately prepare her for the position.
Explanation
Answer: B - The hiring manager’s conclusion is logical given the assumption that a consultant is an employee of the mayor’s office. The hiring manager rejected Melody’s application because she did not fit the specified requirements to be employed by the mayor’s office, but the facts specify that she applied to be a consultant. If the hiring manager’s rejection of Melody’s application is logical based on her failure to meet those requirements, then a consultant must be considered an employee of the mayor’s office.
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