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Here is a simplified chart of how to approach Flaw Questions. When we are reading the stimulus, make a note of its structure. What is the gap between the author’s supporting premises and main conclusion? Is it a shift in details, concepts, or scope? Or does it fit in with one of the classical fallacies which we have looked at?

We also look for indications of conditional and/or causal logic in the argument. If such logic is present, is it flawed?

Lastly, we are to analyze answer choices in a critical way: are we looking at an Overlook or False Assumption answer choice? Can we match up the answer choice with the stimulus? Do the answer choice’s scope and structure match the stimulus? Is the answer choice too weak or too strong?