# LSAT Logical Reasoning: Role of a Statement Questions

A “role of a statement” question is one that asks you to identify the function of a single statement in an argument. (These questions are also called “function of a statement questions,” “role questions,” “role played in the argument questions” and “role-played questions.”) The question stem for a role of a statement question might read:

• Which of the following most accurately describes the role of the the statement ______ in the argument above
• The statement ______ played which of the following roles in the argument above?
• The statement that ______ served which of the following functions in the argument?

We solve these questions by following four steps:

1. Identify the argument’s conclusion.
2. Identify how the conclusion is supported.
4. Choose the answer that most accurately describes the statement’s function in the argument.

Let’s take a look at each step.

### Identify the Conclusion

The main conclusion of the argument is supported by everything else in the argument; it’s what the rest of the argument is attempting to convince you is true. If you struggle with identifying conclusions, take a look at the Identify the Conclusion Questions lesson.

### Identify How the Conclusion is Supported

Make a note of the premises. What supports the conclusion? Why does the author think we should believe the conclusion? Silently paraphrase the support to yourself, trying to understand why the author finds the premises to be so convincing.