The scenario is that the protagonist, Alice, had Alzheimer's and was running through by her doctor some cognitive tests, and one of which was Boston naming Exam. She failed to name a hammock. As her doctor noted that down, she wanted to argue.
Here's the long sentence I have trouble understanding.
Alice wanted to argue that her omission could just as easily have been a normal case of blocking as a symptom of Alzheimer's.
-cited from Still Alice
I know the author is saying that "failed to name a word could have been as easily mistaken as an Alzheimer's symptom"(or is she not?)
I can understand the sentence without words in bold, but altogether, I can't.
I found a similar sentence which makes more sense to me.
This could have just as easily happened to a catholic school as a public school.
Please explain the first sentence construction for me. Thank you!