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Divers have discovered the wreckage of an unidentified ship about thirty miles from the shore near Boston. Scholars
believe that the ship sank during a devastating hurricane that swept through the northeastern United States and
down the coast in 1872, but there are no records of the ship available to confirm this hypothesis

The scholars’ hypothesis is most strongly supported by which of the following, if true?

A: Among the cargo found on board the wreckage of the ship were several trunks of woodworking tools of a kind that
were popular from about 1850 to 1890
B: Among the munitions discovered on board the wreckage were several trunks of guns of varieties that were popular
in the late 1860s; no munitions manufactured subsequent to 1870 were discovered.
C: It is widely accepted that Hurricane Bridie caused significant damage in the northeastern United States in 1872.
D: Ceramics and pottery glazed in a style that was popular during the latter half of the 19th century were found among
the wreckage of the ship, along with assorted items of cutlery
E: Divers found clay pipes in the cargo hold that were of a kind sold in tobacco shops in the early 1900s
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Re: Divers have discovered the wreckage of an unidentified [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2012, 04:45
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Divers have discovered the wreckage of an unidentified ship about thirty miles from the shore near Boston. Scholars
believe that the ship sank during a devastating hurricane that swept through the northeastern United States and
down the coast in 1872, but there are no records of the ship available to confirm this hypothesis

The scholars’ hypothesis is most strongly supported by which of the following, if true?

A: Among the cargo found on board the wreckage of the ship were several trunks of woodworking tools of a kind that
were popular from about 1850 to 1890
B: Among the munitions discovered on board the wreckage were several trunks of guns of varieties that were popular
in the late 1860s; no munitions manufactured subsequent to 1870 were discovered.
C: It is widely accepted that Hurricane Bridie caused significant damage in the northeastern United States in 1872.
D: Ceramics and pottery glazed in a style that was popular during the latter half of the 19th century were found among
the wreckage of the ship, along with assorted items of cutlery
E: Divers found clay pipes in the cargo hold that were of a kind sold in tobacco shops in the early 1900s


Since A and B are closest, my explanations are for these 2 only.

Let me point out the weak link in A.
Suppose a scholar finds a wooden tool in the cargo that was actually manufatured in 1882, a tool was famous during the period 1850-1890. So does it confirms that ship was capsized in 1872, absolutely not. A is eliminated.

What is good in B?
It mentions that the guns that were MANUFACTURED in late 1860s and were not subsequent to 1870. This ensures that nothing of the sort such as MADE IN 1880 or 1890 are found. So among the options present, Its the best.
But still B is not the ideal because, ship could have been drowned in 1869 too, and this is more close to the argument.

+1B.
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