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Toltec toys [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2008, 23:47
Archaeologists have found wheeled ceramic toys made by the Toltec, twelfth-century inhabitants of
what is now Veracruz. Although there is no archaeo-logical evidence that the Toltec used wheels for
anything but toys, some anthropologists hypothesize that wheeled utility vehicles were used to carry
materials needed for the monumental structures the Toltec produced.

Which of the following, if true, would most help the anthropologists explain the lack of evidence noted above?

(A) The Toltec sometimes incorporated into their toys representations of utensils or other
devices that served some practical purpose.

(B) Any wheeled utility vehicies used by the Toltec could have been made entirely of wood, and
unlike ceramic, wood decays rapidly in the humid climate of Veracruz.

(C) Carvings in monument walls suggest that theToltec’s wheeled ceramic toys sometimes had
ritual uses in addition to being used by both children and adults as decorations and playthings.

(D) Wheeled utility vehicles were used during the twelfth century in many areas of the world,
but during this time wheeled toys were not very common in areas outside Veracruz.

(E) Some of the wheeled ceramic toys were found near the remains of monumental structures.
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Re: Toltec toys [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 00:09
B

hibloom wrote:
Archaeologists have found wheeled ceramic toys made by the Toltec, twelfth-century inhabitants of
what is now Veracruz. Although there is no archaeo-logical evidence that the Toltec used wheels for
anything but toys, some anthropologists hypothesize that wheeled utility vehicles were used to carry
materials needed for the monumental structures the Toltec produced.

Which of the following, if true, would most help the anthropologists explain the lack of evidence noted above?

(A) The Toltec sometimes incorporated into their toys representations of utensils or other
devices that served some practical purpose.
This is highly tempting, may be correct. but IMO wrong. this actually does not help anthropologists. it does not tell anything about wheeled vehicles.

(B) Any wheeled utility vehicies used by the Toltec could have been made entirely of wood, and
unlike ceramic, wood decays rapidly in the humid climate of Veracruz.
Because of the decay of wood ,its possible that there were no remains.! This will help anthropologists the most.

(C) Carvings in monument walls suggest that theToltec’s wheeled ceramic toys sometimes had
ritual uses in addition to being used by both children and adults as decorations and playthings.
this talks about toys only and not about vehicles. so OUT

(D) Wheeled utility vehicles were used during the twelfth century in many areas of the world,
but during this time wheeled toys were not very common in areas outside Veracruz.
again says nothing about wheeled vehicles in Veracruz. OUT

(E) Some of the wheeled ceramic toys were found near the remains of monumental structures.
again says nothing about wheeled vehicles in Veracruz. OUT

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Re: Toltec toys [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 06:14
IMO B.
A: not provides clue for lack of evidence.
B: Wood is perishable so evidences are not available
C. Use of toy is OOS
D wheeled toy is OOS
E not provides clue for lack of evidence.
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Re: Toltec toys [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 11:31
The OA is B

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Re: Toltec toys [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 18:56
Why OA is A. I remember doing this question on GMAT Prep and the answer is B.
Actually I think B is better.
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