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# A purse containing 32 ancient gold coins that had been

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6. A purse containing 32 ancient gold coins that had been minted in Morocco was discovered in the ruins of an ancient Jordanian city some 4,000 kilometers to the east of Morocco. In its time the Jordanian city was an important trading center along the trade route linking China and Europe, and it was also a popular stopover for pilgrims on the route between Morocco and Mecca. The purse of a trader in the city would probably have contained a more diverse set of coins.
The statements above, if true, most strongly support which one of the following hypotheses?
(A) Moroccan coins were more valuable in the ancient city than were Jordanian coins.
(B) Most gold coins available during the time when the ancient city thrived were minted in Morocco.
(C) The purse with the gold coins had been brought to the ancient city by a pilgrim on the route between Morocco and Mecca.
(D) Gold coins were the only medium of exchange used in the ancient city.
(E) Pilgrims and traders in the ancient city were unlikely to have interacted with one another.

can someone break this down?
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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04 Feb 2011, 01:31
gtr022001 wrote:
6. A purse containing 32 ancient gold coins that had been minted in Morocco was discovered in the ruins of an ancient Jordanian city some 4,000 kilometers to the east of Morocco. In its time the Jordanian city was an important trading center along the trade route linking China and Europe, and it was also a popular stopover for pilgrims on the route between Morocco and Mecca. The purse of a trader in the city would probably have contained a more diverse set of coins.
The statements above, if true, most strongly support which one of the following hypotheses?
(A) Moroccan coins were more valuable in the ancient city than were Jordanian coins.
(B) Most gold coins available during the time when the ancient city thrived were minted in Morocco.
(C) The purse with the gold coins had been brought to the ancient city by a pilgrim on the route between Morocco and Mecca.
(D) Gold coins were the only medium of exchange used in the ancient city.
(E) Pilgrims and traders in the ancient city were unlikely to have interacted with one another.

can someone break this down?

the last statement of the passage should answer the question as it says if it were a trader's purse it would have contained more diverse set of coins and only other groupd mentioned is the pilgrims in the passage so only C should be the answer...

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04 Feb 2011, 01:39
1) A purse containing 32 ancient gold coins that had been minted in Morocco was discovered in the ruins of an ancient Jordanian city ->Since all coins were of the same origin, they were not diverse.
3)pilgrims travelling on the route between Morocco and Mecca passed thru the Jordanian city
4)A Trader was more likely to carry a more diverse set of coins.

A)But the set of 32 Gold coins was not diverse.
B)Also the Trader was not from Morocco

So the Purse was more likely to belong to a Pilgrim
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04 Feb 2011, 09:23
gtr022001 wrote:
6. A purse containing 32 ancient gold coins that had been minted in Morocco was discovered in the ruins of an ancient Jordanian city some 4,000 kilometers to the east of Morocco. In its time the Jordanian city was an important trading center along the trade route linking China and Europe, and it was also a popular stopover for pilgrims on the route between Morocco and Mecca. The purse of a trader in the city would probably have contained a more diverse set of coins.
The statements above, if true, most strongly support which one of the following hypotheses?
(A) Moroccan coins were more valuable in the ancient city than were Jordanian coins. - OUT
(B) Most gold coins available during the time when the ancient city thrived were minted in Morocco. - OUT
(C) The purse with the gold coins had been brought to the ancient city by a pilgrim on the route between Morocco and Mecca. - Possible answer
(D) Gold coins were the only medium of exchange used in the ancient city. - OUT
(E) Pilgrims and traders in the ancient city were unlikely to have interacted with one another. - OUT

can someone break this down?

This is inference question and success depends on taking off the extreme answer choices.
C remains.

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04 Feb 2011, 18:56
C is only true for part. It doesn't tells you if it contains more diverse coins then gold.

What am I missing. (The closest is definitely C as it can be inferred but is there any other reason.?)

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14 Feb 2011, 08:27
+1 C
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14 Feb 2011, 10:36
+ 1 for c
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04 May 2011, 03:47
'This is inference question and success depends on taking off the extreme answer choices.'

the statement above is a generalization and the rule does not apply everywhere.
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05 May 2011, 09:18
C by POE. Talks about the amount in the Purse/Wallet.
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