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An ancient scripture, about 3500 years old, was deciphered by experts

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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

An ancient scripture, about 3500 years old, was deciphered by experts revealing it to be the account of a barter between two tribes. Verified by concurring evidence, the account describes how the Ngebono tribe promised military assistance in exchange for 200 musical instruments, believed to be vital accessories for tribal ceremonies, which were supplied by the Vergiba tribe. However, it has been proven that the latter tribe did not have the technological knowledge to manufacture any items other than ceramic vessels until 2000 years ago so __________.

a, no remnants of the original instruments have been found because of the primitive clay mixture and firing process that was used for their production
b, the instruments were probably not functional, resulting in a lengthy and violent war between the two tribes
c, the account was probably fictitious and was created to cease later hostilities by showing how cooperation could benefit both tribes
d, it is extremely likely that the barter did not actually take place, and that the idea was eventually discarded
e, the musical instruments were probably based on such vessels, with whatever adaptations required to allow them to be used as musical instruments
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a, no remnants of the original instruments have been found because of the primitive clay mixture and firing process that was used for their production - Incorrect - We do not know this - Out of scope
b, the instruments were probably not functional, resulting in a lengthy and violent war between the two tribes - Incorrect - Out of scope
c, the account was probably fictitious and was created to cease later hostilities by showing how cooperation could benefit both tribes - Incorrect - the account is not fictitious as the argument talks about evidence.
d, it is extremely likely that the barter did not actually take place, and that the idea was eventually discarded - Incorrect - It is too extreme to conclude that the barter did not take place and the idea was discarded
e, the musical instruments were probably based on such vessels, with whatever adaptations required to allow them to be used as musical instruments - Correct

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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

An ancient scripture, about 3500 years old, was deciphered by experts revealing it to be the account of a barter between two tribes. Verified by concurring evidence, the account describes how the Ngebono tribe promised military assistance in exchange for 200 musical instruments, believed to be vital accessories for tribal ceremonies, which were supplied by the Vergiba tribe. However, it has been proven that the latter tribe did not have the technological knowledge to manufacture any items other than ceramic vessels until 2000 years ago so __________.


Understanding of argument: Evidence is concurring. tribe did not have tech knowledge but knew how to prepare vessels. so BLANK space should be filled with reason how could tribe provide 200 instruments.

a, no remnants of the original instruments have been found because of the primitive clay mixture and firing process that was used for their production
we are not looking for a weakner. Also, original instruments is not discussed. this is why out of scope.

b, the instruments were probably not functional, resulting in a lengthy and violent war between the two tribes
war is not the matter of concern. instrument being functional or non functional is not the case. this is why out of scope.

c, the account was probably fictitious and was created to cease later hostilities by showing how cooperation could benefit both tribes
Question is not asking what sort of account was this. irrelevant.

d, it is extremely likely that the barter did not actually take place, and that the idea was eventually discarded
concurring evidence is mentioned in the argument. No point of going against the premise.

e, the musical instruments were probably based on such vessels, with whatever adaptations required to allow them to be used as musical instruments
No technical knowledge but instruments based on vessels is what supported with the given info through premises. this choice gives the clear picture. fills the required data.
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Hello , Since this was a 700 level question can anybody tell me what should be an average time a person should give to these questions?
Normally I spend 2 -2.5 minutes on a CR question..

I got this question right in 4 minutes
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New post 27 Mar 2017, 07:00
suramya26 wrote:
Hello , Since this was a 700 level question can anybody tell me what should be an average time a person should give to these questions?
Normally I spend 2 -2.5 minutes on a CR question..

I got this question right in 4 minutes


I spent 2 minutes on this question. Usually you should do every questions within 2-2.5 minutes but yes you could do a couple of questions in more time if you compensate the time for others.
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