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Archaeologists have found wheeled ceramic toys made by the Toltec, twelfth-century inhabitants of what is now Veracruz. Although there is no archaeological 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 vehicles 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 the Toltecâ€™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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13 Apr 2013, 03:04
This is the only reason which explains why no evidence is found.
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13 Apr 2013, 06:24
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Archaeologists have found wheeled ceramic toys made by the Toltec, twelfth-century inhabitants of what is now Veracruz. Although there is no archaeological 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 vehicles 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 the Toltecâ€™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.

IMO B.
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13 Apr 2013, 07:40
The argument is trying to find an additional piece of evidence to figure out if the scientists hypothesized correctly about the wheels.

(A) The Toltec sometimes incorporated into their toys representations of utensils or other devices that served some practical purpose.
This is not really relevant. We won't know if wheeled utility vehicles were used by these Toltec folks for practical purpose.

(B) Any wheeled utility vehicles used by the Toltec could have been made entirely of wood, and unlike ceramic, wood decays rapidly in the humid climate of Veracruz.
Strong contender here. It helps to explain why the wheeled utility vehicles have not left behind any archaeological evidence.

(C) Carvings in monument walls suggest that the Toltecâ€™s wheeled ceramic toys sometimes had ritual uses in addition to being used by both children and adults as decorations and playthings.
Ritual uses is again not very helpful to evaluate the significance of wheeled utility vehicles for monuments.

(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.
This is definitely beyond the scope. WUVs and its uses in other parts of the world is irrelevant.

I think B is the answer. Whats the OA?

(E) Some of the wheeled ceramic toys were found near the remains of monumental structures.
Irrelevant to the discussion. The scientists cannot link a toy to an actual vehicle used to do work near a monument. It could have been some kid who dropped it near this monument?
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