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# Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have

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Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have painted a sketchy picture of the activities of an all-female cult that, perhaps as early as the sixth century B.C., worshipped a goddess known in Latin as Bona Dea, “the good goddess.”
(A) Based on accounts of various ancient writers
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers’ accounts
(C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis
(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers
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25 Jun 2007, 23:02
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Based on accounts of various ancient writers, scholars have painted a sketchy picture of the activities of an all-female cult that, perhaps as early as the sixth century B.C., worshipped a goddess known in Latin as Bona Dea, “the good goddess.”
(A) Based on accounts of various ancient writers
(B) Basing it on various ancient writers’ accounts
(C) With accounts of various ancient writers used for a basis
(D) By the accounts of various ancient writers they used
(E) Using accounts of various ancient writers

First thing's first: what is being tested. modifier. What is the subject? "Scholars"

OK, now find the phrase that best modifies what scholars are doing.

Given this info, I would pick E b/c it says scholars are using accounts from various ancient writers to paint...etc.
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25 Jun 2007, 23:18
Agree with E. Perfect explanation by misterJJ2u.
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26 Jun 2007, 00:20
misterJJ2u wrote:

First thing's first: what is being tested. modifier. What is the subject? "Scholars"

OK, now find the phrase that best modifies what scholars are doing.

Given this info, I would pick E b/c it says scholars are using accounts from various ancient writers to paint...etc.

Also, A seems to suggest that " scholars are based on accounts "
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