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Frobisher, a sixteenth-century English explorer, had soil

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Frobisher, a sixteenth-century English explorer, had soil samples from Canadaâ€™s Kodlunarn Island examined for gold content. Because high gold content was reported, Elizabeth I funded two mining expeditions. Neither expedition found any gold there. Modern analysis of the islandâ€™s soil indicates a very low gold content. Thus the methods used to determine the gold content of Frobisherâ€™s samples must have been inaccurate.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. The gold content of the soil on Kodlunarn Island is much lower today than it was in the sixteenth century.
B. The two mining expeditions funded by Elizabeth I did not mine the same part of Kodlunarn Island.
C. The methods used to assess gold content of the soil samples provided by Frobisher were different from those generally used in the sixteenth century.
D. Frobisher did not have soil samples from any other Canadian island examined for gold content.
E. Gold was not added to the soil samples collected by Frobisher before the samples were examined.
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24 Nov 2005, 01:54
E. Gold was not added to the soil samples collected by Frobisher before the samples were examined.
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24 Nov 2005, 04:19
I got E as well.
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24 Nov 2005, 22:52
Ok so I used POE for this.

A - There was no gold found earlier also. Does not go with the conclusion.
B - It means that there was gold. Hence Incorrect.
C - Maybe true but then no gold was found by modern methods
D - Out of Scope.
E - This can be the assumption. That if gold was not added the methods used were inaccurate.

Hence E is correct.
24 Nov 2005, 22:52
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