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One of the biggest questions facing the art world today is the dilemma over the repatriation of cultural treasures. Although the subject has not been widely noted by the general public, in recent decades museums and art dealers have repeatedly faced off against the representatives of nations and ethnic groups whose cultural legacies have been robbed by the rapacious collecting of these so-called art experts. Advocates of repatriation have argued that cultural treasures should be returned to their nations of origin, both because of basic fairness and because the artwork and cultural artifacts in question are best understood within their local context.

Several prominent museums, most notably the British Museum in London and the Louvre in Paris, have defended themselves on the grounds that they can better protect and preserve these cultural treasures than can the developing nations and impoverished ethnic groups that frequently seek their return. They further argue that more people can see the treasures if they are proudly displayed in a major museum, as opposed to some poorly funded national museum in a backwater country; evidently, the quantity of viewers is more important than the relevance of the art and artifacts to the viewer.

The arguments of the museum curators fall apart in an instance such as the Elgin Marbles. These majestic marble sculptures, which once graced the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, were stolen by Lord Elgin in the nineteenth century and given to the British Museum, which holds them to this day. The people of Athens have built a beautiful, modern museum on the Acropolis to display the Elgin Marbles and other treasures from the Greek cultural heritage, so there can be no valid argument that the Greeks are unable to house the sculptures properly. Furthermore, more people visit the Acropolis every day than visit the British Museum.

1. Of the following, the most appropriate title for the passage above would be:

A. The Elgin Marbles: Timeless Symbols of the Glory That Was Greece
B. The Role of Great Museums in the Preservation of Cultural Artifacts
C. Repatriation of Cultural Treasures: The British Museum’s Dirty Little Secret
D. The Value of Cultural Treasures in Defining National Identity
E. A Curious Curator: Lord Elgin and the Rise of the British Museum


2. The third paragraph plays what role in the passage?

A. It summarizes all the points expressed in the first two paragraphs.
B. It raises new arguments that expand on those previously expressed.
C. It suggests a possible area for useful research in the future.
D. It rejects the arguments expressed in the first paragraph.
E. It provides concrete evidence against arguments expressed in the second paragraph.


3. The situation involving the repatriation of the Elgin Marbles to Athens is most similar to which of the following?

A. A Native American tribe in Oregon requests that a museum in Chicago return some ceremonial masks that could help in fundraising efforts to build a proposed museum in Portland.
B. The nation of Peru in South America threatens the nation of Ecuador with military action if Ecuador does not hand over various gold artifacts of the Inca Empire, which originated in Peru.
C. The National Archeology Museum of Cairo in Egypt requests that the Louvre return eight mummies from the time of Ramses the Great for the Cairo Museum’s new exhibit hall dedicated to artifacts from Ramses’ court.
D. The nation of Greece requests the nation of Turkey to provide Greek archeologists with free access to ancient Greek sites on the Ionian coast of Turkey, and to transfer any cultural artifacts found there to the National Archeology Museum in Athens.
E. A museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, requests that the Texas History Museum in Austin, Texas, send the original “Lone Star” flag to Baton Rouge for a new exhibit entitled, “Texas: Our Neighbor to the East.”



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Originally posted by SajjadAhmad on 24 May 2018, 10:26.
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1. Of the following, the most appropriate title for the passage above would be:

Explanation

The main subject of the passage is the debate over the repatriation of cultural treasures; the passage states that the subject is not widely noted by the outside world, hence “secret”; and the passage presents the British Museum in a negative light, hence “dirty little secret.”

ANSWER: C


2. The third paragraph plays what role in the passage?

Explanation

The example of the Elgin Marbles is used to poke holes in the arguments of museum curators expressed in the second paragraph.

ANSWER: E


3. The situation involving the repatriation of the Elgin Marbles to Athens is most similar to which of the following?

Explanation

In both C and the description of the Elgin Marbles issue in the text, there is an existing museum, presumably capable of both protecting and preserving cultural artifacts, that is seeking the return of cultural treasures to display in a newly created space among relevant cultural context.

ANSWER: C


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3 mins to all correct. A pleasing passage.

Gist:
A dilemma regarding the return of cultural artifacts to the countries they were stolen from is presented. The advocates for the movement argue that the cultural significance can only be understood near the origin of the artifacts. However, the museums in Britain and France argue that the artifacts are safe there versus in some backwater country where the artifacts would perish. The second point of these museums is that more people can see the artifacts when they are in their possession. The final paragraph, however, makes some headway to clear the dilemma by presenting evidence that even when the two arguments presented by the museums fail they are still reluctant to return the stolen artifacts.


Always tricky to answer such a question. We need to understand what the main point of the passage is and also see how the author of the passage ends the passage. ( To understand what could it be named)
1. Of the following, the most appropriate title for the passage above would be:
A. The Elgin Marbles: Timeless Symbols of the Glory That Was Greece Too far away from the crux of the passage. The marbles were just one example.
B. The Role of Great Museums in the Preservation of Cultural Artifacts Again, 180 opposite of what the author finally ends the passage with.
C. Repatriation of Cultural Treasures: The British Museum’s Dirty Little Secret BINGO - the main topic is "Repatriation of cultural treasures" and the passage ends with the case of reluctance by the British museum even though all the conditions are being met.
D. The Value of Cultural Treasures in Defining National Identity Too vague and again departing from the main point highlighted above.
E. A Curious Curator: Lord Elgin and the Rise of the British Museum Discard for same reason as option (D).

Pretty straightforward question since the passage has a palpable flow.
2. The third paragraph plays what role in the passage?
A. It summarizes all the points expressed in the first two paragraphs. No such summary is given.
B. It raises new arguments that expand on those previously expressed. Third para does not expand the previous arguments but rather opposes them.
C. It suggests a possible area for useful research in the future. Laughably wrong.
D. It rejects the arguments expressed in the first paragraph. TRAP - while it does reject the arguments of the Museums we need to be careful to see that the first para presents both sides of the aisle and hence this is wrong.
E. It provides concrete evidence against arguments expressed in the second paragraph. BINGO - the second paragraph reveals the arguments used by the museums and the third paragraph gives evidence against those. Perfect.

Similar reasoning type question. We are looking for a well established popular museum asking back cultural heritages which have originated in it's country and this request is being denied by another imerial museum whose country had stolen said artifacts. Once we know what to look for this questions becomes easy to tackle. Otherwise it is like searching a needle in a haystack. :-)
3. The situation involving the repatriation of the Elgin Marbles to Athens is most similar to which of the following?
A. A Native American tribe in Oregon requests that a museum in Chicago return some ceremonial masks that could help in fundraising efforts to build a proposed museum in Portland. No well established museum. Discard.
B. The nation of Peru in South America threatens the nation of Ecuador with military action if Ecuador does not hand over various gold artifacts of the Inca Empire, which originated in Peru. Vague as there is no museum involved at all! Discard.
C. The National Archeology Museum of Cairo in Egypt requests that the Louvre return eight mummies from the time of Ramses the Great for the Cairo Museum’s new exhibit hall dedicated to artifacts from Ramses’ court. Looks good. National Museum must be pretty well funded and popular.
D. The nation of Greece requests the nation of Turkey to provide Greek archeologists with free access to ancient Greek sites on the Ionian coast of Turkey, and to transfer any cultural artifacts found there to the National Archeology Museum in Athens. Again, no museum involved and a whole bunch of unrelated stuff. Discard.
E. A museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, requests that the Texas History Museum in Austin, Texas, send the original “Lone Star” flag to Baton Rouge for a new exhibit entitled, “Texas: Our Neighbor to the East.” TRAP - the Baton Rouge museum would definitely not be as popular / well funded as the one in Austin ( ofcourse it helps to know that Baton Rouge is a small city as compared to Austin which is the capital of Texas) - hence does not fit the analogy we are looking for.

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How is the answer to the first question C?
Can someone explain?

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How is the answer to the first question C?
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ANSWER: C

Explanation

The main subject of the passage is the debate over the repatriation of cultural treasures; the passage states that the subject is not widely noted by the outside world, hence “secret”; and the passage presents the British Museum in a negative light, hence “dirty little secret.”

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Introduction to Repatriation debate bw museums,.. and representatives,..
The take of representatives,..
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How museums defend
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Finally author view where he is with advocates of repatriation stating the conclusion that repatriation does not do much -ve to local region where artifacts belong.

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Also adding to another reason to discard option (E) in Q3 would be the movement of an artifact from the state it belong to culturally to another state. As Baton Rouge is not in Texas but the lone star belongs to Texas. This is the major reason versus funding of museum as I insufficiently outlined earlier.

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New post 10 Aug 2019, 22:57
4min40 got all right.

I spent pretty much time on the third question, struggling between C and E. But I discard E because these two museums could never be friends and hold something like "our neighbor to the east". They should be hostile to each other.
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