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# Samples from a ceramic vase found at a tomb in Sicily prove

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Samples from a ceramic vase found at a tomb in Sicily prove that the vase was manufactured in Greece. Since the occupant of the tomb died during the reign of a Sicilian ruler who lived 2,700 years ago, the location of the vase indicates that there was trade between Sicily and Greece 2,700 years ago.

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

(A) Sicilian potters who lived during the reign of the ruler did not produce work of the same level of quality as did Greek potters.
(B) Sicilian clay that was used in the manufacture of pottery during the rulerâ€™s reign bore little resemblance to Greek clay used to manufacture pottery at that time.
(C) At the time that the occupant of the tomb was alive, there were ships capable of transporting large quantities of manufactured goods between Sicily and Greece.
(D) The vase that was found at the Sicilian tomb was not placed there many generations later by descendants of the occupant of the tomb.
(E) The occupant of the tomb was not a member of the royal family to which the Sicilian ruler belonged.
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04 Oct 2005, 20:38
D. If the vase was placed many generations later, then the trade could have occurred that many generations later, undermining the conclusion.
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04 Oct 2005, 21:26
A,B,E - Does not tell us that trade was possible or not
C - merely considers ships as vehicles for trade and forgets about land routes. So choice C is not ideal.
D - If the vase was placed several generations later then it meant that there was no real contact during the period far as traded was concerned

D for me.
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04 Oct 2005, 22:19
D for me too. If D were not true, it is possible that the ceramic vase is less than 2700 years old - a time period that does not help us determine if there was trade b/w Sicily and Greece.
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05 Oct 2005, 00:52
go D go...
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05 Oct 2005, 08:36
D for me too
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05 Oct 2005, 10:54
Yup D..
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05 Oct 2005, 12:06
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Samples from a ceramic vase found at a tomb in Sicily prove that the vase was manufactured in Greece. Since the occupant of the tomb died during the reign of a Sicilian ruler who lived 2,700 years ago, the location of the vase indicates that there was trade between Sicily and Greece 2,700 years ago.

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

(A) Sicilian potters who lived during the reign of the ruler did not produce work of the same level of quality as did Greek potters.
(B) Sicilian clay that was used in the manufacture of pottery during the rulerâ€™s reign bore little resemblance to Greek clay used to manufacture pottery at that time.
(C) At the time that the occupant of the tomb was alive, there were ships capable of transporting large quantities of manufactured goods between Sicily and Greece.
(D) The vase that was found at the Sicilian tomb was not placed there many generations later by descendants of the occupant of the tomb.
(E) The occupant of the tomb was not a member of the royal family to which the Sicilian ruler belonged.

A, B and E are aout cof the context. Between C and D, only D is necessary. If C wasn't true, the conclusion could also be true, as the vase could have reached Sicily in small boats or by other means different from regular trade activity. (by the way, Sicily is an Island, therefore, the only way to get there is by ship ). If D wasn't true, the conclusion would be undermined since one can not certainly stated that the vase was traded from Greece in that period.
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05 Oct 2005, 12:29
going with D.

If not, then it opens the question that it was there from another time period.
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05 Oct 2005, 13:29
my take is for C.

I think choice D is out of scope. The conclusion is that there was trade between Sicily and Greece. This is possible only if there are ships as Sicily is an Island.

OA / OE please.
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05 Oct 2005, 13:45
D for me

The author assumes that the vase was placed at the same time the occupant passed.
05 Oct 2005, 13:45
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