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The few things known about the Eleusinian mysteries come from ancient

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The few things known about the Eleusinian mysteries come from ancient sources who either participated in the cult's rites and secrets or merely pretended to be privy to such things.

A. in the cult's rites and secrets or merely pretended to be privy to such things

B. in the cult's rites and secrets and merely to pretend they were privy to such things

C. in the cult's rites and secrets, and merely pretended they were privy to such things

D. within the cult's rites and secrets or merely to pretend they were privy to such things

E. within the cult's rites and secrets or merely pretending they were privy to such things

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Choice A is the only thing that portrays correctly the correlative conjunction parallelism of either participated ... or merely pretended. All other things use either...and and other do not use the proper past tense after the conjunction 'or'.
Even in the correct answer, the insertion of the adverb 'merely' seems to be a naive attempt to rattle readers.
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The most important thing to check for in this sentence is that the verbs in the "either...or..." construction are in the same form.
Choice (A) uses "pretended" to match with "participated," so it looks good.
Choices (B) and (C) incorrectly mix up the verb forms: they pair "to pretend" with "participated." In choice (C), the word "and" doesn't work with "either."
Choice (D) incorrectly uses the preposition "within" for the verb "participated. This is idiomatically incorrect.

The correct answer is Choice (A).

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