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# The principal facts about the exploits of the English and French

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The principal facts about the exploits of the English and French buccaneers of the seventeenth century in
the West Indies are sufficiently well known to modern readers. The French Jesuit historians of the
Antilles have left us many interesting details of their mode of life, and Exquemelin's history of the
freebooters has been reprinted numerous times both in France and in England. Based upon these old,
contemporary narratives, modern accounts are issued from the press with astonishing regularity, some of
them purporting to be serious history, others appearing in the more popular and entertaining guise of
romances. All, however, are alike in confining themselves for their information to what may almost be
called the traditional sources--Exquemelin, the Jesuits, and perhaps a few narratives like those of
Dampier and Wafer.
To write another history of these privateers or pirates, for they have, unfortunately, more than once
deserved that name, may seem a rather fruitless undertaking. It is justified only by the fact that there exist
numerous other documents bearing upon the subject, documents which till now have been entirely
neglected. Exquemelin has been reprinted, the story of the buccaneers has been re-told, yet no writer,
editor, or historian has attempted to estimate the trustworthiness of the old tales by comparing them with
these other sources, or to show the connection between the buccaneers and the history of the English
colonies in the West Indies.
The object of this research, therefore, is not only to give a narrative, according to the most authentic,
available sources, of the more brilliant exploits of these sea-rovers, but, what is of greater interest and
importance, also to trace the policy pursued towards them by the English and the French Governments.
1. According to the information in the passage, which of the following can be inferred?
(A) The buccaneers of the seventeenth century may have been misrepresented through the ages
(B) Exquemelin and the Jesuits are the only authentic narratives of the buccaneers of the
seventeenth century
(C) The history of the English colonies has been rewritten by the connection between the
colonies and the buccaneers
(D) The English and the French governments had similar policies for sea rovers or pirates
(E) To rewrite the history of the privateers is a fruitless undertaking

2. From the information in the passage, each of the following can be inferred EXCEPT
(A) The author aims to write another history of buccaneers and privateers which could be
different from popular beliefs
(B) Dampier and Wafer provide a limited amount of information about privateers
(C) Historians have overlooked to study the trustworthiness of the old tales by comparing them
with other sources
(D) The popular old and new narratives about pirates share similar theme and content
(E) West Indies was the hub of privateers in the seventeenth century

3. What is the main purpose of the author in writing the passage?
(A) To explain why modern notions of buccaneers are popular in guise of romances
(B) To advocate the study of traditional sources of information on privateers; sources such as
Exquemelin, the Jesuits, Dampier and Wafer
(C) To argue that a very limited picture has been presented of the life of the buccaneers through
popular narratives and news media
(D) To praise the press for publishing modern accounts of pirates
(E) To discuss the French Jesuit historians of the Antilles who have written details of buccaneers’
mode of life

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01 Jun 2018, 07:13
In Qs 2,
How can E be inferred. To me only A looks to be the best of the lot. The author clearly says that rewriting would be a waste of time.
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08 Jun 2018, 23:01
Passage mentions that
"To write another history of these privateers or pirates, for they have, unfortunately, more than once
deserved that name, may seem a rather fruitless undertaking. It is justified only by the fact that there exist
numerous other documents bearing upon the subject, documents which till now have been entirely
neglected
."
That means if a writing is done it can only be justified if that writing gives an entirely new story.

As per the option
"he author aims to write another history of buccaneers and privateers which could be
different from popular beliefs
"
Hope this helps.
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09 Jun 2018, 00:00
KS15 wrote:
In Qs 2,
How can E be inferred. To me only A looks to be the best of the lot. The author clearly says that rewriting would be a waste of time.
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Well! Q2 is a tough one, can be best solved be negating other statements. And do note, author says each can be inferred except Let's go one by one.

A) The author aims to write another history of buccaneers and privateers which could be
different from popular beliefs --- author indirectly says that the content of information around pirates have been present here and there but they have been neglected. He wants to bridge this gap and write another history different from popular belief. --- can be inferred

B)Dampier and Wafer provide a limited amount of information about privateers --- and perhaps a few narratives like those of
Dampier and Wafer.
--- can be inferred.

C)Historians have overlooked to study the trustworthiness of the old tales by comparing them
with other sources - All, however, are alike in confining themselves for their information to what may almost be
- -- can be inferred from here that traditional and other sources had somethings in common but traditional were ignored even though they have been reprinted many times ---- can be infered

D)The popular old and new narratives about pirates share similar theme and content --- can be inferred. ^see above explanation.

E)West Indies was the hub of privateers in the seventeenth century . ---- though west indies is mentioned in first paragraph but it can't be inferred that WI was the hub for pirates. Correct choice
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09 Jun 2018, 00:12
visheshsahni wrote:
KS15 wrote:
In Qs 2,
How can E be inferred. To me only A looks to be the best of the lot. The author clearly says that rewriting would be a waste of time.
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Well! Q2 is a tough one, can be best solved be negating other statements. And do note, author says each can be inferred except Let's go one by one.

A) The author aims to write another history of buccaneers and privateers which could be
different from popular beliefs --- author indirectly says that the content of information around pirates have been present here and there but they have been neglected. He wants to bridge this gap and write another history different from popular belief. --- can be inferred

B)Dampier and Wafer provide a limited amount of information about privateers --- and perhaps a few narratives like those of
Dampier and Wafer.
--- can be inferred.

C)Historians have overlooked to study the trustworthiness of the old tales by comparing them
with other sources - All, however, are alike in confining themselves for their information to what may almost be
- -- can be inferred from here that traditional and other sources had somethings in common but traditional were ignored even though they have been reprinted many times ---- can be infered

D)The popular old and new narratives about pirates share similar theme and content --- can be inferred. ^see above explanation.

E)West Indies was the hub of privateers in the seventeenth century . ---- though west indies is mentioned in first paragraph but it can't be inferred that WI was the hub for pirates. Correct choice

How did you infer A? Can you please explain? Nowhere can we infer that the author is aiming to write another history.
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04 Oct 2018, 09:43
2/3 right as i wasnt able to answer question 1 right
as per question, which of the following can be inferred?
I dont know how A is right as misrepresented is too extreme word
I believe it should be E as it is written in passage "To write another history of these privateers or pirates, for they have, unfortunately, more than once
deserved that name, may seem a rather fruitless undertaking."
Can anyone help me with this?
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