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The vast majority of extant music from the medieval period is recorded

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The vast majority of extant music from the medieval period is recorded on manuscripts. The production of medieval manuscripts was very costly, because all manuscripts were painstakingly copied by hand onto an expensive form of parchment. As a result, few people were able to produce or own them, and the Catholic Church, which had literate scribes as well as considerable wealth, produced and maintained most manuscripts during the Middle Ages. Any medieval music not recorded on manuscripts has now been lost to history. Most of the medieval music still in existence is sacred music.

The claims made in the above passage, if true, best support which of the following statements?

(A) The greatest music of the medieval period was sacred music, and for this reason it was recorded on manuscripts.
(B) Because the Church did not value popular music, the scribes were not allowed to copy it onto manuscripts.
(C) As the Catholic Church was the center of medieval life, popular music paralleled sacred music very closely.
(D) In addition to the Church, many wealthy aristocratic households held large numbers of music manuscripts.
(E) Because the Church primarily recorded sacred music on manuscripts, historians are unable to confidently describe medieval popular music.


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Hi,

Thought process: If most extant medieval music is sacred music, and any music not recorded on manuscripts has been lost to history, then it follows that most popular music was not recorded on manuscripts and thus has been lost to history.

A) The Catholic Church, which had literate scribes as well as considerable wealth was the only one recording, hence it recorded music relevant to it.There is no mention of the greatest music.
B) No mention of church values or any such restrictions
C) There are no premises to support that the catholic church was the center. Also popular music paralleled sacred music creates a distinction between the two.
D) No mention of aristocratic households.
E) Correct Gives and appropriate reason for dominance of sacred music manuscripts.This touches on the lost in history part as well.
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