SAT Reading 6.4 Passage Comparison
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SAT Reading: Passage Comparison Drill 6, Problem 4
|Analyzing arguments||Analyzing evidence|
|Comprehension||Inferences and Evidence|
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Product Type||SAT Reading|
|Rhetoric||Analyzing word choice|
|SAT Reading||Passage Comparison|
many mysteries of question 4.
Okay, the one mystery of question 4.
The biggest clue here is the phrase "then-prevailing,"
otherwise known as "formerly dominating" or "previously convincing."
Basically, we no longer think that the first inhabitants were big game hunters on the western prairie.
(A) is totally wrong. The whole point of this passage is that we have a better understanding
these days. Previous generations got nothin' on us.
Nope, like we just said, today's archaeologists have a much better understanding. Choice (C)
can't be right. It's probably true that these cultures left
less evidence than others. However, this has nothing to do with what the author is implying.
(D) isn't right either. It might also be true that the ideas of earlier
archaeologists still shape the way a lot of people think about America's earliest inhabitants.
That just isn't what the author is implying with the lines in question, though, so we
can eliminate choice (B).
Choice (E) hits the nail on head.
The author is telling us that we now know that American Indians had more ways of getting
food than big game hunting.
Probably good news for the buffalo.