The passage most strongly suggests that the author holds which one of the following views?

Shiyi on May 31, 2019

Why is E correct?

Why is E correct?

3 Replies

Ravi on June 5, 2019

@Shiyi-Zhang,

Happy to help.

(E) says, "Value judgments made by today’s archivists will influence
how future generations view and understand the past."

We're looking for the answer choice that's something that the author
likely believes. In the passage, the author notes that there is not
enough time for archivists to filter through and save all of the
available data before at least some of this data deteriorates too
much. From this, we know that the activists' judgments of what's
valuable influence what subsequent generations of people will see as
preserved records of current and prior generations. This mirrors the
author's discussion of Plato's works in that we are fortunate to have
discovered his works, but other really important works were probably
lost, so we never gained knowledge from them. Additionally, our
conceptions of the past have been colored by the judgments and
decision of former archivists to overlook more carefully storing and
preserving the now lost writings. This leads us to (E), which is the
correct answer choice.

Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any more questions!

Meredith on November 12 at 06:54PM

Why not B though?

Shunhe on December 28 at 02:10AM

Hi @Meredith,

The issue with (B) is that it is the opposite of a view that the author holds. If we look at the last lines, we see that the author believes that archivists should "sort the essential from the dispensable." Earlier, in lines 43044, the author writes that decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of "should be informed by an assessment of the value of each document." (B) tells us the opposite of this: that archivist should simply store everything regardless of its value, as we can't predict what the future values will be. Hope this helps!