Sam on July 6, 2019
Hello there, LSATMax team. I do not understand why choose D over A. While I was doing this reading, I struggled between A and D. While I could see how the last paragraph seeks to gradually explain that the two marks on tablet does two tokens job, it does not seem to directly or explicitly suggest the claims D made.
D says that the token system was replaced because it was disregarded as redundant. However, this claim to me seems too strong: people could reasonably replace the token system with tablet system due to the fact that it is easier to carry (just one tablet instead of many tokens), safer against theft, etc, and last paragraph supports these theses just as much as it would support redundancy as the primary reason for which the society got rid of the tokens.
On the other hand, I think A's claim could be better inferred from the researcher's theory that the tokens were used as official records to ensure individual economic contributions (pretty much taxes), and both features entail that a strong central governmental authority was in place. So that's why I chose A over D.
I greatly appreciate your response, and the past instructors responses have been generally helpful to me personally. For this question, however, could you please specifically identify the errors that occurred in my reasoning (or why the reasoning you provide is right and how do I know that yours is right and mine is wrong) in addition to your reasoning? I think that would help me better understand, thank you very much!
Victoria on July 6, 2019