Which one of the following comes closest to capturing what the phrase "purely social phenomena" means in line 55?

Allison on September 15, 2019

Why is D incorrect?

Why is (a) a better answer than (d)?

2 Replies

on October 11 at 07:35PM

Hello @AllisonL,

I believe that the problem with answer choice D is the word "intentionally." The author describes the process of path and clearing development on line 47. The creation of clearings does not seem to be a planned or intentional process, but rather one that occurred through repeated usage of paths. This usage led to the concentration of more people in these areas.

A is better, because "purely social phenomena" serves to reject previous concepts about woodland clearings. Perhaps they were not created for food procurement, but rather out of fear of the wilderness. This explains how the clearings could have been created without an economic reason.

on December 12 at 05:09PM

Thank you