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Reading Comprehension: Main Idea Questions

The author's primary concern is to

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This answer choice is too narrow. Only the second paragraph is concerned with showing why Professor Crone's arguments are unconvincing.

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This answer choice is too narrow since it ignores the ideas presented in the second paragraph (why Professor Crone's arguments are unconvincing).

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While he or she presents both accounts of the rise of Islam, nowhere in the passage does the author compare the two.

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The author of the passage argues that Professor Crone's account, not the traditional one, is flawed.

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The first paragraph introduces Professor Crone's innovative arguments and the second argues that her arguments are unconvincing because of certain flaws.

show why Professor Crone's arguments are unconvincing
present Crone's theory of the rise of Islam
show why the traditional historical account of the rise of Islam is flawed
discuss Professor Crone's innovative version of the rise of Islam and expose the flaws in her argument
compare the traditional account of the rise of Islam with Professor Crone's innovative version