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Reading Comprehension: Detail Function Questions

The author of the passage mentions small bone fragments and mammalian hairs in order to

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Although bone fragments and mammalian hairs were found as some of the contents of the Grauballe man's stomach, this is not the function of this detail in the passage. The author does not mention these items just for descriptive purposes but uses them to make a point.

Incorrect.

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The only comparison the author makes between the content of the two bog men revolves around the seed content. There is no comparison of the bone fragments and mammalian hair; this is ascribed to the content of the Grauballe man's stomach only.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice assumes that the Grauballe man ate meat because he preferred it to fruit, but the passage does not give us any information to make an inference about his preferences. It may be that meat was the only food available to the Grauballe man.

Incorrect.

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The author does not discuss animals anywhere in the passage so it is unlikely that he or she mentions this detail for that purpose.

Great!

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If the Grauballe man had meat before he died, it means the Iron Age people ate meat and were not entirely vegetarian; this supports the author's claim that the man had not lived exclusively on the type of vegetable diet that this meal represented.

describe the contents of the Grauballe man's stomach
compare the contents of the Grauballe man's stomach to those of the Tollund man
provide evidence that the Iron Age people were not vegetarians
suggest that Iron Age people preferred meat to fruit
discuss animal life in the Iron Age