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Reading Comprehension: Main Idea Questions

Which of the following best summarizes the contents of the passage?

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The first paragraph discusses the traditional narrative of the Early Middle Ages (a dark age characterized by violence and chaos), the second paragraph gives the Late Antiquity School's alternative view, and the third paragraph mentions that the latter view is not supported by the archaeological evidence.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice is too narrow. It does not cover the information in the third paragraph about the implications of the archaeological record upon the view of the Late Antiquity School.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice is too narrow. It does not cover the information in the second paragraph about the Late Antiquity School's view of the Early Middle Ages.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice is too broad. Although the passage discusses this scholarly debate, there is a more specific answer which covers all the information discussed in the passage.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice is too narrow. The implications of the archaeological record upon the Late Antiquity School's view of the Early Middle Ages are the topic of the third paragraph.

Despite the mainstream interpretation of the Early Middle Ages as a time of chaos and destruction, the Late Antiquity School has recently put forward a new view of the time period as one of peaceful transformation.
Even though the Late Antiquity School has disputed the traditional narrative of the Early Middle Ages as a dark age, the archaeological evidence does not support this claim.
Scholars know that the Early Middle Ages were a dark time of cultural decline because of the archaeological record.
A scholarly debate exists over the nature of the Early Middle Ages.
The Late Antiquity School's view of the Early Middle Ages has been disproved by the archaeological record.