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The function of the third paragraph is to cast doubt upon
The archaeological evidence presented in the third paragraph argues against the view of the Late Antiquity School described in the second paragraph.
The first sentence of the third paragraph states that the evidence (the archaeological record) does not agree with the Late Antiquity School's view of the Early Middle Ages, which is not presented in the first paragraph.
The first sentence of the third paragraph presents evidence against the Late Antiquity School's view of the Early Middle Ages. We may infer from the information in the passage that the Late Antiquity School's view is not a widely accepted view - it challenges the popular view.
The passage has presented two different viewpoints of the nature of the Early Middle Ages and the third paragraph disagrees with only one of them.
It is unlikely that the author would ever express doubt about his or her own views.
Did you read the entire question stem before you answered the question?
If you don't carefully read the question stem, you have no hope of answering the question correctly.
This question's stem asks you to choose the answer choice that describes the claim undermined by the third paragraph (i.e., the third paragraph casts doubt in which claim?). The answer choice you chose is illogical, because it asserts that the author is trying to undermine her or his own statements.
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