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Reading Comprehension: Style and Tone Questions

The author's attitude toward tomb raiding is best described as one of

Very good!

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The author is ambivalent about tomb raiding: on one hand, the first two paragraphs portray tomb raiding as a phenomenon which poses a problem; on the other hand, the third paragraph presents a different perspective on this phenomenon, showing it can be of scientific value.  

Incorrect.

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There is no need to consult the passage in order to see that this answer choice is incorrect. The word perplexed (confused) can and should be automatically eliminated as it is outside the scope of acceptable attitudes of passage authors.

The author is an expert on the topic of the passage, and calling him or her perplexed shows lack of respect.  

Incorrect.

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The word extreme can and should be automatically eliminated as it is outside the scope of acceptable attitudes of passage authors.

Remember the principle of moderation, which helps eliminate words such as total, absolute, utter and extreme.  

Incorrect.

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There is no need to consult the passage in order to see that this answer choice is incorrect. Both utter and disgust can and should be automatically eliminated as they violate the principle of moderation, which helps eliminate words such as total, absolute, utter and extreme.  

A scientist may object or criticize a phenomenon. Disgust is over the top.  

Incorrect.

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Since the first two paragraphs portray tomb raiding as a the phenomenon that poses problems for historians and archaeologists, this author cannot be said to be approving of tomb raiding.

utter disgust
mild approval
extreme objection
certain ambivalence
perplexed indecision