DISCUSSION: This is very similar to question 24. The two overturned views were in paragraphs 3 and 4.
- Paragraph 3: soils in Long Lough weren’t tilled until the moldboard plough was introduced in the 7th century.
- Paragraph 4: Flax was probably produced in County Down earlier than the 17th century.
Pollen analysis provided evidence against both of these views.
- I may have missed it, but I don’t think flooding was ever mentioned in the passage.
- Too broad. Paragraph 3 only says that cereal grain wasn’t cultivated in one specific area: the clay soils of Long Lough in County Down.
The rest of Ireland probably cultivated cereal grains (such as wheat).
- This is doubtful. Lines 5-9 say that the history of the Irish landscape during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was not well documented.
And historians traditionally use historical documents (lines 1-3), so they would have been aware of this lack.
- This answer mixes up paragraphs 4 and 5. The 18th century was only mentioned in reference to flax. It has nothing to do with madder.
- CORRECT. Lines 42-44 say this directly.
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