DISCUSSION: The author seems to like Vernon’s study. See lines 1-5. The passage insults historians and says Vernon helps to dispel their myths.
The passage offers no criticism or skepticism of Vernon’s theories. When reading a passage, watch for this kind of nuance, or the absence of nuance. If a passage does offer criticism despite being generally positive, that’s important.
- There’s no skepticism. The passage takes Vernon’s findings at face value, even where they’re least certain, in the last paragraph.
- CORRECT. The passage admires Vernon’s role in disproving earlier historians. And the passage presents Vernon’s theories without criticism.
- The passage is more than neutral: it implies Vernon’s theories are likely true.
- There is not a single word of skepticism towards Vernon in the passage. I will shave my head and donate $1000 to charity if someone finds one. Really.
- The same thing I said in D applies, except I’ll make it $5000 if you can find a line where the passage is “overtly dismissive” of Vernon.
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