DISCUSSION: Make sure that your answer accurately capture the entire passage.
- Very tempting; the passage does argue that scholars overlooked important information. But…this is very narrow. “Some” early Native American cultures? The passage was talking about pre-contact cultures in general (lines 9 to 11). And it’s hardly “nuances” that scholars were overlooking: concepts of identity were completely different.
- Huh? The passage focussed on Native Americans. They weren’t just used as some example to prove a point about autobiographies.
- The passage implies in lines 1-6 that the life stories by non-Native Americans were like European biographies.
- CORRECT. Native Americans did have autobiographies, but they are very different from ours. That is why scholars are wrong to focus mainly on biographies written by non-Native American authors.
- This is true, for someone with a Western perspective. But it’s hardly the main point of the passage. The point is that these stories are autobiographies.
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