DISCUSSION: As with questions 9, 10 and 12, you should justify your answer using the passage. There will almost always be a line that proves the right answer 100% correct for this type of question.
- Lines 37-40 suggest that new computer storage systems may be more durable.
- Lines 58-59 suggest that it would be a good idea to sort through information and get rid of some dispensable material. So presumably we can predict what won’t be a great work.
- The general public doesn’t care about keeping stuff for that long, at least not compared to archivists. In any case, we have no idea whether the public are misled by manufacturers. This simply isn’t mentioned.
- The author implies that archivists have always wanted to keep only valuable information. The problem is greater in recent years simply because we have much more information and it degrades faster.
- CORRECT. Lines 46-54 imply this. Our view of the past is shaped by what survived. We would have a different view of history if Plato’s works had perished.
So future generations will have a different impression of our time depending on what we preserve today.
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