DISCUSSION: The best way to answer this question is simply to finish reading the sentence that mentioned memorabilia.
Tucker’s collection has given us insight into a significant part of US entertainment history.
And since the author is studying Tucker, we can assume this memorabilia was a useful source.
- CORRECT. The author’s purpose in writing this passage is to describe the sources he used. Tucker’s collection is one of the sources.
- What general claim about scholarly data gathering? The author doesn’t even mention scholarly methods in the first paragraph.
- The author justifies reliance on Tucker’s oral testimony in paragraphs 3 and 4. The memorabilia is actually a reason the author doesn’t have to exclusively rely on oral testimony.
- Tucker’s memorabilia were from film and theatre. They were professional memorabilia.
- Actually, Tucker’s collection is unusual. If everyone kept collections like that then there Tucker’s collection would not have shed new light on anything (lines 17-18).
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