DISCUSSION: The author is introducing their own text. They’ve done extensive research on Tucker – this passage describes their research methods as a prelude to presenting the research itself.
The first paragraph describes Tucker’s importance. An interesting man in his own right, he also collected much evidence about an important part of US entertainment history.
Lines 1-3 and 16-18 show that Tucker and early 20th century African-American film and theatre have not been well studied. The author’s biography attempts to fix this.
- The author is an academic, he’s very concerned about research methods. If anything, the author would argue that the material is appropriate for an academic publisher but not a popular publisher.
- Paragraphs 3 and 4 show that the author hasn’t developed any new methods. The author uses standard methods to assess Tucker’s oral testimony.
- CORRECT. See the explanation above, and the first paragraph. The author’s study is groundbreaking. Few have studied Tucker or the period of entertainment history he took part in.
- It’s not clear why the author would say this. They are providing a history of Tucker’s life and role, so the biography will include this information, at least. The author never says how we should interpret the study.
- This misses the point. The study is about Tucker, and also his collection. It’s not a general guide to identifying trinkets.
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