DISCUSSION: As with question 11, the right answer on this type of question is almost always directly supported by a line from the passage.
The wrong answers either contradict the passage, or never appear in the passage.
- This contradicts the passage. The author says some artifacts should be bought for the museum (lines 49-51), but she actually recommends allowing the export of many artifacts, in the fourth paragraph.
- Same as A. Line 49 says objects can be exported.
- The passage never says this. It’s true the author recommends allowing private ownership. But that’s just part of a pragmatic plan to preserve history. The author never says that artifacts are “too valuable” to be owned by the state.
- CORRECT. Lines 51-54 suggest that experts should excavate when possible. Professional archaeologists preserve the most information, and the author thinks preserving information is important.
- The author doesn’t say this. The fourth paragraph says Mali has trusteeship (a form of ownership) of the artifacts, and should license them to others (lines 41-45). Mali owns the artifacts, but allows others to excavate and use them.
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