Direction(1-5): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.
A sobbing little girl stood near a small school from which she had been turned away because it ‘was too crowded’. “1 Can’t go to School,” she sobbed to a priest as he walked by. Seeing her shabby, Unkempt appearance, the priest guessed the reason and, taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the school class. The child was so touched that she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to study.Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings and the parents called for the kindhearted priest, who had befriended their daughter, to handle the final arrangements. As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump. Inside were found 57 cents and a note scribbled in childish handwriting which read, ‘This is to help make the little school bigger so more children can go to school.”
For two years she had saved for this offering of love. When the priest tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do.
Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the’stage, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion. He challenged his assistants to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building.
A newspaper learned of the story and published it. It was read by a realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands. When told that the school could not pay so much, he offered it for a 57 cent payment.
Religious members too made large subscriptions. Cheques came from far and wide. Within five years the little girl’s gift had increased to $250,000 – a huge sum for that time. Her unselfish love had paid large dividends. The school building houses hundreds of scholars, so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside at school time.
In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history. Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind priest.
1. The primary purpose of the passage is to propose ?
A. an alternative to museum display of artifacts
B. a way to curb illegal digging while benefiting the archaeological profession
C. the governmental regulation of archaeological sites
E. a new system for cataloging duplicate artifacts
2. The author implies that all of the following statements about duplicate artifacts are true EXCEPT:
A. A market for such artifacts already exists.
B. Such artifacts seldom have scientific value.
C. There is likely to be a continuing supply of such artifacts.
D. Museums are well supplied with examples of such artifacts.
E. Such artifacts frequently exceed in quality those already cataloged in museum collections.
3. Which of the following is mentioned in the passage as a disadvantage of storing artifacts in museum basements?
A. Museum officials rarely allow scholars access to such artifacts.
B. Space that could be better used for display is taken up for storage.
C. Artifacts discovered in one excavation often become separated from each other.
D. Such artifacts are often damaged by variations in temperature and humidity.
E. Such artifacts‟ often remain uncatalogued and thus cannot be located once they are put in storage.
4. The author mentions the excavation in Cyprus to emphasize which of the following points?
A. Ancient lamps and pottery vessels are less valuable, although more rare, than royal seal impressions.
B. Artifacts that are very similar to each other present cataloguing difficulties to archaeologists.
C. Artifacts that are not uniquely valuable, and therefore could be sold, are available in large quantities.
D. Cyprus is the most important location for unearthing large quantities of salable artifacts.
E. Illegal sales of duplicate artifacts are wide-spread, particularly on the island of Cyprus.
5. The author’s argument concerning the effect of the official sale of duplicate artifacts on illegal excavation is based on which of the following assumptions?
A. Prospective purchasers would prefer to buy authenticated artifacts.
B. The price of illegally excavated artifacts would rise.
C. Computers could be used to trace sold artifacts.
D. Illegal excavators would be forced to sell only duplicate artifacts.
E. Money gained from selling authenticated artifacts could be used to investigate and prosecute illegal excavators.
Answers and Explanations
1. Answer -
a way to curb illegal digging while benefiting the archaeological profession
2. Answer -
Such artifacts frequently exceed in quality those already catalogued in museum collections.
3. Answer -
Such artifacts‟ often remain uncatalogued and thus cannot be located once they are put in storage.
4. Answer -
Artifacts that are not uniquely valuable, and therefore could be sold, are available in large quantities.
5. Answer -
Prospective purchasers would prefer to buy authenticated artifacts.