Passage Reading and English Comprehension
(a) an alternative to museum display of artifacts
(b) a way to curb illegal digging while benefiting the archaeological profession
(c) a way to distinguish artifacts with scientific value from those that have no such value
(d) the governmental regulation of archaeological sites
705. 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.
706. 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 artifactsí often remain uncatalogued and thus cannot be located once they are put in storage
707. 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
708. The authorís 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.
709. The author anticipates which of the following initial objections to the adoption of his proposal?
(a) Museum officials will become unwilling to store artifacts
(b) An oversupply of salable artifacts will result and the demand for them will fall
(c) Artifacts that would have been displayed in public places will be sold to private collectors
(d) Illegal excavators will have an even larger supply of artifacts for resale
710. The author implies that which of the following would occur if duplicate artifacts were sold on the open market?
I. Illegal excavation would eventually cease completely
II. Cyprus would become the primary source of marketable duplicate artifacts
III. Archaeologists would be able to publish the results of their excavations more frequently than they currently do
(a) I only
(b) III only
(c) I and II only
(d) I, II, and III
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