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#6 - A purse containing 32 ancient gold coins that had been

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Complete Question Explanation

Must Be True. The correct answer choice is (C)

This stimulus contains a fact set, so you should attempt to put the facts together and prephrase what must be true on the basis of them:

    Fact 1: ..... The golden coins found in the purse were minted in Morocco;

    Fact 2: ..... The Jordanian city was a popular stopover for pilgrims on the route between Morocco and Mecca;

    Fact 3: ..... The purse of a trader in the city would have contained a different set of coins than the one found in this purse.

It is reasonable to conclude on the basis of these facts that the purse belonged to a pilgrim traveling between Morocco and Mecca. Answer choice (C) is therefore correct.

Answer choice (A): The relative value of Moroccan coins is of no importance to this argument and cannot be inferred on the basis of the information provided. This answer choice is incorrect.

Answer choice (B): Just because 32 of the coins found had been minted in Morocco does not mean that most gold coins available during that time had been minted there. “Some” does not entail “most.” This answer choice is incorrect.

Answer choice (C): This is the correct answer choice. See discussion above.

Answer choice (D): It is perfectly possible that gold coins were not the only medium of exchange. There is no reason to suspect the contents of the purse were representative of all media of exchange used in the ancient city. This answer choice is incorrect.

Answer choice (E): This answer is outside the scope of the facts presented in the stimulus and is therefore incorrect.