- Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:53 pm
The issue is that just because the villagers made contributions to a communal pool doesn't mean they saw all that they produced as communal property. After all, we make contributions to a communal pool of resources via taxation, and I doubt that many would consider Americans to generally view all their property as community property. Having some property contributions tracked is just as consistent with a system of taxation as it is with a system of all community property. We simply don't know based on the passage what sort of system was being described. Because of that, answer choice (C) cannot be the correct answer.
Answer choice (D) on the other hand, describes something that we know is true based on the final paragraph. It describes an evolution of a system, which started with the clay tokens, but ended with signs on a tablet. Those signs replaced the tokens to describe the same information. That completely supports answer choice (D).
Hope that helps!