SAT CR question help !!!!!!

<p>The seventeenth and eighteenth century were the era when Pueblo pottery was least likely to be <strong><em>and from which, consequently, the fewest authentic examples</em></strong>.
A. discovered...originate
B. preserved...survive
C. promoted...disappear
D. counterfeited...persist
Why is the right answer b instead of D??? I know D doesn't make sense, but why does it mention "authentic" when the right answer has nothing to do w/ it? I am confused....Help...:(</p>

<p>By saying "D" is the answer you are basically saying: that because very few pieces were counterfeited, no authentic example exist. D is a complete contradiction. You are saying something, and right after the comma you are saying something completely opposite! If people rarely counterfeited, that would mean there would be MORE authentic pieces, not less. The only choice that works is B.</p>

<p>Yes, I totally understand what you said, but the thing is I am wondering that if the Pottery is "preserved", what does it have to do with "authentic?" since spurious pottery can be preserved too :(</p>

<p>I guess you could look at it that way. Many people say that the SAT isn't about finding the right answer, but the LEAST wrong answer. :). Good luck though!</p>

<p>I agree with you that the characterization of the surviving pieces as "authentic" is unnecessary, and that this characterization serves to confuse the reader of the question. That the pieces are authentic is implicit.</p>

<p>Is this a College Board question?</p>

<p>fogcity: It is indeed a College Board QUESTION</p>

<p>I think you might be over-thinking the question. Remember the instruction is to choose the best answer, and from the choices given, b would be the best answer. It may not be the best answer in the world but its the best answer among the choices.</p>

<p>"The seventeenth and eighteenth century were the era when Pueblo pottery was least likely to be <strong><em>and from which, consequently, the fewest authentic examples</em></strong>.
A. discovered...originate
B. preserved...survive
C. promoted...disappear
D. counterfeited...persist"</p>

<p>This is a cause-and-effect question. And you are asking WHY choice B is right over D.
First off, you can eliminate A and C (which you probably did.)
If it were me, I would ignore parts of the sentence so that i am left with
... Pueblo pottery was least likely to be <strong><em>and ... [so]... fewest authentic examples</em></strong>.
From here, you can try the two answers.
D- would less counterfeiting lead to fewer authentic pottery? (probably not...)
[also, as i said before, this is a cause-and-effect question, so choice D doesnt fulfill this "requirement"]
B- would you have more authentic pottery if you preserved it? (probably...)</p>

<p>I hope this answers your question...
The only advice i could give you is this:
keep your "requirement bar" for answers high. It will help eliminate tricky answers.</p>

<p>P.S. counterfeit has a connotation that doesnt really fit the sentence... counterfeit is usually associated with money [as in counterfeit money] or WORKS of art. Therefore, counterfeit doesnt really fit here.</p>

<p>I hope i answered your question...</p>