HUGEdu®新TOEFL模拟考试

Writing

IN THIS section, YOU WILL BE GIVEN 1 INTEGRATED TASK and 1 INDEPENDENT TASK.
YOU MAY TAKE NOTES WHILE YOU ARE working on both your INTEGRATED task and INDEPENDENT tasks, YOU MAY USE YOUR NOTES WHILE YOU ARE writing. 
NOW PLEASE TAKE OUT A FEW PIECES OF SCRATCH PAPER AND WRITE YOUR NOTES,
You have 50 minutes to answer the section.
NOW PLEASE PUT ON YOUR HEADSET.

Integrated Task

You are given a short passage to read, you have 3 minutes to read and take notes. Now set your timer for 3 minutes, and begin reading now.

Reading Passage

In 1957 a European silver coin dating to the eleventh century was discovered at a Native American archaeological site in the state of Maine in the United States. Many people believed the coin had been originally brought to North America by European explorers known as the Norse, who traveled across the Atlantic Ocean and came into contact with Native Americans almost a thousand years ago. 

However, some archaeologists believe that the coin is not a genuine piece of historical evidence but a historical fake; they think that the coin was placed at the site recently by someone who wanted to mislead the public. There are three main reasons why some archaeologists believe that the coin is not genuine historical evidence. 

First, the Native American site in Maine where the coin was discovered is located very far from other sites documenting a Norse presence in North America. Remains of Norse settlements have been discovered in far eastern Canada. The distance between the Maine site and the Norse settlements in Canada is more than a thousand kilometers, suggesting the coin has no real connection with the settlements. 

A second problem is that no other coins have been found at the Canadian sites that were inhabited by the Norse. This suggests that the Norse did not bring any silver coins with them to their North American settlements. 

Third, the Norse who traveled to North America would have understood that silver coins would most likely be useless to them. SiLver coins may have been in wide use in Europe at the time, but the Norse, as experienced explorers, would have known that native North Americans did not recognize silver coins as money.

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