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    The author's opinion?

    Hello, teachers!

    Would you read the passage in the following?


    Locations associated with famous assassinations, murders or tragic accidents also attract tourists. In London, for instance, one can join tours that trace the brutal murders committed by the notorious Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper. The spots where John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and John Lennon were killed are marked by commemorative plagues or informal memorials. The houses or streets where celebrities such as Princess Diana met tragic or violent ends often become sacred places for their fans, as do their graves.

    So why are people attracted to such places? Some argue that dark tourism appeals to the dark side of human nature. People will crowd around a traffic accident of stop to watch a fire, which suggests that there is some part of us that is fascinated with death and destruction. In many countries in the past, for instance, criminals condemned to death were often executed in public. People would travel for miles to come and watch. Commentators nearly always describe the festive atmosphere of such crowds. Some modern dark tourism sties actively emphasize death to make the maximum impact, such as genocide sites in Rwanda that display the skulls and bones of victims where they were murdered. So there may well be an aspect of the human psyche that draws people towards death and suffering, but it is important to remember that most of these places also have a historical significance. Individual tourists who visit them are likely to have complex motives.


    Q: Which of the following does the author of this passage think is the answer to the underlined part?

    1) Because dark tourism combines historical significance with the dark side of human nature.
    2) Because poeple appreciate the historical value of these sites.
    3) Because public executions were part of historical tradition and entertainment in many countries.
    4) Because skulls and bones make good tourist exhibits in Rwanda.
    5) Because the enjoyment of death and suffering makes the motives of tourists complex.
    6) Because the human psyche contains elements that make people fascinated by death and destruction.

    According to the answer key, the answer seems 1), but some of my friends insist that the answer should be 6).

    Which do you think is the answer?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    yam.

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    Re: The author's opinion?

    1 is closer to me because the text does talk about both the dark side of human nature and the historical significance.

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    #3

    Re: The author's opinion?

    I would choose 6. The examples given do not all involve a sense of historical significance.

    (By the way -- "commemorative plagues" -- a Freudian slip?)

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    Re: The author's opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post

    [...] marked by commemorative plaques or informal memorials. [...]

    [...] People will crowd around a traffic accident or stop to watch a fire, [...]

    Some modern dark tourism sites actively emphasize death to make the maximum impact, such as genocide sites in Rwanda that display the skulls and bones of victims where they were murdered. So there may well be an aspect of the human psyche that draws people towards death and suffering, but it is important to remember that most of these places also have a historical significance. [...]

    2) Because people appreciate the historical value of these sites.
    Reading the underlined part, I would go for 1) like Tdol.

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