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Gifts with a purpose

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Almost all of the gifts given in the poem are of a practical nature. What does this reveal?

A

The recipients were not special enough for gifts without a purpose such as artwork or exotic animals.

B

People of the time period had a simple lifestyle. Most possessions in this time period served a purpose.

C

Impractical gifts would not be handed down to the next generation. The gift givers always wanted to be remembered, so they gave practical gifts that would be cherished through the
generations.

D

Tribes migrated on a yearly basis and the possession of art objects without value was impractical.

E

Because they cherished their masculinity, warriors did not value fancy, impractical gifts.