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Which of the following statements about the intellectual pursuits of Western Europeans prior to the 8th century is MOST accurate?


Greek learning had been retained and there was widespread literacy among the noble classes.


All literacy and contact with ancient cultures was lost in the centuries following the fall of Rome.


Greco-Roman rational traditions were blended with Christian mysticism to create a new form of Christianity.


Literacy was found mostly in monasteries, which usually resulted in little more than copying older manuscripts.


Universities appeared throughout the Germanic kingdoms which rapidly renewed learning after the fall of Rome.

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