GRE Reading Comprehension - Except
Prior to the industrial revolution, hand-made goods accounted for the majority of the products sold in convenience stores, and heavy machinery along with handy household gadgets were generally made-to-order.
For example, consider the following sentence that may be part of a paragraph in the reading passage:
In England, the period between the Gothic and Renaissance styles is known as the Elizabethan age. It reached its peak in the late 1500s, toward the end of the long reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and is often considered the last phase of the long-lasting
Tudor style. Although the Elizabethan age produced a certain amount of characteristic sculptures and paintings, the Elizabethan style can best be seen in the period's literature. Many great writers and poets were alive at this time,
including Edmund Spenser, Sir Walter Raleigh, and William Shakespeare. The Gothic period preceding the Elizabethan age was based on religion, but the authors of the Elizabethan age wrote extensively about personal conflicts and personal
relationships, and so a new style of writing emerged during this period. Some scholars argue that this new style of writing was the impetus for the rebirth of scholarly interests, which ultimately led to the Renaissance, which had
its roots in the classics of art, religion, science and inventions, philosophy, and humanism.
Based on the sentence above, the author would agree with all of the following except:
- Hand-made goods prior to the industrial revolution most likely composed the bulk of sales for convenience stores.
- Heavy machinery prior to the industrial revolution was mostly manufactured in response to special requests.
- Prior to the industrial revolution, hand-made goods were the most abundant products sold in convenience stores, and after the industrial revolution, such convenience stores were forced to close by the new stores that exclusively sold manufactured
- Household gadgets prior to the industrial revolution were difficult to acquire because of their scarcity.
The author would agree with all of the statements except choice 3. Choices 1, 2, and 4 refer back to specific details in the sentence and make logical conclusions based on the provided information. Choice 3, however, although it is partially correct in
that it reiterates that convenience stores prior to the industrial revolution sold hand-made goods, the sentence does not state anything about the fate of such convenience stores after the industrial revolution.