GRE Reading Comprehension - Except

A reading comprehension question may ask you to select that answer choice selection that does not support the reading passage or a reading comprehension question may ask you to select that choice that is not explicitly stated in the passage. Such reading comprehension questions are fairly straight-forward and require you to merely refer back to the reading passage. If you can find specific details quickly, then you can eliminate answer choice one-by-one. The trick here is to utilize mental note-taking when reading the passage so that you have a vague idea of what information is contained in each of the paragraphs that you have presented. Also, any answer choice that is only partially correct is most likely the answer.

For example, consider the following sentence that may be part of a paragraph in the reading passage:

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.

Based on the sentence above, the author would agree with all of the following except:

  1. Hand-made goods prior to the industrial revolution most likely composed the bulk of sales for convenience stores.
  2. Heavy machinery prior to the industrial revolution was mostly manufactured in response to special requests.
  3. 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 goods.
  4. 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.