I have a huge amount of word problems I figured that I might as well post to see how people reason them out! Ahem. Without further delay, the first of however many you guys feel like posting! Cheating is highly discouraged. I'm sure some may be documented on the web.
Before the printing press, books could be purchased
only in expensive manuscript copies. The printing
press produced books that were significantly less
expensive than the manuscript editions. The public’s
demand for printed books in the first years after the
invention of the printing press was many times greater
than demand had been for manuscript copies. This
increase demonstrates that there was a dramatic jump
in the number of people who learned how to read in
the years after publishers first started producing books
on the printing press.
Which one of the following statements, if true, casts
doubt on the argument?
(A) During the first years after the invention of the
printing press, letter writing by people who
wrote without the assistance of scribes or clerks
exhibited a dramatic increase.
(B) Books produced on the printing press are often
found with written comments in the margins in
the handwriting of the people who owned the
(C) In the first years after the printing press was
invented, printed books were purchased primarily
by people who had always bought and read
expensive manuscripts but could afford a
greater number of printed books for the same
(D) Books that were printed on the printing press in
the first years after its invention often circulated
among friends in informal reading clubs or
(E) The first printed books published after the
invention of the printing press would have been
useless to illiterate people, since the books had
virtually no illustrations.