GMAT Practice Question Set #28 (Question 82-84)

Critical Reasoning Question #84: Terracotta Soldiers  
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By looking at a collection of jade and pearls in the Terracotta Warrior tombs in Xian, China, anthropologists were able to determine that one of the jade and pearl collections was manufactured much farther east near Beijing. Since the Xian Terracotta Warrior tombs were created 2,000 years ago under Emperor Qin, the location of the jade and pearls indicates that there was trade between Xian and Beijing 2,000 years ago.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A)

Xian jade and pearl makers who lived 2,000 years ago did not produce work of the same level of quality as did Beijing jade and pearl makers.

(B)

Xian jade that was used 2,000 years ago bore little resemblance to Beijing jade at that time.

(C)

At the time that the Terracotta warriors were created, there were ships capable of transporting large quantities of manufactured goods between Xian and Beijing.

(D)

The jade and pearls that were found in the warrior tombs were not placed there many generations later by descendants of Emperor Qin.

(E)

The warriors were not members of the royal family to which Emperor Qin belonged.

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