English Comprehension – Very Short Passages 1-10

Passage 9 – Today’s shopping mall has as its antecedents historical marketplaces, such as Greek agoras, European piazzas, and Asian bazaars. The purpose of these sites, as with the shopping mall, is both economic and social. People not only go to buy and sell wares, but also to be seen, catch up on news, and be part of the human drama.

The paragraph best supports the statement that
a. modern Americans spend an average of 15 hours a month in shopping malls.
b. shopping malls serve an important purpose in our culture.
c. shopping malls have a social as well as commercial function.
d. there are historical antecedents for almost everything in contemporary society.

Answer is on the last page.


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