The massive influx of women cyclists—making up at least a third of the total market— was perhaps the most striking and profound social consequence of the mid-1890s cycling boom. Although the new, improved bicycle had appealed immediately to a few privileged women, its impact would have been modest had it not attracted a greater cross section of the female population. It soon became apparent that many of these pioneer women bicyclists had not taken up the sport as an idle pastime. Rather, they saw cycling as a noble cause to be promoted among all women as a means to improve the general female condition. Not only would cycling encourage healthy outdoor exercise, they reasoned, it would also hasten long-overdue dress reform. To feminists, the bicycle affirmed nothing less than the dignity and equality of women.
Which of the following statements about women cyclists is supported by the passage?
A.The newly improved bicycle of the mid-1890s appealed mostly to women in a privileged position.
B.The great majority of women in the mid-1890s considered cycling an idle pastime.
C.Women bicyclists promoted cycling as a healthy form of outdoor exercise.
Which of the following does the passage suggest about pioneer women cyclists?
A.They saw cycling as a means to promote the advancement of women.
B.They argued that cycling would encourage women to get involved in a variety of noble causes.
C.They provided several reasons for a cross section of the female population to use the bicycle.
Which of the following best describes the function of the second sentence (“Although . . . population”)?
A.It corrects a common misconception regarding the use of the bicycle in the mid-1890s.
B.It elaborates on a claim made in the previous sentence regarding a social consequence of the cycling boom.
C.It provides a context in which to understand the increased popularity of bicycle riding among privileged women.
D.It explains why cycling attracted such a significant cross section of women.
E.It describes the demographic characteristics of the consumer market for bicycles in the mid-1890s.
正确答案:C AC B
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