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QOTD # 3-4-5 The massive influx of women cyclists—making up

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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, 10 the bicycle affirmed nothing less than the dignity and equality of women.
For the following question, consider each of the choices separately and select all that apply.

Which of the following statements about women cyclists is supported by the passage?

  • The newly improved bicycle of the mid-1890s appealed mostly to women in a privileged position.
  • The great majority of women in the mid-1890s considered cycling an idle pastime.
  • Women bicyclists promoted cycling as a healthy form of outdoor exercise.

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
C


For the following question, consider each of the choices separately and select all that apply.

Which of the following does the passage suggest about pioneer women cyclists?

  • They saw cycling as a means to promote the advancement of women.
  • They argued that cycling would encourage women to get involved in a variety of noble causes.
  • They provided several reasons for a cross section of the female population to use the bicycle.

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
A and C


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.

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
B




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3) Choice C is correct. The question asks which of three statements about women cyclists are supported by the passage. Choice A is incorrect: The second sentence of the passage states that the new bicycle appealed to a few privileged women right away, but then implies that it quickly “attracted a greater cross section of the female population.” Choice B is incorrect: The third sentence of the passage explicitly states that
many women “had not taken up [bicycling] as an idle pastime.” Choice C is correct: The penultimate sentence of the passage implies that women bicyclists thought that cycling would “encourage healthy outdoor exercise.”

4) Choices A and C are correct. The question asks what the passage suggests about pioneer women cyclists. Choice A is correct: The passage states that pioneer women cyclists saw cycling “as a means to improve the general female condition” and believed that it “affirmed nothing less than the dignity and equality of women.” Choice B is incorrect: The passage states that bicycle pioneers saw cycling itself as a noble cause but does not mention any other noble causes to which cycling would lead. Choice C is correct. The passage mentions that pioneer women cyclists saw at least two independent reasons for all women to use bicycles: they believed that cycling would “encourage healthy outdoor exercise” as well as “hasten long-overdue dress reform.”

5) The second sentence implies that the bicycle appealed at first only to “a few privileged women” but then “attracted a greater cross section of the female population,” thus informing the reader that “the massive influx of women cyclists” mentioned in the previous sentence did not happen all at once. Since the influx of women cyclists is the social consequence of the cycling boom mentioned in the previous sentence, the highlighted sentence describes this consequence in more detail. Therefore, Choice B is correct. The second sentence does not correct any misconceptions (Choice A), provide help in understanding the appeal of the bicycle to privileged women (Choice C), explain the attraction cycling held for a significant cross section of women (Choice D), or describe demographic characteristics of the consumer market for bicycles (Choice E).
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