While the influence of British magazines in shaping public opinion predates the nineteenth century, it was during the 1800s that mass distribution became possible and an explosion in periodical readership occurred, vastly increasing magazines’ opinion-shaping powers. The role of magazines as arbiters of nineteenth-century taste is seen in their depictions of the London Theater. The magazines accorded some legitimacy to East End working-class theaters that mirrored the format of the fashionable West End theaters serving middle- and upper-class audiences. However, the magazines also depicted music halls—which competed for patronage with all theaters—as places where crass entertainment corrupted spectators’ taste and morals. Finally, they suggested that popular demand for substandard fare created a market unfriendly to higher expressions of dramatic art.
The author of the passage mentions East End working-class theaters primarily in order to
A. illustrate a point about the ability of magazines to sway public opinion
B. contrast the kinds of entertainment presented in East End and West End theaters
C. make a point about how spectators’ tastes influenced the offerings at different kinds of theaters
D. explain how magazines chose which kinds of entertainment to cover
足球竞彩网 E. identify factors that helped make certain theaters fashionable
分析：足球竞彩网最先簡單化題干。題干問的是：提及“某件事”的目地是什么?那麼，“某件事”的主要內容是什么，馬上想起應當不是太關鍵的，重中之重是舉例說明的目地。相匹配到稿子中第二句：“The role of magazines as arbiters of nineteenth-century taste is seen in their depictions of the London Theater. The magazines accorded…”很顯著“The role of …”這話說明了目地 “雜志是19新世紀品味的裁決者”，即雜志最能體現19新世紀的品位。因此實際事例內容就算不明白，也可了解，舉例說明是以便論述雜志對19新世紀人民群眾的知名度。即選擇項A。