21. It is indicated in Paragraphs 1 and 2 that ____
A. arts criticism has disappeared from big-city newspapers.
B. English-language newspapers used to carry more arts reviews.
C. high-quality newspapers retain a large body of readers.
D. young readers doubt the suitability of criticism on dailies.
Of all the changes that have taken place in English-language newspapers during the past quarter-century, perhaps the most far-reaching has been the inexorable decline in the scope and seriousness of their arts coverage.
It is difficult to the point of impossibility for the average reader under the age of forty to imagine a time when high-quality arts criticism could be found in most big-city newspapers. Yet a considerable number of the most significant collections of criticismpublished in the 20th century consisted in large part of newspaper reviews.To read such books today is to marvel at the fact that their learned contents were once deemed suitable for publication in general-circulation dailies.
这道题难在第二段的第一句话，即It is difficult to the point of impossibility for the average reader under the age of forty to imagine a time when high-quality arts criticism could be found in most big-city newspapers.这句话几乎把所有考生都读晕了。但接下来用了个Yet转折词，后边的大致含义就是20世纪出版的评论集内容的很大一部分就是报纸评论。今天去读这种评论集就惊奇这样一个事实，即评论集的博学内容曾经被认为是适合在日报上发表的。答案的出处很明显，肯定在yet之后。与此部分相关的选项只有D，并且把第二段的第一句话中的under age of forty替换为young。所以确定无疑是选D。