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# Historians have only recently begun to note the increase in demand for

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The question is asking us to evaluate THOMPSON’s
view about the laboring class’ feelings towards the growing consumerism in the 18th century. Does Thompson think the laboring class was against or for this growing consumerism??

Middle of the 1st paragraph is where you want to start reading:

The author does admit that Thompson is right for putting the laboring class back in the context of English history. However, the author has this to say about Thompson’s view:

“....Thompson, while.......(doing 1 thing author agrees with)......., probably has EXAGGERATED the opposition of THESE PEOPLE (referring to the laboring class) to the inroads of capitalist consumerism in general.”

The paragraph is concerned with trying to answering the question of “WHO” were the people that bought so many luxury goods and services. Was it the rich people (Gentry class)? Was it the poor people? Was it the laboring class?

The author thinks that Thompson went too far in saying that the laboring class was OPPOSED to this growing “capitalist consumerism”.

We can infer from this that Thompson must have thought that the laboring people really didn’t like this movement. Otherwise, the author would not have written that Thompson went too far (“exaggerated”).

Thus, out of the options available, what would Thompson say about the laboring class’ feelings towards this growing consumerism???

“Enthusiasm?”

Thompson didn’t say that that the laboring class was “enthusiastic” about this new movement. Otherwise, the author wouldn’t have felt that Thompson went too far in belief that the labor class “opposed”.

“Curiosity”?

“Ambivalence”?

Definitely not either. Thompson has a specific view about How the laboring class felt about this consumerist movement. And he thinks he laboring class was definitely “opposed”.

“Stubbornness?”

Nowhere is it mentions that the laboring class has a feeling of “stubbornness” towards the consumerism.

“Hostility” is the only answer that conveys the “opposition” that Thompson believed the laboring class felt.

(And since the author thinks he “exaggerated” this view, or went too far, it can be inferred that Thompson believed the laboring class’ views went past simple opposition....probably into the territory of hostility)

Hope something I wrote helped. Long passage....

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