According to the author of the passage, Stilgoe uses the phrase "romantic–era distrust" (line 13) to imply that the v...

Cameron on June 24 at 08:01PM

Why is D incorrect?

I understand that the author somewhat disagrees with Stilgoe's interpretation of the "Romantic Eria of distrust." However, the author asks what STILGOE inferred by the term. Can you explain why D should be eliminated?

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Victoria on July 4 at 09:22PM

Hi @Cammy,

Happy to help!

Answer choice (D) is definitely tempting but can be eliminated based on lines 18 to 21: "What Stilgoe calls 'romantic-era distrust' was in fact the reaction of a minority...who distrusted the railroad not so much for what it was as for what it signified."

The author believes that this "romantic-era distrust" was a minority movement. The language they use to introduce this beliefs suggests that Stilgoe believed this distrust was a commonly held attitude but was, in fact, only held by a minority of individuals.

In this way, (D) represents the author's beliefs, not the implications of Stilgoe's use of the phrase.

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