- Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:29 pm
The discussion of Hoff-Wilson is prefaced by the words "for example," so you know the author is quoting her as an example of something - of what, the previous sentence answers: "Even scholars who have questioned the "golden age" view of colonial women’s status have continued to accept the paradigm of a nineteenth-century decline from a more desirable past." So Hoff-Wilson is being cited as someone who questions the "golden age" view while subscribing to a theory that doesn't differ that much from it.
As those scholars question the "golden age" view but have views which bear such a similarity to the "golden age" views, the author thinks they didn't go far enough in distancing themselves from all the baggage of the "golden age" view; whether the author is right or not is not the point. The author still believes that they had a view that glorified the pre-19th-century era too much, even if they didn't believe it to be a golden age. Thus, the answer to question 23 follows, and the answer to question 24 follows as the author believes it to be paradoxical to deny a golden age while holding a view that things were markedly better in a certain age.