- Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:17 pm
It looks like you were really close to the portion of the passage that would help you answer this one. Namely, the sentence following the one you quoted is, "In his characterization of nineteenth-century English culture, cultural critic Matthew Arnold identified the aristocracy as Barbarians, interested largely in fox hunting and gaming, and the middle class as Philistines, obsessed with respectability."
Given this language, answer choice (E)--"scorn"--seems to provide an accurate description of Matthew Arnold's attitude towards the aristocracy (which he calls "Barbarians") and the middle class (which he describes as "Philistines, obsessed with respectability"), which is certainly strong and negative language, rather than "indifference" as in answer (C).
Hope that helps!