February 20, 2017

Homework Help: English

Posted by Henry2 on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 10:05am.

I added a few more things on a listening comprehension I find it difficult to simplify.I hope you can help me.

1) The House of Lords represented the aristocracy and the Church of England, whereas the House of Commons represented the merchants and the landed gentry.
2) The latter refused to pay taxes to finance the government policy unless their needs/interests were taken into account.
3) The conflict between the two houses was also religious because the interests of the mercantile classes were better suited to Puritanism than to the position of the official Anglican Church. (I need to clarify this sentence).
4) The reasons for the Puritans’ appeal to the mercantile classes can be summoned up as follows. (I’d like to clarify this sentence, too).
5) First, Puritan austerity fitted in well with the life-style of the mercantile classes, which made work rather than pleasure their main occupation.
6) The Puritan insistence on predestination, according to which (?) to have God on one’s side meant success (being successful) in one’s business, had a strong influence on the mercantile classes.
7) Lastly, the Puritan belief in individual conscience as sufficient for individual salvation (I need to simplify this) lead to the belief in unrestricted individualism in commercial matters, which formed the basis of the Industrial Revolution in the second half of the 18th century.

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