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Life On Prairie Farms - EV Smalley
The recurrent farm problems of the nineteenth century were usually described in political and economic terms, but there were also social difficulties imposed by the solitary nature of farm life. One attempt at a solution was the following proposal by journalist E. V. Smalley, who called for a complete reorganization of rural villages.

Smalley, E.V. "The Isolation of Life on Prairie Farms." The Atlantic Monthly. Vol. 63-88. N.p.: Atlantic Monthly Company, 1903. 378-81. Print.

The mood of the last four paragraphs (lines 37-58) of the passage can most accurately be described as one of


hopelessness and desolation.


imminent fear and destruction.


optimism and excitement.


thoughtfulness and deliberation.