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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 primary claim made in the first paragraph (lines 1-3) is

A

the Northwestern prairies offer free land to immigrants.

B

life in the Northwestern prairie is particularly harsh and trying.

C

the weather on the Northwestern prairie is more severe than anywhere else in North America.

D

the Northwest prairie farmers can only cultivate certain crops.