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Understanding the Rhetoric

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The Cambridge History of English and American Literature
The following is an excerpt from “The Cambridge History of English and American Literature” with a focus on the Age of Johnson. This particular section is about English Drama and Voltaire.

The phrase "says plainly" (line 23) most likely suggests

A

bits of honesty mixed with unsupported opinions.

B

simple language.

C

objective materials.

D

straightforwardly stated opinions.