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A Reason to Believe

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Which of the following quotations BEST conveys Orwell's message that propaganda works because people naturally want to believe in something?

A

"Once again all rations were reduced, except those of the pigs and the dogs. A too rigid equality in rations, Squealer explained, would have been contrary to the principles of Animalism. In any case, he had no difficulty in proving to the other animals that they were not in reality short of food, whatever the appearances might be."

B

"The animals believed every word of it. Truth to tell, Jones and all he stood for had almost faded out of their memories. They knew that life nowadays was harsh and bare, that they were often hungry and often cold, and that they were usually working when they were not asleep. But doubtless it had been worse in the old days. They were glad to believe so.

C

"There was nothing on the wall now except a single Commandment. It ran: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS. After that it did not seem strange when the next day the pigs who were supervising the work of the farm all carried whips in their trotters."

D

"At last, feeling this to be in some way a substitute for the words she was unable to find, she began to sing Beasts of England. The other animals sitting round her took it up, and they sang it three times over - very tunefully, but slowly and mournfully, in a way they had never sung it before."

E

"Some of the animals had noticed that the van which took Boxer away was marked 'Horse Slaughterer,' and had actually jumped to the conclusion that Boxer was being sent to the knacker's… But the explanation was really quite simple. The van had previously been the property of the knacker, and had been bought by the veterinary surgeon... The animals were enormously relieved to hear this."