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Freytag's Pyramid: Part 2

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Which of the following quotations best illustrates the beginning of the rising action, also known as the inciting incident or complication?

A

"At this there was a terrible baying sound outside, and nine enormous dogs wearing brass-studded collars came bounding into the barn. They dashed straight for Snowball, who only sprang from his place just in time to escape their snapping jaws. In a moment he was out the door and they were after him."

B

"It was about this time that the pigs suddenly moved into the farmhous and took up residence there. Again the animals seemed to remember that a resolution against this had been passed in the early days, and again Squealer was able to convince thme that this was not the case."

C

"After a few minutes the men were seen to be running in all directions. Then there was a deafening roar. The pigeons swirled into the air, and all the animals, except Napoleon, flung themselves flat on their bellies and hid their faces. When they got up again, a huge cloud of black smoke was hanging where the windmill had been...The windmill had ceased to exist!"

D

"The men had milked the cows in the early morning and then gone out rabbiting, without bothering to feed the animals. When Mr. Jones got back he immediately went to sleep on the drawing-room sofa with the News of the World over his face, so that when evening came, the animals were still unfed. At last they could stand it no longer... With one accord, though nothing of the kind had been planned beforehand, they flung themselves upon their tormentors."

E

"Yes, it was Squealer. A little awkwardly, as though not quite used to supporting his considerable bulk in that position, but with perfect balance, he was strolling across the yard. And a moment later, out from the door of the farmhouse came a long file of pigs, all walking on their hind legs."