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Old Major’s Rhetoric

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Which of the following best describes Old Major’s reason for starting his speech with the words below?

I do not think, comrades, that I shall be with you for very many months longer, and before I die, I feel it my duty to pass on to you such wisdom as I have acquired. I have had a long life, I have had much time for thought as I lay alone in my stall, and I think I may say that I understand the nature of life on this earth as well as any animal now living.

A

He wants to impress the other animals with his accomplishments.

B

He is establishing credibility with his audience by explaining why they should listen to him.

C

He is conjuring up familiar images of life on the farm to appeal to his listeners’ sense of nostalgia.

D

He is explaining why animals would be better off without human masters.

E

He is trying to convince them that he has made good use of the time he’s been given.