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To Kill a Mockingbird

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“Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself”

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It was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.

The MOST immediate function of the sentence is to

A

introduce one of the novel’s main themes by mentioning fear for the first time.

B

invite the audience to ponder a paradox: the idea of having nothing to fear but fear.

C

situate Scout’s childhood at a particular historical moment, by making an allusion.

D

include important information about the prevailing attitudes of the characters in the novel.

E

establish the author’s literary authority by displaying impressive figurative language.