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What is the primary reason the boys elect Ralph to be their chief?
He has a presence and "offhand authority" that makes him the most obvious leader in the group.
His "size and attractive appearance" make him the largest and physically strongest of the boys.
He blows the "strident blare" on the conch that brings all the boys together.
His father is "a commander in the Navy" and thus likely to "come and rescue [the boys]".
Unlike Jack, whose face seems "ready to turn, to anger", Ralph doesn't frighten the other boys.