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Ralph found himself taking giant strides among the ashes, heard other creatures crying out and leaping and dared the impossible on the dark slope; presently the mountain was deserted, save for the three abandoned sticks and the thing that bowed.

What is the impact of the word "creatures" in the passage below?

A

It indicates that Ralph is not alone in the darkness, but being chased by someone - or something.

B

It reveals that the beast is frightening more than just Ralph and the other boys; it causes terror to the natural world as well.

C

It highlights how confused and utterly alone Ralph feels by describing Jack and Roger as distant and less than human.

D

It shows that Ralph's fear is so great that he is imagining other "beasts" all around him in the darkness.

E

It has very little effect; other words, like "impossible" play a much greater role in making this passage significant.

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