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Based on the context of the following paragraph, what is the best synonym for the word 'fractious'?

The brute jerked up his head, laid back his ears and rushed to the attack. Lum had to run for safety. Five or six more men left the porch and surrounded the fractious beast, goosing him in the sides and making him show his temper. But he had more spirit left than body.

A

Skinny

B

Swift

C

Injured

D

Frightened

E

Ill-tempered

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