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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


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


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


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


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


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

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