What is the main purpose of this excerpt from A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens? The whole country [England] was covered with forests, and swamps. The greater part of it was very misty and cold. There were no roads, no bridges, no streets, no houses that you would think deserving of the name. A town was nothing but a collection of straw-covered huts, hidden in a thick wood, with a ditch all round, and a low wall, made of mud, or the trunks of trees placed one upon another. The people planted little or no corn, but lived upon the flesh of their flocks and cattle. They made no coins, but used metal rings for money. They were clever in basket-work, as savage people often are; and they could make a coarse kind of cloth, and some very bad earthenware. But in building fortresses they were much more clever. A. to inform B. to instruct C. to express D. to entertain E. to persuade

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  • A to inform- it is informative due to how it is descriptive of the setting rather than trying to instruct, persuade, entertain, or express.
  • Answer:

    A. to inform


    The Charles Dickens text shown in the question is a descriptive text, full of adjectives that seek to inform you about the situation of the country and the people who live in the region. The text informs how the landscape of England was at the time of the story, informs how the country was covered with flowers and swamps, misty, cold, among other purposes. In addition, the text informs that the people of that place were smart, wild and had agricultural habits, since they planted and used the meat of herds.