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Directions: In this section, you have a few short passages. After each passage, you will find some items based on the passage. First, read a passage and answer the items based on it. You are required to select your answers based on the contents of the passage and the opinion of the author only.
Many men were in debt to the trader at Flambeau, and many counted him as a friend. The latter never reasoned why, except that he had done them favors, and in the North that counts for much. Perhaps they built likewise upon the fact that he was ever the same to all, and that, in days of plenty or in times of famine, his store was open to every man, and all received the same measure. Nor did he raise his prices when the boats were late. They recalled one bleak and blustery autumn when the steamer sank at the Lower Ramparts, taking with her all their
winter's food, how he eked out his scanty stock, dealing with each and every one his portion, month by month. They remembered well the bitter winter that followed when the specter of famine haunted their cabins, and when for endless periods they cinched their belts and cursed and went hungry to sleep, accepting, day by day, the rations doled out to them by the grim, gray man at the log store. Some of them had money-belts weighted low with gold washed from the bars at Forty Mile, and there were others who had wandered in from the Koyukuk with the first frosts, foot-sore and dragging, the legs of their skin boots eaten to the ankle, and the taste of dog meat still in their mouths. Broken and dispirited, these had fared as well through that desperate winter as their brothers from up-river and received a pound for pound of musty flour, strip for a strip of rusty bacon, lump for a lump of precious sugar. Moreover, the price of no single thing had risen throughout the famine. Some of them, to this day, owed bills at Old Man Gale's, of which they dared not think; but every fall and every spring they came again and told of their disappointment, and every time they fared back into the hills bearing another outfit, for which he rendered no account, not even when the debts grew year by year, not even to "No Creek" Lee, the most unlucky of them all, who said that a curse lay on him so that when a pay-streak heard him coming it got up and moved away and hid.
Why were the men in debt to the traders at Flambeau?
In days of famine, his store was open to a few men, and all received the same measure. He raise his prices when the boats were late.
They borrowed lots of goods from traders.
In days of plenty or in times of famine, their store was open to every man, and all received the same measure. Nor did he raise his prices when the boats were late.
They got everything free of cost.
According to the passage option, ‘In days of plenty or in times of famine, their store was open to every man, and all received the same measure. Nor did he raise his prices when the boats were late.’ is the perfect choice
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