Question 12In this passage from Oliver TwistRead answer     

, by Charles Dickens, the main character has recently been placed in a workhouse for the poor. this passage. Then, the question.

  Poor Oliver! He little thought, as he lay sleeping in happy unconsciousness of all around him, that the board had that very day arrived at a decision which would exercise the most material influence over all his future fortunes. But they had. And this was it: 

     The members of this board were very sage, deep, philosophical men; and when they came to turn their attention to the workhouse, they found out at once, what ordinary folks would never have discovered—the poor people like it! ... "Oho!" said the board, looking very knowing; "we are the fellows to set this to rights; we'll stop it all, in no time" So, they established the rule, that all poor people should have the alternative )for they would compel nobody, not they) of being starved by a gradual process in the house, or by a quick one out of it. With this view, they contracted with the waterworks to lay on an unlimited supply of water; and with a corn factory to supply periodically small quantities of oatmeal; and issued three meals of thin gruel a day, with an onion twice a week, and half a roll on Sundays. 

What seems to be the writer's chief purpose in this passage?  

A. to entertain readers with amusing ironies concerning workhouse life

B. to expose a social problem and persuade readers to help correct it

C. to recount entertaining events in the life of Oliver Twist

D. to inform readers of the ingredients of gruel and its role in the British diet

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