passage II

15. By his statement in lines 71–75, the author most nearly means that during the Little Ice Age:

  • A.food or the lack thereof could have far-reaching and long-lasting effects.

  • B. the difference between hunger and plenty was a very small one.

  • C. food shortages were relatively rare at the national or continental level.

  • D. the insufficiency of food-motivated peasant farmers to work harder.