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37. It can reasonably be inferred from the passage that within the scientific community the year the passage was published, the small-comet theory was:

 

  • A. tremendously unpopular and condemned for its incompleteness.

  • B. widely accepted and seen as conclusive.

  • C. regarded as tentative but deemed worthy of consideration.

  • D.seen as correct by most scientists but was highly criticized by some.