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Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each out of the four alternatives.

Some years ago I had the privilege of meeting the world’s oldest man. At least he said he was. And he was so dogmatic about it that the promoters of a cartoon strip that specialised in unbelievable oddities brought the old man up to New York from his native Columbia, to have him examined by a team of doctors at the Cornell Medical Centre. He was an Indian, he was four feet four inches high, he had an alligator-hide complexion and a tendency to swing with his right whenever he was passed from one medico to another. He said he was $167$, born the same year as the American Constitution. When the  name of George Washington was suggested to him, to help him fix his generation, he said he remembered the man well. But he resented coming all the way to New York. He wanted to be left alone to go about his business, which at that time was the business of looking for a sixth wife to comfort him in his approaching old age.

The cartoon-strip people got interested in him because:

  1. He was a comical creature
  2. They wanted to feature him in a cartoon strip
  3. A person surviving at that age was odd and unbelievable
  4. He had the tendency of swinging with his right.
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Option C is the right answer.

“...promoters of a cartoon strip that specialised in unbelievable oddities brought the old man up...”

The “unbelievable oddity” here is Option C (A person surviving at that age was odd and unbelievable).

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