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As the saffron tints and crimson flushes of mornherald the coming day, so the social and politicaladvancement which woman has already gained bearsthe promise of the rising of the full-orbed sun ofemancipation. The result will be not to make homeless happy, but society more holy; yet I do not think the mere extension of the ballot apanacea for all the ills of our national life. What we need today is not simply more voters, butbetter voters. Today there are red-handed men in our republic, who walk unwhipped of justice, who richly deserve to exchange the ballot of the freeman for the wristlets of the felon; brutaland cowardly men... More than the changing of institutions we need the development of anational conscience, and the upbuilding of national character. Men may boast of thearistocracy of blood, may glory in the aristocracy of talent, and be proud of the aristocracyof wealth, but there is one aristocracy which must ever outrank them all, and that is thearistocracy of character; and it is the women of a country who help to mold its character, andto influence if not determine its destiny; and in the political future of our nation woman will nothave done what she could if she does not endeavor to have our republic stand foremost amongthe nations of the earth, wearing sobriety as a crown and righteousness as a garment and agirdle. In coming into her political estate woman will find a mass of illiteracy to be dispelled. Ifknowledge is power, ignorance is also power. The power that educates wickedness maymanipulate and dash against the pillars of any state when they are undermined andhoneycombed by injustice.
The underlined word "determine" most nearly means _____
Choice A is the best answer. When the speakerstates that women "help to mold" the character of acountry and "influence if not determine its destiny," she means that women can influence the country'sdestiny and may even "decide," or cause, a certain future for the country.