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Question:

What is the author’s purpose in describing the fact that stress is “specifically linked to six different causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide”?

A To highlight the extremity of the issue.
Explaination

This answer is correct because the writer introduces these causes of death in order to establish stress as a serious problem that deserves real attention. Answer ” To point out that coloring can save a person’s life.” may be tempting, but the writer is careful to indicate that coloring in a coloring book isn’t a “cure” to stress, and it is a little too exaggerated for the passage.