<u>E. He is poised between two worlds but eager to be home</u>
Based on the context of that passage, the pairing of the verbs "balanced" and "leaped" suggest a delightful disposition of Altaf.
Despite been poised between two worlds, Altaf is eager ("leaped" with joy) to be home.
im so sry this is late but the answer is b) robert finds it unpleasant, and the author is embarrassed by it.
it says the need of the moment,so that should be his main purpose
Answer: by disagreeing and giving them good reason why they should switch there opinion.