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A smooth rigid retaining wall moves as shown in the sketch causing the backfill material to fail. The backfill material is homogeneous and isotrophic, and obeys the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion. The major principal stress is

  1. parallel to the wall face and acting downwards
  2. normal to the wall face
  3. oblique to the wall face acting downwards
  4. oblique to the wall face acting upwards
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