differences between "lead to" and "drive to"

Having that sense of anger _______ people to actually feel some power in what otherwise is a maddening situation.
A. hopes
B. leads
C. lets
D. drives

I have looked them up in the dictionary but were unable to find any satisfying explanation. I can’t tell the difference between “lead … to” and “drive … to”. Please help me.

Thanks in advance!

“Lead to” is better here. It means “to cause to.” “To drive to” means to force.

I’m not surprised you couldn’t find an adequate difference between the two phrases, Takashiro. Without a wider context the difference is so subtle that a dictionary would indicate both are acceptable.

The subtlety between the two phrases to me depends on whether it is a pushing force (drive/force forward) or a pulling force (lead). I could imagine the correct answer is that the sense of anger drives the feeling of power, but I suspect that it is actually ‘leads’ - the sense of anger leads to the feeling of power.
Even with Mordan’t sound advice, I’m not convinced that the question differentiates adequately between those two options.

Is this one of the tests on this site? If so, what answer is considered correct?

Not one of the tests on this site. It’s a part of a cloze in our weekly examinations. The correct answer is “leads”. Maybe I should have typed the whole passage.

Thanks for your explanation, BN and mordant. I can more or less understand it now.

Here’s the whole passage.

Bees, I think it’s subtle, too. But the use of the verb “feel” is partly what drives me to select “lead to.”

It feels more natural to say someone caused you to feel a certain way than to say someone forced you to do so.

Hi Mordant,

That’s why I said:

It seems a very tough choice for a learner of the language, although the full passage, now posted, makes the correct choice clearer.