Historians sometimes forget that history is continually being made and experienced before it is studied, interpreted, and read. These latter activities have their own history, of course, which may impinge in unexpected ways on public events. It is difficult to predict when “new pasts” will overturn established historical interpretations and change the course of history.

In the fall of 1954, for example, C. Vann Woodward delivered a lecture series at the University of Virginia which challenged the prevailing dogma concerning the history, continuity, and uniformity of racial segregation in the South. He argued that the Jim Crow laws of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries not only codified traditional practice but also were a determined effort to erase the considerable progress made by Black people during and after Reconstruction in the 1870’s. This revisionist view of Jim Crow legislation grew in part from the research that Woodward had done for the NAACP legal campaign during its preparation for Brown v. Board of Education.

The Supreme Court had issued its ruling in this epochal desegregation case a few months before Woodward’s lectures. The lectures were soon published as a book, The Strange Career of Jim Crow. Ten years later, in a preface to the second revised edition, Woodward confessed with ironic modesty that the first edition “had begun to suffer under some of the handicaps that might be expected in a history of the American Revolution published in 1776.”

That was a bit like hearing Thomas Paine apologize for the timing of his pamphlet Common Sense, which had a comparable impact. Although Common Sense also had a mass readership, Paine had intended to reach and inspire: he was not a historian, and thus not concerned with accuracy or the dangers of historical anachronism. Yet, like Paine, Woodward had an unerring sense of the revolutionary moment, and of how historical evidence could undermine the mythological tradition that was crushing the dreams of new social possibilities. Martin Luther King, Jr., testified to the profound effect of The Strange Career of Jim Crow on the civil rights movement by praising the book and quoting it frequently.


1.occurrence of events extremely similar to past events
2.history of the activities of studying, interpreting, and reading new historical writing
3.change in people’s understanding of the past due to more recent historical writing
4.overturning of established historical interpretations by politically motivated politicians

Q2:It can be inferred from the passage that the “prevailing dogma” (line 10) held that
1.Crow laws were passed to erase the social gains that Black people had achieved since Reconstruction
2.Jim Crow laws were passed to establish order and uniformity in the discriminatory practices of different southern states
3.the continuity of racial segregation in the South was disrupted by passage of Jim Crow laws
4.the continuity of racial segregation in the South was disrupted by passage of Jim Crow laws

Q3: Which of the following is the best example of writing that is likely to be subject to the kinds of “handicaps” referred to in line 27?
1.A newspaper article assessing the historical importance of a United States President written shortly after the President has taken office
2.A history of an auto manufacturing plant written by an employee during an auto-buying boom
3.A critique of a statewide school-desegregation plan written by an elementary school teacher in that state
4.A scientific paper describing the benefits of a certain surgical technique written by the surgeon who developed the technique


Q4: The passage suggests that C. Vann Woodward and Thomas Paine were similar in all of the following ways EXCEPT:
1.Both exhibited an understanding of the relevance of historical evidence to contemporary issues
2.The works of both had a significant effect on events following their publication.
3.Both had works published in the midst of important historical events.
4.Both were able to set aside worries about historical anachronism in order to reach and inspire.


Q5: The attitude of the author of the passage toward the work of C. Vann Woodward is best described as one of
1.respectful regard
2.implied skepticism
3.qualified approbation
4.pointed criticism

Q6: Which of the following best describes the new idea expressed by C. Vann Woodward in his University of Virginia lectures in 1954?
1.Jim Crow legislation was conventional in nature.
2.Jim Crow laws did not go as far in codifying traditional practice as they might have.
3.Jim Crow laws did much more than merely reinforce a tradition of segregation.
4.Southern racial segregation was continuous and uniform.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) was created in the early 1990s as a component of the Uruguay Round negotiation. However, it could have been negotiated as part of the Tokyo Round of the 1970s, since that negotiation was an attempt at a ‘constitutional reform’ of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Or it could have been put off to the future, as the US government wanted. What factors led to the creation of the WTO in the early 1990s?

One factor was the pattern of multilateral bargaining that developed late in the Uruguay Round. Like all complex international agreements, the WTO was a product of a series of trade-offs between principal actors and groups. For the United States, which did not want a new Organisation, the dispute settlement part of the WTO package achieved its longstanding goal of a more effective and more legal dispute settlement system. For the Europeans, who by the 1990s had come to view GATT dispute settlement less in political terms and more as a regime of legal obligations, the WTO package was acceptable as a means to discipline the resort to unilateral measures by the United States.

Countries like Canada and other middle and smaller trading partners were attracted by the expansion of a rulesbased system and by the symbolic value of a trade Organisation, both of which inherently support the weak against the strong. The developing countries were attracted due to the provisions banning uni ‘lateral measures. Finally, and perhaps most important, many countries at the Uruguay Round came to put a higher priority on the export gains than on the import losses that the negotiation would produce, and they came to associate the WTO and a rules-based system with those gains. This reasoning – replicated in many countries – was contained in U.S. Ambassador Kantor’s defence of the WTO, and it amounted to a recognition that international trade and its benefits cannot be enjoyed unless trading nations accept the discipline of a negotiated rules-based environment.

A second factor in the creation of the WTO was pressure from lawyers and the legal process. The dispute settlement system of the WTO was seen as a victory of legalists over pragmatists but the matter went deeper than that. The GATT, and the WTO, are contract organisations based on rules, and it is inevitable that an Organisation created to further rules will in turn be influenced by the legal process. Robert Hudec has written of the ‘momentum of legal development’, but what is this precisely? Legal development can be defined as promotion of the technical legal values of consistency, clarity (or, certainty) and effectiveness;

these are values that those responsible for administering any legal system will seek to maximise. As it played out in the WTO, consistency meant integrating under one roof the whole lot of separate agreements signed under GATT auspices; clarity meant removing ambiguities about the powers of contracting parties to make certain decisions or to undertake waivers; and effectiveness meant eliminating exceptions arising out of grandfather-rights and resolving defects in dispute settlement procedures and institutional provisions. Concern for these values is inherent in any rules-based system of co-operation, since without these values rules would be meaningless in the first place. Rules, therefore, create their own incentive for fulfilment.

The momentum of legal development has occurred in other institutions besides the GATT, most notably in the European Union (EU). Over the past two decades the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has consistently rendered decisions that have expanded incrementally the EU’s internal market, in which the doctrine of ‘mutual recognition’ handed down in the case Cassis de Dijon in 1979 was a key turning point. The Court is now widely recognised as a major player in European integration, even though arguably such a strong role was not originally envisaged in the Treaty of Rome, which initiated the current European Union. One means the Court used to expand integration was the ‘teleological method of interpretation’, whereby the actions of member states were evaluated against ‘the accomplishment of the most elementary community goals set forth in the Preamble to the treaty’.

The teleological method represents an effort to keep current policies consistent with stated goals, and it is analogous to the effort in GATT to keep contracting party trade practices consistent with stated rules. In both cases legal concerns and procedures are an independent force for further cooperation.

In large part the WTO was an exercise in consolidation. In the context of a trade negotiation that created a near- revolutionary expansion of international trade rules, the formation of the WTO was a deeply conservative act needed to ensure that the benefits of the new rules would not be lost.

The WTO was all about institutional structure and dispute settlement: these are the concerns of conservatives and not revolutionaries, which is why lawyers and legalists took the lead on these issues. The WTO codified the GATT institutional practice that had developed by custom over three decades, and it incorporated a new dispute settlement system that was necessary to keep both old and new rules from becoming a sham. Both the international structure and the dispute settlement system were necessary to preserve and enhance the integrity of the multilateral trade regime that had been built incrementally from the 1940s to the 1990s.

1.The US government did not like it.
2.Important players did not find it in their best interest to do so.
3.Lawyers did not work for the dispute settlement system.
4.The Tokyo Round negotiation was an attempt at constitutional reform.

Q2: The most likely reason for the acceptance of the WTO package by nations was that
1.it had the means to prevent the US from taking unilateral measures.
2.they recognized the need for a rule-based environment to protect the benefits of increased trade.
3.it settles disputes more legally and more effectively.
4.its rule-based system leads to export gains.

Q3: According to the passage, WTO promoted the technical legal values partly through
1.integrating under one roof the agreements signed under GATT.
2.rules that create their own incentive for fulfilment.
3.grandfather-rights exceptions and defects in dispute settlement procedures.
4.ambiguities about the powers of contracting parties to make certain decisions.

Q4: In the method of interpretation of the European Court of Justice,
1.current policies needed to be consistent with stated goals.
2.contracting party trade practices needed to be consistent with stated rules.
3.enunciation of the most elementary community goals needed to be emphasized.
4.actions of member states needed to be evaluated against the stated community goals..

Q5: In the statement “…it amounted to a recognition that international trade and its benefits cannot be enjoyed unless trading nations accept the discipline of a negotiated rules-based environment.”, it’ refers to:
1.Ambassador Kantor’s defence of the WTO.
2.The higher priority on export gains placed by many countries at the Uruguay Round.
3.The export gains many countries came to associate with a rule-based system.
4.The provision of a rule-based system by the WTO.

Q6: The importance of Cassis de Dijon is that it
1.gave a new impetus to the momentum of legal development at the European Court of Justice.
2.resulted in a decision that expanded incrementally the EU’s internal marketOther E. U.
3.strengthened the role of the Court more than envisaged in the Treaty of Rome
4.led to a doctrine that was a key turning point in European integration

TWO decades before he won the Nobel prize for economics in 1991, Ronald Coase wrote an essay decrying the poor state of research in industrial organization, the discipline in which he established his reputation. The field, he complained, was devoted to the study of monopoly and antitrust policy. That, he said, made for bad scholarship: an economist faced with a business practice that he cannot fathom, according to Mr Coase, “looks for a monopoly explanation”.

A lot has changed in the 37 years since that lament. The broader research effort for which Mr Coase called has fostered a richer understanding of how firms respond to customers and rivals. Monopoly explanations now compete with theories that see the same behaviour as helpful to consumers. That has made it harder to sort malign from benign business practices.

The recent antitrust finding against Intel, a maker of computer chips, is a case in point. After a long investigation, ending in a bulky 524-page verdict, the European Union in May fined Intel -1.06 billion ($1.44 billion) for illegally using its muscle to price AMD, a rival chipmaker, out of the market. Intel rejects the charge of predatory pricing and plans a court appeal. Its lawyers have a block of theory on which to build a defence. Allegations of predatory pricing have a long history.

The Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, the foundation of America’s competition policy, was partly a response to complaints by small firms that larger rivals wanted to drive them out of business. Trustbusters need to be wary of such claims. Low prices are one of the fruits of competition: penalising business giants for price cuts would be perverse. But in rare circumstances, a big firm with cash in reserve may cut prices below costs in order to starve smaller rivals of revenue. The profits sacrificed in the short term can be recouped by higher prices once competitors are out of the way. Establishing that a firm is guilty of predation is difficult.

If rivals stumble or fail, that may be down to their own inefficiency or poor products, and not because they were preyed upon. Proving that a firm is pricing below its costs is tricky in practice. Even where a reliable price-cost or profit-sacrifice test is feasible, failing it need not imply sinister intent. There are often pro-competitive reasons to forgo short-term profits. Firms with a new product, or a new version of an existing one, may wish to pick a lossmaking price to defray the cost to consumers of switching, or because they expect their own costs to fall as they perfect the production process (video-game consoles are a classic example). Losses would then be a licit investment in future profits

1.The author is criticizing Ronald for his lament which has in fact made it difficult to sort malign from benign business practices.
2.The author considers Ronald’s lament unwarranted since a lot has changed in the years after that.
3.The broader research effort advocated by Mr. Coase has only led to a lot of confusion in understanding the behaviour of firms.
4.None of these.

Q2: The author in the passage is primarily concerned with
1.Changes in the field of Industrial Organization since Ronald Coase’s essay.
2.Monopolistic Competition
3.The difficulties in distinguishing between ‘malign’ and ‘benign’ business practices.
4.The benefits and curses of competition..

Q3: Establishing that a firm is guilty of predation is difficult because of all the following reasons except
1.Rivals may not stumble or fail because of their inefficiencies even if they are preyed upon.
2.Failing a price -cost test does not necessarily mean that a firm sought to engage in predatory pricing.
3.Firms may be perfecting the production process of a new product which would make costs fall in the long run.
4.Firms may want to decrease price of a new version of an existing product so as to compensate costs to consumers of switchingeading Comprehensions

There is something irksome about a recent story in the New York Times that declared that “E-Books Make Readers Feel Less Isolated”. Being a bookworm is uncool, the story alleges, but carrying around an e-reader makes reading seem chic.

Strangers constantly ask about it, Michael Hughes, a communications associate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said of his iPad, which he uses to read a mix of novels and nonfiction. Its almost like having a new baby.

The problem here is not with the e-book. I’m in favour of any mode of literature delivery. If the only way I could consume Tolstoy was by having a trail of ants marching across my desk, each hoisting a piece of rice inscribed with the relevant word, thatwould be grand. Also, amazing. Also, impractical. Rather, I’m intrigued by the notion that e-readers make reading less antisocialDoesn’t reading necessitate not socialising? Indeed, isn’t that part of the appeal?

I was always under the impression that books served a dual purpose: not only do they offer a world to enter, but also they offer an affordable means of escape from the world we’re in. What a nice cloak a book can be on the subway or the train, or while sitting at a bar, enjoying the buzz of humanity while absorbed in something else. I’m reminded of Anne Tyler’s “The Accidental Tourist”, in which books are recommended as props for travellers who would rather avoid idle chatter with strangers. Jonathan Franzen had something powerful to say about this in LevGrossman’s cover story about him in Time.

Though few would hold Mr Franzen up as a beacon of joyful, social living (the man describes writing as “miserable work” and counts bird-watching as one of his few indulgences), he is convincing in his case for theimportance of the sustained concentration demanded by reading. “We are so distracted by and engulfed by the technologies we’ve created, and by the constant barrage of so-called information thatcomes our way, that more than ever to immerse yourself in an involving book seems socially useful… The place of stillness that you have to go to to write, but also to read seriously, is the point where you can actually make responsible decisions, where you canactually engage productively with an otherwise scary and unmanageable world.”

Books require a certain quiet, a solitude that is all the more valuable for the way it can be achieved in public. The constant barrage of information Mr Franzen describes makes the insularity of a good book all the more valuable, like an antidote.

Still, few may be inspired to follow Mr Franzen’s approach for keeping the siren song of the internet at bay. “What you have to do,” he explained, “is you plug in an Ethernet cable with superglue, and then you saw off the little head of it.”

1.Providing solitude even in the middle of a crowd.
2.Allowing an individual to escape the world.
3.Providing access to information and ideas.
4.Creating a space for introspection and engagement with the world.

Q2: Why does the author mention the instance of reading Tolstoy through a trail of ants?
1.To highlight the fact that the mode of delivery of literature is not important
2.To demonstrate an impractical mode of literature delivery.
3.To prove that e-books can be equally effective as a mode of literature delivery
4.To give an example of a mode of literature delivery that the author considers grand.

Q3: Which one of these best expresses the central theme of the passage?
1.The impact of technological innovations on reading.
2.New forms of reading books
3.The nature of the process of reading.
4.The importance of reading.

Q4:The author calls a good book, an antidote. What is it an antidote to?
1.Distracting technology.
2.Too much information
3.The public
4.Insularity

If a biographer wanted to write about a spectacular comeback from notoriety to respectability, and the tenuous natures of comebacks, a good subject might be nicotine. After denouncing nicotine for its highly addictive properties, which hook people on tobacco, scientists have begun to rehabilitate it, not only as a means of helping smokers to break their habit, but also as a potential treatment for a variety of other disorders, including stress, ulcerative colitis, Alzheimers, Parkinsons etc.

Nicotine replacement products developed to help people quit smoking used to consist only of chewing gum and skin patches, but now a nasal spray is available by prescription, as well as an inhale, which is really a fake cigarette made of plastic that a person sucks to get a dose of menthol-flavored nicotine into the mouth and throat, but not the lungs. Doctors are awaiting the approval of a nicotine tablet that patients are to dissolve under their tongues to help fight their craving. In all these products, the nicotine is extracted from tobacco leaves.

But just as nicotine approaches respectability, a few researchers have begun to raise caution flags. Although all agree that replacement nicotine is safer than smoking, and worth some risk if it helps a person quit, a few are beginning to worry that some smokers are using nicotine products not just for the short periods the products were designed for, but for years.

They fear this use will only increase if nicotine products proliferate and if more become available over the counter, as the patches and gum already are. And if nicotine or drugs chemically related to it do come into use to treat chronic diseases, the researchers say, there may be important side effects to take into consideration.

1.x is known to cure y; but x is found to cure z also.
2.x is earlier known to have negative effects, but now seems to have positive effects.
3.x, a known thing possesses both negative and positive effects.
4.known properties of x, has the same effects as the unknown properties of y.

Q2: The author organizes the passage by
1.introducing a new proposition, discussing the proposition in detail, and concluding with its applications.
2.defining a hypothesis,discussing the implications of the hypothesis and suggesting methods to counter the hypothesis.
3.pointing out the uses of a known material, explaining how it is used in a certain situation and then cautioning about possible negative consequences.
4.describing a problematic situation, enumerating factors contributing to the situation, and puting forth possible solutions to confront the situations.

Q3: If the assertions in the last paragraph are true, which of the following can be inferred?
1.Scientists fail to foresee the problematic consequences of a drug while developing it.
2.The side effects of a drug manifests only after a period of use of the drug.
3.A drug that cures an illness and causes other illnesses for which there is no immediate cure.
4.A drug used to cure an ailment may have a reverse effect.

Q4: Following the information in the passage, a rehabilitation counselor would recommend nicotine to break the habit of smoking with
1.concern
2.defiance
3.caution
4.bias

Simonton emphasized that emotional stress has two principal effects. It suppresses the body’s immune system and, at the same time, leads to hormonal imbalances that result in an increased production of abnormal cells. The production of malignant cells is enhanced precisely at a time when the body is least capable of destroying them.

The basic philosophy of the Simonton approach affirms that the development of cancer involves a number of interdependent psychological and biological processes, that these processes can be recognized and understood. To do so, the Simontons help their patients to become aware of the wider context of their illness, identify the major stresses in their lives, and develop a positive attitude about the effectiveness of the treatment and the potency of the body’s defenses.

Once feelings of hope and anticipation are generated, Simonton explains, the organism translates them into biological processes that begin to restore balance and to revitalize the immune system.

As I listened to Carl Simonton, I realized with great excitement that he and Stephanie were developing a therapeutic approach, which could become exemplary for the entire holistic movement. It is a multidimensional approach involving various treatment strategies – conventional medical treatment, visualization, psychological counseling, and others – all of which are designed to initiate and support the organism’s innate psychosomatic process of healing.

Their psychotherapy, which usually takes place in-group sessions, concentrates on the patients’ emotional problems but does not separate these from the larger patterns of their lives, and thus generally includes social, cultural, philosophical, and spiritual aspects. After the Simontons’ lectures it was clear to me that both of them would be ideal guides for my future explorations of health and healing, and I resolved to remain in contact with them as much as possible.



1.Recovery is essentially a biological process.
2.The factors that contribute to the development of cancer cannot be fully construed.
3.Emotional training of the patient helps in attaining biological recovery.
4.Awareness of illness in one’s body is detrimental to the mental health of the patient.

Q2:Which of the following can be inferred about the author of the passage?
1.A psychotherapist
2.A critic of Simonton approach
3.A researcher in holistic healing
4.A medical practitioner

Q3: The basic tenets of Simonton approach involve which of the following?
1.Development of cancer is triggered by many psychosomatic factors.
2.Human immune system is susceptible to stressful life events.
3.Hormonal imbalance is caused by abnormal cells.
1.III only
2.II only
3.I and III
4.I and II

Q4: Which of the following can be inferred from the passage regarding recovery of a patient from cancer?
1.It is not a one-dimensional healing process.
2.Visualization is integral to mental health.
3.Once lost, it is not possible for the human body to bring back the immune system.
4.The speed of recovery from cancer depends much on the type of medical treatment given.

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were the great comic pair of late 20th century Hollywood. Comic pairs are a tradition going back to Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (in B A and L C meet the mummy) followed by the inimitable duo of Laurel and Hardy (Chumps at Oxford, et al, with the latter inevitably sporting an aggrieved look on his face and telling the former A fine mess youve got us into again!).

Lemmon and Matthau brought in the sophistication of a Hollywood which had gone beyond slapstick. A Hollywood which had grown up into a maturity where humour was no longer pieces of cake being thrown at funny faces but where life itself provided the laughs in the form of day to day situations humorised by a pair of tough oddballs. Witness the movie version of Neil Simons The Odd Couple where Lemmon played the fastidious neatnik to Matthaus slob.

Remember Neil Simon was the only playwright other than one Wil Shakespeare to have three of his plays running simultaneously on Broadway! The Lemmon and Matthau show was last seen in Grumpy Old Men. Lemmon also did enough on his own to be enrolled on Hollywoods walk of fame, winning his first Oscar for best supporting actor in 1955 as the dithering ships officer Ensign Puliver who finally stands up for what he believes in, thanks to a mentor played by Henry Fonda in Mister Roberts. The best actor Oscar came 18 years later for Mr. Tiger where Lemmon portrayed a clothing manufacturer desperately trying to save his business. Lemmon is often remembered for his portrayal of one of the two Chicago musicians on the run from the mob in Billy Wilders Classic Some Like It Hot, which also featured Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and Joe E Brown.

He became a favourite with Wilder who once said Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon. His portrayal in The Great Race of an eccentric European prince who insists that everyone laughs when he laughs and stops when he stops was hilarious. There were other unforgettable cinematic moments in Days of Wine and Roses, The Front Page and The China Syndrome. However, it is the partnership with Matthau which created a genre of Hollywood humour at its oddball best. Ergo, it was almost inevitable that when Matthau left the stage called world, Lemmon would follow him less than a year later.

1.an account of the origin and development of slapstick comedies in Hollywood films.
2.contradictory epistemologies of defining comedy the Shakespearian and the Simonian.
3.a critique of the excesses of technique over content in the Hollywood system of film making.
4.a tribute to two of the best comedians of Hollywood who have left an indelible mark on cinema.

Q2: The passage provides answers to all of the following questions EXCEPT
1.what are some of the similarities between slapstick comedies and situational comedies?
2.who other than Neil Simon is credited with having his plays run simultaneously on Broadway with the exception of Shakespeare?
3.who besides Lemmon and Matthau have elevated comedy to sublime heights?
4.none

Q3: Which of the following is one of the contributions of Lemmon and Matthau to Hollywood comedies?
1.Lemmon and Matthau freed Hollywood films from the grip of studio system.
2.Lemmon and Matthau gave new dimension to humour, through situational comedies.
3.Lemmon and Matthau used asides and dialogues in comic scenes instead of facial expressions.e
4.Lemmon and Matthau experimented with costumes to add humour to situations in a plot.

Nearly 20 years ago, in speaking of her craft, the novelist Margaret Atwood observed that a character in a book who is consistently well behaved probably spells disaster for the book. She might have asserted the more general principle that consistent anything in a character can prove tedious. If we apply the old Forsterian standard, that round characters are the ones, capable of surprising in a convincing way, Atwoods new novel, for all its multilayered story-within-a-story construction, must be judged flat as a pancake. In The Blind Assassin, overlong and badly written, our first impressions of the dramatis personae prove not so much lasting as total. The setup and setting are promising enough. This is chiefly the story of the Chase sisters Iris and Laura, grand-daughters of the benevolent founder of a button

factory in the Canadian town of Port Ticonderoga. The girls grew up in the 1920s in a large 19th century house named Avilion after the island-valley in Idylis of the King. After their war-wounded father exchanges his religious faith for disreputable rambles in Toronto and their mother dies of a miscarriage, the girls are more or less raised by Iriss old nursemaid, Reenie, a starchy font of home truths and old saws. Iris is the older and more sensible of the two sister, Laura the more alluring and ungraspable. Laura touches people, Iris explains. I do not.

With her capacity for sudden, passionate attachments to people and beliefs, the younger sister is a bafflingly nervy girl who gets away with things: Laura had such a direct gaze, such blankly open eyes, such a pure, rounded forehead, that few ever suspected her of duplicity. Iris is obliged to watch our for her, and on one occasion even stops Laura from drowning herself.

This stagy moment, as Iris recalls it, allows for the stark juxtaposition of one girls self-destructiveness with the others suppressed resentment. I couldnt get out of my mind the image of Laura, in the icy black water of the Louveteau how her hair had spread out like smoke in a swirling wind, how her wet face had gleamed silvery, how she had glared at me when Id grabbed her by the coat. How hard it had been to hold on to her. How close I had come to letting go. The Chase girls childhood tutors, kitchen conversation, factory picnics is played out at great length, and while social information should be more highly prized than it is in the modern literary novel, Atwood sometimes operates with the indiscriminate retrieval of an internet search engine set to display all. In the last decade, she has been able to keep things moving in her short stories (some of the stories in Wilderness Tips are terrifically, economical), but her novels have bogged down in repetition and clutter. The previous one, Alias Grace, reads like a tale told twice within itself.

When the Depression lays siege to the economy, even Mr. Cahses paternalistic ways cant save the button factory from labour unrest. The building is damaged by a fire, apparently set by Alex Thomas, an orphan, and ex-divinity student of shadowy origins, a prematurely hard-bitten figure whom the teenage Chase girls proceed to hide in the cellar and the attic. Here the novel most strongly exhibits its peculiar blend of the low and high, like a Nancy Drew story written by one of the Brontes. I didnt see him at first; he was behind the apple barrel. Then I could make him out. A knee, a foot, its all right, I whispered. its only me. Economic rescue is extended to the Chases by the heavy hand of Richard Griffen, a competing industrialist and arising right-wing politician who scorns the mollycoddling employment practices of the girls father.

Eighteen year old Iris is presented to this cardboard villain like a fee and readied for the wedding by Richards brittle, ambitious sister, Winifred, the novels most appealingly awful creation, a sort of Miss Murdstone with plucked eyebrows in the event, the groom seems more interested in the willful 15-year-old Laura who goes to live with the Griffens after her fathers death but is soon running away or getting into trouble at school or being dispatched to an asylum.

Laura dies we learn this on page 1 1945, at the age of 25, when her car plunges off a Toronto bridge. She leaves behind a science fiction novel, The Blind assassin, which becomes a great posthumous success. Atwoods enveloping novel of the same name alternates between the aged Iriss narration of all the aforementioned events and extracts from this book, whose interplanetary matter is presented as a story being told by a hard-bitten fellow on the run to a young woman who steals hours with him in his various hideouts. Alex Thomas and Laura Chase, we presume.

The less said about Planet, Zycron the better, Atwood, alas, says plenty. She lengthily taxonomizes the city of SakielNorn and its class-stratified inhabitants. (the Snifards dress luxuriously and were connoisseurs of music. The smallholders, serfs and salves were called the Ygnirods) But she proves unable to relieve the readers tedium with the places kinkier features, like children who weave carpets until they are blind and then go on to become throat-cutting hired killers. (Their sense of hearing was acute) Despite her assertion in a recent interview that this new books fantasy material has its roots in popular prewar genre magazines, Atwood seems to be sleepwalking through a Doris Lessing phase, or exercising once again her own allegorical bent, most famously displayed in The Handmaids Tale.

1.an account of the origin and development of slapstick comedies in Hollywood films.
2.contradictory epistemologies of defining comedy the Shakespearian and the Simonian.
3.a critique of the excesses of technique over content in the Hollywood system of film making.
4.a tribute to two of the best comedians of Hollywood who have left an indelible mark on cinema.

Q2: The passage provides answers to all of the following questions EXCEPT
1.what are some of the similarities between slapstick comedies and situational comedies?
2.who other than Neil Simon is credited with having his plays run simultaneously on Broadway with the exception of Shakespeare?
3.who besides Lemmon and Matthau have elevated comedy to sublime heights?
4.none

Q3: Which of the following is one of the contributions of Lemmon and Matthau to Hollywood comedies?
1.Lemmon and Matthau freed Hollywood films from the grip of studio system.
2.Lemmon and Matthau gave new dimension to humour, through situational comedies.
3.Lemmon and Matthau used asides and dialogues in comic scenes instead of facial expressions.e
4.Lemmon and Matthau experimented with costumes to add humour to situations in a plot.

Scientists decades old quest to develop a vaccine against tooth decay has been hindered both by thorny scientific problems and by a perception that some tooth decay is inevitable though largely controlled by fluoride in water supplies and toothpaste. While fluoride has reduced the amount of tooth decay in children, experts say, many adults and poor families in the US and the developing world remain afflicted with the disease.

Because few people view decay for what it is a chronic infectious disease there has been no huge demand for a cure, said Dr. Jason M Tanzer, head of the division of oral medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center, who also has done research on dental caries vaccines.

One of the problems is that in the eye of the public, the disease is equated with the lesions, Tanzer said, The lesion is a cavity it is an effect of the disease. The disease itself is the infection. As long as dentists only talk about a cavity, it doesnt seem all that scary.

At Forsyth, scientists have been developing cures for dental diseases for about 50 years. Today, they are taking dead aim at mutans streptococci, the bacteria that are the primary cause of dental caries. As these bacteria digest sugars, they produce lactic acid, which eats into the enamel of teeth. The targets of the Forsyth vaccine are a group of enzymes called glycosyltransferases, which are produced by the decay-causing bacteria and help them accumulate on the surface of teeth.

Animal studies have shown that blocking these enzymes can nearly eliminate dental caries. Taubman and Smith want to boost production of antibodies contained in saliva known to blunt the effects of the enzyme.

So they synthesized two segments of the enzyme that are responsible for the enzymes function. The joined synthetic enzyme segments are inhaled in a spray and trigger an immune reaction in saliva, preventing bacteria from binding to tooth surfaces. Unlike other vaccines under development that target young adults, the researchers want federal approval to vaccinate children at about 1 year of age. Vaccines will work best before bacteria take hold in the mouth, usually between 18 and 36 months of age, Taubman said.

  1. A mindset that tooth decay is unavoidable.
  2. Difficulties pertaining to science.
  3. Researchers lack of interest.

1.II only
2.II and III only
3.I and II only
4.I and III only

Q2: If the assertions in the passage are true, dentists would most probably endorse a toothpaste with
1.whitish colour
2.fluoride compounds
3.long shelf life
4.cream base

Q3: According to the research study reported in the passage, an oral spray against tooth decay should result in which of the following?
1.It protects the teeth enamel by giving support which is usually absent due to calcium deficiency.
2.It should act as an catalyst in reducing tooth cavities otherwise caused by increased consumption of sugar.
3.It should prevent tooth diseases becoming chronic, especially if sprayed in an infants mouth.
4.It can accelerate salival resistance to decay causing enzymes and remove bacteria from tooth.

 

Eugenics, Dean Inge writes in one of his essays, is capable of becoming the most sacred ideal of the human race, as a race; one of the supreme religious duties. In this I entirely agree with him. Once the full implications of evolutionary biology are grasped, eugenics will inevitably become part of the religion of the future, or of what every complex of sentiments may in the future take the place of organized religion. It is not merely a sane outlet for human altruism, but is of all outlets for altruism that which is most comprehensive and of longest range.

However, in addition to holding out these emotional possibilities, the eugenic movement must obey practical necessities. If it is to grow into a soul compelling ideal, it must first achieve precision and efficiency as a branch of applied science.

At the moment, it is idle to pretend that it had advanced very far in either direction. True that to a limited number of men and women, it is already an inspiring ideal: but for the bulk of people, if not a subject for a jest, it remains either mistrusted or wholly neglected. True that thanks to the genius of Darwin and his cousin Galton, the notion of evolutionary improvement through selection has provided a firm scientific base for eugenics, and that in recent years distinct progress had been made in applying the triumphant discoveries of modern genetics to the human species: yet for the bulk of scientists, eugenics is still hardly reckoned as a science.

It may be that, as a scientist myself, I overrate the importance of the scientific side. At any rate, it is my conviction that eugenics cannot gain power as an ideal and a motive until it has improved its position as a body of knowledge and a potential instrument of control; and in this essay I shall endeavour to point out what, in my opinion is the next step towards the graduation of eugenics into the dignity of an established science. It will be an inquiry into the methodology of our subject.

Eugenics falls within the province of the social sciences, not of the natural sciences. It shares with the rest of them a suspicion, often very frankly expressed by the pundits of more respectable branches of study, such as physics or pure biology, of being not quite scientifically respectable. Some, indeed, go as far as to assert that the social sciences can never be truly scientific, and imply that they have illegitimately used the word science in their title in order to exploit the prestige attaching to it in this scientific age.

Personally, I do not think that this criticism is justified. All young sciences are attacked by their elders on the ground of irregularity in their canons of scientific behaviour; but they cannot expect to establish rigorous canons until they are no longer young, any more than an untried adolescent can be expected to possess the assurance and practical skill of a man in the prime of life. In addition, young sciences are not merely young like young human beings owing to the accident of the date of their birth. The date of their birth is no accident: they are young because they are more complex and more difficult. Physics is an older science than biology because in physics it is easier to isolate phenomena and to discover simple but fundamental laws. The social sciences are younger than the natural sciences because of the appalling complexity of variables which make up their subject-matter.

This, however, is not all. The social sciences in certain respects differ radically from the natural sciences; they cannot expect to achieve success by applying the same simple methods as served their elder sister, but must work out new methods of their own. In the natural sciences, we isolate phenomena in order to analyze them. If possible we isolate them in the form of a controlled experiment as in physics or genetics; if this cannot be achieved, we isolate them in thought, make deductions and test out conclusions by empirical observations, as in astronomy or stratigraphical geology. By refinements of technique, we can eliminate for practical purposes all irrelevant variables: the geneticist wanting to understand some new type which has appeared in his cultures can eliminate, say, the variable environment, then the variable of single-gene mutations, then the variable of addition or subtraction of whole chromosomes, and finally pin responsibility for the phenomenon on, for example, the inversion of a particular chromosome-section.

But the social scientist cannot do this sort of thing: he can at the best find a correlation between several variables. In terms of causation, the natural scientist can sometimes find a single definite cause for a phenomenon; the social scientist must always be content with several partial causes. He has to work out a system, based on the ideal of multiple causations. The attractive simplicity of simple and single causation is for him a false simplicity: he needs a different intellectual technique. Any one who asserts that so-and-so is the cause of a social phenomenon is bound to be wrong: it can at best be a cause. Let us, as eugenists therefore beware of making such assertions as that the celibacy of the clergy was the cause of the decadence of Spain, or that the deferential birth-rate is the cause of the increase of feeblemindedness: for by so doing we are being scientifically disreputable.

And, of course, the inevitable obverse of the principle of multiple causes is the principle of multiple effect. I need not labour the point, save to stress the need for the working out of suitable methods, of partial correlation and the like, to deal with this multiple complexities.

1.explaining the importance of Eugenics.
2.establishing Eugenics as part of an established science.
3.refuting an argument that social sciences are similar to natural sciences.
4.putting forth reasons the exclusion of eugenics from the realm of sciences.

Q2: According to the passage, for Eugenics to become an ideal it must
1.improve its position as a body of knowledge.
2.achieve precision as a branch of natural science.
3.come to be recognised by scientists as a true science.
1.I only
2.I, II
3.II, III
4.I, II, III

Q3: Young sciences are characterised by all of the following except
1.They are more complex than older sciences.
2.They are more difficult than older sciences.
3.They are criticized for their irregular behaviour.
1.I and II only
2.II only
3.I, II and III
4.III only.


Q4: The author uses the example of an experiment in gene culture in order to
1.illustrate a point.
2.draw attention to a startling discovery.
3.suggest the importance of this science.
4.show how complex it is.

Passage

 

Environmental protection and management is deservedly attracting a lot of attention these days. This is a desirable development in the face of the alarming rate of natural resource degradation which greatly hampers their optimal utilization. When waste waters emanating from municipal sewage, industrial effluent, agriculture and land runoffs, find their way either to ground water reservoirs or other surface water sources, the quality of water deteriorates, rendering it unfit for use. The natural balance is distributed when concentrated discharges of waste water is not controlled.

This is because the cleansing forces of nature cannot do their job in proportion to the production of filthy matter. According to the National Environment Engineering and Research Institute (NEERI), a staggering 70 percent of water available in the country is polluted. According to the Planning Commission “From the Dal lake in the North to the Chaliyar river in the South From Damodar and Hoogly in the East to the Thane Creek in the West, the picture of water pollution is uniformly gloomy. Even our large perennial rivers, like the Ganga, are today are heavily polluted”.

According to one study, all the 14 major rivers of India are highly polluted. Beside the Ganga, these rivers include the Yamuna, Narmada, Godaveri, Krishna and Cauvery. These rivers carry 85 percent of the surface runoff and their drainage basins cover 73 percent of the country. The pollution of the much revered Ganga is due in particular to municipal sewage that accounts for ¾ of its pollution load. Despite India having legislation on water pollution [The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974] and various water pollution control boards, rivers have today become synonymous with drains and sewers. th Untreated community wastes discharged into water courses from human settlements account for four times as much waste water as industrial effluent. Out of India’s 3,119 towns and cities, only 217 have partial (209) or full (8) sewerage treatment facilities and cover less than a third of the urban population.

Statistics from a report of the Central Board for Prevention and Control of Water Pollution. Statistics from a report of the Central Board for Prevention and Control of Water Pollution reveal that 1,700 of 2,700 water using industries in India are polluting the water around their factories. Only 160 industries have waste water treatment plants. One estimate suggests that the volume of waste water of industrial origin will be comparable to that of domestic sewerage in India by 2000 AD. Discharges from agricultural fields, which carry fertilizing ingredients of nitrogen, phosphorous and pesticides are expected to be three times as much as domestic sewage. By that date, thermal pollution generated by discharges from thermal power plants will be the largest in volume.

Toxic effluents deplete the levels of oxygen in the rivers, endanger all aquatic life and render water absolutely unfit for human consumption, apart from affecting industrial production. Sometimes these effects have been disastrous. A recent study reveals that the water of the Ganga, Yamuna, Kali and Hindon rivers have considerable concentrations of heavy metals due to inflow of industrial wastes, which pose a serious health hazard to the millions living on their banks. Similarly, the Cauvery and Kapila rivers in Karnataka have been found to contain metal pollutants, which threaten the health of people in riverine towns. The Periyar, the largest river of Kerala, receives extremely toxic effluent that result in high incidence of skin problems and fish kills.

The Godavari of Andhera Pradesh and the Damodar and Hoogly in West Bengal receive untreated industrial toxic wastes. A high level of pollution has been found in the Yamuna, while the Chambal of Rajasthan is considered the most polluted river in Rajasthan. Even in industrially backward Orissa, the Rushikula river is extremely polluted. The fate of the Krishna in Andhra Pradesh, the Tungabhadra in Karnataka, the Chaliyar in Kerala, the Gomti in U.P., the Narmada in M.P. and the Sone and the Subarnarekha rivers in Bihar is no different. According to the W.H.O.- eighty percent of diseases prevalent in India are water-borne; many of them assume epidemic proportions. The prevalence of these diseases heighten under conditions of drought.

It is also estimated that India loses as many as 73 million man-days every year due to water prone diseases, costing Rs.600 crore by way of treatment expenditure and production losses. Management of water resources with respect to their quality also assumes greater importance especially when the country can no more afford to waste water. The recent Clean-the Ganga Project with an action plan estimated to cost the exchequer Rs.250 crore (which has been accorded top priority) is a trend setter in achieving this goal. The action plan evoked such great interest that offers of assistance have been received from France, UK, US and the Netherlands as also the World Bank.

This is indeed laudable. Poland too has now joined this list. The very fact that these countries have volunteered themselves to contribute their mite is a healthy reflection of global concern over growing environmental degradation and the readiness of the international community to participate in what is a truly formidable task. It may be recalled that the task of cleansing the Ganga along the Rishikesh – Hardwar stretch under the first phase of the Ganga Action Plan has been completed and the results are reported to be encouraging. The reasons for the crisis of drinking water resources are drying up and the lowering of ground water through overpumping; this is compounded by the pollution of water sources. All these factors increase the magnitude of the problem.

An assessment of the progress achieved by the end of March 1985, on completion of the first phase of the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (1981 – ’91) reveals that drinking water has been available to 73 percent of the urban population and 56 percent of the rural population only. This means that nearly half the country’s rural population has to get drinking water facilities. This needs to be urgently geared up especially when considered against the Government’s professed objective of providing safe drinking water and sanitation to all by the end of the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade i.e. March 1991. The foremost action in this would be to clean up our water resources As per surveys conducted by the NEERI, per capita drinking water losses in different cities in the country range between 11,000 to 31,000 litres annually.

This indicates a waste level of 20 to 35 percent of the total flow of water in the distribution system primarily due to leaks in main and household service pipes. Preventive maintenance programme would substantially reduce losses, wastages and would certainly go a long way in solving the problem. According to the Union Ministry of Works and Housing, of the 2.31 lakhs problem villages most have been provided with at least one source of drinking water as of March, 1986. The balance (38,748) villages are expected to be covered during the seventh plan. A time bound national policy on drinking water is being formulated by Government, wherein the task is proposed to be completed by the end of the seventh plan.

An outlay of Rs.6,522.47 crores has been allotted for the water supply and sanitation sector in the seventh plan period against an outlay of Rs.3,922.02 crores in the sixth plan. Of this, outlay for rural water supply sector is Rs.3,454.47 crores. It is expected that this outlay would help to cover about 86.4 percent of the urban and 82.2 percent of the rural population with safe drinking water facilities by March 1991. Hygienic sanitation facilities would be provided to 44.7 percent and 1.8 percent of the urban and rural population respectively within the same period.

 

Q.According to NEERI

 

  1. the extent of water pollution in the Dal Lake is grim
  2. 70 percent of the total water available in the country is polluted
  3. only 217 out of 3119 towns and cities have sewage treatment facilities
  4. all the 14 major rivers of India are highly polluted

 

Ans.b

 

Q.The degradation of natural resources will necessarily lead to

 

  1. poor economic utilization of resources.
  2. contamination of water from municipal sewage.
  3. water unfit for human consumption
  4. none of the above

 

Ans.a

 

Q.Which of the following statements has/ have been made by the W.H.O?

 

  1. Water-borne diseases account for 80 percent of all diseases prevalent in India
  2. Water-borne diseases in India create a loss of Rs.600 crores every year
  3. Both (a) and (b)
  4. None of the above.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.Which of the following statements is correct?

 

  1. The river Periyar is in the South India.
  2. The river Periyar is the largest river of Kerala
  3. The river Gomti is also extremely polluted.
  4. All of the above are correct

 

Ans.d

 

Q.Municipal sewage pollutants account for

 

  1. the lowest percentage of water pollution
  2. 75 percent of the Ganga’s water pollution load.
  3. twice the volume of the waste water of industrial origin.
  4. three times as much as the discharge from agricultural fields

 

Ans.b

 

Q.The crisis of drinking water is caused chiefly by

 

  1. the green house effect.
  2. water pollution caused by industrial development
  3. drying up of water sources and over pumping
  4. increasing urbanization.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.The cost of the ‘Clean-the –Ganga Pollution’ Project Action Plan is likely to be sourced from

 

  1. the Indian exchequer.
  2. France, UK, US and the Netherlands.
  3. the World Bank, Poland, UK
  4. the US, UK, Netherlands, Poland, France, the World Bank and India.

 

Ans.d

 

Q.Considerable amounts of metal pollutants are found in the river(s)

 

  1. Chambal of Rajasthan
  2. Rushikula in Orissa.
  3. Damodar, Hoogly, Krishna and Gomti.
  4. Ganga, Yamuna, Kali, Hindon, Cauvery and Kapila.

 

Ans.d

 

Q.Out of the total outlay for water supply and sanitation in the seventh plan, rural water supply sector would receive

 

  1. about 53 percent.
  2. over 80 percent.
  3. between 65 to 80 percent
  4. equal to 44.7 percent.

 

Ans.a

 

Q.The best remedy for shortage lies in

 

  1. putting up more pumps in rural areas
  2. cleaning up polluted water
  3. reducing the waste level of 25-30 percent of the total flow of water.
  4. constructing large sized dams.

 

Ans.b



Passage

 

To teach is to create a space in which obedience to truth is practiced. Space may sound a vague, poetic metaphor until we realize that it describes experiences of everyday life. We know what it means to be in a green and open field; we know what it means to be on a crowded rush hour bus. These experiences of physical space have parallels in our relations with others. On our jobs we know what it is to be pressed and crowded, our working space diminished by the urgency of deadlines and competitiveness of colleagues.

But then there are times when deadlines disappear and colleagues cooperate, when everyone has a space to move, invent and produce with energy and enthusiasm. With family and friends, we know how it feels to have unreasonable demands placed upon us, to be boxed in by the expectations of those nearest to us. But then there are times when we feel accepted for who we are (or forgiven for who we are not), times when a spouse or a child or a friend gives us the space, both to be and to become. Similar experiences of crowding and space are found in education.

To sit in a class where the teacher stuffs our minds with information, organizes it with finality, insists on having the answers while being utterly uninterested in our views, and focus us into a grim competition for grades – to sit in such a class is to experience a lack of space for learning. But to study with a teacher, who not only speaks but also listens, who not only answers but asks questions and welcomes our insights, who provides information and theories that do not close doors but open new ones, who encourages students to help each other learn – to study with such a teacher is to know the power of a learning space. A learning space has three essential dimensions: openness, boundaries and an air of hospitality. To create open learning space is to remove the impediments to learning that we find around and within us; we often create them ourselves to evade the challenge of truth and transformation. One source of such impediments is our fear of appearing ignorant to others or to ourselves. The oneness of a space is created by the firmness of its boundaries.

A learning space cannot extend indefinitely; if it did, it would not be a structure for learning but an invitation for confusion and chaos. When space boundaries are violated, the quality of space suffers. The teacher who wants to create an open learning space must define and defend its boundaries with care. Because the pursuit of truth can be painful and discomforting, the learning space must be hospitable. Hospitable means receiving each other, our struggles, our new-born ideas with openness and care. It means creating an ethos in which the community of truth can form and the pain of its transformation be borne. A learning space needs to be hospitable not to make learning painless, but to make painful things possible, things without which no learning can occur, things like exposing ignorance, testing tentative hypotheses, challenging false or partial information, and mutual criticism of thought.

The task of creating learning space with qualities of openness, boundaries and hospitality can be approached at several levels. The most basic level is the physical arrangement of the classroom, Consider the traditional classroom setting with row of chairs facing the lectern where learning space is confined to the narrow alley of attention between each student and teacher. In this space, there is no community of truth, hospitality of room for students to relate to the thoughts of each other. Contrast it with the chairs placed in a circular arrangement creating an open space within which learners can interconnect. At another level, the teacher can create conceptual space-space with words in two ways. One is through assigned reading;

the other is through lecturing, assigned reading, not in the form of speed reading several hundred pages but contemplative reading which opens, not fills, our learning space. A teacher can also create a learning space by means of lectures. By providing critical information and a framework of interpretation, a lecturer can lay down boundaries within which learning occurs. We also create learning space through the kind of speech we utter and the silence from which true speech emanates. Speech is a precious gift and a vital tool, but too often our speaking is an evasion of truth, a way of buttressing our self-serving reconstructions of reality. Silence must therefore be an integral part of learning space.

In silence, more than in arguments, our mind made world falls away and we are open to the truth that seeks us. Words often divide us, but silence can unite. Finally teachers must also create emotional space in the class-room, space that allows feelings to arise and be dealt with because submerged feelings can undermine learning. In an emotionally honest learning space, one created by a teacher who does not fear dealing with feelings, the community of truth can flourish between us and we can flourish in it.

 

Q.The task of creating learning space with qualities of openness, boundaries and hospitality is multidimensional. It involves operating at

 

  1. psychological and conceptual levels.
  2. physical, perceptual and behavioral levels
  3. physical, conceptual and emotional levels
  4. conceptual, verbal and sensitive levels

 

Ans.c

 

Q.The statement ‘the openness of a space is created by the firmness of its boundaries’ appears contradictory. Which of the following statements provides the best justification for the proposition?

 

  1. We cannot have a space without boundaries
  2. Bounded space is highly structured
  3. When space boundaries are violated, the quality of space suffers.
  4. A teacher can effectively defend a learning space without boundaries.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.According to the author, learning is a painful process because

 

  1. it exposes our ignorance
  2. our views and hypotheses are challenged.
  3. it involves criticizing the views of other.
  4. All of the above reasons.

 

Ans.d

 

Q.Understanding the notion of space in our relations with other is

 

  1. to acknowledge the beauty of a poetic metaphor.
  2. exclusively rooted in our experiences of physical space.
  3. to accept a spiritual dimension in our dealings with our peers
  4. to extend the parallel of physical space to our experiences in daily life.

 

Ans.d

 

Q.Which of the following statements best describes the author’s conception of learning space?

 

  1. Where the teacher is friendly
  2. Where there is no grim competition for grades
  3. Where the students are encouraged to learn about space
  4. Where the teacher provides information and theories which open new doors and encourages students to help each other learn

 

Ans.d

 

Q.According to the author, silence must be an integral part of learning space because

 

  1. silence helps to unite us with others to create a community of truth.
  2. silent contemplation prepares us to construct our mind –made world.
  3. speaking is too often an exercise in the evasion of truth
  4. speaking is too often a way of buttressing our self – serving reconstruction of reality.

 

Ans.a

 

Q.Another way of describing the author’s notion of learning space can be summarized in the following manner

 

  1. It is vital that learning be accompanied by unlearning
  2. Learning encompasses such elements as courage, dignity and endeavour.
  3. An effective teacher recognizes the value of empathy.
  4. Encourage good learners, discourage indifferent ones.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.According to the author, an effective teacher does not allow

 

  1. feelings to arise within the learning space
  2. silence to become an integral part of the learning space
  3. learning space to be filled by speed reading of several hundred pages of assigned reading
  4. violation of learning space boundaries.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.An emotionally honest learning space can only be created by

 

  1. a teacher committed to joining the community of truth
  2. a teacher who is not afraid of confronting feelings.
  3. a teacher who takes care not to undermine the learning process
  4. a teacher who worships critical silence

 

Ans.b

 

Q.Conceptual space with words can be created by

 

  1. assigned reading and lecturing.
  2. speed reading and written comprehension
  3. gentle persuasion and deliberate action
  4. creative extrapolation and illustrations.

 

Ans.a



Passage

 

Management education gained new academic stature within US Universities and greater respect from outside during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Some observers attribute the competitive superiority of US corporations to the quality of business education. In 1978, a management professor, Herbert A. Simon of Carnegie Mellon University, won the Nobel Prize in economics for his work in decision theory. And the popularity of business education continued to grow, since 1960, the number of master’s degrees awarded annually has grown from under 5000 to over 50,000 in the mid 1980’s as the MBA has become known as ‘the passport to the good life’. By the 1980’s, however, US business schools faced critics who charged that learning had little relevance to real business problems. Some went so far as to blame business schools for the decline in US competitiveness.

Amidst the criticisms, four distinct arguments may be discerned. The first is that business schools must be either unnecessary or deleterious because Japan does so well without them. Underlying this argument is the idea that management ability cannot be taught, one is either born with it or must acquire it over years of practical experience. A second argument is that business schools are overly academic and theoretical. They teach quantitative models that have little application to real world problems. Third, they give inadequate attention to shop floor issues, to production processes and to management resources. Finally, it is argued that the encourage undesirable attitudes in students, such as placing value on the short term and ‘bottom line’ targets, while neglecting longer term development criteria.

In summary, some business executives complain that MBAs are incapable of handing day to day operational decisions, unable to communicate and to motivate people, and unwillingly to accept responsibility for following through on implementation plans. We shall analyze these criticisms after having reviewed experiences in other countries. In contrast to the expansion and development of business education in the United States and more recently in Europe, Japanese business schools graduate no more than two hundred MBAs each year. The Keio Business School (KBS) was the only graduate school of management in the entire country until the mid 1970’s and it still boasts the only two year masters programme. The absence of business schools in Japan would appear in contradiction with the high priority placed upon learning by its Confucian culture.

Confucian colleges taught administrative skills as early as 1630 and Japan wholeheartedly accepted Western learning following the Meiji restoration of 1868 when hundreds of students were dispatched to universities in US, Germany, England and France to learn the secrets of western technology and modernization. Moreover, the Japanese educational system is highly developed and intensely competitive and can be credited for raising the literary and mathematical abilities of the Japanese to the highest level in the world. Until recently, Japan corporations have not been interested in using either local or foreign business schools for the development of their future executives. Their in-company training programs have sought the socialization of newcomers, the younger the better.

The training is highly specific and those who receive it have neither the capacity nor the incentive to quit. The prevailing belief, says Imai, ‘is a management should be born out of experience and many years of effort and not learnt from educational institutions.’ A 1960 survey of Japanese senior executives confirmed that a majority (54%) believed that managerial capabilities can be attained only on the job and not in universities. However, this view seems to be changing: the same survey revealed that even as early as 1960. 37% of senior executives felt that the universities should teach integrated professional management. In the 1980’s a combination of increased competitive pressures and greater multi-nationalisation of Japanese business are making it difficult for many companies to rely solely upon internally trained managers. This has led to a rapid growth of local business programmes and a greater use of American MBA programmes.

In 1982-83, the Japanese comprised the largest single group of foreign students at Wharton, where they not only learnt the latest techniques of financial analysis, but also developed worldwide contacts through their classmates and became Americanized, something highly useful in future negotiations. The Japanese, then do not ‘do without’ business schools, as is sometimes contended. But the process of selecting and orienting new graduates, even MBAs, into corporations is radically different than in the US. Rather than being placed in highly paying staff positions, new Japanese recruits are assigned responsibility for operational and even menial tasks.

Success is based upon Japan’s system of highly competitive recruitment and intensive incompany management development, which in turn are grounded in its tradition of universal and rigorous academic education, life-long employment and strong group identification. The harmony among these traditional elements has made Japanese industry highly productive and given corporate leadership a long term view. It is true that this has been achieved without much attention to university business education, but extraordinary attention has been devoted to the development of managerial skills, both within the company and through participation in programmes sponsored by the Productivity Center and other similar organizations.

 

Q.The author argues that the Japanese system

 

  1. is better than the American system
  2. Is highly productive and gives corporate leadership a long term view as a result of its strong traditions.
  3. is slowly becoming Americanized
  4. succeeds without business schools, where as the US system fails because of it.

 

Ans.a

 

Q.The growth of popularity of business schools among students was most probably due to

 

  1. Herbert A. Simon a management professor winning the Nobel Prize in economics
  2. the gain in academic stature.
  3. the large number of MBA degree awarded
  4. a perception that it was a ‘passport to good life.

 

Ans.b

 

Q.According to the passage

 

  1. learning, which was useful in the 1960’s and 1970’s became irrelevant in the 1980’s
  2. management education faced criticisms in the 1980’s
  3. business schools are insensitive to the needs of industry.
  4. by the 1980’s business schools contributed to the decline in US competitiveness

 

Ans.d

 

Q.A criticism that management education did not face was that

 

  1. it imparted poor quantitative skills to MBAs
  2. it was unnecessarily and deleterious
  3. it was irrevocably irrelevant.
  4. it inculcated undesirable attitudes in students.

 

Ans.b

 

Q.The absence of business schools in Japan

 

  1. is due to the prevalent belief that management ability can only be acquired over years of practical experience.
  2. was due to the high priority placed on learning as opposed to doing in Confucian culture.
  3. is hard to explain for the proponents of business education.
  4. contributed a great deal to their success in international trade and business.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.The 1960’s and 1970’s can best be described as a period

 

  1. when quality business education contribute to the superiority of US corporations.
  2. when the number of MBAs rose from under 5,000 to over 50,000.
  3. when management education gained new academic stature and greater respect.
  4. when the MBA became more disreputable.

 

Ans.a

 

Q.US business schools faced criticism in the 1980’s because

 

  1. of the decline in Japanese competitiveness.
  2. many critics felt the learning had little relevance to business problems
  3. people realized that management ability cannot be taught.
  4. MBAs were unwilling to accept responsibility for implementation on the shop floor.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.Training programmes in Japanese corporations have

 

  1. been based upon Confucian culture.
  2. sought the socialization of newcomers
  3. been targeted at people who have neither the capacity nor the incentive to quit.
  4. been teaching people to do menial tasks.

 

Ans.b

 

Q.The Japanese modified their views on management education because of

 

  1. greater exposure to US MBA programmes
  2. the need to develop worldwide contacts and become Americanized
  3. the outstanding success of business schools in the US during the 1960’s and 1970’s
  4. a combination of increased competitive pressures and greater multi-nationalisation of Japanese business.

 

Ans.d

 

Q.The Japanese were initially able to do without business schools as a result of

 

  1. their highly developed and intensively competitive education system.
  2. dispatching hundreds of Western technology and modernization
  3. their highly specific in-company training programmes
  4. prevailing beliefs regarding educational institutions

 

Ans.a

 

Q.The main difference between US and Japanese corporations is

 

  1. that one employs MBAs, the other does not.
  2. that US corporations do not employ Japanese people
  3. that US corporations pay more to fresh recruits
  4. in the process of selecting and orienting new recruits

 

Ans.d

 

Q.The author argues that

 

  1. Japanese do not do without business schools as is generally perceived
  2. Japanese corporations do not hire MBAs because of traditions of universal and rigorous academic education, life long employment and strong group identification
  3. placing MBAs in operational and menial tasks is a major factor in Japanese business success
  4. US corporations should emulate the Japanese and change the way new recruits are induced

 

Ans.a

 

Reading comprehensions

 

I think that it would be wrong to ask whether 50 years of India’s Independence are an achievement or a failure. It would be better to see things as evolving. It’s not an either-or question. My idea of the history of India is slightly contrary to the Indian idea. India is a country that, in the north, outside Rajasthan, was ravaged and intellectually destroyed to a large extent by the invasions that began in about AD 1000 by forces and religions that India had no means of understanding. The invasions are in all the schoolbooks.

But I don’t think that people understand that every invasion, every war, every campaign, was accompanied by slaughter, a slaughter always of the most talented people in the country. So these wars, apart from everything else led to a tremendous intellectual depletion of the country. I think that in the British period, and in the 50 years after the British period, there has been a kind of regrouping or recovery, a very slow revival of energy and intellect. This isn’t an idea that goes with the vision of the grandeur of old India and all that sort of rubbish. That idea is a great simplification and it occurs because it is intellectually, philosophically easier for Indians to manage. What they cannot manage, and what they have not yet come to terms with, is that ravaging of all the north of India by various conquerors.

That was ruined not by the act of nature, but by the hand of man. It is so painful that few Indians have begun to deal with it. It is much easier to deal with British imperialism. That is a familiar topic, in India and Britain. What is much less familiar is the ravaging of India before the British. What happened from AD 1000 onwards, really, is such a wound that it is almost impossible to face. Certain wounds are so bad that they can’t be written about. You deal with that kind of pain by hiding from it. You retreat from reality. I do not think, for example, that the Incas of Peru or the native people of Mexico have ever got over their defeat by the Spaniards. In both places the head was cut off. I think the pre-British ravaging of India was as bad as that.

In the place of knowledge of history, you have various fantasies about the village republic and the Old Glory. There is one big fantasy that Indians have always found solace in: about India having the capacity for absorbing its conquerors. This is not so. India was laid low by its conquerors. I feel the past 150 years have been years of every kind of growth. I see the British period and what has continued after that as one period. In that time, there has been a very slow intellectual recruitment. I think every Indian should make the pilgrimage to the site of the capital of the Vijayanagar empire, just to see what the invasion of India led to.

They will see a totally destroyed town. Religious wars are like that. People who see that might understand what the centuries of slaughter and plunder meant. War isn’t a game. When you lost that kind of war, your town was destroyed, the people who built the towns were destroyed. You are left with a headless population. That’s where modern India starts from. The Vijayanagar capital was destroyed in 1565. It is only now that the surrounding region has begun to revive. A great chance has been given to India to start up again, and I feel it has started up again. The questions about whether 50 years of India since Independence have been a failure or an achievement are not the questions to ask.

In fact, I think India is developing quite marvelously, people thought — even Mr Nehru thought — that development and new institutions in a place like Bihar, for instance, would immediately lead to beauty. But it doesn’t happen like that. When a country as ravaged as India, with all its layers of cruelty, begins to extend justice to people lower down, it’s a very messy business. It’s not beautiful, it’s extremely messy. And that’s what you have now, all these small politicians with small reputations and small parties. But this is part of growth, this is part of development. You must remember that these people, and the people they represent, have never had rights before. When the oppressed have the power to assert themselves, they will behave badly.

It will need a couple of generations of security, and knowledge of institutions, and the knowledge that you can trust institutions — it will take at least a couple of generations before people in that situation begin to behave well. People in India have known only tyranny. The very idea of liberty is a new idea. The rulers were tyrants. The tyrants were foreigners. And they were proud of being foreign. There’s a story that anybody could run and pull a bell and the emperor would appear at his window and give justice. This is a child’s idea of history — the slave’s idea of the ruler’s mercy. When the people at the bottom discover that they hold justice in their own hands, the earth moves a little. You have to expect these earth movements in India.

It will be like this for a hundred years. But it is the only way. It’s painful and messy and primitive and petty, but it’s better that it should begin. It has to begin. If we were to rule people according to what we think fit, that takes us back to the past when people had no voices. With self-awareness all else follows. People begin to make new demands on their leaders, their fellows, on themselves. They ask for more in everything. They have a higher idea of human possibilities. They are not content with what they did before or what their fathers did before. They want to move. That is marvellous. That is as it should be.

I think that within every kind of disorder now in India there is a larger positive movement. But the future will be fairly chaotic. Politics will have to be at the level of the people now. People like Nehru were colonial — style politicians. They were to a large extent created and protected by the colonial order. They did not begin with the people. Politicians now have to begin with the people. They cannot be too far above the level of the people. They are very much part of the people. It is important that self-criticism does not stop. The mind has to work, the mind has to be active, there has to be an exercise of the mind. I think it’s almost a definition of a living country that it looks at itself, analyses itself at all times. Only countries that have ceased to live can say it’s all wonderful.

 

Q.The central thrust of the passage is that

 

  1. India is gearing up for a new awakening.

  2. India is going back to its past status.

  3. India is yet to understand itself.

  4. India’s glorious past is a figment of the imagination.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.The writer’s attitude is

 

  1. excessively critical of India.

  2. insightful.

  3. cynical.

  4. cold.

 

Ans.b

 

Q.The writer has given the example of the Vijayanagar kingdom in order to drive home the point that

 

  1. Indians should know their historical sites

  2. Indians should be aware of the existence of such a historic past.

  3. it is time that India came to terms with the past

  4. All of these

 

Ans.c

 

Q.The writer is against

 

  1. the child’s view of history.

  2. taking a critical stand on history

  3. indulging in the details of the past.

  4. None of these

 

Ans.a

 

Q.According to the writer, India’s regeneration and revival took place

 

  1. in the British period

  2. after the British period.

  3. during and after the British period.

  4. a long time after the British left.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.According to the passage, self-awareness is followed by

 

  1. self-righteousness.

  2. a higher idea of human possibilities.

  3. a desire for more in everything

  4. Both (b) and (c)

 

Ans.d

 

Q.According to the passage, India’s current situation is

 

  1. bleak.

  2. horrific

  3. primitive and messy.

  4. None of these

 

Ans.c

 

Q.For a country to be alive and progressive, it is important that

 

  1. self-criticism does not stop.

  2. self-criticism does not exceed a certain limit.

  3. it feels that all is right with itself.

  4. None of these

 

Ans.a

 

Q.The writer’s prognosis for India’s future is that

 

  1. it will be stable

  2. it will be chaotic.

  3. it will reflect the manipulations of the present

  4. it will give way to self-criticism.

 

Ans.b

 

Q.One of the main features of the tyranny of foreign rulers was

 

  1. the decimation of the country’s artists.

  2. the decimation of the country’s wealth.

  3. the decimation of the country’s talented people.

  4. All of these

 

Ans.c

 

Reading Comprehensions

 

When talks come to how India has done for itself in 50 years of independence, the world has nothing but praise for our success in remaining a democracy. On other fronts, the applause is less loud. In absolute terms, India hasn’t done too badly, of course, life expectancy has increased. So has literacy. Industry, which was barely a fledging, has grown tremendously. And as far as agriculture is concerned, India has been transformed from a country perpetually on the edge of starvation into a success story held up for others to emulate. But these are competitive times when change is rapid, and to walk slowly when the rest of the world is running is almost as bad as standing still or walking backwards.

Compared with large chunks of what was then the developing world — South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China and what was till lately a separate Hong Kong — India has fared abysmally. It began with a far better infrastructure than most of these countries had. It suffered hardly or not at all during the World War II. It had advantages like an English speaking elite, quality scientific manpower (including a Nobel laureate and others who could be ranked among the world’s best) and excellent business acumen. Yet, today, when countries are ranked according to their global competitiveness, it is tiny Singapore that figures at the top. Hong Kong is an export powerhouse.

So is Taiwan. If a symbol were needed of how far we have fallen back, note that while Korean Cielos are sold in India, no one in South Korea is rushing to buy an Indian car. The reasons list themselves. Topmost is economic isolationism. The government discouraged imports and encouraged self-sufficiency.

Whatever the aim was, the result was the creation of a totally inefficient industry that failed to keep pace with global trends and, therefore, became absolutely uncompetitive. Only when the trade gates were opened a little did this become apparent. The years since then have been spent in merely trying to catch up. That the government actually sheltered its industrialists from foreign competition is a little strange.

For, in all other respects, it operated under the conviction that businessmen were little more than crooks who were to be prevented from entering the most important areas of the economy, who were to be hamstrung in as many ways as possible, who were to be tolerated in the same way as an inexcisable wart.

The high, expropriatory rates of taxation, the licensing laws, the reservation of whole swathes of industry for the public sector, and the granting of monopolies to the public sector firms were the principal manifestations of this attitude. The government forgot that before wealth could be distributed, it had to be created. The government forgot that it itself could not create, but only squander wealth. Some of the manifestations of the old attitude have changed. Tax rates have fallen. Licensing has been all but abolished.

And the gates of global trade have been opened wide. But most of these changes were forced by circumstances partly by the foreign exchange bankruptcy of 1991 and the recognition that the government could no longer muster the funds to support the public sector, leave alone expand it. Whether the attitude of the government itself, or that of more than a handful of ministers, has changed, is open to question. In many other ways, however, the government has not changed one whit. Business still has to negotiate a welter of negotiations.

Transparency is still a longer way off. And there is no exit policy. In defending the existing policy, politicians betray an inability to see beyond their noses. A no-exit policy for labour is quivalent to a no-entry policy for new business. If one industry is not allowed to retrench labour, other industries will think a hundred times before employing new labour. In other ways too, the government hurts industries. Public sector monopolies like the department of telecommunications and Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. make it possible for Indian businesses to operate only at a cost several times that of their counterparts abroad.

The infrastructure is in shambles partly because it is unable to formulate a sufficiently remunerative policy for private business, and partly because it does not have the stomach to change market rates for services. After a burst of activity in the early nineties, the government is dragging its feet. At the rate it is going, it will be another 50 years before the government realises that a pro-business policy is the best pro-people policy. By then of course, the world would have moved even farther ahead.

 

Q.The writer’s attitude towards the government is

 

  1. critical.

  2. ironical.

  3. sarcastic

  4. derisive

 

Ans.a

 

Q.The writer is surprised at the government’s attitude towards its industrialists because

 

  1. the government did not need to protect its industrialists

  2. the issue of competition was non-existent

  3. the government looked upon its industrialists as crooks

  4. the attitude was a conundrum

 

Ans.c

 

Q.The government was compelled to open the economy due to

 

  1. pressure from international markets

  2. pressure from domestic market.

  3. foreign exchange bankruptcy and paucity of funds with the government

  4. All of these

 

Ans.c

 

Q.The writer ends the passage on a note of

 

  1. cautious optimism

  2. pessimism

  3. optimism.

  4. pragmatism.

 

Ans.b

 

Q.According to the writer, India should have performed better than the other Asian nations because

 

  1. it had adequate infrastructure.

  2. it had better infrastructure.

  3. it had better politicians who could take the required decisions.

  4. All of these

 

Ans.b

 

Q.India was in a better condition than the other Asian nations because

 

  1. it did not face the ravages of the World War II.

  2. it had an English speaking populace and good business sense

  3. it had enough wealth through its exports

  4. Both (a) and (b)

 

Ans.d

 

Q.The major reason for India’s poor performance is

 

  1. economic isolationism.

  2. economic mismanagement.

  3. inefficient industry.

  4. All of these

 

Ans.a

 

Q.One of the features of the government’s protectionist policy was

 

  1. encouragement of imports.

  2. discouragement of exports.

  3. encouragement of exports

  4. discouragement of imports.

 

Ans.d

 

Q.The example of the Korean Cielo has been presented to highlight

 

  1. India’s lack of stature in the international market

  2. India’s poor performance in the international market.

  3. India’s lack of creditability in the international market.

  4. India’s disrepute in the international market.

 

Ans.b

 

Q.According to the writer,

 

  1. India’s politicians are myopic in their vision of the country’s requirements

  2. India’s politicians are busy lining their pockets

  3. India’s politicians are not conversant with the needs of the present scenario.

  4. All of these

 

Ans.a

 

Reading comprehensions

 

When Deng Xiaoping died a few months ago, the Chinese leadership barely paused for a moment before getting on with the business of governing the country. Contrast that with the chaotic contortions on India’s political stage during the past month, and it is easy to conclude that democracy and democratic freedoms are serious obstacles to economic progress. When the Chinese leadership wants a power plant to be set up, it just goes ahead. No fears of protracted litigation, of environmental protests, or of lobbying by interested parties. It — or the economy — is not held to ransom by striking truckers or air traffic controllers. Certainly, there is much that is alluring about an enlightened dictatorship. But there the trouble begins.

First, there is no guarantee that a dictatorship will be an enlightened one. Myanmar has been ruled by a dictator for decades, and no one would claim that it is better off than even Bangladesh which has itself suffered long stretches of dictatorship. Nor can Mobuto Sese Seko, much in the news these days, be described as enlightened by any reckoning. The people of Israel, almost the only democracy in a region where dictatorships (unenlightened ones) are the norm, are much better off than their neighbours.

Second, dictatorships can easily reverse policies. China was socialist as long as Mao Zedong was around. When Deng Xiaoping took over in what was essentially a palace coup, he took the country in the opposite direction. There is little to ensure that the process will not be repeated. In India such drastic reversals are unlikely. Six years ago Indian politicians agreed that industries should be de-licensed, that imports should be freed or that investment decisions should be based on economic considerations. Now few think otherwise.

Almost all politicians are convinced of the merits of liberalisation though they may occasionally lose sight of the big picture in pandering to their constituencies. India has moved slower than China on liberalisation, but whatever moves it has made are more permanent. Democracies are also less likely to get embroiled in destructive wars. Had Saddam Hussain been under the obligation of facing free elections every five years, he would have thought ten times before entangling his people in a long confrontation with the West. Germany, Italy and Japan were all dictatorships when they launched the World War II.

The price was paid by the economies. Democracies make many small mistakes. But dictatorships are more susceptible to making huge ones and risking everything on one decision — like going to war. Democracies are the political equivalent of free markets, Companies know they can’t fool the consumer too often; he will simply switch to the competition. The same goes for political parties. When they fail to live up to their promises in government, the political consumer opts for the competition. Democratic freedoms too are important for the economy, especially now that information is supreme.

Few doubt that the Internet will play an important part in the global economy in the decades to come. But China, by preventing free access to it, is already probably destroying its capabilities in this area. As service industries grow in importance, China may well be at a disadvantage though that may not be apparent today when its manufacturing juggernaut is rolling ahead. India has stifled its entrepreneurs through its licensing policies. That was an example of how the absence of economic freedom can harm a country. But right-wing dictatorships like South Korea erred in the opposite direction.

They forced their businesses to invest in industries, which they (the dictators) felt had a golden future. Now many of those firms are trying to retreat from those investments. Statism is bad, no matter what the direction in which it applies pressure. At this moment, China and other dictatorships may be making foolish investment decisions. But as industries are subsidized and contrary voices not heard, the errors will not be realised until the investments assume gargantuan proportions. India’s hesitant ways may seem inferior to China’s confident moves. But at least we know what the costs are. That is not the case with China.

It was only years after the Great Leap Forward and only such experiments that the cost in human lives (millions of them) became evident to the world. What the cost of China’s present experiments is we may not know for several years more. A nine per cent rate of growth repeated year after year may seem compelling. But a seven per cent rate of growth that will not falter is more desirable. India seems to be on such a growth curve, whatever the shenanigans of our politicians.

 

Q.According to the passage,

 

  1. India needs a benevolent dictatorship.

  2. India has failed as a democracy.

  3. India should go the way of China.

  4. None of these

 

Ans.d

 

Q.The passage says that

 

  1. benevolent dictators are not easy to find.

  2. not all dictators will be enlightened.

  3. dictators can make or break a country.

  4. an enlightened dictatorship is better than a corrupt democracy.

 

Ans.b

 

Q.It can be implied from the passage that

 

  1. a lower rate of growth is preferred to a higher rate of growth.

  2. a higher rate of growth is preferred to a lower rate of growth.

  3. a low but stable rate of growth is preferred to a high rate of growth.

  4. a low but faltering rate of growth is a sign of stability amidst growth.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.Vis-a-vis democracies, dictatorships run the risk of

 

  1. losing all for a single mistake.

  2. making bigger mistakes

  3. making huge mistakes and risking everything

  4. None of these

 

Ans.c

 

Q.The writer’s conclusion in the passage is that

 

  1. under no circumstances should a country encourage a corrupt democrat

  2. under no circumstances should statism be a welcome move

  3. a statist will not give due importance to the voice of the people

  4. a statist will always look to his own welfare.

 

Ans.b

 

Q.Democracy has been compared to the free market, as

 

  1. both have a high degree of competition.

  2. both offer a multitude of options to choose from

  3. consumer satisfaction plays an important role in both.

  4. All of these

 

Ans.d

 

Q.It can be inferred from the passage that

 

  1. China stands to lose out in the global market because it has blocked the Internet

  2. India stands to gain in the global market because of its policy vis-à-vis the Internet.

  3. Internet will play a crucial role in the global market in the years to come.

  4. All of these

 

Ans.c

 

Q.According to the passage, a democratic set up works as a check on the

 

  1. actions and decisions of its leaders.

  2. functioning of its economy

  3. Both (a) and (b)

  4. None of these

 

Ans.d

 

Q.India’s moves on liberalisation are more permanent than China’s because

 

  1. India’s politicians are in agreement over the need for reforms.

  2. India is not at the mercy of dictators

  3. unlike China, India is unlikely to have drastic policy reversals.

  4. India is not in a hurry to reform

 

Ans.b

 

Q.According to the passage,

 

  1. Israel is the only democracy in West Asia

  2. Israel is better off than Bangladesh or Myanmar

  3. Israel does not face policy reversals.

  4. None of these

 

Ans.d

 

Reading comprehensions

 

Of each of the great leaders, it is said by his followers, long after he is gone, he made us do it. If leadership is the art of persuading your people to follow your bidding, without their realising your involvement, the archetype of its practice is N. R. Narayana Murthy, the chairman and managing director of the Rs. 143.81 crore Infosys Technologies (Infosys). For, the 52-year-old CEO of the globalised software corporation — which he founded with six friends, and a combined capital of Rs. 10,000 in 1981 and which now occupies the front ranks of the country’s most admired corporations, leads with the subtlest of weapons: personal example.

Infosys ranks only 578th among the country’s listed companies, and sixth in the software sector, in terms of its turnover. But it is setting new standards for India Inc. through its practices of inter alia awarding stock options to its employees, putting the value of its intellectual assets and its brands on its balancesheet, and conforming to the disclosure standards of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the US. Behind all this is the stubborn personal subscription of its CEO to the underlying causes of wealthcreation-people-power and transparency.

“What were choices earlier are compulsions now,” asserts Murthy. In fact, the mirror images of Murthy, the Man, can be found all over Infosys, his company. His egalitarianism — which finds expression in such habits as using the same table and chair as anyone else in the organisation — is practised firmly when it comes to charting a course for the company’s future: everyone has a voice.

“We have no hierarchy just for the sake of control.” Brimming with the conviction that customer satisfaction is the key to success, Murthy has built a fleetfooted human resource management system that treats employees as customers, using the resources of the organisation to meet their professional and personal needs. His instruments are not just top-of-themarket salaries, but also operational empowerment as well as every facility that an employee needs to focus on the job.

Just what methods does Murthy use to ensure that his DNA is replicated in his company? Not for him are the classical leadership genre — transactional or transformational, situational or visionary. His chosen style, instead, is to lead by example, ensuring that the CEO’s actions set the template for all Infoscions. Murthy believes that the betterment of man can be brought about through the ‘creation of wealth, legally and ethically’. The personal example that he has set enabled his company to mirror those beliefs, tying his own rewards, and measuring his value to the company, to his ability to create wealth, and erecting systems for the company’s wealth to be shared by its people. Sums up Nandan Nilekani, 41, deputy managing director, Infosys:

“This is the future model of the corporation. Run an excellent company, and let the market increase its value to create wealth.” Although Murthy is one of the prime beneficiaries of the philosophy — his 10 per cent stake in Infosys is worth Rs. 130 crore today — in his book, the leader leads not by grabbing the booty but by teaching others to take what they deserve. That’s why, on the Infosys’ balancesheet, the value of Murthy’s intellectual capital is nowhere near the top, on the rationale, that the CEO, at 52, is worth far less to his company than, say, a bright young programmer of 26. To spread the company’s wealth, Murthy has instituted stock options — the first to do so in the country — for employees, creating 300 millionaires already.

By 2000, he wants the number to climb to 1000. To act as a beacon for his version of the learning organisation, Murthy not only spends an hour a day surfing the Internet to learn about new technological developments in his field, he also makes as many luncheon appointments as he can with technical people and academicians — dons from the Indian Institutes of Technology for instance — systematically plumbing their depths for an understanding of new developments in infotech. Murthy’s objective is not just to stay abreast of the state-of-the-art, but also to find a way to use that knowledge for the company. Following Murthy’s example, Infosys has set up a technology advancement unit, whose mandate is to track, evaluate, and assimilate new techniques and methodologies. In fact, Murthy views learning not just as amassing data, but as a process that enables him to use the lessons from failure to achieve success.

This self-corrective loop is what he demonstrates through his leadership during a crisis. In 1995, for example, Infosys lost a Rs. 15 crore account — then 20 per cent of its revenues — when the $69 billion GE yanked its business from it. Instead of recriminations, Murthy activated Infosys’ machinery to understand why the business was taken away and to leverage the learning for getting new clients instead. Feeling determined instead of guilty, his employees went on to sign up high profile customers like the $20 billion Xerox, the $7 billion Levi Strauss, and the $14 billion Nynex.

“You must have a multi-dimensional view of paradigms,” says the multi-tasking leader. The objective is obvious: ensure that Infosys’ perspective on its business and the world comes from as many vantage points as possible so that corporate strategy can be synthesised not from a narrow vision, but from a wide angle lens. In fact, Murthy still regrets that, in its initial years, Infosys didn’t distil a multi-pronged understanding of the environment into its strategies, which forced it onto an incremental path that led revenues to snake up from Rs. 0.02 crore to just Rs. 5 crore in the first 10 years.

It was after looking around itself instead of focusing on its initial business of banking software, that Infosys managed to accelerate. Today the company operates with stretch targets setting distant goals and working backwards to get to them. The crucial pillar on which Murthy bases his ethical leadership is openness. Transparency, he reckons, is the clearest signal that one has nothing to hide. The personal manifestations of that are inter alia the practice of always giving complete information whenever any employee, customer, or investor asks for it:

the loudly proclaimed insistence that every Infoscion pay taxes and file returns: and a perpetually open office into which anyone can walk. But even as he tries to lead Infosys into cloning his own approach to enterprise, is Murthy choosing the best future for it? If Infosys grows with the same lack of ambition, the same softness of style, and the same absence of aggression, is it not cutting off avenues of growth that others may seize? As Infosys approaches the 21st century it is obvious that Murthy’s leadership will have to set ever-improving role models for his ever-learning company. After all, men grow old; companies shouldn’t.

 

Q.One of the ways in which Infosys spreads the company’s wealth among its employees is

 

  1. by awarding stock options

  2. by giving an extravagant bonus at the end of each year.

  3. Both (a) and (b)

  4. None of these

 

Ans.a

 

Q.According to the passage, at Infosys

 

  1. control is exerted through a system of hierarchy.

  2. control is not exerted through a system of hierarchy.

  3. hierarchy does not have pride of place

  4. popular opinion is the most respected voice.

 

Ans.b

 

Q.Murthy believes in

 

  1. betterment of man through learning.

  2. betterment of man through ethical creation of wealth.

  3. betterment of man through experimentation.

  4. All of these

 

Ans.b

 

Q.The example of the Rs. 15 crore account highlights

 

  1. Murthy’s ability to see his company through a crisis

  2. Murthy’s ability to turn failure into success.

  3. Murthy’s potential to handle a crisis.

  4. All of these

 

Ans.d

 

Q.According to Murthy, learning is

 

  1. the essence of a employee

  2. the art of amassing data

  3. a process that helps him to learn from failure.

  4. All of these

 

Ans.c

 

Q.According to the passage,

 

  1. Infosys could not have succeeded without working backward.

  2. Infosys succeeded because it worked backwards.

  3. working backwards contributed to Infosys’ success

  4. working backwards is a hallmark of Infosys’ functioning today.

 

Ans.d

 

Q.Openness at Infosys includes

 

  1. the payment of taxes

  2. giving complete information.

  3. sharing secrets.

  4. Both (a) and (b)

 

Ans.d

 

Q.It is evident from the passage that

 

  1. Infosys will have to devise new strategies to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

  2. Infosys will stagnate if it does not become aggressive.

  3. Infosys may have to become more aggressive in order to retain its market.

  4. None of these

 

Ans.a

 

Q.The cornerstone of Murthy’s human resource management system is

 

  1. the employee as God.

  2. optimum utilization of human potential.

  3. customer satisfaction.

  4. satisfaction of personal needs.

 

Ans.d

 

Q.According to the passage,

 

  1. Infosys is a reflection of its CEO.

  2. Infosys brings the best out in Murthy.

  3. Infosys and Murthy are synonymous.

  4. Murthy, the man, and Murthy the CEO are incompatible.

 

Ans.a

 

Reading comprehensions

 

Last fortnight, news of a significant development was tucked away in the inside pages of newspapers. The government finally tabled a bill in Parliament seeking to make primary education a fundamental right. A fortnight earlier, a Delhi-based newspaper had carried a report about a three-month interruption in the Delhi Government’s ‘Education for All’ programme.

The report made for distressing reading. It said that literacy centres across the city were closed down, volunteers beaten up and enrolment registers burnt. All because the state government had, earlier this year, made participation in the programme mandatory for teachers in government schools.

The routine denials were issued and there probably was a wee bit of exaggeration in the report. But it still is a pointer to the enormity of the task at hand. That economic development will be inherently unstable unless it is built on a solid base of education, specially primary education, has been said so often that it is in danger of becoming a platitude. Nor does India’s abysmal record in the field need much reiteration. Nearly 30 million children in the six to ten age group do not go to school — reason enough to make primary education not only compulsory but a fundamental right.

But is that the solution? More importantly, will it work? Or will it remain a mere token, like the laws providing for compulsory primary education? It is now widely known that 14 states and four Union Territories have this law on their statute books. Believe it or not, the list actually includes Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Rajasthan, where literacy and education levels are miles below the national average. A number of states have not even notified the compulsory education law.

This is not to belittle the decision to make education a fundamental right. As a statement of political will, a commitment by the decision-makers, its importance cannot be undervalued. Once this commitment is clear, a lot of other things like resource allocation will naturally fall into place. But the task of universalizing elementary education (UEE) is complicated by various socio-economic and cultural factors which vary from region to region and within regions. If India’s record continues to appall, it is because these intricacies have not been adequately understood by the planners and administrators.

The trouble has been that education policy has been designed by grizzled mandarins ensconced in Delhi and is totally out of touch with the ground reality. The key then is to decentralise education planning and implementation. What’s also needed is greater community involvement in the whole process. Only then can school timings be adjusted for convenience, school children given a curriculum they can relate to and teachers made accountable. For proof, one has only to look at the success of the district primary education programme, which was launched in 1994.

It has met with a fair degree of success in the 122 districts it covers. Here the village community is involved in all aspects of education — allocating finances to supervising teachers to fixing school timings and developing curriculum and textbooks — through district planning teams. Teachers are also involved in the planning and implementation process and are given small grants to develop teaching and learning material, vastly improving motivational levels.

The consequent improvement in the quality of education generates increased demand for education. But for this demand to be generated, quality will first have to be improved. In MP, the village panchayats are responsible for not only constructing and maintaining primary schools but also managing scholarships, besides organising non-formal education. How well this works in practice remains to be seen (though the department claims the schemes are working very well) but the decision to empower panchayats with such powers is itself a significant development.

Unfortunately, the Panchayat Raj Act has not been notified in many states. After all, delegating powers to the panchayats is not looked upon too kindly by vested interests. More specifically, by politicians, since decentralisation of education administration takes away from them the power of transfer, which they use to grant favours and build up a support base.

But if the political leadership can push through the bill to make education a fundamental right, it should also be able to persuade the states to implement the laws on Panchayat Raj. For, UEE cannot be achieved without decentralisation. Of course, this will have to be accompanied by proper supervision and adequate training of those involved in the administration of education. But the devolution of powers to the local bodies has to come first.

 

Q.One of the problems plaguing the education system in India is

 

  1. poverty.

  2. diverse cultural and socio-economic factors.

  3. male chauvinism.

  4. All of these

 

Ans.b

 

Q.In the context of the passage, the term ‘grizzled mandarins’ means

 

  1. old hags.

  2. decrepit men.

  3. ineffective old men

  4. None of these

 

Ans.d

 

Q.One of the reasons contributing to India’s poor performance on the education front is that

 

  1. its leaders do not have the conviction required to improve the education system.

  2. male members of society do not want their female counterparts to be educated

  3. administrators in charge of education are out of touch with ground realities.

  4. the country does not have the law for implementation of education policies in its statute books.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.The only way in which the education system can be improved is by

 

  1. decentralising education planning and implementation.

  2. introducing fresh blood in the planning body.

  3. injecting funds into the exchequer solely for the purpose

  4. educating the people on the need for primary education.

 

Ans.a

 

Q.Very low education levels are visible in

 

  1. Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh

  2. Rajasthan, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

  3. Rajasthan, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

  4. West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.The district primary education programme

 

  1. was launched in 1994 in 22 states.

  2. was launched in 1994 in 12 states

  3. launched in 1994 has been successful in 122 districts.

  4. launched in 1994 has met with dubious success.

 

Ans.c

 

Q.The village panchayats in Madhya Pradesh are responsible for

 

  1. implementing adult education policies for the villages.

  2. organising non-formal education.

  3. scholarships and construction and maintenance of primary schools.

  4. Both (b) and (c)

 

Ans.d

 

Q.The successful implementation of education policies is obstructed by

 

  1. vested interests.

  2. panchayat officials

  3. politicians.

  4. bureaucrats

 

Ans.c

 

Q.Primary education

 

  1. is a fundamental right

  2. will be made a fundamental right.

  3. is only for the privileged sections of society.

  4. None of these

 

Ans.d

 

Q.One of the ways in which education policy can be successfully implemented as mentioned in the passage, is

 

  1. greater community involvement.

  2. greater community development.

  3. greater community awareness.

  4. Both (a) and (b)

 

Ans.a

 

Reading comprehension

 

The current debate on intellectual property rights (IPRs) raises a number of important issues concerning the strategy and policies for building a more dynamic national agricultural research system, the relative roles of public and private sectors, and the role of agribusiness multinational corporations (MNCs). This debate has been stimulated by the international agreement on Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs), negotiated as part of the Uruguay Round. TRIPs, for the first time, seeks to bring innovations in agricultural technology under a new worldwide IPR regime. The agribusiness MNCs (along with pharmaceutical companies) played a leading part in lobbying for such a regime during the Uruguay Round negotiations.

The argument was that incentives are necessary to stimulate innovations, and that this calls for a system of patents which gives innovators the sole right to use (or sell/lease the right to use) their innovations for a specified period and protects them against unauthorised copying or use. With strong support of their national governments, they were influential in shaping the agreement on TRIPs, which eventually emerged from the Uruguay Round. The current debate on TRIPs in India — as indeed elsewhere — echoes wider concerns about ‘privatization’ of research and allowing a free field for MNCs in the sphere of biotechnology and agriculture. The agribusiness corporations, and those with unbounded faith in the power of science to overcome all likely problems, point to the vast potential that new technology holds for solving the problems of hunger, malnutrition and poverty in the world.

The exploitation of this potential should be encouraged and this is best done by the private sector for which patents are essential. Some, who do not necessarily accept this optimism, argue that fears of MNC domination are exaggerated and that farmers will accept their products only if they decisively outperform the available alternatives. Those who argue against agreeing to introduce an IPR regime in agriculture and encouraging private sector research are apprehensive that this will work to the disadvantage of farmers by making them more and more dependent on monopolistic MNCs.

A different, though related apprehension is that extensive use of hybrids and genetically engineered new varieties might increase the vulnerability of agriculture to outbreaks of pests and diseases. The larger, longer-term consequences of reduced biodiversity that may follow from the use of specially-bred varieties are also another cause for concern. Moreover, corporations, driven by the profit motive, will necessarily tend to underplay, if not ignore, potential adverse consequences, especially those which are unknown and which may manifest themselves only over a relatively long period. On the other hand, high-pressure advertising and aggressive sales campaigns by private companies can seduce farmers into accepting varieties without being aware of potential adverse effects and the possibility of disastrous consequences for their livelihood if these varieties happen to fail.

There is no provision under the laws, as they now exist, for compensating users against such eventualities. Excessive preoccupation with seeds and seed material has obscured other important issues involved in reviewing the research policy. We need to remind ourselves that improved varieties by themselves are not sufficient for sustained growth of yields. In our own experience, some of the early high yielding varieties (HYVs) of rice and wheat were found susceptible to widespread pest attacks; and some had problems of grain quality.

Further research was necessary to solve these problems. This largely successful research was almost entirely done in public research institutions. Of course, it could in principle have been done by private companies, but whether they choose to do so depends crucially on the extent of the loss in market for their original introductions on account of the above factors and whether the companies are financially strong enough to absorb the ‘losses’, invest in research to correct the deficiencies and recover the lost market. Public research, which is not driven by profit, is better placed to take corrective action. Research for improving common pool resource management, maintaining ecological health and ensuring sustainability is both critical and also demanding in terms of technological challenge and resource requirements.

As such research is crucial to the impact of new varieties, chemicals and equipment in the farmer’s field, private companies should be interested in such research. But their primary interest is in the sale of seed material, chemicals, equipment and other inputs produced by them. Knowledge and techniques for resource management are not ‘marketable’ in the same way as those inputs.

Their application to land, water and forests has a long gestation and their efficacy depends on resolving difficult problems such as designing institutions for proper and equitable management of common pool resources. Public or quasi-public research institutions informed by broader, long-term concerns can only do such work. The public sector must therefore continue to play a major role in the national research system. It is both wrong and misleading to pose the problem in terms of public sector versus private sector or of privatization of research. We need to address problems likely to arise on account of the public-private sector complementarity, and ensure that the public research system performs efficiently.

Complementarity between various elements of research raises several issues in implementing an IPR regime. Private companies do not produce new varieties and inputs entirely as a result of their own research. Almost all technological improvement is based on knowledge and experience accumulated from the past, and the results of basic and applied research in public and quasi-public institutions (universities, research organizations).

Moreover, as is increasingly recognised, accumulated stock of knowledge does not reside only in the scientific community and its academic publications, but is also widely diffused in traditions and folk knowledge of local communities all over. The deciphering of the structure and functioning of DNA forms the basis of much of modern biotechnology. But this fundamental breakthrough is a ‘public good’ freely accessible in the public domain and usable free of any charge. Varieties/techniques developed using that knowledge can however be, and are, patented for private profit.

Similarly, private corporations draw extensively, and without any charge, on germ plasm available in varieties of plants species (neem and turmeric are by now famous examples). Publicly funded gene banks as well as new varieties bred by public sector research stations can also be used freely by private enterprises for developing their own varieties and seek patent protection for them. Should private breeders be allowed free use of basic scientific discoveries? Should the repositories of traditional knowledge and germ plasm be collected which are maintained and improved by publicly funded institutions?

Or should users be made to pay for such use? If they are to pay, what should be the basis of compensation? Should the compensation be for individuals or for communities/institutions to which they belong? Should individuals/ institutions be given the right of patenting their innovations? These are some of the important issues that deserve more attention than they now get and need serious detailed study to evolve reasonably satisfactory, fair and workable solutions.

Finally, the tendency to equate the public sector with the government is wrong. The public space is much wider than government departments and includes cooperatives, universities, public trusts and a variety of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Giving greater autonomy to research organizations from government control and giving non-government public institutions the space and resources to play a larger, more effective role in research, is therefore an issue of direct relevance in restructuring the public research system.

 

Q. Which one of the following statements describes an important issue, or important issues, not being raised in the context of the current debate on IPRs?

 

  1. The role of MNCs in the sphere of biotechnology and agriculture.

  2. The strategy and policies for establishing an IPR regime for Indian agriculture.

  3. The relative roles of public and private sectors.

  4. Wider concerns about ‘privatization’ of research.

 

Ans . B

 

Q. The fundamental breakthrough in deciphering the structure and functioning of DNA has become a public good. This means that

 

  1. breakthroughs in fundamental research on DNA are accessible by all without any monetary considerations.

  2. the fundamental research on DNA has the characteristic of having beneficial effects for the public at large.

  3. due to the large scale of fundamental research on DNA, it falls in the domain of public sector research institutions.

  4. the public and other companies must have free access to such fundamental breakthroughs in research.

 

Ans . A

 

Q. In debating the respective roles of the public and private sectors in the national research system, it is important to recognise

 

  1. that private companies do not produce new varieties and inputs entirely on their own research

  2. that almost all technology improvements are based on knowledge and experience accumulated from the past.

  3. the complementary role of public and private-sector research

  4. that knowledge repositories are primarily the scientific community and its academic publications

 

Ans . C

 

Q. Which one of the following may provide incentives to address the problem of potential adverse consequences of biotechnology?

 

  1. Include IPR issues in the TRIPs agreement

  2. Nationalize MNCs engaged in private research in biotechnology.

  3. Encourage domestic firms to patent their innovations

  4. Make provisions in the law for user compensation against failure of newly-developed varieties.

 

Ans . D

 

Q. Which of the following statements is not a likely consequence of emerging technologies in agriculture?

 

  1. Development of newer and newer varieties will lead to increase in biodiversity.

  2. MNCs may underplay the negative consequences of the newer technology on environment.

  3. Newer varieties of seeds may increase vulnerability of crops to pests and diseases.

  4. Reforms in patent laws and user compensation against crop failures would be needed to address new technology problems

 

Ans . A

 

Q. The TRIPs agreement emerged from the Uruguay Round to

 

  1. address the problem of adverse consequences of genetically engineered new varieties of grain.

  2. fulfil the WTO requirement to have an agreement on trade related property rights.

  3. provide incentives to innovators by way of protecting their intellectual property.

  4. give credibility to the innovations made by MNCs in the field of pharmaceuticals and agriculture.

 

Ans . C

 

Q. Public or quasi-public research institutions are more likely than private companies to address the negative consequences of new technologies, because of which of the following reasons?

 

  1. Public research is not driven by profit motive.

  2. Private companies may not be able to absorb losses arising out of the negative effects of the new technologies.

  3. Unlike new technology products, knowledge and techniques for resource management are not amenable to simple market transactions

  4. All of the above

 

Ans . D

 

Q. While developing a strategy and policies for building a more dynamic national agricultural research system, which one of the following statements needs to be considered?

 

  1. Public and quasi-public institutions are not interested in making profits.

  2. Public and quasi-public institutions have a broader and long-term outlook than private companies

  3. Private companies are incapable of building products based on traditional and folk knowledge.

  4. Traditional and folk knowledge cannot be protected by patents.

 

Ans . B

 

Reading Comprehension

 

One of the criteria by which we judge the vitality of a style of painting is its ability to renew itself — its responsiveness to the changing nature and quality of experience, the degree of conceptual and formal innovation that it exhibits. By this criterion, it would appear that the practice of abstractionism has failed to engage creatively with the radical change in human experience in recent decades.

It has, seemingly, been unwilling to re-invent itself in relation to the systems of artistic expression and viewers’ expectations that have developed under the impact of the mass media. The judgement that abstractionism has slipped into ‘inter gear’ is gaining endorsement, not only among discerning viewers and practitioners of other art forms, but also among abstract painters themselves. Like their companions elsewhere in the world, abstractionists in India are asking themselves an overwhelming question today:

Does abstractionism have a future? The major crisis that abstractionists face is that of revitalising their picture surface; few have improvised any solutions beyond the ones that were exhausted by the 1970s. Like all revolutions, whether in policies or in art, abstractionism must now confront its moment of truth: having begun life as a new and radical pictorial approach to experience, it has become an entrenched orthodoxy itself. Indeed, when viewed against a historical situation in which a variety of subversive, interactive and richly hybrid forms are available to the art practitioner, abstractionism assumes the remote and defiant air of an aristocracy that has outlived its age; trammelled by formulaic conventions yet buttressed by a rhetoric of sacred mystery, it seems condemned to being the last citadel of the self-regarding ‘fine art’ tradition, the last hurrah of painting for painting’s sake.

The situation is further complicated in India by the circumstances in which an indigenous abstractionism came into prominence here during the 1960s. From the beginning it was propelled by the dialectic between two motives, one revolutionary and the other conservative — it was inaugurated as an act of emancipation from the dogmas of the nascent Indian nation state, when art was officially viewed as an indulgence at worst, and at best, as an instrument for the celebration of the republic’s hopes and aspirations.

Having rejected these dogmas, the pioneering abstractionists also went on to reject the various figurative styles associated with the Santiniketan circle and others. In such a situation, abstractionism was a revolutionary move. It led art towards the exploration of the subconscious mind, the spiritual quest and the possible expansion of consciousness. Indian painting entered into a phase of self-inquiry, a meditative inner space where cosmic symbols and non-representational images ruled. Often, the transition from figurative idioms to abstractionist ones took place within the same artist. At the same time, Indian abstractionists have rarely committed themselves wholeheartedly to a nonrepresentational idiom.

They have been preoccupied with the fundamentally metaphysical project of aspiring to the mystical-holy without altogether renouncing the symbolic. This has been sustained by a hereditary reluctance to give up the murti, the inviolable iconic form, which explains why abstractionism is marked by the conservative tendency to operate with images from the sacred repertoire of the past. Abstractionism thus entered India as a double-edged device in a complex cultural transaction. Ideologically, it served as an internationalist legitimisation of the emerging revolutionary local trends.

However, on entry, it was conscripted to serve local artistic preoccupations — a survey of indigenous abstractionism will show that its most obvious points of affinity with European and American abstract art were with the more mystically oriented of the major sources of abstractionist philosophy and practice, for instance, the Kandinsky-Klee School. There have been no takers for Malevich’s Suprematism, which militantly rejected both the artistic forms of the past and the world of appearances, privileging the new-minted geometric symbol as an autonomous sign of the desire for infinity. Against this backdrop, we can identify three major abstractionist idioms in Indian art.

The first develops from a love of the earth, and assumes the form of a celebration of the self’s dissolution in the cosmic panorama; the landscape is no longer a realistic transcription of the scene, but is transformed into a visionary occasion for contemplating the cycles of decay and regeneration. The second idiom phrases its departures from symbolic and archetypal devices as invitations to heightened planes of awareness. Abstractionism begins with the establishment or dissolution of the motif, which can be drawn from diverse sources, including the hieroglyphic tablet, the Sufi meditation dance or the Tantric diagram.

The third idiom is based on the lyric play of forms guided by gesture or allied with formal improvisations like the assemblage. Here, sometimes, the line dividing abstract image from patterned design or quasi-random expressive marking may blur. The flux of forms can also be regimented through the policies of pure colour arrangements, vector-diagrammatic spaces and gestural design. In this genealogy, some pure lines of descent follow their logic to the inevitable point of extinction, others engage in cross-fertilization, and yet others undergo mutation to maintain their energy.

However, this genealogical survey demonstrates the wave at its crests, those points where the metaphysical and the painterly have been fused in images of abiding potency, ideas sensuously ordained rather than fabricated programmatically to a concept. It is equally possible to enumerate the troughs where the two principles do not come together, thus arriving at a very different account. Uncharitable as it may sound, the history of Indian abstractionism records a series of attempts to avoid the risks of abstraction by resorting to an overt and near-generic symbolism, which many Indian abstractionists embrace when they find themselves bereft of the imaginative energy to negotiate the union of metaphysics and painterliness.

Such symbolism falls into a dual trap: it succumbs to the pompous vacuity of pure metaphysics when the burden of intention is passed off as justification; or then it is desiccated by the arid formalism of pure painterliness, with delight in the measure of chance or pattern guiding the execution of a painting. The ensuing conflict of purpose stalls the progress of abstractionism in an impasse.

The remarkable Indian abstractionists are precisely those who have overcome this and addressed themselves to the basic elements of their art with a decisive sense of independence from prior models. In their recent work, we see the logic of Indian abstractionism pushed almost to the furthest it can be taken. Beyond such artists stands a lost generation of abstractionists whose work invokes a wistful, delicate beauty but stops there. Abstractionism is not a universal language; it is an art that points up the loss of a shared language of signs in society. And yet, it affirms the possibility of its recovery through the effort of awareness.

While its rheotoric has always emphasised a call for new forms of attention, abstractionist practice has tended to fall into a complacent pride in its own incomprehensibility; a complacency fatal in an ethos where vibrant new idioms compete for the viewers’ attention. Indian abstractionists ought to really return to basics, to reformulate and replenish their understanding of the nature of the relationship between the painted image and the world around it. But will they abandon their favourite conceptual habits and formal conventions, if this becomes necessary?

 

Q. Which one of the following is not stated by the author as a reason for abstractionism losing its vitality?

 

  1. Abstractionism has failed to reorient itself in the context of changing human experience

  2. Abstractionism has not considered the developments in artistic expression that have taken place in recent times.

  3. Abstractionism has not followed the path taken by all revolutions, whether in politics or art.

  4. The impact of mass media on viewers’ expectations has not been assessed, and responded to, by abstractionism.

 

Ans . D

 

Q. Which of the following, according to the author, is the role that abstractionism plays in a society?

 

  1. it provides an idiom that can be understood by most members in a society

  2. It highlights the absence of a shared language of meaningful symbols which can be recreated through greater awareness.

  3. It highlights the contradictory artistic trends of revolution and conservatism that any society needs to move forward

  4. It helps abstractionists invoke the wistful, delicate beauty that may exist in society.

 

Ans . B

 

Q. According to the author, which one of the following characterises the crisis faced by abstractionism?

 

  1. Abstractionists appear to be unable to transcend the solutions tried out earlier

  2. Abstractionism has allowed itself to be confined by set forms and practices

  3. Abstractionists have been unable to use the multiplicity of forms now becoming available to an artist.

  4. All of the above

 

Ans . D

 

Q. According to the author, the introduction of abstractionism was revolutionary because it

 

  1. celebrated the hopes and aspirants of a newly independent nation.

  2. provided a new direction to Indian art, towards self-inquiry and non-representational images.

  3. managed to obtain internationalist support for the abstractionist agenda.

  4. was an emancipation from the dogmas of the nascent nation state.

 

Ans . B

 

Q. Which one of the following is not part of the author’s characterization of the conservative trend in Indian abstractionism?

 

  1. An exploration of the subconscious mind.

  2. A lack of full commitment to non-representational symbols.

  3. An adherence to the symbolic while aspiring to the mystical.

  4. Usage of the images of gods or similar symbols.

 

Ans . A

 

Q. Given the author’s delineation of the three abstractionist idioms in Indian art, the third idiom can be best distinguished from the other two idioms through its

 

  1. depiction of nature’s cyclical renewal.

  2. use of non-representational images.

  3. emphasis on arrangement of forms.

  4. limited reliance on original models.

 

Ans . C

 

Q. According to the author, the attraction of the Kandinsky-Klee School for Indian abstractionists can be explained by which one of the following?

 

  1. The conservative tendency to aspire to the mystical without a complete renunciation of the symbolic.

  2. The discomfort of Indian abstractionists with Malevich’s Suprematism.

  3. The easy identification of obvious points of affinity with European and American abstract art, of which the Kandinsky-Klee School is an example

  4. The double-edged nature of abstractionism which enabled identification with mystically-oriented schools.

 

Ans . A

 

Q. Which one of the following, according to the author, is the most important reason for the stalling of abstractionism’s progress in an impasse?

 

  1. Some artists have followed their abstractionist logic to the point of extinction.

  2. Some artists have allowed chance or pattern to dominate the execution of their paintings.

  3. Many artists have avoided the trap of a near-generic and an open symbolism

  4. Many artists have found it difficult to fuse the twin principles of the metaphysical and the painterly

 

Ans . D

 

Reading comprehension

 

In a modern computer, electronic and magnetic storage technologies play complementary roles. Electronic memory chips are fast but volatile (their contents are lost when the computer is unplugged). Magnetic tapes and hard disks are slower, but have the advantage that they are non-volatile, so that they can be used to store software and documents even when the power is off. In laboratories around the world, however, researchers are hoping to achieve the best of both worlds.

They are trying to build magnetic memory chips that could be used in place of today’s electronic ones. These magnetic memories would be non-volatile; but they would also be faster, would consume less power, and would be able to stand up to hazardous environments more easily. Such chips would have obvious applications in storage cards for digital cameras and music players; they would enable handheld and laptop computers to boot up more quickly and to operate for longer; they would allow desktop computers to run faster; they would doubtless have military and space-faring advantages too. But although the theory behind them looks solid, there are tricky practical problems that need to be overcome. Two different approaches, based on different magnetic phenomena, are being pursued.

The first, being investigated by Gary Prinz and his colleagues at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington DC, exploits the fact that the electrical resistance of some materials changes in the presence of a magnetic field — a phenomenon known as magneto-resistance. For some multi-layered materials, this effect is particularly powerful and is, accordingly, called ‘giant’ magneto-resistance (GMR). Since 1997, the exploitation of GMR has made cheap multi-gigabyte hard disks commonplace. The magnetic orientations of the magnetised spots on the surface of a spinning disk are detected by measuring the changes they induce in the resistance of a tiny sensor.

This technique is so sensitive that it means the spots can be made smaller and packed closer together than was previously possible, thus increasing the capacity and reducing the size and cost of a disk drive. Dr. Prinz and his colleagues are now exploiting the same phenomenon on the surface of memory chips, rather than spinning disks. In a conventional memory chip, each binary digit (bit) of data is represented using a capacitor reservoir of electrical charge that is either empty of full — to represent a zero or a one. In the NRL’s magnetic design, by contrast, each bit is stored in a magnetic element in the form of a vertical pillar of magnetisable material.

A matrix of wires passing above and below the elements allows each to be magnetised, either clockwise or anticlockwise, to represent zero or one. Another set of wires allows current to pass through any particular element. By measuring an element’s resistance you can determine its magnetic orientation, and hence whether it is storing a zero or a one. Since the elements retain their magnetic orientation even when the power is off, the result is non-volatile memory. Unlike the elements of an electronic memory, a magnetic memory’s elements are not easily disrupted by radiation.

And compared with electronic memories, whose capacitors need constant topping up, magnetic memories are simpler and consume less power. The NRL researchers plan to commercialize their device through a company called Non-volatile Electronics, which recently began work on the necessary processing and fabrication techniques. But it will be some years before the first chips roll off the production line. Most attention in the field is focused on an alternative approach based on magnetic tunnel-junctions (MTJs), which are being investigated by researchers at chip makers, such as IBM, Motorola, Siemens and Hewlett-Packard.

IBM’s research team, led by Stuart Parkin, has already created a 500 element working prototype that operates at 20 times the speed of conventional memory chips and consumes one per cent of the power. Each element consists of a sandwich of two layers of magnetisable material separated by a barrier of aluminium oxide just four or five atoms thick. The polarisation of lower magnetisable layer is fixed in one direction, but that of the upper layer can be set (again, by passing a current through a matrix of control wires) either to the left or to the right, to store a zero or a one. The polarisations of the two layers are then in either the same or opposite directions.

Although the aluminium-oxide barrier is an electrical insulator, it is so thin that electrons are able to jump across it via a quantum-mechanical effect called tunnelling. It turns out that such tunnelling is easier when the two magnetic layers are polarised in the same direction than when they are polarised in opposite directions. So by measuring the current that flows through the sandwich, it is possible to determine the alignment of the topmost layer, and hence whether it is storing a zero or a one.

To build a full-scale memory chip based on MTJs is, however, no easy matter. According to Paulo Freitas, an expert on chip manufacturing at the Technical University of Lisbon, magnetic memory elements will have to become far smaller and more reliable than current prototypes if they are to compete with electronic memory. At the same time, they will have to be sensitive enough to respond when the appropriate wires in the control matrix are switched on, but not so sensitive that they respond when a neighbouring element is changed. Despite these difficulties, the general consensus is that MTJs are the more promising ideas. Dr Parkin says his group evaluated the GMR approach and decided not to pursue it, despite the fact that IBM pioneered GMR in hard disks. Dr. Prinz, however, contends that his plan will eventually offer higher storage densities and lower production costs. Not content with shaking up the multi-billion-dollar market for computer memory, some researchers have even more ambitious plans for magnetic computing.

In a paper published last month in Science, Russell Cowburn and Mark Welland of Cambridge University outlined research that could form the basis of a magnetic microprocessor a chip capable of manipulating (rather than merely storing) information magnetically. In place of conducting wires, a magnetic processor would have rows of magnetic dots, each of which could be polarised in one of two directions. Individual bits of information would travel down the rows as magnetic pulses, changing the orientation of the dots as they went.

Dr. Cowburn and Dr. Welland have demonstrated how a logic gate (the basic element of a microprocessor) could work in such a scheme. In their experiment, they fed a signal in at one end of the chain of dots and used a second signal to control whether it propagated along the chain. It is admittedly, a long way from a single logic gate to a full microprocessor, but this was true also when the transistor was first invented. Dr. Cowburn, who is now searching for backers to help commercialize the technology, says he believes it will be at least 10 years before the first magnetic microprocessor is constructed.

But other researchers in the field agree that such a chip is the next logical step. Dr. Prinz says that once magnetic memory is sorted out ‘the target is to go after the logic circuits’. Whether allmagnetic computers will ever be able to compete with other contenders that are jostling to knock electronics off its perch — such as optical, biological and quantum computing — remains to be seen. Dr Cowburn suggests that the future lies with hybrid machines that use different technologies. But computing with magnetism evidently has an attraction all its own.

 

Q. In developing magnetic memory chips to replace the electronic ones, two alternative research paths are being pursued. These are approaches based on

 

  1. volatile and non-volatile memories.

  2. magneto-resistance and magnetic tunnel-junctions.

  3. radiation disruption and radiation neutral effects.

  4. orientation of magnetized spots on the surface of a spinning disk and alignment of magnetic dots on the surface of a conventional memory chip

 

Ans . B

 

Q. A binary digit or bit is represented in the magneto-resistance based magnetic chip using

 

  1. a layer of aluminium oxide.

  2. a capacitor.

  3. a vertical pillar of magnetized material.

  4. a matrix of wires.

 

Ans . C

 

Q. In the magnetic tunnel-junctions (MTJs) tunnelling is easier when

 

  1. two magnetic layers are polarised in the same direction.

  2. two magnetic layers are polarised in the opposite directions.

  3. two aluminium-oxide barriers are polarised in the same direction.

  4. two aluminium-oxide barriers are polarised in the opposite directions.

 

Ans . A

 

Q. A major barrier on the way to build a full-scale memory chip based on MTJs is

 

  1. the low sensitivity of the magnetic memory elements.

  2. the thickness of aluminium oxide barriers.

  3. the need to develop more reliable and far smaller magnetic memory chips.

  4. All of the above

 

Ans . C

 

Q. In the MTJs approach, it is possible to identify whether the top most layer of the magnetized memory element is storing a zero or one by

 

  1. measuring an element’s resistance and thus determining its magnetic orientation.

  2. measuring the degree of disruption caused by radiation in the elements of the magnetic memory.

  3. magnetizing the elements either clockwise or anticlockwise.

  4. measuring the current that flows through the sandwich.

 

Ans . D

 

Q. A line of research which is trying to build a magnetic chip that can both store and manipulate information, is being pursued by

 

  1. Paul Freitas.

  2. Stuart Parkin.

  3. Gray Prinz.

  4. None of them

 

Ans . D

 

Q. Experimental research currently underway, using rows of magnetic dots, each of which could be polarised in one of the two directions, has led to the demonstration of

 

  1. working of a microprocessor.

  2. working of a logic gate

  3. working of a magneto-resistance based chip.

  4. working of a magneto tunnelling-junction (MTJ) based chip.

 

Ans . B

 

Q. From the passage, which of the following cannot be inferred?

 

  1. Electronic memory chips are faster and non-volatile.

  2. Electronic and magnetic storage technologies play a complementary role.

  3. MTJs are the more promising idea, compared to the magneto-resistance approach

  4. Non-volatile Electronics is the company set up to commercialize the GMR chips.

 

Ans . A

 

Reading comprehensions

 

The story begins as the European pioneers crossed the Alleghenies and started to settle in the Midwest. The land they found was covered with forests. With incredible effort they felled the trees, pulled the stumps and planted their crops in the rich, loamy soil. When they finally reached the western edge of the place, we now call Indiana, the forest stopped and ahead lay a thousand miles of the great grass prairie. The Europeans were puzzled by this new environment.

Some even called it the ‘Great Desert’. It seemed untillable. The earth was often very wet and it was covered with centuries of tangled and matted grasses. With their cast iron plows, the settlers found that the prairie sod could not be cut and the wet earth stuck to their plowshares. Even a team of the best oxen bogged down after a few years of tugging. The iron plow was a useless tool to farm the prairie soil. The pioneers were stymied for nearly two decades. Their western march was halted and they filled in the eastern regions of the Midwest. In 1837, a blacksmith in the town of Grand Detour, Illinois, invented a new tool. His name was John Deere and the tool was a plow made of steel. It was sharp enough to cut through matted grasses and smooth enough to cast off the mud.

It was a simple tool, the ’sod buster’ that opened the great prairies to agricultural development. Sauk County, Wisconsin is the part of the prairie where I have a home. It is named after the Sauk Indians. In 1673, Father Marquette was the first European to lay his eyes upon their land. He found a village laid out in regular patterns on a plain beside the Wisconsin river. He called the place Prairie du Sac. The village was surrounded by fields that had provided maize, beans and squash for the Sauk people for generations reaching back into the unrecorded time. When the European settlers arrived at the Sauk prairie in 1837, the government forced the native Sauk people, west of the Mississippi river. The settlers came with John Deere’s new invention and used the tool to open the area to a new kind of agriculture. They ignored the traditional ways of the Sauk Indians and used their sod-busting tool for planting wheat.

Initially, the soil was generous and the farmers thrived. However, each year the soil lost more of its nurturing power. It was only 30 years after the Europeans arrived with their new technology that the land was depleted. Wheat farming became uneconomic and tens of thousands of farmers left Wisconsin seeking new land with sod to bust. It took the Europeans and their new technology just one generation to make their homeland into a desert. The Sauk Indians who knew how to sustain themselves on the Sauk prairie land were banished to another kind of desert called a reservation.

And they even forgot about the techniques and tools that had sustained them on the prairie for generations unrecorded. And that is how it was that three deserts were created — Wisconsin, the reservation and the memories of people. A century later, the land of the Sauks is now populated by the children of a second wave of European farmers who learned to replenish the soil through the regenerative powers of dairying, ground cover crops and animal manures. These third and fourth generation farmers and townspeople do not realise, however, that a new settler is coming soon with an invention as powerful as John Deere’s plow. The new technology is called ‘bereavement counselling’.

It is a tool forged at the great state university, an innovative technique to meet the needs of those experiencing the death of a loved one, a tool that can ‘process’ the grief of the people who now live on the Prairie of the Sauk. As one can imagine the final days of the village of the Sauk Indians before the arrival of the settlers with John Deere’s plow, one can also imagine these final days before the arrival of the first bereavement counsellor at Prairie du Sac. In these final days, the farmers and the towns people mourn at the death of a mother, brother, son, or friend. The bereaved is joined by neighbours and kin. They meet grief together in lamentation, prayer and song. They call upon the words of the clergy and surround themselves in community. It is in these ways that they grieve and then go on with life. Through their mourning they are assured of the bonds between them and renewed in the knowledge that this death is a part of the Prairie of the Sauk.

Their grief is common property, an anguish from which the community draws strength and gives the bereaved the courage to move ahead. It is into this prairie community that the bereavement counsellor arrives with the new grief technology. The counsellor calls the invention a service and assures the prairie folk of its effectiveness and superiority by invoking the name of the great university while displaying a diploma and certificate. At first, we can imagine that the local people will be puzzled by the bereavement counsellor’s claim. However, the counsellor will tell a few of them that the new technique is merely to assist the bereaved’s community at the time of death. To some other prairie folk who are isolated or forgotten, the counsellor will approach the Country Board and advocate the right to treatment for these unfortunate souls.

This right will be guaranteed by the Board’s decision to reimburse those too poor to pay for counselling services. There will be others, schooled to believe in the innovative new tools certified by universities and medical centres, who will seek out the bereavement counsellor by force of habit. And one of these people will tell a bereaved neighbour who is unschooled that unless his grief is processed by a counsellor, he will probably have major psychological problems in later life. Several people will begin to use the bereavement counsellor because, since the Country Board now taxes them to insure access to the technology, they will feel that to fail to be counselled is to waste their money, and to be denied a benefit, or even a right. Finally, one day, the aged father of a Sauk woman will die.

And the next door neighbour will not drop by because he doesn’t want to interrupt the bereavement counseller. The woman’s kin will stay home because they will have learned that only the bereavement counsellor knows how to process grief the proper way. The local clergy will seek technical assistance from the bereavement counsellor to learn the correct form of service to deal with guilt and grief. And the grieving daughter will know that it is the bereavement counsellor who really cares for her because only the bereavement counsellor comes when death visits this family on the Prairie of the Sauk. It will be only one generation between the bereavement counsellor arrival and the community of mourners disappearance.

The counsellor’s new tool will cut through the social fabric, throwing aside kinship, care, neighbourly obligations and community ways of coming together and going on. Like John Deere’s plow, the tools of bereavement counselling will create a desert where a community once flourished. And finally, even the bereavement counsellor will see the impossibility of restoring hope in clients once they are genuinely alone with nothing but a service for consolation. In the inevitable failure of the service, the bereavement counsellor will find the deserts even in herself.

 

Q. Which one of the following best describes the approach of the author?

 

  1. Comparing experiences with two innovations tried, in order to illustrate the failure of both

  2. Presenting community perspectives on two technologies which have had negative effects on people.

  3. Using the negative outcomes of one innovation to illustrate the likely outcomes of another innovation

  4. Contrasting two contexts separated in time, to illustrate how ‘deserts’ have arisen.

 

Ans . D

 

Q. According to the passage, bereavement handling traditionally involves

 

  1. the community bereavement counsellors working with the bereaved to help him/her overcome grief.

  2. the neighbours and kin joining the bereaved and meeting grief together in mourning and prayer.

  3. using techniques developed systematically in formal institutions of learning, a trained counsellor helping the bereaved cope with grief.

  4. the Sauk Indian Chief leading the community with rituals and rites to help lessen the grief of the bereaved.

 

Ans . B

 

Q. According to the author, due to which of the following reasons, will the bereavement counsellor find the deserts even in herself?

 

  1. Over a period of time, working with Sauk Indians who have lost their kinship and relationships, she becomes one of them

  2. She is working in an environment where the disappearance of community mourners makes her work place a social desert.

  3. Her efforts at grief processing with the bereaved will fail as no amount of professional service can make up for the loss due to the disappearance of community mourners.

  4. She has been working with people who have settled for a long time in the Great Desert.

 

Ans . C

 

Q. According to the author, the bereavement counsellor is

 

  1. a friend of the bereaved helping him or her handle grief.

  2. an advocate of the right to treatment for the community.

  3. a kin of the bereaved helping him/her handle grief.

  4. a formally trained person helping the bereaved handle grief.

 

Ans . D

 

Q. The prairie was a great puzzlement for the European pioneers because

 

  1. it was covered with thick, untillable layers of grass over a vast stretch

  2. it was a large desert immediately next to lush forests

  3. it was rich cultivable land left fallow for centuries

  4. it could be easily tilled with iron plows

 

Ans . A

 

Q. Which of the following does the ‘desert’ in the passage refer to?

 

  1. Prairie soil depleted by cultivation of wheat.

  2. Reservations in which native Indians were resettled

  3. Absence of, and emptiness in, community kinship and relationships.

  4. All of the above

 

Ans . D

 

Q. According to the author, people will begin to utilize the service of the bereavement counsellor because

 

  1. new Country regulations will make them feel it is a right, and if they don’t use it, it would be a loss.

  2. the bereaved in the community would find her a helpful friend.

  3. she will fight for subsistence allowance from the Country Board for the poor among the bereaved

  4. grief processing needs tools certified by universities and medical centres.

 

Ans . A

 

Q. Which of the following parallels between the plow and bereavement counselling is not claimed by the author?

 

  1. Both are innovative technologies

  2. Both result in migration of the communities into which the innovations are introduced.

  3. Both lead to ‘deserts’ in the space of only one generation

  4. Both are tools introduced by outsiders entering existing communities.

 

Ans . B

 

Reading comprehensions

 

The teaching and transmission of North Indian classical music is, and long has been, achieved by largely oral means. The raga and its structure, the often breathtaking intricacies of tala or rhythm, and the incarnation of raga and tala as bandish or composition, are passed thus, between guru and shishya by word of mouth and direct demonstration, with no printed sheet of notated music, as it were, acting as a go-between.

Saussure’s conception of language as a communication between addresser and addressee is given, in this model, a further instance, and a new, exotic complexity and glamour. These days, especially with the middle-class having entered the domain of classical music and playing not a small part in ensuring the continuation of this ancient tradition, the tape recorder serves as a handy technological slave and preserves, from oblivion, the vanishing, elusive moment of oral transmission.

Hoary gurus, too, have seen the advantage of this device, and increasingly use it as an aid to instruct their pupils; in place of the shawls and other traditional objects that used to pass from shishya to guru in the past, as a token of the regard of the former for the latter, it is not unusual, today, to see cassettes changing hands. Part of my education in North Indian classical music was conducted via this rather ugly but beneficial rectangle of plastic,

which I carried with me to England when I was an undergraduate. One cassette had stored in it various talas played upon the tabla, at various tempos, by my music teacher’s brother-in-law, Hazarilalji, who was a teacher of Kathak dance, as well as a singer and a tabla player. This was a work of great patience and prescience, a one and half hours performance without any immediate point or purpose, but intended for some delayed future moment when I’d practise the talas solitarily. This repeated playing out of the rhythmic cycles on the tabla was inflected by the noises — an irate auto driver blowing a horn; the sound of overbearing pigeons that were such a nuisance on the banister;

even the cry of a kulfi seller in summer — entering from the balcony of the third floor flat we occupied in those days, in a lane in a Mumbai suburb, before we left the city for good. These sounds, in turn, would invade, hesitantly, the ebb and flow of silence inside the artificially heated room, in a borough of West London, in which I used to live as an undergraduate. There, in the trapped dust, silence and heat, the theka of the tabla, qualified by the imminent but intermittent presence of the Mumbai suburb, would come to life again. A few years later, the tabla and, in the background, the pigeons and the itinerant kulfi seller, would inhabit a small graduate room in Oxford.

The tape recorder, though, remains an extension of the oral transmission of music, rather than a replacement of it. And the oral transmission of North Indian classical music remains, almost uniquely, a testament to the fact that the human brain can absorb, remember and reproduce structures of great complexity and sophistication without the help of the hieroglyph or written mark or a system of notation. I remember my surprise on discovering that Hazarilalji — who had mastered Kathak dance, tala and North Indian classical music, and who used to narrate to me,

occasionally, compositions meant for dance that were grand and intricate in their verbal prosody, architecture and rhythmic complexity — was near illiterate and had barely learnt to write his name in large and clumsy letters. Of course, attempts have been made, throughout the 20th century, to formally codify and even notate this music, and institutions set up and degrees created, specifically to educate students in this ‘scientific’ and codified manner. Paradoxically, however, this style of teaching has produced no noteworthy student or performer;

the most creative musicians still emerge from the guru-shishya relationship, their understanding of music developed by oral communication. The fact that North Indian classical music emanates from, and has evolved through, oral culture, means that this music has a significantly different aesthetic, and that this aesthetic has a different politics, from that of Western classical music.

A piece of music in the Western tradition, at least in its most characteristic and popular conception, originates in its composer, and the connection between the two, between composer and the piece of music, is relatively unambiguous precisely because the composer writes down, in notation, his composition, as a poet might write down and publish his poem. However far the printed sheet of notated music might travel thus from the composer, it still remains his property; and the notion of property remains at the heart of the Western conception of ‘genius’, which derives from the Latin gignere or ‘to beget’.

The genius in Western classical music is, then, the originator, begetter and owner of his work — the printed, notated sheet testifying to his authority over his product and his power, not only for expression or imagination, but of origination. The conductor is a custodian and guardian of this property. Is it an accident that Mandelstam, in his notebooks, compares — the conductor’s baton to a policeman’s, saying all the music of the orchestra lies mute within it, waiting for its first movement to release it into the auditorium?

The raga — transmitted through oral means — is, in a sense, no one’s property; it is not easy to pin down its source, or to know exactly where its provenance or origin lies. Unlike the Western classical tradition, where the composer begets his piece, notates it and stamps it with his ownership and remains, in effect, larger than, or the father of, his work, in the North Indian classical tradition, the raga — unconfined to a single incarnation, composer or performer — remains necessarily greater than the artiste who invokes it.

This leads to a very different politics of interpretation and valuation, to an aesthetic that privileges the evanescent moment of performance and invocation over the controlling authority of genius and the permanent record. It is a tradition, thus, that would appear to value the performer, as medium, more highly than the composer who presumes to originate what, effectively, cannot be originated in a single person — because the raga is the inheritance of a culture.

 

Q. The author’s contention that the notion of property lies at the heart of the Western conception of genius is best indicated by which one of the following?

 

  1. The creative output of a genius is invariably written down and recorded

  2. The link between the creator and his output is unambiguous.

  3. The word ‘genius’ is derived from a Latin word which means ‘to beget

  4. The music composer notates his music and thus becomes the ‘father’ of a particular piece of music.

 

Ans . C

 

Q. Saussure’s conception of language as a communication between addresser and addressee, according to the author, is exemplified by the

 

  1. teaching of North Indian classical music by word of mouth and direct demonstration.

  2. use of the recorded cassette as a transmission medium between the music teacher and the trainee.

  3. written down notation sheets of musical compositions.

  4. conductor’s baton and the orchestra

 

Ans . A

 

Q. The author holds that the ‘rather ugly but beneficial rectangle of plastic’ has proved to be a ‘handy technological slave’ in

 

  1. storing the talas played upon the tabla, at various tempos.

  2. ensuring the continuance of an ancient tradition

  3. transporting North Indian classical music across geographical borders

  4. capturing the transient moment of oral transmission.

 

Ans . D

 

Q. The oral transmission of North Indian classified music is an almost unique testament of the

 

  1. efficacy of the guru-shishya tradition.

  2. learning impact of direct demonstration.

  3. brain’s ability to reproduce complex structures without the help of written marks.

  4. the ability of an illiterate person to narrate grand and intricate musical compositions.

 

Ans . C

 

Q. According to the passage, in the North Indian classical tradition, the raga remains greater than the artiste who invokes it. This implies an aesthetic which

 

  1. emphasises performance and invocation over the authority of genius and permanent record

  2. makes the music no one’s property.

  3. values the composer more highly than the performer.

  4. supports oral transmission of traditional music

 

Ans . A

 

Q. From the author’s explanation of the notion that in the Western tradition, music originates in its composer, which one of the following cannot be inferred?

 

  1. It is easy to transfer a piece of Western classical music to a distant place.

  2. The conductor in the Western tradition, as a custodian, can modify the music, since it ‘lies mute’ in his baton

  3. The authority of the Western classical music composer over his music product is unambiguous.

  4. The power of the Western classical music composer extends to the expression of his music.

 

Ans . B

 

Q. According to the author, the inadequacy of teaching North Indian classical music through a codified, notation-based system is best illustrated by

 

  1. a loss of the structural beauty of the ragas.

  2. a fusion of two opposing approaches creating mundane music.

  3. the conversion of free-flowing ragas into stilted set pieces.

  4. its failure to produce any noteworthy student or performer.

 

Ans . D

 

Q. Which of the following statements best conveys the overall idea of the passage?

 

  1. North Indian and Western classical music are structurally different.

  2. Western music is the intellectual property of the genius while the North Indian raga is the inheritance of the culture.

  3. Creation as well as performance are important in the North Indian classical tradition.

  4. North Indian classical music is orally transmitted while Western classical music depends on written down notations

 

Ans . B





The painter is now free to paint anything he chooses. They are scarcely any forbidden subjects, and today everybody is prepared to admit that a painting of some fruit can be as important as a painting of a hero dying. The Impressionists did as much as anybody to win this previously unheard-of freedom for the artist.

Yet, by the next generation, painters began to abandon the subject altogether, and began to paint abstract pictures. Today the majority of pictures painted are abstract. Is there a connection between these two developments? Has art gone abstract because the artist is embarrassed by his freedom? Is it that, because he is free to paint anything, he doesn’t know what to paint? Apologists for abstract art often talk of it as the art of maximum freedom. But could this be the freedom of the desert island? It would take to long to answer these questions properly. I believe there is a connection.

Many things have encouraged the development of abstract art. Among them has been the artists’ wish to avoid the difficulties of finding subjects when all subjects are equally possible. I raise the matter now because I want to draw attention to the fact that the painter’s choice of a subject is a far more complicated question than it would at first seem. A subject does not start with what is put in front of the easel or with something which the painter happens to remember. A subject starts with the painter deciding he would like to paint such-and-such because for some reason or other he finds it meaningful.

A subject begins when the artist selects something for special mention. (What makes it special or meaningful may seem to the artist to be purely visual – its colours or its form.) When the subject has been selected, the function of the painting itself is to communicate and justify the significance of that selection. It is often said today that subject matter is unimportant. But this is only a reaction against the excessively literary and moralistic interpretation of subject matter in the nineteenth century. In truth the subject is literary the beginning and end of a painting. The painting begins with a selection (I will paint this and not everything else in the world);

it is finished when that selection is justified (now you can see all that I saw and felt in this and how it is more than merely itself). Thus, for a painting to succeed it is essential that the painter and his public agree about what is significant. The subject may have a personal meaning for the painter or individual spectator; but there must also be the possibility of their agreement on its general meaning. It is at this point that the culture of the society and period in question precedes the artist and his art. Renaissance art would have meant nothing to the Aztecs –and vice versa.

If, to some extent, a few intellectuals can appreciate them both today it is because their culture is an historical one; its inspiration is history and therefore it can include within itself, in principle if not in every particular, all known developments to date. When a culture is secure and certain of its values, it presents it presents its artists with subjects. The general agreement about what is significant is so well established that the significance of a particular subject accrues and becomes traditional. This is true, for instance, of reeds and water in China, of the nude body in Renaissance, of the animal in Africa. Furthermore, in such cultures the artist is unlikely to be a free agent: he will be employed for the sake of particulars subjects, and the problem, as we have just described it, will not occur to him.

When a culture is in a state of disintegration or transition the freedom of the artist increases – but the question of subject matter becomes problematic for him: he, himself, has to choose for society. This was at the basis of all the increasing, crises in European art during the nineteenth century. It is too often forgotten how many of the art scandals of that time were provoked by the choice of subject (Gericault, Courbet, Daumier, Degas, Lautrec, Van Gogh, etc.).

By the end of the nineteenth century there were, roughly speaking, two ways in which the painter could meet this challenge of deciding what to paint and so choosing for society. Either he identified himself with the people and so allowed their lives to dictate his subjects to him; or he had to find his subjects within himself as painter. By people I mean everybody except the bourgeoisie. Many painters did of course work of the bourgeoisie according to their copy-book of approved subjects, but all of them, filling the Salon and the Royal Academy year after year, are now forgotten, buried under the hypocrisy of those they served so sincerely.

 

Q. When a culture is insecure, the painter chooses his subject on the basis of:

 

  1. The prevalent style in the society of his time.

  2. Its meaningfulness to the painter.

  3. What is put in front of the easel.

  4. Past experience and memory of the painter

 

Ans . B



Q. In the sentence, “I believe there is a connection” (second paragraph), what two developments is the author referring to?

 

  1. Painters using a dying hero and using a fruit as a subject of painting

  2. Growing success of painters and an increase in abstract forms

  3. Artists gaining freedom to choose subjects and abandoning subjects altogether

  4. Rise of Impressionists and an increase in abstract forms.

 

Ans . C



Q. Which of the following is NOT necessarily among the attributes needed for a painter to succeed:

 

  1. The painter and his public agree on what is significant

  2. The painting is able to communicate and justify the significance of its subject selection

  3. The subject has a personal meaning for the painter.

  4. The painting of subjects is inspired by historical developments.

 

Ans . C



Q. In the context of the passage, which of the following statements would NOT be true?

 

  1. Painters decided subjects based on what they remembered from their own lives

  2. Painters of reeds and water in China faced no serious problem of choosing a subject.

  3. The choice of subject was a source of scandals in nineteenth century European art.

  4. Agreement on the general meaning of a painting is influenced by culture and historical context.

 

Ans . A



Q. Which of the following views is taken by the author

 

  1. The more insecure a culture, the greater the freedom of the artist.

  2. The more secure a culture, the greater the freedom of the artist

  3. The more secure a culture, more difficult the choice of subject.

  4. The more insecure a culture, the less significant the choice of the subject.

 

Ans . A





Recently I spent several hours sitting under a tree in my garden with the social anthropologist William Ury, a Harvard University professor who specializes in the art of negotiation and wrote the bestselling book, Getting to Yes. He captivated me with his theory that tribalism protects people from their fear of rapid change. He explained that the pillars of tribalism that humans rely on for security would always counter any significant cultural or social change.

In this way, he said, change is never allowed to happen too fast. Technology, for example, is a pillar of society. Ury believes that every time technology moves in a new or radical direction, another pillar such as religion or nationalism will grow stronger – in effect, the traditional and familiar will assume greater importance to compensate for the new and untested. In this manner, human tribes avoid rapid change that leaves people insecure and frightened. But we have all heard that nothing is as permanent as change. Nothing is guaranteed. Pithy expressions, to be sure, but no more than cliches. As Ury says, people don’t live that way from day-to-day.

On the contrary, they actively seek certainty and stability. They want to know they will be safe. Even so, we scare ourselves constantly with the idea of change. An IBM CEO once said: ‘We only restructure for a good reason, and if we haven’t re-structured in a while, that’s a good reason.’ We are scared that competitors, technology and the consumer will put us out of business so we have to change all the time just to stay alive.

But if we asked our fathers and grandfathers, would they have said that they lived in a period of little change? Structure may not have changed much. It may just be the speed with which we do things. Change is over-rated, anyway. Consider the automobile. It’s an especially valuable example, because the auto industry has spent tens of billions or dollars on research and product development in the last 100 years. Henry Ford’s first car had a metal chassis with an internal combustion, gasoline-powered engine, four wheels with rubber tyres, a foot operated clutch assembly and brake system, a steering wheel, and four seats, and it could safely do 18 miles per hour.

A hundred years and tens of thousands of research hours later, we drive cars with a metal chassis with an internal combustion, gasoline-powered engine, four wheels with rubber tyres, a foot operated clutch assembly and brake system, a steering wheel, four seats – and the average speed in London in 2001 was 17.5 miles per hour! That’s not a hell of a lot of return for the money. Ford evidently doesn’t have much to teach us about change. The fact that they’re still manufacturing cars is not proof that Ford Motor Co. is a sound organization, just proof that it takes very large companies to make cars in great quantities – making for an almost impregnable entry barrier. Fifty years after the development of the jet engine, planes are also little changed. They’ve grown bigger, wider and can carry more people. But those are incremental, largely cosmetic changes. Taken together, this lack of real change has come to mean that in travel – whether driving or flying — time and technology have not combined to make things much better.

The safety and design have of course accompanied the times and the new volume of cars and flights, but nothing of any significance has changed in the basic assumptions of the final product. At the same time, moving around in cars or aeroplanes becomes less and less efficient all the time. Not only has there been no great change, but also both forms or transport have deteriorated as more people clamour to use them. The same is true for telephones, which took over hundred years to become mobile, or photographic film, which also required an entire century to change. The only explanation for this is anthropological.

Once established in calcified organizations, humans do two things: sabotage changes that might render people dispensable, and ensure industry-wide emulation. In the 1960s, German auto companies developed plans to scrap the entire combustion engine for an electrical design. (The same existed in the 1970s in Japan, and in the I980s in France.). So for 40 years we might have been free of the wasteful and ludicrous dependence on fossil fuels. Why didn’t it go anywhere? Because auto executives understood pistons and carburettors, and would loath to cannibalize their expertise, along with most of their factories.

 

Q. According to the passage, which of the following statements is true?

 

  1. Executives of automobile companies are inefficient and ludicrous

  2. The speed at which an automobile is driven in a city has not changed much in a century

  3. Anthropological factors have fostered innovation in automobiles by promoting use of new technologies.

  4. Further innovation in jet engines has been more than incremental.

 

Ans . B



Q. Which of the following views does the author fully support in the passage?

 

  1. Nothing is as permanent as change

  2. Change is always rapid.

  3. More money spent on innovation leads to more rapid change

  4. Over decades, structural change has been incremental.

 

Ans . D



Q. Which of the following best describes one of the main ideas discussed in the passage?

 

  1. Rapid change is usually welcomed in society.

  2. Industry is not as innovative as it is made out to be.

  3. We should have less change than what we have now

  4. Competition spurs companies into radical innovation

 

Ans . B



Q. According to the passage, the reason why we continues to be dependent on fossil fuels is that:

 

  1. Auto executives did not wish to change.

  2. No alternative fuels were discovered

  3. Change in technology was not easily possible

  4. German, Japanese and French companies could not come up with new technologies.

 

Ans . A



Reading Comprehensions



The viability of the multinational corporate system depends upon the degree to which people will tolerate the unevenness it creates. It is well to remember that the ‘New Imperialism’ which began after 1870 in a spirit of Capitalism Triumphant, soon became seriously troubled and after 1914 was characterized by war, depression, breakdown of the international economic system and war again, rather than free Trade, Pax Britannica and Material Improvement. A major reason was Britain’s inability to cope with the by-products of its own rapid accumulation of capital;

i.e., a class-conscious labour force at home; a middle class in the hinterland; and rival centres of capital on the Continent and in America. Britain’s policy tended to be atavistic and defensive rather than progressive-more concerned with warding off new threats than creating new areas of expansion. Ironically, Edwardian England revived the paraphernalia of the landed aristocracy it had just destroyed. Instead of embarking on a ‘big push’ to develop the vast hinterland of the Empire, colonial administrators often adopted policies to arrest the development of either a native capitalist class or a native proletariat which could overthrow them. As time went on, the centre had to devote an increasing share of government activity to military and other unproductive expenditures;

they had to rely on alliances with an inefficient class of landlords, officials and soldiers in the hinterland to maintain stability at the cost of development. A great part of the surplus extracted from the population was thus wasted locally. The New Mercantilism (as the Multinational Corporate System of special alliances and privileges, aid and tariff concessions is sometimes called) faces similar problems of internal and external division. The centre is troubled: excluded groups revolt and even some of the affluent are dissatisfied with the roles. Nationalistic rivalry between major capitalist countries remains an important divisive factor, Finally, there is the threat presented by the middle classes and the excluded groups of the underdeveloped countries.

The national middle classes in the underdeveloped countries came to power when the centre weakened but could not, through their policy of import substitution manufacturing, establish a viable basis for sustained growth. They now face a foreign exchange crisis and an unemployment (or population) crisis-the first indicating their inability to function in the international economy and the second indicating their alienation from the people they are supposed to lead.

In the immediate future, these national middle classes will gain a new lease of life as they take advantage of the spaces created by the rivalry between American and nonAmerican oligopolists striving to establish global market positions. The native capitalists will again become the champions of national independence as they bargain with multinational corporations. But the conflict at this level is more apparent than real, for in the end the fervent nationalism of the middle class asks only for promotion within the corporate structure and not for a break with that structure.

In the last analysis their power derives from the metropolis and they cannot easily afford to challenge the international system. They do not command the loyalty of their own population and cannot really compete with the large, powerful, aggregate capitals from the centre. They are prisoners of the taste patterns and consumption standards set at the centre. The main threat comes from the excluded groups. It is not unusual in underdeveloped countries for the top 5 per cent to obtain between 30 and 40 per cent of the total national income, and for the top one-third to obtain anywhere from 60 to 70 per cent. At most, one-third of the population can be said to benefit in some sense from the dualistic growth that characterizes development in the hinterland.

The remaining two-thirds, who together get only one-third of the income, are outsiders, not because they do not contribute to the economy, but because they do not share in the benefits. They provide a source of cheap labour which helps keep exports to the developed world at a low price and which has financed the urban-biased growth of recent years. In fact, it is difficult to see how the system in most underdeveloped countries could survive without cheap labour since removing it (e.g. diverting it to public works projects as is done in socialist countries) would raise consumption costs to capitalists and professional elites.

 

Q. According to the author, the British policy during the ‘New Imperialism’ period tended to be defensive because

 

  1. it was unable to deal with the fallouts of a sharp increase in capital.

  2. its cumulative capital had undesirable side-effects.

  3. its policies favoured developing the vast hinterland.

  4. it prevented the growth of a set-up which could have been capitalistic in nature.

 

Ans . A



Q. Under New Mercantilism, the fervent nationalism of the native middle classes does not create conflict with the multinational corporations because they (the middle classes)

 

  1. negotiate with the multinational corporations.

  2. are dependent on the international system for their continued prosperity.

  3. are not in a position to challenge the status quo.

  4. do not enjoy popular support.

 

Ans . C



Q. In the sentence, “They are prisoners of the taste patterns and consumption standards set at the center.” (fourth paragraph), what is the meaning of ‘center’?

 

  1. National government

  2. Native capitalists.

  3. New capitalists.

  4. None of the above.

 

Ans . D



Q. The author is in a position to draw parallels between New Imperialism and New Mercantilism because

 

  1. both originated in the developed Western capitalist countries

  2. New Mercantilism was a logical sequel to New Imperialism

  3. they create the same set of outputs – a labour force, middle classes and rival centers of capital.

  4. both have comparable uneven and divisive effects.

 

Ans . D





Fifty feet away three male lions lay by the road. They didn’t appear to have a hair on their heads. Noting the color of their noses (leonine noses darken as they age, from pink to black), Craig estimated that they were six years old-young adults. “This is wonderful!” he said, after staring at them for several moments. “This is what we came to see.

They really are maneless.” Craig, a professor at the University of Minnesota, is arguably the leading expert on the majestic Serengeti lion, whose head is mantled in long, thick hair. He and Peyton West, a doctoral student who has been working with him in Tanzania, had never seen the Tsavo lions that live some 200 miles east of the Serengeti. The scientists had partly suspected that the maneless males were adolescents mistaken for adults by amateur observers. Now they knew better. The Tsavo research expedition was mostly Peyton’s show. She had spent several years in Tanzania, compiling the data she needed to answer a question that ought to have been answered long ago: Why do lions have manes?

It’s the only cat, wild or domestic, that displays such ornamentation. In Tsavo she was attacking the riddle from the opposite angle. Why do its lions not have manes? (Some “maneless” lions in Tsavo East do have partial manes, but they rarely attain the regal glory of the Serengeti lions’.) Does environmental adaptation account for the trait? Are the lions of Tsavo, as some people believe, a distinct subspecies of their Serengeti cousins? The Serengeti lions have been under continuous observation for more than 35 years, beginning with George Schaller’s pioneering work in the I960s. But the lions in Tsavo, Kenya’s oldest and largest protected ecosystem, have hardly been studied.

Consequently, legends have grown up around them. Not only do they look different, according to the myths, they behave differently, displaying greater cunning and aggressiveness. “Remember too,” Kenya: The Rough Guide warns, “Tsavo’s lions have a reputation of ferocity.” Their fearsome image became well-known in 1898, when two males stalled construction of what is now Kenya Railways by allegedly killing and eating 135 Indian and African laborers. A British Army officer in charge of building a railroad bridge over the Tsavo River, Lt. Col. J. H. Patterson, spent nine months pursuing the pair before he brought them to bay and killed them. Stuffed and mounted, they now glare at visitors to the Field Museum in Chicago.

Patterson’s account of the leonine reign of terror, The Man-Eaters of Tsavo, was an international best-seller when published in 1907. Still in print, the book has made Tsavo’s lions notorious. That annoys some scientists. “People don’t want to give up on mythology,” Dennis King told me one day. The zoologist has been working in Tsavo off and on for four years. “I am so sick of this man-eater business. Patterson made a helluva lot of money off that story, but Tsavo’s lions are no more likely to turn man-eater than lions from elsewhere.” But tales of their savagery and wiliness don’t all come from sensationalist authors looking to make a buck.

Tsavo lions are generally larger than lions elsewhere, enabling them to take down the predominant prey animal in Tsavo, the Cape buffalo, one of the strongest, most aggressive animals of Earth. The buffalo don’t give up easily: They often kill or severely injure an attacking lion, and a wounded lion might be more likely to turn to cattle and humans for food. And other prey is less abundant in Tsavo than in other traditional lion haunts. A hungry lion is more likely to attack humans. Safari guides and Kenya Wildlife Service rangers tell of lions attacking Land Rovers, raiding camps, stalking tourists. Tsavo is a tough neighborhood, they say, and it breeds tougher lions.

But are they really tougher? And if so, is there any connection between their manelessness and their ferocity? An intriguing hypothesis was advanced two years ago by Gnoske and Peterhans: Tsavo lions may be similar to the unmaned cave lions of the Pleistocene. The Serengeti variety is among the most evolved of the species-the latest model, so to speak-while certain morphological differences in Tsavo lions (bigger bodies, smaller skulls, and maybe even lack of a mane) suggest that they are closer to the primitive ancestor of all lions. Craig and Peyton had serious doubts about this idea, but admitted that Tsavo lions pose a mystery to science.

 

Q. The book Man-Eaters of Tsavo annoys some scientists because

 

  1. it revealed that Tsavo lions are ferocious

  2. Patterson made a helluva lot of money from the book by sensationalism.

  3. it perpetuated the bad name Tsavo lions had.

  4. it narrated how two male Tsavo lions were killed.

 

Ans . C



Q. The sentence which concludes the first paragraph, “Now they knew better”, implies that:

 

  1. The two scientists were struck by wonder on seeing maneless lions for the first time.

  2. Though Craig was an expert on the Serengeti lion, now he also knew about the Tsavo lions.

  3. Earlier, Craig and West thought that amateur observers had been mistaken.

  4. Craig was now able to confirm that darkening of the noses as lions aged applied to Tsavo lions as well.

 

Ans . C



Q. According to the passage, which of the following has NOT contributed to the popular image of Tsavo lions as savage creatures?

 

  1. Tsavo lions have been observed to bring down one of the strongest and most aggressive animals — the Cape buffalo.

  2. in contrast to the situation in traditional lion haunts, scarcity of non-buffalo prey in the Tsavo makes the Tsavo lions more aggressive.

  3. The Tsavo lion is considered to be less evolved than the Serengeti variety.

  4. Tsavo lions have been observed to attack vehicles as well as humans.

 

Ans . C



Q. Which of the following, if true, would weaken the hypothesis advanced by Gnoske and Peterhans most?

 

  1. Craig and Peyton develop even more serious doubts about the idea that Tsavo lions are primitive.

  2. The maneless Tsavo East lions are shown to be closer to the cave lions.

  3. Pleistocene cave lions are shown to be far less violent than believed.

  4. The morphological variations in body and skull size between the cave and Tsavo lions are found to be insignificant.

 

Ans . C





Throughout human history the leading causes of death have been infection and trauma. Modem medicine has scored significant victories against both, and the major causes of ill health and death are now the chronic degenerative diseases, such as coronary artery disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, cataract and cancer. These have a long latency period before symptoms appear and a diagnosis is made. It follows that the majority of apparently healthy people are pre-ill. But are these conditions inevitably degenerative? A truly preventive medicine that focused on the pre-ill, analysing the metabolic errors which lead to clinical illness, might be able to correct them before the first symptom. Genetic risk factors are known for all the chronic degenerative diseases, and are important to the individuals who possess them.

At the population level, however, migration studies confirm that these illnesses are linked for the most part to lifestyle factors—exercise, smoking and nutrition. Nutrition is the easiest of these to change, and the most versatile tool for affecting the metabolic changes needed to tilt the balance away from disease. Many national surveys reveal that malnutrition is common in developed countries. This is not the calorie and/or micronutrient deficiency associated with developing nations (Type A malnutrition); but multiple micronutrient depletion, usually combined with calorific balance or excess (Type B malnutrition).

The incidence and severity of Type B malnutrition will be shown to be worse if newer micronutrient groups such as the essential fatty acids, xanthophylls and flavonoids are included in the surveys. Commonly ingested levels of these micronutrients seem to be far too low in many developed countries. There is now considerable evidence that Type B malnutrition is a major cause of chronic degenerative diseases. If this is the case, then it is logical to treat such diseases not with drugs but with multiple micronutrient repletion, or ‘pharmaco-nutrition’. This can take the form of pills and capsules-’nutraceuticals’, or food formats known as ‘functional foods’.

This approach has been neglected hitherto because it is relatively unprofitable for drug companies-the products are hard to patent-and it is a strategy which does not sit easily with modem medical interventionism. Over the last 100 years, the drug industry has invested huge sums in developing a range of subtle and powerful drugs to treat the many diseases we are subject to. Medical training is couched in pharmaceutical terms and this approach has provided us with an exceptional range of therapeutic tools in the treatment of disease and in acute medical emergencies.

However, the pharmaceutical model has also created an unhealthy dependency culture, in which relatively few of us accept responsibility for maintaining our own health. Instead, we have handed over this responsibility to health professionals who know very little about health maintenance, or disease prevention. One problem for supporters of this argument is lack of the right kind of hard evidence. We have a wealth of epidemiological data linking dietary factors to health profiles / disease risks, and a great deal of information on mechanism:

how food factors interact with our biochemistry. But almost all intervention studies with micronutrients, with the notable exception of the omega 3 fatty acids, have so far produced conflicting or negative results. In other words, our science appears to have no predictive value. Does this invalidate the science? Or are we simply asking the wrong questions? Based on pharmaceutical thinking, most intervention studies have attempted to measure the impact of a single micronutrient on the incidence of disease. The classical approach says that if you give a compound formula to test subjects and obtain positive results, you cannot know which ingredient is exerting the benefit, so you must test each ingredient individually. But in the field of nutrition, this does not work.

Each intervention on its own will hardly make enough difference to be measured. The best therapeutic response must therefore combine micronutrients to normalise our internal physiology. So do we need to analyse each individual’s nutritional status and then tailor a formula specifically for him or her? While we do not have the resources to analyse millions of individual cases, there is no need to do so. The vast majority of people are consuming suboptimal amounts of most micronutrients, and most of the micronutrients concerned are very safe. Accordingly, a comprehensive and universal program of micronutrient support is probably the most cost-effective and safest way of improving

 

Q. The author recommends micronutrient-repletion for large-scale treatment of chronic degenerative diseases because

 

  1. it is relatively easy to manage.

  2. micronutrient deficiency is the cause of these diseases.

  3. it can overcome genetic risk factors.

  4. it can compensate for other lifestyle factors.

 

Ans . B



Q. Tailoring micronutrient-based treatment plans to suit individual deficiency profiles is not necessary because

 

  1. it very likely to give inconsistent or negative results.

  2. it is a classic pharmaceutical approach not suited to micronutrients

  3. most people are consuming suboptimal amounts of safe-to-consume micronutrients

  4. it is not cost effective to do so.

 

Ans . C



Q. Type-B malnutrition is a serious concern in developed countries because

 

  1. developing countries mainly suffer from Type-A malnutrition.

  2. it is a major contributor to illness and death.

  3. pharmaceutical companies are not producing drugs to treat this condition.

  4. national surveys on malnutrition do not include newer micronutrient groups.

 

Ans . B



Q. Why are a large number of apparently healthy people deemed pre-ill?

 

  1. They may have chronic degenerative diseases.

  2. They do not know their own genetic risk factors which predispose them to diseases.

  3. They suffer from Type-B malnutrition

  4. There is a lengthy latency period associated with chronically degenerative diseases

 

Ans . B