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1 . Direction : In Question nos. 1 to 10, you have brief passages with 5 questions. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives and mark it by blackening the appropriate oval [ ] in the Answer Sheet.
PASSAGE - I
The desire to be contemporary is of course new only in degree; it has existed to some extent in all previous periods that believed themselves to be progressive. The Renaissance had contempt for the Gothic centuries that had preceded it; the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries covered priceless mosaics with whitewash; the Romantic movement despised the age of the heroic couplet. Our age is the most parochial since Homer. We imagine ourselves at the apex of intelligence and cannot believe that the quaint clothes and cumbrous phrases can have invested people with thoughts that are still worthy of our attention. The modern minded man, although he believes profoundly in the wisdom of his period, must be presumed to be very modest about his personal powers.

1. The desire to be contemporary was there in the previous periods that were
A.  stagnating B.    progressive
C.  backward D.    conventional
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2 . The eighteenth century covered priceless mosaics with
A.  mud B.    concrete
C.  paint D.    whitewash
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3 . The Renaissance had contempt for
A.  the Reformation B.    the Industrial Revolution
C.  the Gothic centuries D.    the French Revolution
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4 . The Romantic movement despised the age of
A.  blank verse B.    sonnet
C.  pastoral elegy D.    heroic couplet
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5 . The modern minded man believes profoundly i n
A.  the religion of his country B.    the wisdom of his period
C.  the religion of his sect D.    the government of his country
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6 . PASSAGE - II
Philosophy means “love of wisdom”, and philosophy in this sense is what men must acquire if t he new powers invente d by technicians, and handed over by them are to be wielded by ordinary men and women; without plunging mankind into an appalling cataclysm. But the philosophy that should be a part of general education is not the same thing as the philosophy of specialists. Not only in philosophy, but also in all branches of academi c study; there i s distinction between what cultural value has and what is only of professional interest. Historians may debate upon what happened to Sennacherib’s unsuccessful expedition of 698 B.C., but those who are not historians need not know the di f ference between it and hi s successf ul expedition three years later. Academic education should aim at an overall study of available knowledge.

6. Philosophy, means
A.  love of knowledge B.    love of education
C.  love of wisdom D.    love of intellect
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7 . Without philosophy the new powers would plunge mankind into
A.  shocked stupor B.    chasm of despair
C.  forlorn hopelessness D.    appalling cataclysm
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8 . Phi losophy t hat i s a part of gene ral education
A.  is not the same thing as philosophy of specialists B.    is different from the philosophy of socialists
C.  is separate f rom the communist philosophy D.    is dissimilar to religious philosophy
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9 . There is a difference between what cultural value has
A.  and what society conforms to B.    and what the youth adhere to
C.  and the realms of reality D.    and what is only of professional interest
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10 . Academic education should aim at
A.  specialization in all fields B.    cursory study of all available knowledge
C.  acquiring hidden knowledge D.    an overall study of available knowledge
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