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1 . You have two brief passage with 5 questions in each passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

According to Seymour M Hersh, Barack Obama did not tell the whole story when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. He omitted important intelligence, presented some assumptions as fact and failed to acknowledge that the Syrian army is not the only part in the country's civil war with access to sarin. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports citing evidence that the alNusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaeda, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred alNusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad,writes Hersh. One high-level intelligence officer wrote in an email that the attack was not the result of the current regime.When Obama decided to walk away from his red-line threat to bomb Syria, it appears possible that at some point he was directly confronted with contradictory information: evidence strong enough to persuade him to cancel his attack plan. Hersh ends by saying that the irony of the situation is that while the Syrian regime continues the Process of eliminatingits chemical arsenal, al-Nusra and its Islamist allies could end up as the only faction inside Syria with access to the ingredients that can create sarin
Which of the following is not true on the basis of the given passage?
A.  Prior to the attack, the American intelligence agencies had produce evidence about involvement of al-Nusra front in making chemical weapons B.    The al-Nusra front is a jehadi group affiliated with alQaeda
C.  The al-Qaeda had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin in huge quantity D.    All the above
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2 . You have two brief passage with 5 questions in each passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

According to Seymour M Hersh, Barack Obama did not tell the whole story when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. He omitted important intelligence, presented some assumptions as fact and failed to acknowledge that the Syrian army is not the only part in the country's civil war with access to sarin. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports citing evidence that the alNusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaeda, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred alNusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad,writes Hersh. One high-level intelligence officer wrote in an email that the attack was not the result of the current regime.When Obama decided to walk away from his red-line threat to bomb Syria, it appears possible that at some point he was directly confronted with contradictory information: evidence strong enough to persuade him to cancel his attack plan. Hersh ends by saying that the irony of the situation is that while the Syrian regime continues the Process of eliminatingits chemical arsenal, al-Nusra and its Islamist allies could end up as the only faction inside Syria with access to the ingredients that can create sarin
Who among the following wrote in an email that 'the attack was not the result of the current regime'?
A.  Seymour M. Hersh B.    Barack Obama
C.  Bashar al-Assad D.    None of the above
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3 . You have two brief passage with 5 questions in each passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

According to Seymour M Hersh, Barack Obama did not tell the whole story when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. He omitted important intelligence, presented some assumptions as fact and failed to acknowledge that the Syrian army is not the only part in the country's civil war with access to sarin. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports citing evidence that the alNusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaeda, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred alNusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad,writes Hersh. One high-level intelligence officer wrote in an email that the attack was not the result of the current regime.When Obama decided to walk away from his red-line threat to bomb Syria, it appears possible that at some point he was directly confronted with contradictory information: evidence strong enough to persuade him to cancel his attack plan. Hersh ends by saying that the irony of the situation is that while the Syrian regime continues the Process of eliminatingits chemical arsenal, al-Nusra and its Islamist allies could end up as the only faction inside Syria with access to the ingredients that can create sarin
Which of the following can be inferred from the given passage?
A.  Syria no longer wants to dismantle its chemical weapons B.    Syria is in the process of eliminating its chemical weapons
C.  A group of Islamists including al-Nusra is engaged in creating sarin in Syria D.    Barack Obama is adamant on attacking Syria
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4 . You have two brief passage with 5 questions in each passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

According to Seymour M Hersh, Barack Obama did not tell the whole story when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. He omitted important intelligence, presented some assumptions as fact and failed to acknowledge that the Syrian army is not the only part in the country's civil war with access to sarin. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports citing evidence that the alNusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaeda, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred alNusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad,writes Hersh. One high-level intelligence officer wrote in an email that the attack was not the result of the current regime.When Obama decided to walk away from his red-line threat to bomb Syria, it appears possible that at some point he was directly confronted with contradictory information: evidence strong enough to persuade him to cancel his attack plan. Hersh ends by saying that the irony of the situation is that while the Syrian regime continues the Process of eliminatingits chemical arsenal, al-Nusra and its Islamist allies could end up as the only faction inside Syria with access to the ingredients that can create sarin
What is the meaning of the phrase cherry-picked as used in the passage?
A.  Picking selectively B.    Picking up cherries
C.  Something in one's control D.    Arranging the things in order
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5 . You have two brief passage with 5 questions in each passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

Worthless currency is not necessarily useless. It can be a pointed way of shaming someone who asks for a bribe. That is the thinking behind zero-rupee notes, an Indian anticorruption gimmick now attracting worldwide interest. They look roughly like 50-rupee notes; people are encouraged to hand them to corrupt officials, signaling resistance to sleaze.

Vijay Anand, founder of the 5th Pillar, an antibribery campaign that launched the notes, calls them a nonviolent weapon of non co-operation. His group has distributed more than 2.5m zero-rupee notes since 2007. The idea is catching on.Campaigners from Argentina, Nepal, Mexico and Benin have been in touch asking for details. Malaysia is mulling a similar project. And a worthless note will be launched in Yemen next year.

Yemen is usually reckoned to be one of the worlds most corrupt countries. But Mariam Adnan, an activist there, says a new generation may be amenable to change. Her group is handing out 5000 honest riyals in schools and universities. You have to change minds before you can change laws, she says.

Such campaigns might be risky in countries where bribes are extorted at gunpoint. But in places where public opinion is already shifting, they could be a useful way of making bureaucrats behave better. Shaazka Beyerle, an expert on civil resistance campaigns, says that using zero-rupee note offers protection. It shows a persons affiliation with a larger movement which cannot be brushed aside by one angry official.
What is the central idea of the given passage?
A.  It is essential to issue fake currency as a way of shaming the corrupt official who asks for a bribe B.    The zero-rupee note stands as a non-violent weapon of non-cooperation
C.  The resistance campaigns can be successful where bribes are extorted at gunpoint D.    It is worthless to think about the success of fake currency as a means to fight against corruption
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6 . You have two brief passage with 5 questions in each passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

Worthless currency is not necessarily useless. It can be a pointed way of shaming someone who asks for a bribe. That is the thinking behind zero-rupee notes, an Indian anticorruption gimmick now attracting worldwide interest. They look roughly like 50-rupee notes; people are encouraged to hand them to corrupt officials, signaling resistance to sleaze.

Vijay Anand, founder of the 5th Pillar, an antibribery campaign that launched the notes, calls them a nonviolent weapon of non co-operation. His group has distributed more than 2.5m zero-rupee notes since 2007. The idea is catching on.Campaigners from Argentina, Nepal, Mexico and Benin have been in touch asking for details. Malaysia is mulling a similar project. And a worthless note will be launched in Yemen next year.

Yemen is usually reckoned to be one of the worlds most corrupt countries. But Mariam Adnan, an activist there, says a new generation may be amenable to change. Her group is handing out 5000 honest riyals in schools and universities. You have to change minds before you can change laws, she says.

Such campaigns might be risky in countries where bribes are extorted at gunpoint. But in places where public opinion is already shifting, they could be a useful way of making bureaucrats behave better. Shaazka Beyerle, an expert on civil resistance campaigns, says that using zero-rupee note offers protection. It shows a persons affiliation with a larger movement which cannot be brushed aside by one angry official.
Which of the following is true about the 5th Pillar campaign?
A.  It is anti-bribery campaign. B.    Under the 5th Pillar campaign more than two-and-ahalf million fake currency notes have been distributed so far
C.  Under the said campaign zero-rupee notes have been launched as non-violent weapons of non-cooperation D.    All the above
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7 . You have two brief passage with 5 questions in each passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

Worthless currency is not necessarily useless. It can be a pointed way of shaming someone who asks for a bribe. That is the thinking behind zero-rupee notes, an Indian anticorruption gimmick now attracting worldwide interest. They look roughly like 50-rupee notes; people are encouraged to hand them to corrupt officials, signaling resistance to sleaze.

Vijay Anand, founder of the 5th Pillar, an antibribery campaign that launched the notes, calls them a nonviolent weapon of non co-operation. His group has distributed more than 2.5m zero-rupee notes since 2007. The idea is catching on.Campaigners from Argentina, Nepal, Mexico and Benin have been in touch asking for details. Malaysia is mulling a similar project. And a worthless note will be launched in Yemen next year.

Yemen is usually reckoned to be one of the worlds most corrupt countries. But Mariam Adnan, an activist there, says a new generation may be amenable to change. Her group is handing out 5000 honest riyals in schools and universities. You have to change minds before you can change laws, she says.

Such campaigns might be risky in countries where bribes are extorted at gunpoint. But in places where public opinion is already shifting, they could be a useful way of making bureaucrats behave better. Shaazka Beyerle, an expert on civil resistance campaigns, says that using zero-rupee note offers protection. It shows a persons affiliation with a larger movement which cannot be brushed aside by one angry official.
What is the intention behind launching zero-rupee notes?
A.  To use them as a tool to fight against inflation B.    To hand them to children to make fun
C.  To cheat innocent people and destablise India's economy D.    To shame someone who asks for a bribe
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8 . You have two brief passage with 5 questions in each passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

Worthless currency is not necessarily useless. It can be a pointed way of shaming someone who asks for a bribe. That is the thinking behind zero-rupee notes, an Indian anticorruption gimmick now attracting worldwide interest. They look roughly like 50-rupee notes; people are encouraged to hand them to corrupt officials, signaling resistance to sleaze.

Vijay Anand, founder of the 5th Pillar, an antibribery campaign that launched the notes, calls them a nonviolent weapon of non co-operation. His group has distributed more than 2.5m zero-rupee notes since 2007. The idea is catching on.Campaigners from Argentina, Nepal, Mexico and Benin have been in touch asking for details. Malaysia is mulling a similar project. And a worthless note will be launched in Yemen next year.

Yemen is usually reckoned to be one of the worlds most corrupt countries. But Mariam Adnan, an activist there, says a new generation may be amenable to change. Her group is handing out 5000 honest riyals in schools and universities. You have to change minds before you can change laws, she says.

Such campaigns might be risky in countries where bribes are extorted at gunpoint. But in places where public opinion is already shifting, they could be a useful way of making bureaucrats behave better. Shaazka Beyerle, an expert on civil resistance campaigns, says that using zero-rupee note offers protection. It shows a persons affiliation with a larger movement which cannot be brushed aside by one angry official.
What has been the impact of the anti-bribery campaign launched by Vijay Anand?

i. The idea of the anti-bribery campaign is catching on and the campaigners from a few foreign countries are asking for details.

ii. Malaysia has outright rejected the concept of using fake currency as a means of fighting against corruption.

iii. Yemen is going to launch worthless notes in line with 5th Pillar of India
A.  Only (i) and (ii) B.    Only (ii) and (iii)
C.  Only (i) and (iii) D.    All (i), (ii) and (iii)
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9 . You have two brief passage with 5 questions in each passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

Worthless currency is not necessarily useless. It can be a pointed way of shaming someone who asks for a bribe. That is the thinking behind zero-rupee notes, an Indian anticorruption gimmick now attracting worldwide interest. They look roughly like 50-rupee notes; people are encouraged to hand them to corrupt officials, signaling resistance to sleaze.

Vijay Anand, founder of the 5th Pillar, an antibribery campaign that launched the notes, calls them a nonviolent weapon of non co-operation. His group has distributed more than 2.5m zero-rupee notes since 2007. The idea is catching on.Campaigners from Argentina, Nepal, Mexico and Benin have been in touch asking for details. Malaysia is mulling a similar project. And a worthless note will be launched in Yemen next year.

Yemen is usually reckoned to be one of the worlds most corrupt countries. But Mariam Adnan, an activist there, says a new generation may be amenable to change. Her group is handing out 5000 honest riyals in schools and universities. You have to change minds before you can change laws, she says.

Such campaigns might be risky in countries where bribes are extorted at gunpoint. But in places where public opinion is already shifting, they could be a useful way of making bureaucrats behave better. Shaazka Beyerle, an expert on civil resistance campaigns, says that using zero-rupee note offers protection. It shows a persons affiliation with a larger movement which cannot be brushed aside by one angry official.
What is the nearest meaning of the word mulling as used in the passage?
A.  To make wine and beer B.    To ponder over something
C.  To reject an idea D.    To crush something into pieces
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10 . In Question, sentences given with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four and indicate it by blackening the appropriate oval [ ] in the Answer Sheet
I used to go to Sangam ______ in Allahabad
A.  while I was B.    while I was
C.  when was I D.    while was I
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