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A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, 'What did you want the most when you were there?" The boy replied, "Air." Socrates said, "That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it." There is no other secret.

Moral of the short story:

A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.

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In The Shveta-chattra or the “White Umbrella” was a symbol of sovereign political authority placed over the monarchy’s head at the time of coronation.The ruler so inaugurated was regarded not as a temporal autocrat but as the instrument of protective and sheltering firmament of supreme law.The while umbrella symbol is of great antiquity and its varied use illustrates the ultimate common basis of non-theocratic nature of states in Indian tradition.As such, the umbrella is found, although not necessarily white one, over the head of lord Ram, the mohammedan sultans and Chatrapati Shivaji.

Which of the following summarizes the above passage?

  • The placing of an umbrella over the ruler’s head was a common practice in the Indian subcontinent.
  • The white umbrella represented the instrument of firmament of supreme law and non-theocratic nature of Indian states.
  • The umbrella, not necessarily a white one, was a symbol of sovereign political authority
  • The varied use of umbrella symbolized the common basis of the non-theocratic nature of states in the Indian tradition.

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RC Passage:

I urge a 16th amendment, because "manhood suffrage", or a man's government, is civil, religious, and social disorganization. The male element is a destructive force, stern, selfish, aggrandizing, loving war, violence, conquest, acquisition, breeding in the material and moral world alike, discord, disorder, disease, and death. See what a record of blood and cruelty the pages of history reveal! Through what slavery, slaughter and sacrifice, through what inquisitions and imprisonments pains and persecutions, black codes and gloomy creeds, the soul of humanity has struggled for centuries, while mercy has veiled her face and all hearts have been dead alike to love and hope!

The male element has held high carnival thus far; it has fairly run riot from the beginning, overpowering the feminine element everywhere, crushing out all the diviner qualities in human nature, until we know but little of true manhood and womanhood, of the latter comparatively nothing, for it has scarce been recognized as a power until within the last century. Society is but the reflection of man himself, untempered by woman's thought; the hard iron rule we feel alike in the church, the state and the home. No one need wonder at the disorganization, at the fragmentary condition of everything, when we remember that man, who represents but half a complete being, with but half an idea on every subject, has undertaken the absolute control of all sublunarymatters.

People object to the demands of those whom they choose to call the strong-minded, because they say "the right of suffrage will make the women masculine". That is the difficulty in which we are involved today. Though disfranchised, we have few women in the best sense; we have simply so many reflections, varieties and dilutions of the masculine gender. The strong, naturalcharacteristics of womanhood are repressed and ignored in dependence, for so long as man feeds woman she will try to please the giver and adapt herself to his condition. To keep a foothold in society, woman must be as near like man as possible, reflect his ideas, opinions, virtues, motives, prejudices and vices. She must respect his statutes, though they strip her of every inalienable right and conflict with that higher law written by the finger of God on her own soul.

She must look at everything from its dollar-and-cent point of view, or she is a mere romancer. She must accept things as they are and make the best of them. To mourn over the miseries of others, the poverty of the poor, their hardships in jails, prisons, asylums, the horrors of war, cruelty, and brutality in every form, all this would be mere sentimentalizing. To protest against the intrigue,

bribery, and corruption of public life, to desire that her sons might follow some business that did not involve lying, cheating and, a hard, grinding selfishness would be arrant nonsense.

In this way man has been moulding woman to his ideas by direct and positive influences, while she, if not a negation, has used indirect means to control him, and in most cases developed the very characteristics both in him and herself that needed repression. And now man himself stands appalled at the results of his own excesses, and mourns in bitterness that falsehood, selfishness and violence are the law of life. The need of this hour is not territory, gold mines, railroads or specie payments but a new evangel of womanhood, to exalt purity, virtue, morality, true religion, to lift man up into the higher realms of thought and action.

We ask woman's enfranchisement, as the first step toward the recognition of that essential element in government that can only secure the health, strength and prosperity of the nation. Whatever is done to lift woman to her true position will help to usher in a new day of peace and perfection for the race.

In speaking of the masculine element, I do not wish to be understood to say that all men are hard, selfish and brutal, for many of the most beautiful spirits the world has known have been clothed with manhood; but I refer to those characteristics, though often marked in woman, that distinguish what is called the stronger sex. For example, the love of acquisition and conquest, the verypioneers of civilization, when expended on the earth, the sea, the elements, the riches and forces of nature, are powers of destruction when used to subjugate one man to another or to sacrifice nations to ambition.

Here that great conservator of woman's love, if permitted to assert itself, as it. naturally would in freedom against oppression, violence and war, would hold all these destructive forces in check, for woman knows the cost of life better than man does, and not with her consent, would one drop of blood ever be shed, one life sacrificed in vain.

1.This is an extract of the speech given by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1868 at Women's suffrage

convention in Washington D.C. What should be the title of the speech?

(a) The Destructive Male

(b) The Power of Womanhood

(c) Woman Enfranchisement and a Better World

(d) Resurrection of Women

2. Which cluster best represents the masculine values portrayed in the passage:

(a) Individualism, Materialism, Aggrandizement, and Violence

(b) Egoism, Competition, Materialism, Greed

(c) Violence, Immorality, Competition, Anger

(d) All of the options

3.According to the passage why are women subjugated to men?

(a) Women do not have voting rights

(b) Women do not have economic power

(c) Women are intrinsically weak

(d) Both options (1) and (2) are correct

4. Which cluster portrays values of womanhood alluded to in the passage:

(a) Love, Life, Compassion

(b) Purity, Virtue, Morality

(c) Sentiments, Divinity, Forgiveness

(d) Both options (1) and (2) are correct

5. The author of the speech is:

(a) A Feminist

(b) A Man-hater

(c) An Activist

(d) A Misogynist

6. According to the passage which statement is correct:

(a) Men are destructive and selfish and women try to clone male qualities in order to survive

(b) Men destroy and women preserve.

(c) Subjugation of women has caused societies to become cruel, selfish and destructive

(d) Women are like nature, who always try to balance

7. What is the key inference that we can make from the passage:

(a) Female values which are life sustaining have got annihilated

(b) Male values are not balanced by female values

(c) Unchecked and untempered male values have caused destruction and misery in the world

(d) All inferences are correct

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What can we infer from the above sentences. 

a 4 double-century partnerships were there in this match.

b 2 double-century partnerships were there in this match

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eighteen to forty-five without exception(2)

are expected to serve(3)

in the army during a war (4)

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A. Realists believe that there is an objective reality "out there" independent of ourselves.

B. This reality exists solely by virtue of how the world is, and it is in principle discoverable by application of the methods of science.

C. They believe in the possibility of determining whether or not a theory is indeed really true or false.

D. I think it is fair to say that this is the position to which most working scientists subscribe.


A. Secret persons shall strike with weapons, fire or poison.

B. Clans mutually supporting each other shall be made to strike at the weak points.

C. He shall destroy their caravans, herds, forests and troop reinforcements.

D. The conqueror shall cause enemy kingdom to be destroyed by neighboring kings, jungle tribes, pretenders or unjustly treated princes.


A. The recent communal violence in Hyderabad and in Bareilly a month ago has remained on the sidelines of national attention.

B. In both cities, the present round of violence was preceded by mobilisations and speeches, primarily by Hindu fundamentalist groups.

C. Fortunately, there was no death in the violence in Bareilly, while in Hyderabad only three people were killed.

D. Yet, the scale, planning and causes behind the riots indicate a certain change in the morphology of the typical riot, a change which needs to be identified and understood if we want to keep religious sectarianism and violence in check.

E. Communal violence has become so endemic to the polity of India that it has ceased to attract much attention outside its immediate area of impact, or unless it crosses very high levels of fatality and barbarity.


A. The greatest turbulence never destroyed all elements of the old order.

B. Unlike America or Australasia, Europe is an old continent, in the sense that it has a long and continuous history of some two thousand years.

C. Even when it suffered severe changes and considerable disintegration, as during the barbarian invasion of the fifth century, enough of its past always survived to provide real continuity.

D. Beneath the patchwork suggested by a political map showing the division of Europe into states, there was a vast substratum of historical heritage and continuity.


A. Its business decisions are made on the timely and accurate flow of information.

B. It has 1,700 employees in 13 branch and representative offices across the Asia-Pacific region.

C. For employees to maintain a competitive edge in a fast-moving field, they must have quick access to JP Morgan's proprietary trade related data.

D. JP Morgan's is one of the largest banking institutions in the US and a premier international trading firm.


 A. But the last decade has witnessed greater voting and political participation by various privileged sections.

B. If one goes by the earlier record of mid-term elections, it is likely that the turnout in 1998 will drop by anything between four and six percentage points over the already low polling of 58 per cent in 1996.

C. If this trend offsets the mid-term poll fatigue, the fall may not be so steep.

D. Notwithstanding a good deal of speculation on this issue, it is still not clear as to who benefits from a lower turnout.


Ghosts are not renowned for their sense of humour. As Charles Lamb (he of the undeconstructed tales from Shakespeare) put it; 'Can a ghost laugh, or shake his gaunt sides, when you are pleasant with him?' But the ghost of the theorist of farcical returns might well be something of an exception. At any rate, one can't help thinking that, were the personal spirit of Marx to be in any position to take note of his conjurings in the pages of Specters of Marx, it might be a little tickled in its gaunt ribs, inclined even to give vent to some hollow-sounding cries of mirth. For there is surely an element of irony about this supposedly overdue encounter between Derrida and Marx: namely, that it may be the cause - and this conference is itself confirming of the suspicion - of a certain rehabilitation of Marx.

I say 'certain' because we must add 'in the academy', or 'in philosophy'. The rehabilitation may prove some-what local and limited, but nonetheless its peculiarity should not pass entirely without comment. That the deconstructive turn in philosophy which looked to be exorcizing Marx, and which was certainly interpreted by many as wanting to do so, may be that which conjures him forth again and puts him back into philosophical vogue; that it may only be through the authorization of Derrida that Marx may return from the shadowy wings of the academy to centre stage and even be allowed a speaking part: this is an odd turnabout, maybe even a bit spooky, certainly a funny business. Derrida is right that there are several spirits of Marx, including some we may want finally to put to rest. But one which we should surely continue to summon is that which invites philosophy to be sensitive to its context and effects, and to see the humour in some of its own inversions. Regrettably, Derrida's return to Marx is too little haunted by this spirit of self-appraisal.

But how far, in any case, is this coming back to Marx a genuinely new event, how far a revenant of Derrida's earlier deferrings of the engagement with the ethical and the political - which have always taken the form, in fact, not so much of a postponement or a confident 'don't call me, I'll call you', but of what one might call a politely tentative gesturing towards a possible handshake with the nettle.

Three aspects of Specters of Marx seem noteworthy here. In the first place, it offers a definite statement of political affiliation. Derrida makes plain his distance from the celebrants of the demise of Marxism and from all those who would echo Fukuyama's triumphalist prophecies about the 'end of history'. He is very ready to acknowledge that if we measure the out-of-jointness of our times by the degree of human misery already occurred or in the offing, then our times are indeed askew. In his ten indictments of global capitalism, he also makes it very clear that he subscribes to a broadly Marxist view of the sources of the disorder.

1. The word closest to the contextual meaning of 'indictments' in the passage is:

(a) Commandments

(b) Pronouncements

(c) Accusations

(d) Postulates

2. How does the author view Derrida's earlier engagements with the ethical and political?

(a) A possible collaboration with a wise group.

(b) An assertive and overt expression of postponement.0

(c) An unpleasant collaboration, which can result in pain.0

(d) A collaboration done with some reluctance but which can prove to be highly profitable.

3. The author would agree with which of the following?

(a) Despite opposing some Marxist ideas, Derrida's writings hint at a revival of Marx.

(b) These days we experience an equal amount of misery as we did in the past.

(c) The roots of our present disorder can be traced back reasonably accurately by Marxist views.

(d) Derrida has never shown any indication in the past that he would come back to conform with some of Marx's views.

4. Where could the passage have been taken from?

(a) A book review of Specters of Marx

(b) A newspaper article highlighting Derrida's best work

(c) A speech or presentation on Specters of Marx

(d) A book on political ideologies