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Question 1

The United States must learn to lose this war - a harder task, in many ways, than winning -for it requires admitting mistakes and relinquishing attractive fantasies. This is the true moral mission of our time (well, of the next few years, anyway). The cost of leaving will certainly be high, just not anywhere near as high as trying to "stay the course," which can only magnify and postpone the disaster. And yet, regrettable to say, even if this difficult step is taken, no one should imagine that democracy will be achieved by this means. The great likelihood is something else - something worse; perhaps a recrudescence of dictatorship or Civil War, or both. An interim period, probably very brief, of international trusteeship is the best solution, yet it is unlikely to be a good solution. It is merely better than any other recourse. The good options have probably passed us by. They may never have existed. If the people of Iraq are given back their country, there isn't the slightest guarantee that they will use the privilege to create a liberal democracy. The creation of democracy is an organic process that must proceed from the will of the local people, sometimes that will is present, more often it is not. Vietnam provides an example. Vietnam today enjoys the self-determination it battled to achieve for so long; but it has not become a democracy. On the other hand, just because Iraq's future remains to be decided by its talented people, it would also be wrong to categorically rule out the possibility that they will escape tyranny and create a democratic government for themselves. The United States and other countries might even find ways of offering modest assistance in the project. It's just that it is beyond the power of the United States to create democracy for them. The matter is not in our hands. It never was.

Choose the correct answer

Which of the following has been brought out as a consequence of the United States withdrawing from the war?

  1. Democracy will be achieved
  2. United States will find it to be a very hard task
  3. Dictatorship will be abolished
  4. United States will have to give up its aim for which the war was being fought
  5. The impending disaster will be amplified

Correct Answer: D


The passage starts with a discussion on the various pros and cons of the United States pulling from the war. It has been brought out that pulling out from the war or losing it would be harder than winning the war. This cannot be labelled as a consequence of pulling put from the war. Moreover, it has been clearly stated that one should not expect democracy to be established by taking this step. Therefore, A and B are both incorrect. C is clearly incorrect as it has been brought out that in all likelihood dictatorship will rebound in this scenario. It has been stated that staying on would magnify the disaster. This obviously will not happen if United States does not stay on. Therefore, E is also incorrect. The beginning of the passage clearly states that losing the war will entail "relinquishing attractive fantasies". As D is close to this in meaning and also, it is the only option left, it is the correct answer.

Question 2

A country should defend itself largely with the armaments it can produce, not with the pricey imported toys its forces may want. If this tenet were to dictate policy, India could greatly boost its manufacturing capabilities and create tens of thousands of jobs at home through a vibrant military industrial complex. From being the world's largest arms importer, India would emerge as a worthy exporter. Given that India has not fought a full-fledged war in 35 years and is unlikely to face full-scale aggression in the next decade, it is possible to implement in stages, such a principle. In this light, the Agni-3 test freeze is troubling. India's primary focus ought to be on preventing aggression through indigenous deterrent assets, not on seeking to defeat aggression with extravagant weapons from abroad. Yet the PM has acted quite the reverse—from accepting nuclear-capability limits under a misbegotten deal with the US to providing assurances on multibillion dollar imports of US arms and reactors. The Agni-3 test freeze epitomizes the mounting costs of the nuclear deal. In fact, from the period since Rajiv Gandhi conducted the first Agni test exactly 17 years ago, the Agni program has been significantly crimped by a succession of weak, vacillating PMs.

Choose the correct answers

Which of the following correctly brings out the state of arms manufacture in India?

  1. Indigenous development is slowly picking up speed
  2. There is more emphasis on import than on indigenous development
  3. Numerous jobs have been created as a result of arms manufacture
  4. Indigenous development would make India a formidable exporter of arms
  5. It is cheaper to import arms than to manufacture them indigenously

Correct Answers: B and D


It has been clearly brought out that if the tenet, "A country should defend itself largely with the armaments it can produce, not with the pricey imported toys its forces may want" were to dictate policy, then India would have succeeding in creating multitude jobs and becoming an exporter by boosting its manufacturing capabilities. This means that currently this is not the case and hence, options A and C are both incorrect, but D is correct. The exported arms have been referred to as "pricey imported toys" and "extravagant weapons from abroad" which implies that E is clearly incorrect. A careful reading of the passage suggests that B is correct and therefore, B and D are the correct answers.

Question 3

Whereas in the past, tribes, nations and (1) ----------- have solved their problems through warfare and dominance, always seeking to advance themselves at the (2) ----------- of others, the tumult of the modern world is (3) ---------- that such conflict and segregation must be left behind if the family of humanity is going to survive and prosper.

Blank 1 Blank 2 Blank 3
  1. colonies
  2. localities
  3. empires
  1. expense
  2. value
  3. domination
  1. theorizing
  2. hypothesizing
  3. proving

Correct Answer : Empires, expense and proving


The first blank in the passage has to be completed with a word that stands in the league of the words like 'tribes, nations' that have been used in the earlier part of the sentence. The options 'colonies' and 'localities' refer to smaller units of society in comparison to those mentioned in the sentence. The only one option which is suitable to be used with them is 'empires'.

The next blank in the sentence has to be filled with a word that explains the way in which the empires, nations since the past times have acted on the other groups in the society. We find references to 'warfare', 'tumult' etc which signal towards the display of power and violence that was conducted by these societies. The suitable option is thus 'expense' as it shows the exertion of power by one social group on the other.

The last blank has to be filled with a word that can show the relation between the two parts of the sentence here. We can observe that the second part of the sentence is a resultant factor for the first. The options 'hypothesizing' and 'theorizing' are references to laying down of ideas and formulations; whereas 'proving' completes the relation of these two entities properly. The correct answer is therefore, 'proving'.

Question 4

A person covers half of his journey at 30 km/hr and the other half at 20 km/hr.

Column A Column B
His average speed for the whole journey His average speed for the first half of his journey
  1. Quantity A is greater
  2. Quantity B is greater
  3. The quantities are equal
  4. The relationship cannot be determined from the information given

Correct Answer: B


Let the distance be 2x km
Time = Distance/speed
Time for first half of journey = x/30
Time for second half of journey = x/20
Total time = x/30+x/20 = (20x+30x)/(20*30)
= 50x/(20*30)
= x/12

Average speed = total distance/total time
= (x+x)/(x/12)
= 2x*12/x
= 24 km/hr

Average speed for the first half of his journey = 30 km/hr
Option B is correct.

Question 5

A rectangular park has a walkway 2 feet wide around it along the inside. It has another walkway 5 feet inside the park parallel to its breadth. The rectangular park is 20 feet long and 18 feet wide. Find the area of the walkway in square feet.

Correct Answer: 174


The park can be divided into two rectangles, one formed with the outer edges and the other formed with the inner edges of the walkway.
Area of the outer rectangular park = 20*18 = 360 sq.ft.
Area of the inner rectangular park = (20-2-2)*(18-2-2)
= 16*14 = 224 sq.ft.
Area of the walkway along the edge of the park = 360-224 = 136 sq.ft.
Area of the walkway parallel to the breadth, not included in the area of the walkway along the edge = (20-2-2)*2
= 16*2
= 38
Total area of the walkway = 136+38 = 174 sq.ft.

Question 6

Sam bought 100 bottles of juice for $40 each. He planned to earn a profit of 50% on his purchase and so marked the items accordingly. However, due to a sudden change in weather, he had to sell them at a discount of 20%. How much profit did he finally earn? Indicate the correct option.

  1. $800
  2. $600
  3. $8
  4. $48
  5. $60

Correct Answer: A


Marked price = 40+50% of 40
= 40+50*40/100
= 40+20=60
Selling price after 20% discount = 60-20% of 60
= 60 - 20*60/100
= 60 - 12
= 48
The profit earned on each item = 48-40=$8
Total profit earned = $8*100=$800
Option A is correct.

Question 7

A stick is placed in a co-ordinate plane. The end points of the stick lie at (1,4) and (9,-12). At what point in the plane does a point on the stick lie such that it divides the stick in ratio 3:5 when all the possible cases are considered? Indicate all correct options.

  1. (4,2)
  2. (6,6)
  3. (-4,2)
  4. (6,-6)
  5. (4,-2)

Correct Answers: D and E


There can be two such points considering the two ends of the stick as identical.
Let the two points be (x,y) and (x',y').
We have
x=(3*9+5*1)/(3+5), y=(-3*12+5*4)/(3+5)
x=(27+5)/8, y=(-36+20)/8
x=32/8, y=-16/8
x= 4, y=-2

x'=(5*9+3*1)/(5+3), y'=(-5*12+3*4)/(5+3)
x'=(45+3)/8, y'=(-60+12)/8
x'=48/8, -48/8
x'=6, y'=-6

The two points are (4,-2) and (6,-6)
Options D and E are correct.

Question 8

The most important healthcare asset in developing nations is the people in the country who are already trained to provide medical services. For 30 years, countries struggling to build their economies have been investing what little resources they have in training healthcare workers. Those who have received the training are often the people with the skills and knowledge of English to immigrate to countries with more opportunity. It is essential to provide the equipment and supplies necessary for them to feel they are able to accomplish something. Direct Relief is an organization that provides supplies through donations from healthcare companies, including pharmaceutical firms, from around the world. This group has been able to motivate health workers to contribute to the progress of their nations.

Which sentence refers to a problem, the solution of which is given in the fourth sentence (It is essential … something)?

The correct answer is C. (Those who have … opportunity)


The fourth sentence is referring to the provision of equipment and supplies that will make the health workers feel that they can accomplish something. If this is the solution, then it means that the problem would be that they felt they will not be able to accomplish anything. Therefore, the likely problem being discussed is the migration of skilled health workers to other countries for more opportunities. This is substantiated by the concluding sentence where it is brought out that the provision of supplies has succeeded in motivating health workers to contribute towards the progress of their nations. Therefore, the correct answer is C.

Question 9

The human race cannot deny the fact that we are ------------ and indissolubly bound to the past ages.

  1. Liable
  2. Indebted
  3. Ungrateful
  4. Answerable to
  5. Settled with

Correct Answer: A, B and D


The sentence here requires to be completed using a word that compliments the usage of ‘indissolubly bound’ in the later part of it. The first two options, ‘’Liable’ and ‘Indebted’ are properly suited to the meaning in this regards, thus join the list of correct answers. The third option, ‘Ungrateful’ is completely opposite to it, so is a wrong answer. The fourth option, ‘Answerable to’ is again complimenting the phrase in the second part of the sentence and the last option, ‘Settled with’ is an incorrect answer, as it is an antonym to the desired meaning.

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