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Passage

Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur՚s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.

The question? … what do women really want? Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch՚s proposition to have an answer by year՚s end.

He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer. Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer. But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.

The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch she agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first. The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur՚s closest friend! Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life.

He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden; but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur՚s life and the preservation of the Round Table.

Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Arthur՚s question thus: What a woman really wants, she answered … is to be in charge of her own life! Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Arthur՚s life would be spared. And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding.

The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened

The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half. Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day … or night?

Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch? Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments?

Noble Lancelot said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself. Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.

Question 69 (8 of 10 Based on Passage)

Question

MCQ▾

What answer did the witch gave of the question “What do women really want?”

  1. She replied that women want lots of money and power.
  2. She said that what women really want is a good looking husband and a big house
  3. She replied that women want to control her life on her own.
  4. She said that women want to be her own master.

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

1 and 3

b.

3 and 4

c.

3

d.

None of the above

Question 70 (9 of 10 Based on Passage)

Question

MCQ▾

What did the witch asked to the king in return for the answer?

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

She asked King Arthur to marry her and make her the queen.

b.

She asked to convince Sir Lancelot to marry her.

c.

She asked for a big house, servants and money in return for the answer

d.

She asked the King to kill Sir Lancelot.

Question 71 (10 of 10 Based on Passage)

Question

MCQ▾

Choose the word which is the most opposite in meaning to the word printed in bold used in the passage: Repugnant

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

Inacceptable

b.

Attractive

c.

Repulsive

d.

Obscene

Passage

Direction: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.

The finance ministry՚s recent decision to levy 25 % safeguard duty on solar equipment is likely to raise solar power tariffs and affect off-take.

Power minister R K Singh has reportedly assured project developers that the Centre would amend bidding rules to allow pass through of the import duty hike, but uncertainties remain.

there՚s a lack of clarity on GST on solar panels too. We do not need taxes and duties to jeopardize solar power; bureaucratic inertia already doing a good job. With this, solar power will become popular in India when pigs will fly.

The government՚s target is to set up 100 GW of solar power capacity nationally by 2022, with 40 GW to come up on rooftops.

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) , the nodal agency in charge of the National Solar Mission, has been able to smartly bring down tariffs for solar power projects to as low as ₹ 2.44 per unit. But there՚s hardly any progress in the solar rooftop plan. Barely 1 GW of rooftop power capacity has come up.

The way ahead is to have institutional channel partners to rev up rooftop capacity. Experts opine that India has a solar rooftop power potential of up to 400 GW. What is missing is well-thought-through policy specifically for rooftop capacity. It would even make sense to have a leasing plan for battery packs for rooftop solar plants, to proactively bring down the sunk costs.

Also, we need to boost the demand for solar rooftop capacity. For instance, the possibility of making it attractive to routinely recharge, say, phones, computers and household inverters with solar rooftop power need to be actively explored.

It can lead to other usages, such as running ACs or even charging electric vehicles, including two-wheelers. New gadgets like solar induction cookers do need to be commercialized to gainfully step-up demand for solar rooftop panels. Holistic regulation will need to attend on the power sector, to enable all this.

Question 72 (1 of 3 Based on Passage)

Question

MCQ▾

Which among the following is true regarding the suggestions of the author to make rooftop solar power a success in India?

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

The government should come out with more incentives for the solar power generators in the country

b.

The government should devise ways to utilize solar power in various household items such as charging of mobile phones, batteries etc.

c.

The government should take help from various organizations by entering into agreements with them

d.

Both b. and c. are correct

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