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Question number: 195

» Paragraph Writing

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Appeared in Year: 2009

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Describe in Detail

In your answer to given below, sign yourself as X. Disclosure of your identity in any manner will be penalized appropriately.

Write a letter to your friend, suggesting him some books to read during the summer vacation. Give reasons for the books suggested by you.

Explanation

Date: dd/mm/yy

ABC,

India

Hello Dearest ABC,

I hope you are enjoying your summer vacations at your hometown. I am fine too. Before the vacation when we met, you wanted to try reading books during the vacation. Since it is your first time, I suggest you start with short stories or small storybooks.

I love reading Geronimo Stilton books. They are

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Question number: 196

» Grammar

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Appeared in Year: 2009

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Write in Brief

Use each of the following phrases/expressions in a sentence of your own, such that the meaning of the phrase/expression is clearly brought out:

Dig your own grave

Question number: 197

» Grammar

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Appeared in Year: 2010

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Write in Brief

Correct the following sentences without changing their meaning. Please do not make unnecessary changes in the original sentence in each case. In case you think there is no error, then write down the sentence as it is:

Mr Amitabh Bachan is a tall gentleman.

Question number: 198

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Appeared in Year: 2009

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Describe in Detail

Make a précis of the following passage in about one-third of its original length. Write the précis, as far as possible, in your own words. Uses the special sheets provided for this purpose and fasten it securely inside the answer-book. Marks will be deducted if the précis is not written on the special sheet. State the number of words used by you at the end of the précis and suggest a suitable title:

To fight is a radical instinct. If men have nothing else to fight over, they will fight over words, fancies or women, or they will fight because they dislike each other’s looks, or because they have met walking in opposite directions. To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight to the blood. To fight for a reason and in a calculating spirit is something; even a coward might screw up to such a reasonable conflict. The joy and glory of fighting lie in an unmanly glee to breed the next generation.

Internecine war, foreign and civil, brought about the greatest set-back which the life of reason has ever suffered; it exterminated the Greek and the Italian aristocracies. Instead of being descended from heroes, modern nations are descended from slaves; and it is not their bodies only that shows it. After a long peace, if the conditions of life are propitious, we observe a people’s energies bursting their barriers; they become aggressive on the strength they have stored up in their remote and unchecked development. It is the unmutilated race, fresh from the struggle with nature (in which the best survive, while in war it is often the best that perish), that descends victoriously into the arena of nations and conquers disciplined armies at the first blow, becomes the military aristocracy of the next epoch and is itself ultimately sapped and decimated by luxury and battle, and merged at last into the ignoble conglomerate beneath. Then, perhaps, in some other virgin country a genuine humanity is again found, capable of victory because unbaled by war. To call war in its pure spontaneity victory. Victory, no doubt, has its fruits for the victor. If fighting were not a possible means of livelihood, the bellicose instinct could never_ have established itself in any long-lived race. A few men can live on plunder, just as there is room in the world for some beasts of prey; other men are reduced to living on industry, just as there are diligent bees, ants and herbivorous kine. But victory need have no good fruits for the people whose army is victorious; that it sometimes does so in ulterior and blessed circumstance hardly to be reckoned upon.

Since barbarianism has its pleasures, it naturally has its apologists. There are panegyrists of war who say that without a periodical bleeding a race decays and loses its manhood. Experience is directly opposed to this shameless assertion. It is war that wastes a nation’s wealth, chokes its industries, kills its flower, narrows its sympathies, condemns it to be governed by adventurers, and leaves the puny deformed; the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love. (450 words)

Explanation

Glorifying Fighting

  • Men do not need a specific reason to fight for. They can fight over anything and they take pride over doing it. If the situations seem good, men still bring out their aggression and show their strength through fighting instincts. War has always been glorified and the victorious have always placed at a higher position.
  • Those w

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