Reading Comprehension (CBSE-NET (UGC) Paper-I): Questions 11 - 16 of 33

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The literary distaste for politics, however, seems to be focused not so much on the largely murky practice of politics in itself as a subject of literary representation but rather more on how it is often depicted in literature, i. e. , on the very politics of such representation. A political novel often turns out to be not merely a novel about politics but a novel with a politics of its own, for it seeks not merely to show us how things are but has fairly definite ideas about how things should be, and precisely what one should think and do in order to make things move in that desired direction. In short, it seeks to convert and enlist the reader to a particular cause or ideology; it often is (in an only too familiar phrase) not literature but propaganda. This is said to violate the very spirit of literature which is to broaden our understanding of the world and the range of our sympathies rather than to narrow them down through partisan commitment. As John Keats said, ‘We hate poetry that has a palpable design upon us’.

Another reason why politics does not seem amenable to the highest kind of literary representation seems to arise from the fact that politics by its very nature is constituted of ideas and ideologies. If political situations do not lend themselves to happy literary treatment, political ideas present perhaps an even greater problem in this regard. Literature, it is argued, is about human experiences rather than about intellectual abstractions; it deals in what is called the ‘felt reality’ of human flesh and blood, and in sap and savour (rasa) rather than in and lifeless ideas. In an extensive discussion of the matter in her book Ideas and the Novel, the American novelist Mary McCarthy observed that ‘ideas are still today felt to be unsightly in the novel’ though that was not so in ‘former days’, i. e. , in the 18th and 19th centuries. Her formulation of the precise nature of the incompatibility between ideas on the one hand and the novel on the other betrays perhaps a divided conscience in the matter and a sense of dilemma shared by many writers and readers: ‘An idea cannot have loose ends, but a novel, I almost think, needs them. Nevertheless, there is enough in common for the novelists to feel… the attraction of ideas while taking up arms against them most often with weapons of mockery. ’

Question number: 11 (6 of 7 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Appeared in Year: 2014

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Warrior is related to sword, carpenter is related to saw, farmer is related to plough. In the same way, the author is related to

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Reader

b.

Pen

c.

Fame

d.

Book

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The observation of the novelist, May McCarthy reveals (December)

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Dichotomy of conscience on political ideas and novels

b.

Compatibility between idea and novel

c.

Unseen felt ideas of today in the novel

d.

Endless idea and novels

Passage

I did that thing recently where you have to sign a big card - which is a horror unto itself, especially as the keeper of the Big Card was leaning over me at the time. Suddenly I was on the spot, a rabbit in the headlights, torn between doing a fun message or some sort of in-joke or a drawing. Instead overwhelmed by the myriad options available to me, I decide to just Write: “Good luck, best, Joel”.

It was then that I realized, to my horror, that I had forgotten how to write. My entire existence is “tap letters into computer”. My shopping lists are hidden in the notes function of my phone. If I need to remember something I send an e-mail to myself. A pen is something I chew when I’m struggling to think. Paper is something I pile beneath my laptop to make it a more comfortable height for me to type on.

A poll of 1, 000 teens by the stationers, Bic found that one in 10 don’t own a pen, a third have never written a letter, and half of 13 to 19 years - old have never been forced to sit down and write a thank you letter. More than 80 % have never written a love letter, 56 % don’t have letter paper at home. And a quarter have never known the unique torture of writing a birthday card. The most a teen ever has to use a pen is on an exam paper.

Bic, have you heard of mobile phone? Have you heard of e-mail, Facebook and snap chatting? This is the future. Pens are dead. Paper is dead. Handwriting is a relic.

“Handwriting is one of the most creative outlets we have and should be given the same importance as other art forms such as sketching, painting or photography. ”

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When confronted with signing a big card, the author felt like “a rabbit in the headlight”. What does this phrase mean?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

A state of confusion

b.

A state of pain

c.

A state of pleasure

d.

A state of anxiety

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How many teens, as per the Bic survey, do not own a pen?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

500

b.

100

c.

560

d.

800

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The entire existence of the author revolves round

(1) Computer

(2) Mobile phone

(3) Typewriter

Identify the correct answer from the codes given below:

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Choice (4) Response

a.

(2) and (3) only

b.

(1) and (2) only

c.

(2) only

d.

(1), (2) and (3)

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According to the author, which One is not the most creative outlet of pursuit?

Choices

Choice (4) Response

a.

Sketching

b.

Reading

c.

Handwriting

d.

Photography

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