CLAT Common Law Admission Test Solved Paper 2011 – English, Aptitude Part 1

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  • The questions in this section are based on a single passage. The questions are to be answered based on what is stated or implied in the passage.
  • Please note that for some of the questions, more than one of the choices could answer the question. However, you are to choose the best answer, that is, the response that most accurately and completely answers the questions.

Directions (Q. 1 to 10) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions following that.

  • Its religion and community are associated with global violence in the minds people, then so are global poverty and inequality. There has, in fact, been an increasing tendency in recent years to justify policies of poverty removal on the ground that this is the surest way to prevent political strife and turmoil. Basing public policy-international as well as domestic-on such an understanding has some evident attractions. Given the public anxiety about wars and disorders in the rich countries in the world, the indirect justification of poverty removal not for its own sake of peace and quiet in the world provides an argument the appeals to self-interest for helping the needy. It presents an argument for allocating more resources on poverty removal because of its presumed political, rather than moral relevance.
  • While the temptation to go in that direction is easy to understand, it is a perilous route to take even for a worthy cause. Part of the difficulty lies in the possibility that if wrong, economic reductionism would not only impair our understanding of the world but would also tend to undermine the declared rational of the public commitment to remove poverty. This is a particularly serious concern, since poverty and massive inequality are terrible enough in themselves and deserve priority even if there were no connection whatsoever with violence. Just as virtue is its own reward, poverty is at least its own penalty. This is not to deny that poverty and inequality can and do have far reaching consequences with conflict and strife, but these connections have to be examined and investigated with appropriate care and empirical scrutiny, rather than being casually invoked with unreasoned rapidity in support of a ‘good cause’ .
  • Destitution can, of course, produce provocation for defying established laws and rules. But is need not give people the initiative, courage, and actual ability to do anything very violent. Destitution can be accompanied not only by economic debility, but also by political helplessness. A starving wretch can be too frail and too dejected to fight and battle, and even to protest and holler. It is thus not surprising that often enough intense and widespread suffering and misery have been accompanied by unusual peace and silence.
  • Indeed, many famines have occurred without there being much political rebellion or civil strife or intergroup warfare. For example, the famine years in the 1840s in Ireland were among the most peaceful, and there was little attempt by the hungry masses to intervene even as ship after ship sailed down the River Shannon with rich food. Looking elsewhere, my own childhood memories in Calcutta during the Bengal famine of 1943 include the sight of starving people dying in front of sweetshops with various layers of luscious food displayed behind the glass windows, without a single glass being broken, or law or order being disrupted.

1. Select the statement that can be most plausibly inferred from the aforesaid passage

(a) A society plagued by recurrent famines can never witness political revolution

(b) Religious discrimination inevitably leads to violence and strife

(c) Destitution of the masses leads to peace and social stability

(d) Famines and starvation do not necessarily result in political rebellion

Ans: (d)

2. The author believes that it may not be advisable to emphasize on the connection between poverty and violence as

(a) Emphasize on such connection appeals only to self-interest of persons

(b) Linking poverty and violence undermines the moral character of anti-poverty measures

(c) The absence of any essential connection between poverty and violence may then weaken the very rational of anti-poverty policies

(d) There is no necessary link between poverty and inequality

Ans: (d)

3. Which of the following best captures the central argument of this passage?

(a) Religion is inextricably linked with violence

(b) Famines may not necessarily result in civil unrest

(c) Global poverty and inequality are one of the fundamental causes of global violence and strife

(d) Basing anti-poverty programmes on the need for avoidance of violence and strife is dotted with many pitfalls

Ans: (c)

4. In the given passage, the word ‘perilous’ means

(a) Scared

(b) Costly

(c) Futile

(d) Dangerous

Ans: (d)

5. The author refers to his own experience as a child during the Bengal famine of 1943 to

(a) Illustrate how religiosity may instill passive acceptance of even the worst forms of starvation among people

(b) Repudiate the argument that religious discrimination usually tends to inspire violent protests

(c) Substantiate his assertion that it is not unusual to have the most intense suffering and misery coexist with complete peace

(d) Demonstrate that people confronted with acute starvation are rendered too helpless to protest ever at all

Ans: (a)

6. The word ‘destitution’ in this passage can be best substituted by

(a) Dejection

(b) Indigence

(c) Default

(d) Dereliction

Ans: (b)

7. Which of the following statement is least likely to be inferred from the passage

(a) History is replete with instance of famines that have occurred without there being much violent protest

(b) Many writers and critics are increasingly advocating for stronger policies on poverty removal on the ground that this would help to prevent political turmoil

(c) The author believes that the links between poverty and violence must never be emphasized at all

(d) Economic debility in turn inhibits political freedom

Ans: (c)