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English Quiz for UIIC AO 2016 - Set 3

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Directions (Q. 1-15): Read the passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases are given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Things have got so bad between India and Pakistan that when they talk peace it looks like war. Their prime ministers were to address the 65th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York and then meet on the sidelines. One day Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made some illadvised, bellicose, Kashmir-related remarks against India in his speech at the UNGA. On the following day Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lashed out at Pakistan in his speech. Before they met the next day Sharif reportedly called Singh a "village hag" (sic) off the record and put paid to whatever diplomatic gains he had counted on. After that, the meeting could not be one-on-one.

Back home, the Indo-Pak media war was savage, sharpened by BJP leader Narendra Modi's explosive reaction to the "village hag" remark. One channel pitted the notoriously visceral Pakistani politician Sheikh Rashid Ahmed against Hindu and Muslim Indians, scoring brownie points while anchors lost their neutral cool. The New York meeting achieved nothing except a vague agreement on sorting out the recent Line of Control incidents through armies that hate each other. Pakistan's reference to Indian terrorism in Balochistan was correct but not comparable to India's globally accepted designation of Pakistan as the epicentre of terrorism, threatening the world, including the US, the EU, India, Russia and China, to say nothing of the Central Asian states, which cower before the Uzbek terrorists trained in Pakistan.

Manmohan Singh's reaction to an act of terrorism in Jammu on the eve of his meeting with Sharif was brave and statesmanlike, given the negative press he has at home and the populist atmospherics of the coming elections in India. He said he would not be deterred by terrorism while talking peace with Pakistan. While in New York, he met President Barack Obama – who could not find time for his Pakistani counterpart – and agreed to meet Sharif, with caveats against pinning high hopes on the meeting. Sharif's reference to Kashmir at the UNGA was aimed more at audiences at home than at India. He also expressed Pakistan's newfound plaint about the "unjust" global system created by a flawed UN and called, unrealistically, for reforms in the world body. At home, right-wing TV anchors and newspaper reporters were pleased that "he spoke softly but gave a harsh message". Some were put off because he was not "fiery" enough, meaning that he lacked in denunciatory "Chavizmo" or the parading of a poor man's useless tumescence in global politics.

Ace anchor Kamran Khan gave the familiar, but repeatedly defeated, spin to the Jammu attack on Indian police and military troops: "The attacks inflicted a heavy loss to the Indian army and police and also revived the assertion that no effort for peace between Pakistan and India could bear fruit until the Kashmir issue was resolved." Sharif was toeing the Foreign Office line, which has traditionally toed the Pakistan army line, built on the frozen geopolitical position on India as a permanent enemy opposed to the very existence of Pakistan. The last bit is supported by the textbook brainwash in the schools of Pakistan, particularly Punjab, currently ruled by Sharif's rightwing PML(N). His plaint about Kashmir not finding place on the roster of issues at the UN was purely for home consumption, because the 1972 Indo-Pak Simla Agreement had forever assigned it to bilateral dialogue. Pakistan had – wrongly – tried to move the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against India for the 1999 shooting down of a surveillance aircraft. The ICJ, while asserting that it had no jurisdiction over the matter, gratuitously advised Pakistan to abide by the 1972 change of status of all disputes.

1. Why did the issue of Kashmir not figure on the roster of issues at the UN?
1) Because the UN does not want to poke its nose in such a complicated issue.
2) Because the Kashmir issue is not so important in comparison to other global issues.
3) Because, as per the Indo - Pak Shimla Agreement 1972, Kashmir issue can be resolved only through bilateral dialogues.
4) Because ICJ does not exercise its jurisdiction over the matters of India and Pakistan.
5) None of these

2. What results came out of the New York meeting between the two Prime Ministers?
1) That they would effectively deal with the Uzbek terrorists being trained in Pakistan
2) Both the countries agreed to reduce deployment of their forces at Indo-Pak borders.
3) That they would take concrete steps to minimize the threat of Indian terrorism in Baluchistan
4) Nothing except a vague agreement on sorting out the recent LoC incidents through armies.
5) All the above

3. Why is it mentioned that when India and Pakistan talk peace, it looks like war?
(A) Because the Prime Ministers of both the countries made reproachful remarks against each other.
(B) Because both the countries are weak at their homes and they cannot help a war talk.
(C) Because both the countries tend to behave in a savage manner.
1) Only (A)
2) Only (B)
3) Only (C)
4) Both (A) and (B)
5) Both (A) and (C)

4. Why did Nawaz Sharif call Manmohan Singh a ‘village hag’?
1) Because Nawaz Sharif has gone insane and does not have any bit of courtesy and manner.
2) Because Manmohan singh had lashed out at Pakistan in his speech just a day before.
3) Because of their bitter relationships
4) Because Nawaz Sharif knew that India is a very weak country and would not dare to counter his remarks.
5) None of these

5. What prompted the anchors of a media channel to lose their neutral cool?
(A) The pugnacious remarks made by Nawaz Sharif against India
(B) Because of the humiliating remarks by a Pakistani politician against Hindu and Muslim Indians
(C) Because of the rude tone of a prominent BJP leader
1) Only (A)
2) Only (B)
3) Both (A) and (B)
4) Both (A) and (C)
5) Only (C)

6. Why did Manmohan Singh say before going to New York to meet President Barack Obama that he would not be deterred by terrorism while talking peace with Pakistan?
1) Because he knew that war against war or terror against terror cannot bring peace to a region.
2) Because he knew that Pakistan is not so weak that it could be easily defeated in a war.
3) Because of the internal pressure from the party members.
4) Because he wanted to establish that an act of terrorism cannot deter his strong determination of peace talk with Pakistan
5) Because he wanted to create populist atmospherics of the coming elections in India.

7. Which of the following is false about Sharif’s address to the 65th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York?
1) Nawaz Sharif asserted Pakistan’s newfound complaint against the unjust global system created by the United Nations.
2) As per the right-wing TV anchors and newspaper reporters, Sharif gave a harsh message in soft tone.
3) Some of the left-wing TV anchors and newspaper reporters claimed that his speech was not so fiery as it should have been.
4) Sharif’s reference to Kashmir at the UNGA was aimed at India rather than at Pakistan.
5) All the above are true

8. Which of the following is true about the given passage?
1) The given passage is a reflection of improving relationship between India and Pakistan.
2) The given passage presents the current status of Indo-Pak relations.
3) The given passage tries to defame the Prime Ministers of both India and Pakistan.
4) The given passage has been written by a pro-Pakistan writer.
5) The given passage presents a distorted picture of Indo-Pak relations.

9. What is Pakistan doing, as a last resort, to create anti-India sentiment?
(A) It is helping terrorist organisations on its land.
(B) It is trying to brainwash school children and instil anti-India sentiments in their minds.
(C) It is recruiting women suicide bombers in its territory.
1) Only (A)
2) Only (B)
3) Only (C)
4) Only (A) and (B)
5) Only (B) and (C)

Directions (Q. 10-12): Choose the word/group of words which is MOST SIMILAR in meaning of the word/ group of words printed in bold as used in the passage.

10. Caveat
1) reason 2) rule 3) caution
4) promise 5) attitude

11. Plaint
1) herb 2) simplicity 3) opinion
4) theory 5) allegations

12. Denunciatory
1) accusatory 2) praiseworthy 3) reforming
4) excellent 5) harsh

Directions (Q. 13-15): Choose the word/group of words which is MOST OPPOSITE in meaning of the word/group of words printed in bold as used in the passage.

13. Cower
1) meet 2) kowtow 3) face
4) cowardice 5) stand

14. Deterred
1) impeded 2) frightened 3) diverted
4) encouraged 5) stopped

15. Tumescence
1) void 2) totality 3) amplitude
4) congestion 5) surfeit


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  2. Taurus - 9/14
  3. the fighter - 8/13


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