You don’t see donkeys laughing; you don’t see buffaloes enjoying a joke. It is only man who can enjoy a joke, who can laugh. Without laughter a man is like a tree without flowers. But the society needs serious people: Presidents, Prime Ministers, Vice-Chancellors, Professors, Popes, and Shankaracharyas, all kinds of priests, teachers, and commissioners. Everybody has to be serious. If they have a sense of humour they will become human. They are expected to be just like machines. Which of the following is the most suitable criticism of the above mentioned idea?
- a. Humour has to be a part of life and not life itself
- b. Politicians should be serious men who can shoulder the responsibilities of a country
- c. Public figures need to have a control over their sense of humour
- d. If one is conscious of his behaviour in public it does not mean that he is not human
- e. It is not possible to joke on every occasion
- Answer: D
As the streets of Montclair filled with people running errands at noon on a Sunday, 12 people were having a lower-key outing at Starseed Yoga. More and more people stressed by the hamster wheel that is their daily lives, are discovering that they can indeed change their approach, or at least give it a shot. They are taking yoga classes like never before, seeking to reduce stress before heading back to work. What is the most likely reason for the increasing popularity of yoga?
- a. People are more stressed than before and need to relax
- b. In order to handle competition in their workplaces people want to increase their efficiency through yoga
- c. People try to bring about more peace in their lives
- d. People need to rejuvenate their energies before starting work every Monday
- e. People want to relax on weekends through yoga
- Answer: D
One problem found when teaching skills online is learners' lack of opportunity for skill practice. The online learning environment is deficient in face-to-face interaction, and opportunities for self-regulation make it difficult to ensure learners practice skills despite the positive effects of such practice on skill improvement. Which of the following is the most suitable solution to the problem?
- a. Advanced technology can be used so that the teacher and learner can face each other at fixed timings
- b. Online teaching can be supplemented with classes where the teachers and students can interact
- c. Better software should be developed to give enough practice of the skill
- d. Self regulation techniques should be made more advanced
- e. Methods should be developed for the regular and efficient on-line assessment of the skills by experts
- Answer: E
You won’t be spending too much money either because all you need to do is change the artifacts, move the furniture around and throw in some interesting new elements like some pottery, paintings, framed pictures etc. The idea is to do rearrange the house in such a way that it looks new to you. Which is the best title for the paragraph?
- a. Old House New Look No Expenses
- b. Reset Your House
- c. New Interiors on a Low Budget
- d. Just Rearrange and See the Change
- e. Latest Trend In Home Furnishing
- Answer: C
Is there anything interesting happening in your neighbourhood or school? Is there something you would like to share with the readers of the YW in the column of the Kaleidoscope? Then write to us in not more than 100 words giving your name, school and place. Poems will not be accepted. Your feedback is also welcome. Which of the following is most significant assumption of the publishers of the advertisement?
- a. Children require an opportunity to exhibit their writing abilities
- b. Children like to see their name in print in a leading daily
- c. Nurturing talent at an early age is important
- d. Children can not write very long passages
- e. Children require a medium to express their views
- Answer: E
The U.S. State Department is ready to receive an unusual guest from Pakistan – an orphaned snow leopard cub. Thirteen-month-old Leo is being sent to New York after surviving both the loss of his parents and the Pakistan earthquake. He was found in the snow-hit north of the country last year by a shepherd who hand fed him to keep him alive. The snow leopard is one of the world’s most endangered big cat species. The shepherd’s family cared for the animal for several months, but he grew too big and he was handed over to the authorities. Officials say that under the terms of the agreement, Pakistan will receive help from the U.S. to develop a snow leopard conservation centre. What is the most significant thing that a reader can infer about the U.S. from the passage?
- a. The country is willing to take care of Leo
- b. The country can be trusted by other countries to be capable of taking care of endangered animals
- c. The U.S. has provisions enough to take care of endangered species.
- d. The U.S. supports other countries in their programs to conserve wild life
- e. The U.S. is ready to set up a snow leopard conservation centre wherever it is required
- Answer: D
Who doesn’t dream of giving their house a fresh new look this festive season? But if budget constraints are stopping you, fret not. Sometimes giving your house a fresh new look is all about making the best choice. If planned nicely you don’t really need to spend a fortune. To give a room a new twist you just need to focus on any one aspect of the décor – colour, lighting or furnishing. Which of the following is mostly likely the advice of the author of the above paragraph?
- a. Repainting the entire house might cost a bomb, but painting one wall with a bright hue can actually spruce up the look of the entire room.
- b. Nothing adds more drama to the interiors as a planned mix and match of sheers and drapes on the windows.
- c. Colourful cushions in varying sizes and shapes can be placed strategically to give a new look to any pieces of old furniture.
- d. Give modern, minimalist interiors a twist with some ethnic artifacts
- e. Traditional set-ups can be rehashed with the modern artifacts and given a contemporary edge.
- Answer: A
In the 17 months after my father’s death and cremation, my mother spent more time at work than at home, and I was mostly home alone by myself. I chopped off my hair because I wanted to look as bad as I felt. I’m 21 now, but that year I was only 11. What is the most likely reason for the author to cut his hair?
- a. He felt that people should look at him and feel sorry for him
- b. He wanted to give respect to his deceased father
- c. He did not like to keep his hair long
- d. He did not want people to think that he was enjoying life after his father’s death
- e. He did not want people to take notice of how he felt.
- Answer: D
Annie - Everyone is so well dressed during Christmas and New Year that at times it’s hard to stand out in a room full of beautiful people, but the task isn’t hopeless. You can still manage to get more than a second look with help of the right dress, bag and shoe. Which of the following would Annie most agree with?
- a. Sam – No one in a party has the time to look at others. Everyone is bothered about his own self.
- b. Amy – The right get-up is useless unless you carry it off well
- c. June – The most important thing is the make up.
- d. Mary – One outstanding accessory is enough rather than being different in every aspect.
- e. Sally – Parties are for enjoyment and you should just not bother about looks or you will not enjoy.
- Answer: B
While the life-expectancy gap between men and women has shrunk to five years, the narrowest since 1946, it is no secret that men still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Which of the following is the most suitable reason for the above?
- a. Men tend to drink and smoke more than women and generally tend to have less healthy lifestyles.
- b. Men do not seek medical help as often as women.
- c. Men tend to join in fearless, risky, dangerous behaviour more often than women.
- d. Men largely define themselves by their work, which adds to stress and to being disconnected from their emotional side.
- e. Men do not accept that they are sick and need help.
- Answer: B
A leading child psychologist and education consultant gives the following advice on how special children should be dealt with. Which of the following is the most unimportant advice given by her?
- a. Accept that the child is not diseased.
- b. Do not frustrate the child.
- c. Slow learners should be exempted from some subjects.
- d. Make them answerable for themselves.
- e. Seek professional help about how the child should be looked after.
- Answer: C
Invitation cards are now more stylized than ever. When two doctors got married in the city lately, they sent out cards rolled and put in syringes. Another couple sent out their marriage anniversary party’s invitations in the form of a booklet with the most significant moments of their lives. The trend is now catching the attention of children also who want a unique invitation card for their birthday parties.Which of the following is the most suitable criticism of the above trend?
- a. Some such cards can not be posted and have to be delivered specially.
- b. Some of these cards are worded in a stylish fashion and get difficult to interpret.
- c. Invitation cards are only to inform the guest about the program or schedule.
- d. These cards are nearly five times costlier than the usual cards.
- e. The event loses its importance and the card becomes the main attraction.
- Answer: C