Q 1. A. So Iraq and Afghanistan are now sun-drenched lands enjoying liberty and freedom, overflowing with joy and prosperity?

B. Yet in a new campaign ad, Republican Party strategists shamelessly take credit for “two more free nations” and “two less terrorist regimes,” using footage of the Iraqi and Afghan Olympic teams.

C. The bylaws of the International Olympic Committee and the US Olympic Committee strictly prohibit the use of the word “Olympic” and related symbols for political ends.

D. The US Congress stipulates that the USOC “shall be nonpolitical and may not promote the candidacy of any individual seeking public office.”

(a) CDBA (b) CDAB (c) DABC (d) ACDB


Q 2. A. He is the faceless man who is nowhere and everywhere.

B. He will live on bread and water, sleep on the streets, move from house to house.

C. It is impossible for the political leaders of a tame western world that wages its wars by remote control to understand the power of the marginal man, who has been deprived, stripped of his right and driven back to the wall.

D. This is a man who has lost everything, his home, his family, his country, even his personal history.

(a) CDAB (b) DABC (c) CABD (d) CDBA


Q 3. A. The first vision is cyclical and millennial.

B. It sees man originating from the greater anthropoid apes, climbing slowly through tribal groups, via the Renaissance and the early Industrial Age, into modern technological man.

C. The second is linear and utopian.

D. It sees man originating from a divine source, a fall, exile, a final battle, the regeneration of the world by a Divine Saviour and the foundation of the Kingdom of God on earth.

(a) ABCD (b) CBAD (c) ACBD (d) ADCB


Q 4. A. One may disagree with some of his contentions, but in the aftermath of September 11, one must give credence to his central point: that in the post- Cold War world, the critical distinctions between people are not ideological or economic—they are cultural.

B. Samuel P Huntington’s book The Clash of Civilisations and The Remaking of World Order is very topical these days.

C. Religious, ethnic and racial strands that constitute cultural identity are the central factors shaping

associations and antagonisms.

D. Thus, cultural communities are replacing Cold War blocs and the fault-lines between civilisations are becoming the nerve-centres of conflicts in the world.

(a) BADC (b) CBAD (c) BACD (d) DBAC


Q 5. A. Even when it is self-willed, migration causes dislocation and alienation, creating the need for

meaningful identities at the individual level.

B. The root cause is modernisation that has spurred migration in large numbers.

C. Simultaneously, education and development within non-western societies stimulates the revitalisation

of indigenous identities and culture.

D. Huntington’s analysis explains why we are witnessing this surging antagonism among Indian

and Pakistani youth and expatriates.

(a) DBCA (b) BCDA (c) DBAC (d) BADC


Q 6. A. Not too far from the bright lights of Mumbai, a silent scourge is killing thousands of young children.

B. Their ill-fed bodies vulnerable to infection, most succumbed to ailments as minor as diarrhea.

C. Stalked by chronic hunger and disease, nearly 30,000 children below the age of six have died in the last year alone in the state’s rural belt.

D. It may be considered the country’s dollar magnet and envied for its robust industrial base but this image of Maharashtra cloaks a macabre reality.

(a) CBDA (b) DACB (c) BDCA (d) CDBA