11th December, 2016 (CSAT)


1. Perhaps this war will pass like the others which divided us leaving us dead, killing us along with the killers but the shame of this time puts its burning fingers to our faces. Who will erase the ruthlessness hidden in innocent blood?

Which of the following is certainly not implied in the above verse?

(a) Killers also get killed in war.

(b) Humanity gets divided by war and reunites afterwards in peace.

(c) This war is especially ruthless.

(d) This war is shameful to the entire humanity.


2. In the past 50 years, people with problems have spent untold millions of hours in therapists’ offices, and millions more reading self-help books, trying to turn negative thoughts into positive ones. For many people, the very definition of psychotherapy is the process of changing self-defeating attitudes into constructive ones. But the latest studies have established that trying to get people to think more positively can actually have a negative effect.

Which of the following, if true, explains the ironical observation in the argument given above?

(a) In the process of fighting negative feelings, we not only often fail but can also make things worse.

(b) It is usually seen that people need to accept their negative thoughts and feelings rather than try to reject and fight them.

(c) The unfavourable thoughts about ourselves intrude very easily and hence make us feel worse than before.

(d) Those of us with low self-esteem take a positive alternative as a belief as to how awful we are.

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