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Question 1 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
As there was no struggle in Ceylon, neither was there the usual concomitant of a struggle, the hardening of national solidarity through national sacrifice. Ceylon emerged from colonial rule through a process of peaceful negotiations, but thiswas not an altogether unmixed blessing. An essential element in the explanation of the unique way in which Ceylon achieved political independence is the fact that the process of Westernisation had gone further there than in other colonial territories. To start with, Ceylon had experienced nearly four hundred and fifty years of colonial rule, first under the Portuguese, then the Dutch, and finally the British. From schools founded and run by Christian missions - and in the British era more and more modelled on British lines, even to the extent in some cases of emulating English public schools - there emerged a thoroughly Anglicised upper class with generally conservative political leanings. These Ceylonese were so much like their colonial masters in outlook, manners, and social habits that they were often called â€œbrown sahibsâ€, and negotiations between them and the Britishwere almost in the nature of dealings between gentlemen of the same club.
After the First WorldWar, this elite group formed a Ceylonese National Congress, which it hoped would grow in strength like its Indian prototype. But it collapsed a few years before the country achieved independence. During the period of British rule, Ceylonese leaders felt no inclination to make any radical or egalitarian appeals for public support and nationalism struck no roots among the masses. It is no wonder, then, that the British felt that suchmen could safely be entrusted with even larger instalments of political responsibility.
The character of liberation struggle of the Ceylonese people for achieving political independence from the colonial masters resembled that of
None of these
Question 2 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
terroristic activities on the part of the nationalists
Question 3 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
National solidarity is strengthened through national sacrifice.
It leaves much bitterness behind between the rulers and the ruled.
It accentuates divisive forces in the polity that emerges after the grant of independence.
People receive practical training in governance.
Question 4 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Japanese occupation during Second World War
both A and B
neither of these
- Japanese occupation.
- revolutionary fervent.
- sudden breakwith the past.
Question 5 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
nearly one hundred and fifty years
nearly four hundred and fifty years
exactly three hundred years
nearly a century