Reading comprehension test 280

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Question 1 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
It is said that ideas are explosive and dangerous. To allow them unfettered freedom is, in fact, to invite disorder. But, to this position, there are at least two final answers. It is impossible to draw a line round dangerous ideas, and any attempt at their definition involves monstrous folly. If views, moreover, which imply disorder, are able to disturb the foundations of the state, there is something supremely wrong with the governance of the state. For disorder is not a habit of mankind. We cling so eagerly to our accustomed ways that, as even Burke insisted, popular violence is always the outcome of a deep popular sense of wrong.

Identify an important point that the passage emphasizes.

A
It is unnecessary to define dangerous ideas
B
Dangerous ideas are born out of the enjoyment of freedom
C
A well-governed state is unaffected by dangerous ideas
D
Dangerous ideas originate from man's preoccupation with politics
Question 1 Explanation: 
It is a well known saying that an idle brain is a devil's workshop and the author agrees to it clearly. By reading the opening lines, the idea becomes clear which is option (b).
Question 2 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
From a close study of the passage, which one of the following statements emerges most clearly?
A
The author is against the exercise of political freedom
B
He is indifferent to dangerous and explosive ideas
C
He welcomes violence as a method to change governments
D
He warns that violence is the outcome of popular dissatisfaction with the current situation.
Question 2 Explanation: 
The answer can be found in the concluding line '..popular violence is always the outcome of a deep popular sense of wrong..'
Question 3 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The author says, "We cling eagerly to our accustomed ways". Which one of the following statements may be considered as the assumption of the author?
A
We are afraid of social changes
B
Mankind is averse to any disorder
C
We have developed inertia that makes us incapable of action
D
There is an all-round lack of initiative in the society
Question 3 Explanation: 
We cling to old ways because we are too lazy to experiment something new and try a different method. The option which carries this idea is option (c).
Question 4 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Which of the following statements may most correctly bring out the significance of the opinion of Burke quoted in the passage?
A
Burke subtly pointed how violence against injustice is a natural consequence
B
Burke's opinion coincides with the author's opinion on explosive and dangerous ideas
C
Burke hated any popular uprising
D
Burke had no belief in political liberty
Question 4 Explanation: 
In the given context, only one option comes close to answering the question and that option is option (A). It points out the subtle reasoning operating behind Burke's viewpoint.
There are 4 questions to complete.

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