Exercise 19

Instructions to Solve
There is modicum of truth in the assertion that "a working knowledge of ancient history is necessary to the intelligent interpretaion of current events". But the sage who uttered these words of wisdom might well have added something on the benefits of studying, particularly, the famous battles of history for the lessons they contain for those of us who lead or aspire to leadership. Such a study will reveal certain qualities and attributes which enabled the winners to win and certain deficiencies which caused the losers to lose. And the student will see that the same patterns recurs consistently, again and again, throughout the centuries.

Question 1 :

A person who aspires to lead could learn from the history of battles

A). what led the previous leaders win a battle
B). what made them lose a battle
C). the qualities and deficiencies of commanders of these battles
D). the strategies that they have evolved in course of these battles
Answer : Option C

Question 2 :

In this context, "intelligent interpretation of current event" means

A). rational explanation of events
B). appropriate understanding of events
C). intellectual outlook on events
D). skilful interpretation of events
Answer : Option A

Question 3 :

The expression "more than a modicum of truth" means

A). some truth
B). much truth
C). more than a small amount of truth
D). nothing but truth
Answer : Option C

Question 4 :

According to the writer, a study of famous battles of history would

A). be beneficial to wise men
B). provide food to modern leaders for reflection
C). be more useful than a general knowledge of ancient history
D). help us understand the art of modern warfare
Answer : Option B

Question 5 :

A knowledge of history is necessary to interpret current problems because

A). they have roots in the past
B). they can be contrasted with the past events
C). they may be repetitions of past events
D). only then they can be put in a proper context
Answer : Option C