Exercise 21

Instructions to Solve
The world dismisses curiosity by calling it idle or mere idle curiosity even though curious persons are seldom idle.Parents do their best to extinguish curiosity in their children because it makes life difficult to be faced everyday with a string of unanswerable questions about what makes fire hot or why grass grows. Children whose curiosity survives parental discipline are invited to join our university. With the university, they go on asking their questions and trying to find the answers. In the eyes of a scholar, that is what a university for. some of the questions which the scholars ask seem to the world to be scarcely worth asking, let alone answering. they asked questions too minute and specialised for you and me to understand without years of explanation. If the world inquires of one of them why he wants to know the answer to a particular question he may say especially if he is a scientist, that the answer will in some obscure way make possible a new machine or weapon or gadget. He talks that way because he knows that the world understands and respects utility.

But to you who are now part of the university, he will say that he wants to know the answer simply because he does not know it, the way the mountain climber wants to climb a mountain, simply because it is there. Similarly a historian asked by an outsider why he studies history may come out with the argument that he has learnt to respect to report on such occasions, something about knowledge of the past making it possible to understand the present and mould the future. But if you really want to know why a historian studies the past, the answer is much simpler, something happened and he would like to know what. All this does not mean that the answers which scholars to find to their enormous consequences but these seldom form the reason for asking the question or pursuing the answers. It is true that scholars can be put to work answering questions for sake of the consequences as thousands are working now, for example, in search of a cure for cancer. But this is not the primary scholars. For the consequences are usually subordinate to the satisfication of curiosity.

Question 1 :

Children whose curiosity survives parental discipline means


A). children retaining their curiosity in spite of being discouraged by their parents
B). children pursuing their mental curiosity
C). children's curiosity subdued due to parents intervention
D). children being disciplined by their parents
Answer : Option A

Question 2 :

According to their passage, the children make life difficult for their parents


A). by their ceaseless curiosity
B). by unceasing bombardment of questions
C). by asking irrelevant questions
D). by posing profound questions
Answer : Option A

Question 3 :

The common people consider some of the questions that the scholars ask unimportant


A). as they are too lazy and idle
B). as they are too modest
C). as it's beyond their comprehension
D). as it is considered a waste of time
Answer : Option C

Question 4 :

A historian really studies the past


A). to comprehend the present and to reconstruct the future
B). to explain the present and plan the future
C). to understand the present and make fortune
D). to understand the present and mould the future
Answer : Option D

Question 5 :

According to their passage, parents do their best to discourage curiosity in their children


A). because they have no time
B). because they have no patience to answer them
C). because they feel that their children ask stupid questions continuously
D). because they are unable to answer all the questions
Answer : Option D