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Q. 14: Which one of the following, if false, could be seen as supporting the author’s claims?
Correct Answer: 3
Trickily worded question. The option that, if false, supports the author’s claims is the one that, if true, does not support the author’s claims.
From the first line of the passage, we know that the author has been following the economic crisis for more than two years. The author clearly states that he is “not sure the idea of a huge gap between science and the arts is as true as it was half a century ago”. Also, according to the author, “many bright, literate people have no idea about all sorts of economic basics”. So, options 1, 2 and 4, if true, support the author’s claims.
On the other hand, the author states that the crisis was due to “the sluggishness of the world’s governments” not preparing for the great unraveling of autumn 2008 . The statement that the economic crisis was not a failure of collective action to rectify economic problems goes against the author’s view. So, option 3, if true, does not support the author’s claims.
Q. 15: Which one of the following, if true, would be an accurate inference from the first sentence of the passage?
Q. 16: Which one of the following best captures the main argument of the last paragraph of the passage?
Correct Answer: 3
The main idea of the last paragraph is stated in the line, “after decades in which the ideology of the Western world was personally and economically individualistic, we’ve suddenly been hit by a crisis which shows in the starkest terms that whether we like it or not—and there are large parts of it that you would have to be crazy to like—we’re all in this together”. Option 3 captures this idea well.
Q. 17: All of the following, if true, could be seen as supporting the arguments in the passage, EXCEPT:
Correct Answer: 3
The author calls the crisis “absolutely amazing story, full of human interest and drama, one whose byways of mathematics, economics, and psychology are both central to the story”. So, Option 1 is in line with the arguments in the passage.
While beginning to work on the crisis the author wrote that was extending the laws to control risky investment vehicles was essential to avoid a global financial disaster. Option 2, too, is in line with the arguments in the passage.
The author also states that “there is a need to narrow that gap, if the financial industry is not to be a kind of priesthood, administering to its own mysteries and feared and resented by the rest of us”. In other words, financial matters have become very arcane and difficult to understand. So, option 4 supports the arguments in the passage.
However, in the last paragraph, the author states that the economic crisis shows the failure of the personally and economically individualistic ideology of the Western world. So, option 3, if true, does not support the arguments in the passage.
Q. 18: According to the passage, the author is likely to be supportive of which one of the following programmes?
Correct Answer: 2
The author laments the fact that many bright, literate people have no idea about all sorts of economic basics. So, he is likely to be supportive of an educational curriculum that promotes developing financial literacy in the masses.
Note that option 1 is incorrect as it talks of economic “research”. There is no basis for options 3 and 4 in the passage.