CLAT 2013


Read the given passage carefully and attempt the questions that follow and shade the appropriate answer in the space provided for it on the OMR answer sheet.

It is an old saying that knowledge is power. Education is an instrument which imparts knowledge and, therefore, indirectly controls power. Therefore, ever since the dawn of our civilization, persons in power have always tried to supervise or control education. It has been handmaid of the ruling class. During the Christian era, the ecclesiastics controlled the institution of education and diffused among the people the gospel of the Bible and religious teachings. These gospels and teachings were no other than a philosophy for the maintenance of the existing society. It taught the poor man to be meek and to earn his bread with the sweat of his brow, while the priests and the landlords lived in luxury and fought duels for the slightest offence. During the Renaissance, education passed more from the clutches of the priest into the hands of the prince. In other words, it became more secular. Under the control of the monarch, education began to devise and preach the infallibility of its masters, the monarch or king. It also invented and supported fantastic theories like "The Divine Right Theory" and that the king can do no wrong, etc. With the advent of the industrial revolution, education took a different turn and had to please the new masters. It now no longer remained the privilege of the baron class, but was thrown open to the new rich merchant class of the society. The philosophy which was in vogue during this period was that of "Laissez Voire" restricting the function of the State to a mere keeping of laws and order while on the other hand, in practice the law of the jungle prevailed in the form of free competition and the survival of the fittest.

Question 1

What does the theory "Divine Right of King" stipulate?

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Question 2

Who controlled education during the Renaissance?

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Question 3

What did the ruling class in the Christian Era think of the poor man?

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Question 4

Who controlled the institution of education during the Christian Era?

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Question 5

What does the word "infallibility" mean?

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Question 6

What do you mean by the "sweat of his brow"?

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Question 7

What does the policy of "Laissez Faire" stand for?

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Question 8

Which of the following describes the writer?

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Question 9

Choose the correct synonym out of the four choices given: Gospels

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Question 10

Choose the correct synonym out of the four choices given:

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