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Read the passage and answer the questions :
The rivers of India play an important role in the lives of the Indians. They provide potable water, cheap transportation, electricity, and the livelihood for a large number of people all over the country. This easily explains why nearly all the major cities of India are located by the banks of rivers. The rivers also have an important role in Hindu Religion and are considered holy by all Hindus in the country.
Seven major rivers along with their numerous tributaries make up the river system of India. The largest basin system of the rivers pours their waters into the Bay of Bengal; however, some of the rivers whose courses take them through the western part of the country and towards the east of the state of Himachal Pradesh empty into the Arabian Sea. Parts of Ladakh, northern parts of the Aravalli range and the arid parts of the Thar Desert have inland drainage.
All major rivers of India originate from one of the following main watersheds :
  1. Aravalli range
  2. Himalaya and Karakoram ranges
  3. Sahyadri or Western Ghats in western India
  4. Vindhya and Satpura ranges
Himalayan glaciers in the Indian subcontinent are broadly divided into the three river basins, namely the Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra. The Indus basin has the largest number of glaciers (3500), whereas the Ganga and Brahmaputra basins contain about 1000 and 660 glaciers, respectively. Ganga is the largest river system in India. However these rivers are just three among many. Other examples are Narmada, Tapi, and Godavari.

प्रश्न 1   Which of the followings include all rivers are mentioned in the entire passage ?
 (अ) Ganga, Bay of Bengal, Indus, Narmada, Tapi, Godavari
 (ब) Tapi, Ganga, Bay of Bengal, Indus, Arabian Sea, Godavari
 (स) Brahmaputra, Indus, Ganga, Narmada, Tapi, Godavari
 (द) Narmada, Tapi, Godavari

प्रश्न 2   All the major Indian rivers originate from the following watersheds :
 (अ) Himalaya, Karakoram, Aravalli, Western Ghats, Sahyadri, Vindhya
 (ब) Karakoram, Aravalli, Himalaya, Hindu_Kush, Vindhya, Satpura, Sahyadri
 (स) Himalaya, Karakoram, Aravalli, Nanga Parbat, Vindhya, Satpura, Western Ghats
 (द) Aravalli, Himalaya, Karakoram, Sahyadri, Vindhya, Satpura

प्रश्न 3   According to the passage the rivers in India play a pivotal role because:
(i) They provide potable water.
(ii) They are important only to the Hindus.
(iii) They provide cheap transportation & electricity.
(iv) They are located near all major cities in India.
(v) They are means to earn livelihood for a large number of people.
Choose the correct options :

 (अ) (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v)
 (ब) (iii), (i), (v)
 (स) (v), (iii), (i), (iv)
 (द) None of these

प्रश्न 4   How many glaciers are there in each of the river basins in India ?
 (अ) Brahmaputra, Ganga, Indus – 1000, 660, 3500 respectively
 (ब) Indus, Brahmaputra, Ganga – 1000, 660, 3500 respectively
 (स) Ganga, Indus, Brahmaputra – 1000, 660, 3500 respectively
 (द) Ganga, Brahmaputra, Indus – 1000, 660, 3500 respectively

प्रश्न 5   According to the passage, the major rivers in India
 (अ) Pour only into Bay of Bengal
 (ब) Pour only into Arabian Sea
 (स) Pour either into Bay of Bengal or Arabian Sea or have inland drainage
 (द) Pour either into Bay of Bengal or Arabian Sea

Directions: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below:
Philosophy of Education is a label applied to the study of the purpose, process, nature and ideals of education. It can be considered a branch of both philosophy and education. Education can be defined as the teaching and learning of specific skills, and the imparting of knowledge, judgment and wisdom, and is something broader than the societal institution of education we often speak of.
Many educationalists consider it a weak and woolly field, too far removed from the practical applications of the real world to be useful. But philosophers dating back to Plato and the Ancient Greeks have given the area much thought and emphasis, and there is little doubt that their work has helped shape the practice of education over the millennia.
Plato is the earliest important educational thinker, and education is an essential element in “The Republic” (his most important work on philosophy and political theory, written around 360 B.C.). In it, he advocates some rather extreme methods: removing children from their mothers’ care and raising them as wards of the and differentiating children suitable to the various castes, the highest receiving the most education, so that they could act as guardians of the city and care for the less able. He believed that education should be holistic, including facts, skills, physical discipline, music and art. Plato believed that talent and intelligence is not distributed genetically and thus is not found in children born to all classes, although his proposed system of selective public education for an educated minority of the population does not really follow a democratic model.
Aristotle considered human nature, habit and reason to be equally important forces to be cultivated in education, the ultimate aim of which should be to produce good and virtuous citizens. He proposed that teachers lead their students systematically, and that repetition be used as a key tool to develop good habits, unlike Socrates’ emphasis on questioning his listeners to bring out their own ideas. He emphasized the balancing of the theoretical and practical aspects of subjects taught, among which he explicitly mentions reading, writing, mathematics, music, physical education, literature, history, and a wide range of sciences, as well as play, which he also considered important.
During the Medieval period, the idea of Perennialism was first formulated by St. Thomas Aquinas in his work “De Magistro”. Perennialism holds that one should teach those things deemed to be of everlasting importance to all people everywhere, namely principles and reasoning, not just facts (which are apt to change over time), and that one should teach first about people, not machines or techniques. It was originally religious in nature, and it was only much later that a theory of secular perennialism developed.
During the Renaissance, the French skeptic Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) was one of the first to critically look at education. Unusually for his time, Montaigne was willing to question the conventional wisdom of the period, calling into question the whole edifice of the educational system, and the implicit university-educated philosophers were necessarily wiser than uneducated farm workers, for example.

प्रश्न 6   Why did Aquinas propose a model education which did not lay much emphasis on facts ?
 (अ) Facts are frozen in time.
 (ब) Facts are not important.
 (स) Facts do not lead to holistic education
 (द) Facts can change with the changing times.

प्रश्न 7   What is the difference between the approaches of Socrates and Aristotle?
 (अ) Aristotle emphasized on the importance of paying attention to human nature; Socrates emphasized upon science.angis
 (ब) Aristotle felt the need for repetition to develop good habits in students; Socrates felt that students need to be constantly questioned.
 (स) Aristotle felt the need for rote learning; Socrates emphasized on dialogic learning.
 (द) There was no difference.

प्रश्न 8   Were Plato’s beliefs about education democratic?
 (अ) None of these
 (ब) No, not at all.
 (स) Yes, it was democratic completely.
 (द) Yes, it was democratic partially.

प्रश्न 9   What do you understand by the term Perennialism’, in the context of the given comprehension passage ?
 (अ) It refers to something which existed in the past and no longer exists now.
 (ब) It refers to something which is of permanent importance.
 (स) If refers to something which is quite unnecessary.
 (द) It refers to something which is abstract and theoretical.

प्रश्न 10   Why do educationists consider philosophy a ‘weak and woolly’ field ?
 (अ) None of these
 (ब) It is not practically applicable.
 (स) Its theoretical concepts are easily understood.
 (द) It is irrelevant for education.

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