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Read the passage and answer the questions that follow on the basis of the information provided in the passage.

Give people power and discretion, and whether they are grand viziers or border guards, some will use their
position to enrich themselves. The problem can be big enough to hold back a country's development. For
most people in the world, though, the worry is not that corruption may slow down their country's GDP
growth. It is that their daily lives are pervaded by endless hassles, big and small. And for all the evidence that
some cultures suffer endemic corruption while others are relatively clean, attitudes towards corruption, and
even the language describing bribery, is remarkably similar around the world.
In a testament to most people's basic decency, bribe-takers and bribe-payers have developed an elaborate
theater of dissimulation. This is not just to avoid detection. Even in countries where corruption is so common
as to be unremarkable and on the prosecutor and even when the transaction happens far from snooping eyes bribe is almost always dressed up as some other kind of exchange.Though most of the world is plagued by corruption, even serial offenders try to conceal it.

One manifestation of this is linguistic. Surprisingly few people say: "You are going to have to pay me if you
want to get that done." Instead, they use a wide variety of euphemisms. One type is quasi-official
terminology. The term widely used at border crossings is "expediting fee". For a euphemism it is surprisingly
accurate: paying it will keep your bags, and perhaps your contraband, from being dumped onto a floor and
sifted through at a leisurely pace. (A related term, used in India, is "speed money": paying it can get essential
The second type of euphemism dresses up a dodgy payment as a friendly favor done by the bribe-payer. There
is plenty of creative scopes. Nigerian policemen are known to ask for "a little something for the weekend".
Mexican traffic police will suggest that you buy them are fresco, a soft drink, as will Angolan and Mozambican
petty officials, who call it a gazebo in Portuguese.
Double meaning can help soothe the awkwardness of bribe-paying. Baksheesh, originally a Persian word now
found in many countries of the Middle East, can mean "tip", "alms" and "bribe". In Kenya a machine-gun wielding
guard suggested to a terrified Canadian aid worker: "Perhaps you would like to discuss this over
chai?" The young Canadian was relieved: the difficulty could be resolved with some chai, which means both "tea" and "bribe".
Along with the obscurantist language, bribe-taking culture around the world often involves the avoidance of
physically handing the money from one person to another. One obvious reason is to avoid detection, which
is why bribes are known as "envelopes" in countries from China to Greece. But avoidance of a direct handover
is common even where there is no chance of detection.There will always be some officials who will take money right from a bribe payer's hands, but most seem to prefer to find some way to hide the money from view.

Rich Westerners may not think of their societies as plagued by corruption. But the definition of bribery clearly
differs from person to person. A New Yorker might pity the third-world businessman who must pay bribes
just to keep his shop open. But the same New Yorker would not think twice about slipping the $50 to sneak into a nice restaurant without a reservation. Poor people the world over are most infuriated by the casual corruption of the elites rather than by the underpaid, "tip"-seeking soldier or functionary. Thus there is no single cultural or social factor that inclines a society towards corruption, but economic factors play a big part.Most clearly, poverty and bribery go together. Read Full Paragraph What could be the meaning of the word dissimulation, as can be inferred from the context it is used in first line of the passage? AHypocrisy BClarity CFrankness DInsult Answer: Option A Explanation: Here is no explanation for this answer Workspace NA SHSTTON 157 Solv. Corr. 332 Solv. In. Corr. 489 Attempted 0 M:3 S Avg. Time 102 / 916 Read the passage and answer the questions that follow on the basis of the information provided in the passage. Give people power and discretion, and whether they are grand viziers or border guards, some will use their position to enrich themselves. The problem can be big enough to hold back a country's development. For most people in the world, though, the worry is not that corruption may slow down their country's GDP growth. It is that their daily lives are pervaded by endless hassles, big and small. And for all the evidence that some cultures suffer endemic corruption while others are relatively clean, attitudes towards corruption, and even the language describing bribery, is remarkably similar around the world. In a testament to most people's basic decency, bribe-takers and bribe-payers have developed an elaborate theater of dissimulation. This is not just to avoid detection. Even in countries where corruption is so common as to be unremarkable and on the prosecutor and even when the transaction happens far from snooping eyes bribe is almost always dressed up as some other kind of exchange.Though most of the world is plagued by corruption, even serial offenders try to conceal it. One manifestation of this is linguistic. Surprisingly few people say: "You are going to have to pay me if you want to get that done." Instead, they use a wide variety of euphemisms. One type is quasi-official terminology. The term widely used at border crossings is "expediting fee". For a euphemism it is surprisingly accurate: paying it will keep your bags, and perhaps your contraband, from being dumped onto a floor and sifted through at a leisurely pace. (A related term, used in India, is "speed money": paying it can get essential business permits issued considerably faster.) The second type of euphemism dresses up a dodgy payment as a friendly favor done by the bribe-payer. There is plenty of creative scopes. Nigerian policemen are known to ask for "a little something for the weekend". Mexican traffic police will suggest that you buy them are fresco, a soft drink, as will Angolan and Mozambican petty officials, who call it a gazebo in Portuguese. Double meaning can help soothe the awkwardness of bribe-paying. Baksheesh, originally a Persian word now found in many countries of the Middle East, can mean "tip", "alms" and "bribe". In Kenya a machine-gun wielding guard suggested to a terrified Canadian aid worker: "Perhaps you would like to discuss this over chai?" The young Canadian was relieved: the difficulty could be resolved with some chai, which means both "tea" and "bribe". Along with the obscurantist language, bribe-taking culture around the world often involves the avoidance of physically handing the money from one person to another. One obvious reason is to avoid detection, which is why bribes are known as "envelopes" in countries from China to Greece. But avoidance of a direct handover is common even where there is no chance of detection.There will always be some officials who will take money right from a bribe payer's hands, but most seem to prefer to find some way to hide the money from view. Rich Westerners may not think of their societies as plagued by corruption. But the definition of bribery clearly differs from person to person. A New Yorker might pity the third-world businessman who must pay bribes just to keep his shop open. But the same New Yorker would not think twice about slipping the$50 to sneak
into a nice restaurant without a reservation. Poor people the world over are most infuriated by the casual
corruption of the elites rather than by the underpaid, "tip"-seeking soldier or functionary. Thus there is no single cultural or social factor that inclines a society towards corruption, but economic factors play a big part.Most clearly, poverty and bribery go together.

What best represents the author's attitude towards the rich people in the West?

AAppreciative

BMildly critical

CHeavily critical

DMildly appreciative

Explanation:

Here is no explanation for this answer

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Read the passage and answer the questions that follow on the basis of the information provided in the passage.

Give people power and discretion, and whether they are grand viziers or border guards, some will use their
position to enrich themselves. The problem can be big enough to hold back a country's development. For
most people in the world, though, the worry is not that corruption may slow down their country's GDP
growth. It is that their daily lives are pervaded by endless hassles, big and small. And for all the evidence that
some cultures suffer endemic corruption while others are relatively clean, attitudes towards corruption, and
even the language describing bribery, is remarkably similar around the world.
In a testament to most people's basic decency, bribe-takers and bribe-payers have developed an elaborate
theater of dissimulation. This is not just to avoid detection. Even in countries where corruption is so common
as to be unremarkable and on the prosecutor and even when the transaction happens far from snooping eyes bribe is almost always dressed up as some other kind of exchange.Though most of the world is plagued by corruption, even serial offenders try to conceal it.

One manifestation of this is linguistic. Surprisingly few people say: "You are going to have to pay me if you
want to get that done." Instead, they use a wide variety of euphemisms. One type is quasi-official
terminology. The term widely used at border crossings is "expediting fee". For a euphemism it is surprisingly
accurate: paying it will keep your bags, and perhaps your contraband, from being dumped onto a floor and
sifted through at a leisurely pace. (A related term, used in India, is "speed money": paying it can get essential
The second type of euphemism dresses up a dodgy payment as a friendly favor done by the bribe-payer. There
is plenty of creative scopes. Nigerian policemen are known to ask for "a little something for the weekend".
Mexican traffic police will suggest that you buy them are fresco, a soft drink, as will Angolan and Mozambican
petty officials, who call it a gazebo in Portuguese.
Double meaning can help soothe the awkwardness of bribe-paying. Baksheesh, originally a Persian word now
found in many countries of the Middle East, can mean "tip", "alms" and "bribe". In Kenya a machine-gun wielding
guard suggested to a terrified Canadian aid worker: "Perhaps you would like to discuss this over
chai?" The young Canadian was relieved: the difficulty could be resolved with some chai, which means both "tea" and "bribe".
Along with the obscurantist language, bribe-taking culture around the world often involves the avoidance of
physically handing the money from one person to another. One obvious reason is to avoid detection, which
is why bribes are known as "envelopes" in countries from China to Greece. But avoidance of a direct handover
is common even where there is no chance of detection.There will always be some officials who will take money right from a bribe payer's hands, but most seem to prefer to find some way to hide the money from view.

Rich Westerners may not think of their societies as plagued by corruption. But the definition of bribery clearly
differs from person to person. A New Yorker might pity the third-world businessman who must pay bribes
just to keep his shop open. But the same New Yorker would not think twice about slipping the $50 to sneak into a nice restaurant without a reservation. Poor people the world over are most infuriated by the casual corruption of the elites rather than by the underpaid, "tip"-seeking soldier or functionary. Thus there is no single cultural or social factor that inclines a society towards corruption, but economic factors play a big part.Most clearly, poverty and bribery go together. Read Full Paragraph What is the author most likely to agree to? APeople generally do not try to hide money taken as bribe. BPeople hide money taken as bribe primarily to avoid detection. CPeople hide money taken as bribe from view even if detection possibility is low. DNone of these Answer: Option C Explanation: Here is no explanation for this answer Workspace NA SHSTTON 111 Solv. Corr. 204 Solv. In. Corr. 315 Attempted 0 M:0 S Avg. Time 104 / 916 Read the passage and answer the questions that follow on the basis of the information provided in the passage. Give people power and discretion, and whether they are grand viziers or border guards, some will use their position to enrich themselves. The problem can be big enough to hold back a country's development. For most people in the world, though, the worry is not that corruption may slow down their country's GDP growth. It is that their daily lives are pervaded by endless hassles, big and small. And for all the evidence that some cultures suffer endemic corruption while others are relatively clean, attitudes towards corruption, and even the language describing bribery, is remarkably similar around the world. In a testament to most people's basic decency, bribe-takers and bribe-payers have developed an elaborate theater of dissimulation. This is not just to avoid detection. Even in countries where corruption is so common as to be unremarkable and on the prosecutor and even when the transaction happens far from snooping eyes bribe is almost always dressed up as some other kind of exchange.Though most of the world is plagued by corruption, even serial offenders try to conceal it. One manifestation of this is linguistic. Surprisingly few people say: "You are going to have to pay me if you want to get that done." Instead, they use a wide variety of euphemisms. One type is quasi-official terminology. The term widely used at border crossings is "expediting fee". For a euphemism it is surprisingly accurate: paying it will keep your bags, and perhaps your contraband, from being dumped onto a floor and sifted through at a leisurely pace. (A related term, used in India, is "speed money": paying it can get essential business permits issued considerably faster.) The second type of euphemism dresses up a dodgy payment as a friendly favor done by the bribe-payer. There is plenty of creative scopes. Nigerian policemen are known to ask for "a little something for the weekend". Mexican traffic police will suggest that you buy them are fresco, a soft drink, as will Angolan and Mozambican petty officials, who call it a gazebo in Portuguese. Double meaning can help soothe the awkwardness of bribe-paying. Baksheesh, originally a Persian word now found in many countries of the Middle East, can mean "tip", "alms" and "bribe". In Kenya a machine-gun wielding guard suggested to a terrified Canadian aid worker: "Perhaps you would like to discuss this over chai?" The young Canadian was relieved: the difficulty could be resolved with some chai, which means both "tea" and "bribe". Along with the obscurantist language, bribe-taking culture around the world often involves the avoidance of physically handing the money from one person to another. One obvious reason is to avoid detection, which is why bribes are known as "envelopes" in countries from China to Greece. But avoidance of a direct handover is common even where there is no chance of detection.There will always be some officials who will take money right from a bribe payer's hands, but most seem to prefer to find some way to hide the money from view. Rich Westerners may not think of their societies as plagued by corruption. But the definition of bribery clearly differs from person to person. A New Yorker might pity the third-world businessman who must pay bribes just to keep his shop open. But the same New Yorker would not think twice about slipping the$50 to sneak
into a nice restaurant without a reservation. Poor people the world over are most infuriated by the casual
corruption of the elites rather than by the underpaid, "tip"-seeking soldier or functionary. Thus there is no single cultural or social factor that inclines a society towards corruption, but economic factors play a big part.Most clearly, poverty and bribery go together.

What could be the meaning of the word 'obscurantist' as inferred from the passage?

AClear

BUnclear

CNasty

DPolite

Explanation:

Here is no explanation for this answer

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Read the passage and answer the questions that follow on the basis of the information provided in the passage.

The distinctive feature of psychoanalysis is that

AIt provided the laymen with a scientific basis to the theories of psychology.

BIt blasted the popular theory that the conscious mind could be aptly linked the tip of an iceberg.

CIt provided effective means for the cure of mental disorders.

DIt rendered existing trends in psychology defunct.

Explanation:

Psychoanalysis has been referred to a curative system for mental healing.

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Read the passage and answer the questions that follow on the basis of the information provided in the passage.

Freudian psychoanalysis was ignored by academic psychology because of which of the following?

AIts theories were not substantiated by practical evidence.

BIt probed too deep into the human mind thereby divesting it of its legitimate privacy.

CIt did not have a large following.

DIt was pre-occupied with unfamiliar concepts such as dreams and the subconscious mind.

Explanation:

Here is no explanation for this answer

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Read the passage and answer the questions that follow on the basis of the information provided in the passage.

The distinction between behaviorism and psychoanalysis that is heightened here is which of the following?

ABehaviorism is wide in scope; psychoanalysis more restricted.

BBehaviorism are more tolerant in their outlook; psychoanalysis more dogmatic.

CBehaviorism traces all action to conditioning by habit; psychoanalysis to the depths of the human mind.

DBehaviorism are more circumspect and deliberate in their propagation of theory; psychoanalysis jump to conclusion impetuously.

Explanation:

Behaviorism bid for approval by reducing adjustment to a program of conditioning while psychoanalysis analysed mental factors.

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Read the passage and answer the questions that follow on the basis of the information provided in the passage.

The statement which is refuted by the passage is this:

AThe popularity enjoyed by psychoanalysis is partly due to the disenchantment with traditional methods of psychology.

BPsychoanalysis wooed people dissatisfied with other branches of psychology to swell their ranks.

CPsychoanalysis were pioneers in the realm of analysis of the subconscious mind.

DPsychoanalysis alienated allied branches of psychology.

Explanation:

Here is no explanation for this answer

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Read the passage and answer the questions that follow on the basis of the information provided in the passage.

The popularity enjoyed by the psychoanalytical movement may be directly attributed to

ADissatisfaction with existing methods of psychology.

BIts logical, coherent process of ratiocination.

CIts novel unconventionality in both postulate and practice.

DIts concentration upon the humanistic aspect of psychological analysis.

Explanation:

Here is no explanation for this answer

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Read the passage and answer the questions that follow on the basis of the information provided in the passage.

The only statement to receive support from the passage is which of the following?

APsychoanalysis concentrated more on the theoretical remedies than their practical implementation.

BPsychoanalysis broke the shackles of convention in its involvement with humanistic issues.

CThe attitude of psychoanalysis towards allied branches of psychology could at best be described as indifferent.

DPsychoanalysis dispelled the prevalent notion that dreams were repressed desires.

Explanation:

Here is no explanation for this answer

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