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English Questions: Reading Comprehension Set – 11

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Directions—(Q. 1–15) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words are printed in bold to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Ariel Sharon’s visit to India is a historic one. Not only is it the first ever by any Israeli prime minister, but it also opens a new chapter in cooperation between the two countries which has multiplied manifold since the establishment of full-fledged diplomatic relations in 1992. It is understood that the present and former Israeli PMs had been keen on visiting India for quite some time, but the ball was lying in New Delhi’s court.
Sharon’s visit is likely to focus on bolstering strategic partnership—highlighting the horrors of terrorism and the need to cooperate to effectively combat the scourge as also to boost defence and trade cooperation. Indeed, of late, the focus of Indo-Israeli cooperation has been in the areas of security and anti-terrorism which found a further impetus in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the US and the December 13 attack on the Indian Parliament.
After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Israel has become India’s second-largest arms supplier after Russia.
New Delhi now may be Israel’s largest arms purchaser. Several billion dollars worth of arms deals have either been signed or are under way, including joint ventures to upgrade Sovietera planes as well as Indian purchase of Israeli sea-to-sea missiles and hi-tech border monitoring systems. The US has given a green signal to the Israeli sale of the Phalcon radar system to India and is reportedly considering lifting limits on Israel exporting defence systems against ballistic missiles which could enable Delhi to purchase Israel’s Arrow antimissile defence systems. Although, the security and intelligence cooperation is forming the core of relation in recent years the blooming romance between the two extends beyond the struggle against terrorism. Ties have diversified and huge strides have been made since 1992. Following the decades of political alienation and economic estrangement, there has been a perceived sense of growing convergence of interests.
Relations between the two had remained strained until 1992 as Nehruvian policies kept both the countries away from each other for decades. During the independence movement, Nehru and Gandhi did not favour the Zionist claim to Palestine and saw a fundamental difference between the Zionist movement and Indian national movement. The Hindu nationalist movement, however, saw Israel through a different prism. The Nehruvian perspective guided India’s West Asia police for decades after Independence and India, while recognising Israel but not establishing diplomatic relations, allied itself with the Arabs. Also, on a more pragmatic level, India needed oil and strong business ties with the Arab countries.
However, the new world order of the Nineties changed India’s perception. Indian policy-makers started viewing its West Asia policy not necessarily as a zero-sum game and New Delhi started playing both sides Israeli and Arab—in the region. Repeated pro-Pakistani resolution on Kashmir by the OIC and Israel’s consistent support of the Indian position on Kashmir also encouraged India to re-evaluate its West Asia policy. Ever since, New Delhi has consistently reiterated India’s support for the Palestinian cause but has simultaneously nurtured warm ties with the Jewish State. Even before forging formal ties with Israel, Indian army and military intelligence officers are believed to have been receiving training in Israel since the Eighties.

1. What kept the Israeli premier from visiting India for so long even after 1992?
1) because no Indian premier had visited Israel till date
2) because the intensity of terrorism in Israel and India did not favour such visit
3) because India and Israel took much time to understand each other
4) because India took much time in giving the right signal
5) None of thes

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2. What is the common problem that India and Israel both are most concerned about?
1) Both of them are bearing the heat of terrorism.
2) Both of them are facing frequent change of guard in the system of governance.
3) Both of them are indulging in an undue arms race.
4) Both of them are in the race of becoming a developed nation.
5) None of these

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3. Which of the following is ‘true’ in the context of the passage?
1) India gets the largest supply of arms from Israel now.
2) India’s closeness with Israel has invited the wrath of the Arab countries.
3) In order to come close to Israel, India has distanced itself from the Arabs.
4) Indo-Israeli relations were cold before the Nineties.
5) None of these

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4. What gave a further boost to Indo-Israeli cooperation on the front of anti-terrorism?
1) the disintegration of the Soviet Union
2) the US giving a green signal to the Israeli sale of the Phalcon radar system to India
3) the world opinion building against terrorism and violence
4) repeated pro-Pakistani resolutions on Kashmir by the OIC
5) None of these

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5. What was the hurdle in the way of India purchasing Israel’s Arrow anti-missile defence systems?
1) India and Israel were not on good terms for decades.
2) The US had imposed limits on Israel exporting defence systems against ballistic missiles.
3) It was seen as promoting arms race in the world by many nations.
4) Pakistan had objected to any such deal.
5) None of these

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6. Which of the following is ‘false’ in the context of this passage?
1) No Israeli premier other than Ariel Sharon had visited India so far.
2) Cooperation in the area of security and intelligence is at the centre of Indo-Israeli relations.
3) Mahatma Gandhi’s opinion on Zionist movement was entirely different from that of Nehru.
4) India re-assessed its West Asia policy in the Nineties.
5) None of these

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7. After India’s independence, for decades its West Asia policy was against establishing diplomatic relations with Israel because_______
1) Israel had never supported its freedom movement.
2) both the nations were not on good terms.
3) there was no initiative from either side to come close.
4) Nehruvian thinking did not support the Zionist movement of Israel.
5) there was no dialogue between both the countries for the same at the upper level.

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8. What was the scenario of Indo-Israeli relations before 1992?
1) They were at hostile terms against each other.
2) They were only linked in the area of security and defence at bigger level.
3) They were unknown and not concerned to each other
in any area except the political field.
4) They were united, among other, in the area of fight against terrorism.
5) None of these

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9. What made India shift from the Nehruvian perspective and reassess its West Asia policy?
1) OIC’s consistent support to Pakistan and Israel’s consistent support to India on Kashmir front
2) Growing intensity of terrorism world over after the 9/11 attacks in the US and the December 13 attack on the Indian Parliament
3) The change of guard in the Indian government in the nineties
4) India’s need for oil and strong business ties with the Arab countries
5) None of these

1)

Directions (Q. 10-12): Choose the word which is the same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.

10. IMPETUS
1) favour
2) boost
3) recognition
4) upheaval
5) establishment

2) boost

11. STRIDES
1) mammoth
2) decisions
3) progress
4) promises
5) tasks

3) progress

12. FORGING
1) assembling
2) normalising
3) strengthening
4) initiating
5) creating

5) creating

Directions (Q. 13-15): Choose the word which is opposite in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage.

13. BOLSTERING
1) avoiding
2) refusing
3) weakening
4) questioning
5) evading

3) weakening

14. ESTRANGEMENT
1) friendliness
2) empowerment
3) dependence
4) upliftment
5) significance

1) friendliness

15. ALLIED
1) confronted
2) competed
3) struggled
4) distanced
5) detached

5) detached