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Bank PO :: Test 186
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1 .

Direction (Q. 1 - 10) : Read the passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.
Desi girl is no longer desi. She has got anew attire, new style and, above all, a new attitude. She never blushes. She is not careful about selection of words either. She is our family companion every evening in the form of daily soaps. We have no option but to watch her with little kids, parents and parents-inlaw, elder brothers, sisters and friends. I just cannot bear to observe my kids ogling and, at times, imitating her. She is the other woman we have grown up to distance ourselves from. But she is everywhere, laughing at my embarrassment, knowing fully well that I too like to ogle at her in private. What do I do? Implore the broadcasters to maintain certain decency? Request the government to regulate the contents telecast on television? Neither is willing, for my definition of decency is quite different from someone else's perception of what constitutes a decent content. Self-regulation does not work, as it goes against the very spirit of gaining television rating points. Broadcasters want eyeballs which is possible only with innovative (read teasing) contents. To be fair to broadcasters, some of the recent soaps have raised relevant social issues. But social issues have been packaged in such a way that they send out confusing signals. Should we then ask the government to take the cudgel on our behalf? That is a sure recipe to stifle creativity we can ill-afford. Then what is the way out? Broadcasters should evolve a collective self-regulation code. Once that is enforced in true letter and spirit, I will have no problem watching desi girl in all her avatars even with my kids and parents. Till that happens, we will have to put up with the daily atyachaar.

The issue raised in the passage is

A.    Abundance of vulgar cinema B.    Irresponsible attitude of products
C.    Indecent programmes being telecast on Indian television D.    All the above
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2 .

What does the term daily soap refer to ?

A.    The place we go to daily for entertainment B.    A television programme that is telecast almost daily by a TV channel
C.    An entertainment programme that-we like to watch daily D.    All the above
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3 .

What/whom does 'desi girl' in the passage refer to ?

A.    A television programme being telecast these days B.    A movie released recently
C.    Girls living in villages or small towns D.    Girls who are not the victim of cultural bankruptcy
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4 .

What is the cause of the author's embarrassment ?

A.    Watching programmes on a small screen B.    His kids indecent gestures and their acts of imitation
C.    Because his kids think that the author himself likes ogling in private D.    His compulsion to watch daily soaps showing the desi girl along with kids and other family members
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5 .

'Broadcasters want eyeballs'— what does this phrase mean ?

A.    Broadcasters want products which might protect their eyes B.    They want the eyes of their viewers so that they might be rated high.
C.    Broadcasters remain interested in maximising their viewership. D.    All the above
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6 .

Why does the writer not want to implore the broadcasters to maintain a certain level of decency ?

A.    He is confident that such a request will fall on a deaf ear. B.    It will cause him embarrassment.
C.    It is against the very spirit of gaining television rating points. D.    He feels that they have no responsibility towards our society.
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7 .

The author doesn't want even to ask the government for taking the cudgel of regulation so that a certain level of decency might be maintained. Why ?

A.    He is fearful of being the victim of the broadcasters atyachaar. B.    He doesnt want to annoy the viewers of such programmes.
C.    He is not aware of legal procedures. D.    None of these
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8 .

What is the ultimate method which, according to the passage, may encourage broadcasters to maintain an ideal level of decency in their programmes ?

A.    A viewers society can be useful. B.    A boycott by the masses of indecent programmes can be fruitful.
C.    A collective self-regulation code evolved by broadcasters themselves followed by its implementation in the true sense D.    B & C
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9 .

What is meant by ldally-atyachaar ?

A.    The atyachaar of dish operators by increasing rates frequently. B.    C grade programmes are like atyachaar.
C.    Poor quality of telecast in the form of weak signals D.    Telecast of innovative (teasing) contents and the compulsion to watch them with family members, including kids
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10 .

Direction : Read the passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.
Desi girl is no longer desi. She has got anew attire, new style and, above all, a new attitude. She never blushes. She is not careful about selection of words either. She is our family companion every evening in the form of daily soaps. We have no option but to watch her with little kids, parents and parents-inlaw, elder brothers, sisters and friends. I just cannot bear to observe my kids ogling and, at times, imitating her. She is the other woman we have grown up to distance ourselves from. But she is everywhere, laughing at my embarrassment, knowing fully well that I too like to ogle at her in private. What do I do? Implore the broadcasters to maintain certain decency? Request the government to regulate the contents telecast on television? Neither is willing, for my definition of decency is quite different from someone else's perception of what constitutes a decent content. Self-regulation does not work, as it goes against the very spirit of gaining television rating points. Broadcasters want eyeballs which is possible only with innovative (read teasing) contents. To be fair to broadcasters, some of the recent soaps have raised relevant social issues. But social issues have been packaged in such a way that they send out confusing signals. Should we then ask the government to take the cudgel on our behalf? That is a sure recipe to stifle creativity we can ill-afford. Then what is the way out? Broadcasters should evolve a collective self-regulation code. Once that is enforced in true letter and spirit, I will have no problem watching desi girl in all her avatars even with my kids and parents. Till that happens, we will have to put up with the daily atyachaar.

Direction : Choose the word(s) which is are the same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Q. Attire

A.    Ready made garments B.    Doctors dress
C.    Designer clothes D.    Dress
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