Reading Comprehension L1

The rule of the road means that in order that the liberties of all may be preserved, the liberties of everybody must be curtailed. When the policeman, say, at a road-crossing steps into the middle of the road and puts out his hand, he is the symbol not of tyranny but of liberty. You have submitted to a curtailment of private liberty in order that you may enjoy a social order which makes your liberty a reality. We have both liberties to preserve - our individual liberty and our social liberty.

That is, we must have a judicious mixture of both. I shall not permit any authority to say that my child must go to this school or that, shall specialize in science or arts. These things are personal. But if I say that my child shall have no education at all, then society will firmly tell me that my child must have education whether I like it or not.

1. According to the author, the “rule of the road” implies

  1. the rule regulating the traffic on the road
  2. the principle on which a road is constructed to ensure safe traffic
  3. unrestricted freedom for all to lead a happy life
  4. restricted individual freedom to ensure freedom for all

2. The author thinks that when a policeman signals you to stop on a road-crossing, he is

  1. behaving in a whimsical manner
  2. interfering with you freedom to use the road
  3. protecting the liberty of all to use the road
  4. mischievously creating hurdles in your way from some personal motive

3. The authors is of the view that we should

  1. have absolute individual liberty without any restrictions imposed by the society
  2. have everything, controlled by the society without any kind of individual liberty
  3. try to strike a sensible balance between our individual and our social liberty
  4. have more of social liberty than individual liberty

4. The author holds that

  1. educating or not educating his child is a matter of personal liberty
  2. educating or not educating his child is also a matter of social liberty
  3. choosing the school for his child is a matter of social liberty
  4. choosing the subject of study for his child is a matter of social liberty

5. The most suitable title of the passage would be

  1. The Policeman at a Road Crossing
  2. The Laws of the Road
  3. Importance of Liberty
  4. Education of Children

Answers

  1. D
  2. C
  3. C
  4. B
  5. C

The passage talks about two types of liberties - individual liberty and social liberty.