GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 22 Oct 2019, 19:44

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Find Similar Topics 
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 25 Nov 2011
Posts: 149
Location: India
Concentration: Technology, General Management
GPA: 3.95
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post Updated on: 04 Sep 2019, 03:17
2
13
Question 1
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

based on 124 sessions

75% (02:50) correct 25% (02:47) wrong

HideShow timer Statistics

Question 2
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

based on 126 sessions

54% (01:16) correct 46% (01:20) wrong

HideShow timer Statistics

Question 3
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

based on 120 sessions

27% (01:28) correct 73% (01:21) wrong

HideShow timer Statistics

New Project RC Butler 2019 - Practice 2 RC Passages Everyday
Passage # 185, Date : 04-Jul-2019
This post is a part of New Project RC Butler 2019. Click here for Details


As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is profitable to all; as bearing upon special functions, its value, though not so great, is still more tangible. Why, for example, should Members of Parliament be ignorant of the subjects concerning which they are called upon to legislate? In this land of practical physics, why should they be unable to form an independent opinion upon a physical question? Why should the member of a parliamentary committee be left at the mercy of interested disputants when a scientific question is discussed, until he deems the nap a blessing which rescues him from the bewilderments of the committee-room? The education which does not supply the want here referred to, fails in its duty to England.

With regard to our working people, in the ordinary sense of the term ‘working’, the study of Physics would, I imagine, be profitable, not only as a means of intellectual culture, but also as a moral influence to woo them from pursuits which now degrade them. A man's reformation oftener depends upon the indirect, than upon the direct action of the will. The will must be exerted in the choice of employment which shall break the force of temptation by erecting a barrier against it. The drunkard, for example, is in a perilous condition if he contents himself merely with saying, or swearing, that he will avoid strong drink. His thoughts, if not attracted by another force, will revert to the public-house, and to rescue him permanently from this, you must give him an equivalent. By investing the objects of hourly intercourse with an interest which prompts reflection, new enjoyments would be opened to the working man, and every one of these would be a point of force to protect him against temptation.
1) What is the main purpose of the author in writing the passage?

A. To advocate that a particular subject be taught compulsorily nationwide
B. To discuss how the knowledge of a particular field of study can be used to stop men from indulging in immoral acts
C. To illustrate why the knowledge of a particular subject is important to everyone
D. To propose that the knowledge of a particular subject be a prerequisite for every Member of Parliament
E. To show how the common man can protect himself from temptation
Ans: C


2) Which of the following does the author suggest in the passage about the Members of Parliament?

A. They do not have any knowledge of Physics
B. They cannot be asked to legislate on matters that they are ignorant of
C. They prefer taking a nap to legislating on issues that they don't know much about
D. It is not a prerequisite that they legislate only on those matters that they have adequate knowledge of
E. They sometimes allow their personal interests to override the broader good of the people at large
Ans: D


3) Each of the following can be inferred from the information in the passage EXCEPT?

A. The study of Physics is profitable to everyone
B. The knowledge of Physics helps keep temptation away by educating man on the negative aspects of the same
C. The direct action of the will is not enough to reform a man
D. Physics can in an indirect manner be linked to the level of moral degradation in a society
E. Man can in general be prevented from indulging in immoral acts by providing him another pursuit to channelize his energies on
Ans: B


_________________
-------------------------
-Aravind Chembeti

Originally posted by Chembeti on 27 Feb 2012, 20:50.
Last edited by SajjadAhmad on 04 Sep 2019, 03:17, edited 4 times in total.
Updated - Complete topic (406).
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 07 Jan 2012
Posts: 32
Location: Canada
Concentration: International Business, Entrepreneurship
GMAT Date: 04-30-2012
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
CAT Tests
Re: As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 20 Mar 2012, 08:22
Hi Arvind

For number 2:

2) Which of the following does the author suggest in the passage about the Members of Parliament?
A. They do not have any knowledge of Physics - too extreme
B. They cannot be asked to legislate on matters that they are ignorant of - this should be more of a conclusion based on the passage
C. They prefer taking a nap to legislating on issues that they don't know much about - This is a statement mentioned in the passage only not a suggestion which is implied.
D. It is not a prerequisite that they legislate only on those matters that they have adequate knowledge of - we can indirectly infer this to occur in order for the whole first paragraph to come up.
E. They sometimes allow their personal interests to override the broader good of the people at large - Out of context
Manager
Manager
avatar
B
Joined: 13 Mar 2012
Posts: 202
Concentration: Operations, Strategy
Re: As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 23 Mar 2012, 18:44
SELECTED
C
D
B

IT WILL BE APPRECIABLE IF SOMEONE COULD EXPLAIN Q-2 FROM THE CONTEXT OF PASSAGE. i SELECTED D BY POE.
_________________
Practice Practice and practice...!!

If my reply /analysis is helpful-->please press KUDOS
If there's a loophole in my analysis--> suggest measures to make it airtight.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 13 Apr 2011
Posts: 9
Re: As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 04 May 2012, 23:22
1
kraizada84 wrote:
SELECTED
C
D
B

IT WILL BE APPRECIABLE IF SOMEONE COULD EXPLAIN Q-2 FROM THE CONTEXT OF PASSAGE. i SELECTED D BY POE.



Hi Kraizada84,
For Q.2 the following line from the passage helps explain why D is the correct answer " In this land of practical physics, why should they be unable to form an independent opinion upon a physical question?". If Legislators are unable to or are weak in some of the physics related questions , it means that they atleast legislate on those topics , which they are not much familiar with.
On the contrary, there is not much evidence for choice B to be correct. Auther says that they can be asked for the subjects they are ignorant of .Moreover, he keeps on explaining this when he discusses about " until he deems the nap a blessing which rescues him from the bewilderments of the committee-room".
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
P
Joined: 09 Mar 2017
Posts: 488
Location: India
Concentration: Marketing, Organizational Behavior
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Re: As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 08 May 2018, 09:28
Great passage, not only as a good read but also as an informative read.
Questions are comparatively easier than what I expected after reading the passage.
All correct 7 mins.
_________________
------------------------------
"Trust the timing of your life"
Hit Kudus if this has helped you get closer to your goal, and also to assist others save time. Tq :)
Senior RC Moderator
User avatar
V
Joined: 02 Nov 2016
Posts: 4136
GPA: 3.39
Re: As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 05 Jul 2019, 08:59
2
Ratnaa19 krishnabalu here it is.

Explanation


3) Each of the following can be inferred from the information in the passage EXCEPT?

Difficulty Level: 700

Explanation

This Question covers the whole passage, you can not answer until you read complete passage. Just read the answer choices and recall what you read in the passage. We have to find something which is not available by the passage. Look into the answer choices.

A. The study of Physics is profitable to everyone
This option is easy to cross off as it is mentioned in the first paragraph. Incorrect

B. The knowledge of Physics helps keep temptation away by educating man on the negative aspects of the same
Read these lines in the passage

The will must be exerted in the choice of employment which shall break the force of temptation by erecting a barrier against it.

So it is will not physics which helps keep temptation away. It is not mentioned in the passage so this one is we are searching for. Correct

C. The direct action of the will is not enough to reform a man
Read this line in the second paragraph

A man's reformation oftener depends upon the indirect, than upon the direct action of the will.

So it is available in the passage and is Incorrect

D. Physics can in an indirect manner be linked to the level of moral degradation in a society

Read lines 3-4 in the second paragraph it is available there so cross it off Incorrect

E. Man can in general be prevented from indulging in immoral acts by providing him another pursuit to channelize his energies on
This is also available in the passage in the form of an example of The drunkard, so cross it too it is Incorrect

Answer: B


Hope it helps
_________________
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 18 Sep 2017
Posts: 12
Re: As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 06 Jul 2019, 23:44
what can be the reasoning for ques 2
Senior RC Moderator
User avatar
V
Joined: 02 Nov 2016
Posts: 4136
GPA: 3.39
Re: As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 06 Jul 2019, 23:50
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 18 Sep 2017
Posts: 12
Re: As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 07 Jul 2019, 00:06
SajjadAhmad wrote:
Hi

What is your answer and reasoning for that answer for Q#2?

ssaamm wrote:
what can be the reasoning for ques 2


hi.

A. opposite.author is in favour of physics ans so he ask question in para 1
C.opposite.again author says why they do not indulge in conversation they have no knowlege of. they should have independent opinion on the natter they legislate
E.out of scope

getting confused between B and D
Senior RC Moderator
User avatar
V
Joined: 02 Nov 2016
Posts: 4136
GPA: 3.39
Re: As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 07 Jul 2019, 00:19
1
This is an inference question, use process of elimination (POE) here, just like you crossed off three option cross one more.

Read these lines from the passage

should Members of Parliament be ignorant of the subjects concerning which they are called upon to legislate?

This above line leads to conclude that member of parliament should (not must) have knowledge of physics. But it doesn't mean that "They cannot be asked to legislate on matters that they are ignorant of"

In this land of practical physics, why should they be unable to form an independent opinion upon a physical question?

Again this line also leads to the same way that for an independent review commitee should have knowledge of Physics but again it doesn't mean that "They cannot be asked to legislate on matters that they are ignorant of"

Why should the member of a parliamentary committee be left at the mercy of interested disputants when a scientific question is discussed?

Finally this line have same meaning and outcome as above two have so passage didn't supports Option B, AND WE HAVE LEFT WITH ONLY OPTION D.

ssaamm wrote:
SajjadAhmad wrote:
Hi

What is your answer and reasoning for that answer for Q#2?

ssaamm wrote:
what can be the reasoning for ques 2


hi.

A. opposite.author is in favour of physics ans so he ask question in para 1
C.opposite.again author says why they do not indulge in conversation they have no knowlege of. they should have independent opinion on the natter they legislate
E.out of scope

getting confused between B and D

_________________
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 01 Dec 2018
Posts: 43
CAT Tests
Re: As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Aug 2019, 11:22
For question 3:
With regard to our working people, in the ordinary sense of the term ‘working’, the study of Physics would, I imagine, be profitable, not only as a means of intellectual culture, but also as a moral influence to woo them from pursuits which now degrade them.

This can be interpreted as Physics induces people to go for greater pursuits. Whereas, option D is stated as Physics provides an indirect link towards the degradation of the society but as per the passage it should it improves and morally influences people to try new things.
GMAT Club Bot
Re: As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof   [#permalink] 09 Aug 2019, 11:22
Display posts from previous: Sort by

As an instrument of intellectual culture, the study of Physics is prof

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  





Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne