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Passage # 46, Date : 23-FEB-2019
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Unlike the United States with its generalissimo politicians - Washington, Jackson, Grant, and Eisenhower- the ‘martial arts’ have been conspicuously absent from Canadian politics. The exception to the rule is former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, who became the first Canadian leader to bring a gunslinger ethos to Canadian politics. Trudeau introduced Canada to the refined art of single combat; it was the politics of “doing it my way”. Single-combat confrontation implied much more than the renegade in power did, and far less than the tricks of William Lyon Mackenzie King, prime minister intermittently between 1921 and 1948.

Trudeau’s unique background prepared him for the role of authoritarian leader he would assume later in life. Born on October 18, 1919, Trudeau lived in French-speaking Montreal, but heard English at home from his mother, making it easy for the young politician to appeal to all sectors of Canada, a bilingual country. As a young man, he walked and cycled through Europe, finding himself on occasion on the wrong side of the bars in foreign jails. By 1940, Trudeau entered the law faculty at the University of Montreal. As a student he enlisted in the Canadian Officers Training Corps, where he was given a commission as a lieutenant, a rank he held until his retirement in 1947. Trudeau, a renowned sportsman, held a brown belt in karate, knew how to skin dive and could descend 150 feet off a cliff with ease. He continued performing flamboyant physical feats even in later life as Canada’s fifteenth prime minister, astounding Canadians with his prowess. The public’s adoration made it possible for him to practice his personal brand of ‘do it my way’ politics, initiating profound and long-lasting changes to his country.

Other leaders would never have undertaken to deal with such taboo issues as divorce, abortion and homosexuality– matters likely to infuriate conservative Canada from coast to coast. Even the powerful Mackenzie King dared not touch any of the three, though Trudeau tackled them together in an omnibus bill as Minister of Justice under Lester B. Pearson. His reason for loosening legislation on these issues was, as he put poetically put it, "The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation." The myths makers have it that this was Trudeau's first deliberate ‘gun slinging’ move, performed with the ultimate goal of attaining national leadership. Contrary to popular belief, Trudeau had no leadership aspirations at the time; all he had was a passion for combat that eclipsed other religious considerations. Trudeau instigated far-reaching changes in legislation governing divorce, abortion and homosexuality that have had a major impact on Canada, shaping the country into what it is today.
1. The primary focus of the passage is on which of the following?

A. Comparing two Canadian prime ministers and contrasting their personal style of leadership
B. Describing the leadership style of one of Canada’s prime ministers
C. Evaluating the success of the leadership style of one of Canada’s prime ministers
D. Summarizing the contribution of one of Canada’s prime ministers
E. Tracing the long-term impact of legislation put forward by one of Canada’s prime ministers


2. It can be inferred from the passage that former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King

A. Was opposed to abortion and put forward legislation making it illegal
B. Was opposed to abortion but did not put forward legislation making it illegal
C. Was in favor of abortion and put forward legislation making it legal
D. Was in favor of abortion but did not put forward legislation making it legal
E. Did not put forward legislation making abortion legal


3. The author of the passage mentions Trudeau’s accomplishments in sports primarily in order to

A. Explain the source of Trudeau’s physical stamina
B. Illustrate that he had earned the adoration of the Canadian public
C. Contrast it to his personal brand of ‘do it my way’ politics
D. Provide one reason why he was able to single-handedly push through legislation that should normally have shocked conservative Canada
E. Provide one reason why he was able to single-handedly thwart legislation that should normally have shocked conservative Canada


4. The quotation "The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation," (Highlighted)is most probably used to

A. Present the opinion that the state should have less of a say in issues that are essentially not public matters
B. Present the opinion that the state should have less of a say in issues that are essentially public matters
C. Present the opinion that the state should have more of a say in issues that are essentially not personal matters
D. Provide an example of Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s flamboyant style that he used to captivate the Canadian public
E. Contrast Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s flamboyant style with that of Lester B. Pearson




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Originally posted by craky on 01 Feb 2011, 07:37.
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chipi113 wrote:
Why Q15 is D if in the second paragraph is not mentioned at all legislation?


I got D, after that I chose again E. The misunderstand the word 'thwart' make me wrong. I can understand that the accomplishment in sport will express his bold to face with taboo issues mentioned in third paragraph.

My got answer is:

13, B
14, D (careless)
15, D => E (OMG)
16, B

Got only one correct :<
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Hi Expert,

I would like OE for the question 4.

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Hello ballest127, Well i don't have OE of this passage but try to explain it myself.

Explanation


4. The quotation "The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation," (Highlighted)is most probably used to

Difficulty Level: 700

Explanation

First read these lines in the passage:

"His reason for loosening legislation on these issues was, as he put poetically put it, "The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation."

Now take a look at the answer choices, a deep look at underlined and bold text.

A. Present the opinion that the state should have less of a say in issues that are essentially not public matters - This is a reason that Prime minister want to say why he loosen the legislation. - Correct

B. Present the opinion that the state should have less of a say in issues that are essentially public matters - Incorrect

C. Present the opinion that the state should have more of a say in issues that are essentially not personal matters - Incorrect

D. Provide an example of Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s flamboyant style that he used to captivate the Canadian public - He didnt use any such tactics - Incorrect

E. Contrast Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s flamboyant style with that of Lester B. Pearson - Completely out of the way - Incorrect

ANSWER: A


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I would like OE for the question 4.

Thank you.

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Hi Expert ,

Can you provide OE for question 3,

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Explanation


3. The author of the passage mentions Trudeau’s accomplishments in sports primarily in order to

Difficulty Level: 750

Explanation

Use process of elimination, take a look at answer choice, cross the wrong ones for a reason

A. Explain the source of Trudeau’s physical stamina

His accomplishments in sports describes to show his physical stamina and his physic not source.

B. Illustrate that he had earned the adoration of the Canadian public

Passage didn't suggests that he earn respect or adoration of Canadian public due to his sports or physic rather he was popular due to his “doing it my way” type of politics

C. Contrast it to his personal brand of ‘do it my way’ politics

No such contrast is available ‘do it my way’ was his additional characteristics.

Only D and E are good competitors here

D. Provide one reason why he was able to single-handedly push through legislation that should normally have shocked conservative Canada

Correct answer

E. Provide one reason why he was able to single-handedly thwart legislation that should normally have shocked conservative Canada

thwart legislation is opposite and makes E wrong

Answer: D


Hope it helps

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Hi Expert ,

Can you provide OE for question 3,

Thank you.

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SajjadAhmad wrote:
Explanation


3. The author of the passage mentions Trudeau’s accomplishments in sports primarily in order to

Difficulty Level: 750

Explanation

Use process of elimination, take a look at answer choice, cross the wrong ones for a reason

A. Explain the source of Trudeau’s physical stamina

His accomplishments in sports describes to show his physical stamina and his physic not source.

B. Illustrate that he had earned the adoration of the Canadian public

Passage didn't suggests that he earn respect or adoration of Canadian public due to his sports or physic rather he was popular due to his “doing it my way” type of politics

C. Contrast it to his personal brand of ‘do it my way’ politics

No such contrast is available ‘do it my way’ was his additional characteristics.

Only D and E are good competitors here

D. Provide one reason why he was able to single-handedly push through legislation that should normally have shocked conservative Canada

Correct answer

E. Provide one reason why he was able to single-handedly thwart legislation that should normally have shocked conservative Canada

thwart legislation is opposite and makes E wrong

Answer: D


Hope it helps

pradeepgontla wrote:
Hi Expert ,

Can you provide OE for question 3,

Thank you.



Paragraph does say that the Canadians were astounded by his physical feats/prowess. This adoration made it possible for him to perform his brand of politics.

whereas, Your reason that his brand of politics made him popular seems contrary. Can you please clarify this again. Logically, it is really difficult to assume that his physical feats (the mention by the author) are linked with his legislative actions

The flow that I seem makes more sense.

physical feats -> public adoration ->allowing his brand of politics -> push through legislation

Can you please point to what I am missing here?
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