English(Core)-1997

SECTION A

Q 1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow it:
So great is our passion for doing things for ourselves, that we are becoming increasingly less dependent on specialized labor. NO one can plead ignorance of a subject any longer, for three are countless do-it yourself publications. Armed with the right tools and materials, newly-weds gaily embark on the task of decorating their own fireplaces, laying-out their own gardens, building garages and making furniture. Some really keen enthusiasts go so far as to make their own record players and a radio transmitters. Shops cater for the do-it yourself craze not only by running special advisory services for novices, but by offering consumers bits and pieces which they can assemble at home. Such things provide an excellent outlet for pent up creative energy, but unfortunately not all of us are born handymen.

Wives tend to believe that their husbands are infinitely resourceful and versatile. Even husbands who can hardly drive a nail in straight are supposed to be born electricians, carpenters, plumbers and mechanics. When lights fuse, furniture gets rickety, pipes get clogged, or vacuum cleaners fail to operate, wives automatically assume that their husbands will somehow put things right. The worst thing about the do-it yourself game is that sometimes husbands live under the delusion that they can do anything even when they have been repeatedly proved wrong. It is a question of pride s much as anything else.

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