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Read the following comprehension and answer the following question:

Newspapers not only give us knowledge about the old activities which may increase the awareness among the human beings and may not claim the logical involvement in that problem, but also something more than that. In fact with passage of time newspapers have grown into not only a diversion for the breakfast table but also an essential source of knowledge and the most important medium of making the people democratic in their outlook and thinking. At the earlier stages of its growth the press was just to give knowledge to the people and keep them busy to the changes in the country and the world at large. But as all medium of learning are used or misused for one or the other reason so is the case with the news papers. Many years ago Burke called the media the fourth estate and we can expediently call it the fourth significant organ of the self-governing states and others being managerial, magistrates, and government. If the press is self-governing and the reports are intent, which is of course not possible, it can keep the minds of the people open to all imitation. But now days there are subtle suggestion in the news and there is very clever distortion here and there. So, now-a-days, the primary purpose of newspapers is to color the opinion of the people. They provide the public with readymade opinions and baked ideas. The people also accept these things happily because the common man has neither the intelligence nor the time to verify the validity of the news or gather the correct opinion from other sources. Otherwise also it is the weakness of even educated people that they believe a printed word more readily than a word from mouth. Therefore, most of the people quote newspapers in order to support their contentions. Once the ideas are propagated, it is very difficult, because of the lack of resources, to sift the truth from falsehood. Consequently, people become the victim of propaganda without being conscious of this process. A free press can definitely consolidate the forces of democracy and can easily negate the influence of pulls and pressures which have been dragging the citizens away from the democratic thinking. If the news is reported objectively and the problems are analyzed with no bias, it is definitely possible to make the people think correctly.

  1. Which is the suitable title for the comprehension?

    1. Press
    2. Independent and Objective press
    3. Newspapers
    4. Media
    5. None of the above

    Answer (b)

  2. Press should be

    1. Open to all impressions
    2. Object
    3. Independent
    4. Conservative
    5. None of the above

    Answer (a)

  3. The press is -- -- --

    1. The first organ of the state
    2. The second organ of the state
    3. The third organ of the state
    4. The fourth organ of the state
    5. The fifth organ of the state

    Answer (d)

  4. People become -- -- --

    1. Victims of false propaganda
    2. To quote newspapers
    3. Conservative
    4. Independent
    5. None of the above

    Answer (a)

  5. People's weakness is -- -- --

    1. Can't distinguish what is truth and false
    2. To believe the printed word readily
    3. To trust the media blindly
    4. They believe what they see in society
    5. None of the above

    Answer (b)

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