Mock Practice Test-7
Read each of the following passages and answer the items that follow. Your answers to these items should be based on the passages only.
The chief condition of happiness, barring certain physical prerequisistes, is the life of reason—the specific garry and power of man. Virtue, or rather excellence, will depend on clear judgement,
self-control, symmetry of desire, artistry of means; it is not the
possession of the simple man, nor the gift of innocent intent, but the achievement of experience in the fully developed man. Yet there is a rod to it, a guide to excellence, which may save many detours and delays: it is the middle way the golden mean. The qualities of character can be arranged in triads in each of which the first and the last qualities will be extremes and vices, and the middle quality a virtue or an excellence. So between cowardice and rashness is courage: between stinginess and extravagance is liberality; between sloth and greed is ambition; between humility and pride is modesty; between secrecy and loquacity is honesty; between moroseness and buffoonery is good humour; between quarrelsomeness and flattery is friendship; between Hamlets’ indecisiveness and Quixote’s impulsiveness is self-control ‘Right’, in ethics or conduct is not different from right in mathematics or engineering; it means correct and fit what works best to the best results.
The author has not said:
A the middle path between humility and pride is modesty
B middle path avoids delay in achieving excellence; right in ethics means that works to the best results
C courage is the middle path of indecisiveness and impulsiveness
D none of these