Passage for Exercise-95

Read carefully the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

   The ideally good man does not drink or smoke, avoids bad language, attends church regularly, and holds the correct opinions on all subjects. He has a horror of wrong thinking, and considers it the business of the authorities to safeguard the young against those who question the wisdom of the views generally accepted by middle-aged successful citizens. Apart from his professional duties, he spends much time in good works: he encourages patriotism and military training; he promotes industry, sobriety, and virtue in the society and sees to it that failures in these respects receive due punishment. His morals are irreproachable.

   A bad man is one who is known to smoke and to drink occasionally, and even to say a bad word when someone treads on his toe. His conversation is not always such as could be printed, and he sometimes spends fine Sundays out-of-doors instead of at church. Some of his opinions are subversive; for instance, he may think that if you desire peace you should prepare for peace, not for war. Towards wrongdoing he takes a scientific attitude, such as he would take towards his motor-car if it misbehaved; he argues that sermons and prisons will no more cure vice than mend a broken tire. In the matter of wrong thinking he is even more perverse. He maintains that what is called ‘wrong thinking’ is simply thinking, and what is called ‘right thinking’ is repeating words like a parrot.


1. Who is an ideally good man?
2. What is his attitude to wrong thinking?
3. What, according to him are the wise views?
4. Who is a bad man?
5. How is his conversation?
6. What are some of his opinions?
7. What is his attitude towards wrong doing, wrong thinking and right thinking?

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