Flattery means ‘praising insincerely in order to please :

Directions: Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives and mark it in the Answer Sheet.

Passage (Five Questions)

Flattery means ‘praising insincerely in order to please’. Every flatterer says words in which he himself does not believe. While flattering he is insincere to the man he is praising and to himself. In doing so he does not mind if he corrupts the minds of those whom he flatters.

Flattery is immoral because it stains the human conscience. It creates a world of falsehood and thus an outrage of man’s sense of decency and gentlemanly behavior.

A man who feels happy when flattered lives in a fool’s paradise. Flattery is the ready weapon of the opportunist. This weapon easily conquests the weak willed man. It works on the general weakness of human beings. We all love to be told what we are not rather than what we are. Flattery is equal bad for him who is flattered and for him who flatters.

Flattery deceives us by giving us false notions about ourselves. By falling a victim to it, we show lack of character. By accepting flattery we make ourselves and moral values by claiming what is not rightfully its own. It thrives on corruption and leads to human bankruptcy. It is thus the greatest of disease which can plague humanity.

  1. How does flattery deceive us?
    (a) It makes us more corrupt
    (b) It makes us feel indecent
    (c) It makes us bankrupt
    (d) It gives us false ideas about ourselves.
  2. ‘Thrives’ in the passage means
    (a) prospers
    (b) collects
    (c) provides
    (d) fills
  3. Flattery can stain the
    (a) mind
    (b) human conscience
    (c) heart
    (d) emotion
  4. Flattery means
    (a) insincere praise in order to please
    (b) being anti-social
    (c) claiming what is not ours
    (d) being immoral
  5. How does the weapon of flatter work?
    (a) It conquers the man with a weak will.
    (b) A man feels sad.
    (c) It conquers the man with a strong will.
    (d) A man does not like it.
Anurag Mishra Professor Asked on 20th March 2016 in English.
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    1. (d) It gives us false ideas about ourselves
    2. (a)  prospers 
    3. (b) human conscience 
    4. (a) insincere praise in order to please 
    5. (a) It conquers the man with s weak will 
    Anurag Mishra Professor Answered on 10th May 2016.
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