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Here goes the passage, please read it carefully,
An advertisement on TV shows a fashionable young man, pushing a pram, walking down the middle of a street, regardless of the traffic and with no small peril to his life or the baby in the pram. When a biker comes to a screeching halt inches away from him, he has the audacity to rebuke the biker as if to say, “ I have the liberty to walk where I like”. Obviously, it did not occur to him that if others took the same liberty for granted, especially motorists, the result would be disastrous. Individual liberty would become social anarchy.
There is a danger of the world getting liberty drunk in these days, like the fashionable young man. It would be just as well to remind ourselves that there is something called ‘Rules of the Road’. It means that in order to preserve the liberties of all, the liberties of everybody must be curtailed or controlled by some means. When a policeman at a busy traffic junction, pulls up a rash motorist, you may feel that your liberty has been outraged by the policeman’s unfair deed. How dare this fellow interfere with your right to free use of the public road? Then, if you are a reasonable person, you will reflect and realize that if he did not interfere with you, he would interfere with no one and the result would be that the roads would be a maelstrom and no one would get anywhere.
In order to enjoy a social order, it is necessary to submit to a curtailment of private liberty. It is the essence of society.
- This passage is about …….
- how the young man was inconsiderate
- what leads to social anarchy
- importance of road safety
- how individual liberty needs to be curtailed in order to enjoy a social order.
- What reason did the young man think for walking carelessly on the road?
- How can the liberties of all be preserved?
- Why was the young man in the wrong?
- Is the policeman wrong in pulling up motorists violating the rules of the road? Why?
- Name one word from the passage that means :
- State of disorder or confusion
- Serious danger
- Do as directed:
- In order to enjoy a social order, it is necessary to submit to curtailment of private liberty. ( Rewrite using ‘ if ’)
- How dare he interfere with your right to free use of the public road? ( Rewrite as an assertive sentence)
- How individual liberty needs to be curtailed in order to enjoy a social order.
- The young man thought that he had the liberty to walk where he pleased.
- The liberties of all can be preserved by curtailing the liberties of everybody.
- The young man was in the wrong because if everyone did as he liked there would be chaos on the streets.
- The policeman is not wrong because by pulling up erring motorists he is maintaining order on the roads.
- (i) maelstrom (ii) peril
- If social order is to be enjoyed, it is necessary to submit to curtailment of private liberty.
- He dare not interfere with your right to free use of the public road.
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