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Passage Reading and English Comprehension

What are the basic elements in the laughable? The first point to be made is that the comic does not exit beyond the pale what is strictly human. A landscape may be charming and sublime, or insignificant and ugly. It will never be laughable. One may laugh at an animal, but only because one has detected in it some human expression or attitude.

Another element to note is the absence of feeling which usually accompanies laughter. Indifference is its usual environment, for laughter has no greater foe than emotion. The comic demands a momentary anesthesia of the heart. Its appeal is to the intelligence, pure and simple. This intelligence, however, must always remain in touch with other intelligences. Laughter appears to need an echo. However spontaneous it seems, it always implies a kind of secret freemasonry, or even complicity, with other laughers, real or imaginary. To understand laughter, we must put it back in natural environment, which is society.

1776. The author is primarily concerned with

(a) criticizing those who laugh at certain people and situations
(b) discussing why laughter is an antisocial action
(c) identifying three different kinds of comedy
(d) pointing out some general characteristics of that which is comic

1777. Which of the following statements about laughter is best supported by the passage?

(a) Some one who is ugly can not at the same time be laughable
(b) Someone who pities a person can not at the same time laugh at that person
(c) Laughter begets more laughter, since more than one intelligence is needed for comedy
(d) Because of the absence of feeling which laughter requires, the object of a joke is indifferent to it

1778. Which of the following examples could be best be substituted for the authorís example of the animal?(Sentence 4))

(a) A hat with a shape reflecting the human caprice that has molded it
(b) A wave that is about to knock over a woman standing on a beach
(c) A person spinning a ball with his feet, as a seal spins a ball on its nose
(d) A play on words by a comedian

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1. Passage Reading 2. Verbal Logic 3. Non Verbal Logic 4. Numerical Logic

5. Data Interpretation 6. Reasoning 7. Analytical Ability 8. Basic Numeracy

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