Yes/ No/ Not Given questions tips and practice.


These types of questions are really difficult to answer because these involve not just understanding the question statement but also correlating it with the passage and finding a link between the two. Establishing the link is the greatest challenge. Take a look at the paragraph below:

“For many environmentalists the world seems to be getting worse. They have developed hit list of four main fears: that natural resources are running out, that the population is ever growing, leaving less and less to eat, that species are becoming extinct in vast numbers and that planet’s air and water are becoming more and more polluted.”

Yes/ No/ Not Given

The Environmentalists take a pessimistic view of the world for a number of reasons.

Now, here is a test of your vocabulary. Can you establish the link between ‘getting worse’ and ‘pessimistic’? If you can, the job is done. Please check the dictionary and try to link the two. Similarly, try to solve the questions below. Please give answers in comments section.

“Men of action — people who are totally involved in tackling what they believe to be real life — tend to dismiss poetry and all forms of creative writing as a frivolous distraction. Our great Polar explorer Mawson wrote in a letter to his wife some instructions concerning their children’s education. He insisted that they should not waste their time reading novels, but should instead acquire factual information from books of history and biography.”

Yes/ No/ Not Given

People with pragmatic view believe that writing literature is a wastage of time.

“A few years ago, when I was first discovering the wonders of philosophy, I was delighted to discover the existence of a meet up in Thailand titled “The Socrates Cafe.” When I attended, though, I was disappointed to find that nobody seemed to be doing any philosophy at all. Rather than exchange ideas or attempt to understand others, the purpose of the event was to allow attendees to congratulate one another on their superiority in recognising that the Earth was indeed billions of years old (and not the “irrational” 6,000 years).

Later that night (I was still confused as to how such an event ended up named after Socrates) the discussion turned to death. One young man quipped,“ Why respect the dead? They’re dead. Just skin and bones and stuff. Let’s be RATIONAL. We could free up those graves for buildings and roads — for the future.” When I heard him say that, I got that feeling again, the same feeling that when my parents told me it was time to stop reading and do something useful.”

Yes/ No/ Not Given

The purpose of discussion at The Socrates Cafe was to show the dominance of science over literature and philosophy.

“There’s no way for any Gen X person (those born between 1960 and 1980) to tell their story of the 80s and the 90s without using pop culture as a set of coordinates. After all, in our time, we were the most commercially targeted and defined generation in the history of the species. We found each other, and connected with each other, through a strange material language of television shows, movies, magazines, paperback novels, and band-names. We defined our politics through the cultural products we consumed. We explained our identity through taste.”

Yes/ No/ Not Given

The Gen X people defined everything around themselves in the form of an art.

“The case — Juliana v. United States — pits a group of children and young adults against the federal government. The youth plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the federal government in August of 2015, arguing that actions taken by the government were endangering their constitutional right to a liveable climate. In November, U.S. Federal Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the plaintiffs had enough standing for the case to move forward. Since then, the federal government and fossil fuel consuming companies have been trying to keep the case from going to trial.”

Yes/ No/ Not Given

The 2015 case against the government aims at reducing emission of poisonous gases from vehicles.

“The rise of artificial intelligence in recent years is grounded in the success of deep learning. Three major drivers caused the breakthrough of (deep) neural networks: the availability of huge amounts of training data, powerful computational infrastructure, and advances in academia. Thereby deep learning systems start to outperform not only classical methods, but also human benchmarks in various tasks like image classification and face recognition. This creates the potential for many disruptive new businesses leveraging deep learning to solve real-world problems.

Yes/ No/ Not Given

Increase in computing power is the principal reason behind deep learning’s success over traditional systems.

Okay. Once you’re done with these questions, please give answers in comments sections and we’ll discuss them. Good Luck.

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2 replies »

  1. Answers:
    1. Yes
    2. Yes – pragmatic = action; wastage of time = frivolous distraction
    3. Not Given – They were not discussing philosophy but celebrating science. Never says that science was superior (Yes) or Not Superior (No). Thus Not Given.
    4. Not Given – Case is on right to LIVEABLE CLIMATE. Nowhere it mentions emissions from vehicles. May be the largest source of pollution is industrial or agricultural. We can’t speculate.
    5. No. There are other reasons as well.


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