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  • 1. 

    Vicissitudes in the political arena are predominant among the events reported by today's press. Stupendous scandals have been uncovered and covert operations foiled as a result of recent media investigations. This may occur after immense and assiduous research into the particular discrepancies among various stories told by politicians or may simply result from an investigative journalist following an instinctive hunch. Had many duplicitous politicians been aware of the menace posed by such journalists, they would have been much more careful in carrying out their subterfuge.  The methods utilized in various scandals and subsequent cover-ups may include bugging governmental offices, tapping telephone lines, classifying documents as "top secret" or purging relevant data from computer systems. Such perfidy towards the democratic process is considered tantamount to espionage or treason by many patriotic Americans. Once the scandal is uncovered, the politician will be subjected to questioning at a public hearing.  Most politicians do not respond with complete candor and servility during these proceedings. However, their testimony is irrevocable and cannot be taken back without committing the act of perjury, or lying under oath. Certain politicians may phlegmatically profess no knowledge of the matter under investigation, while others may coyly state that their recollection of the events is slightly blurry. However, most parties involved will attempt to reply to questioning deftly and resolutely with cogent arguments and apposite remarks.  Ultimately, the hearing is likely to have an adverse impact on the politician's career. During the hearing, the politician may be subjected to daily jeering from throngs of spectators assembled outside the hearing room. The politician may even be forced to relinquish his or her position as a consequence of a unanimous consensus at the hearing, and, thus, be banished from public office for the remainder of his or her career.  1. Political scandals

    • A.

      A) often come to light due to differences among various versions of stories told by politicians.

    • B.

      B) are equivalent to covert operations.

    • C.

      C) are rarely mentioned in the news.

    • D.

      D) show the magnanimity of politicians nowadays.

    Correct Answer
    A. A) often come to light due to differences among various versions of stories told by politicians.
    Explanation
    The explanation for the correct answer is that political scandals often come to light due to differences among various versions of stories told by politicians. This means that when politicians tell different versions of a story, it raises suspicion and prompts investigative journalists to dig deeper and uncover the truth. The passage mentions that investigative journalists conduct immense research and follow their instincts to uncover scandals. Therefore, the answer choice A accurately reflects the information provided in the passage.

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  • 2. 

    Vicissitudes in the political arena are predominant among the events reported by today's press. Stupendous scandals have been uncovered and covert operations foiled as a result of recent media investigations. This may occur after immense and assiduous research into the particular discrepancies among various stories told by politicians or may simply result from an investigative journalist following an instinctive hunch. Had many duplicitous politicians been aware of the menace posed by such journalists, they would have been much more careful in carrying out their subterfuge.  The methods utilized in various scandals and subsequent cover-ups may include bugging governmental offices, tapping telephone lines, classifying documents as "top secret" or purging relevant data from computer systems. Such perfidy towards the democratic process is considered tantamount to espionage or treason by many patriotic Americans. Once the scandal is uncovered, the politician will be subjected to questioning at a public hearing.  Most politicians do not respond with complete candor and servility during these proceedings. However, their testimony is irrevocable and cannot be taken back without committing the act of perjury, or lying under oath. Certain politicians may phlegmatically profess no knowledge of the matter under investigation, while others may coyly state that their recollection of the events is slightly blurry. However, most parties involved will attempt to reply to questioning deftly and resolutely with cogent arguments and apposite remarks.  Ultimately, the hearing is likely to have an adverse impact on the politician's career. During the hearing, the politician may be subjected to daily jeering from throngs of spectators assembled outside the hearing room. The politician may even be forced to relinquish his or her position as a consequence of a unanimous consensus at the hearing, and, thus, be banished from public office for the remainder of his or her career.  2. Disloyal politicians may attempt to 

    • A.

      A) hide secret listening devices in offices and on telephones.

    • B.

      B) obtain sinecures to avoid responsibility.

    • C.

      C) exercise more caution in their affairs subsequent to giving up public office.

    • D.

      D) add irrelevant information to computer files.

    Correct Answer
    A. A) hide secret listening devices in offices and on telephones.
    Explanation
    The passage mentions that the methods utilized in scandals and cover-ups may include bugging governmental offices and tapping telephone lines. This implies that disloyal politicians may attempt to hide secret listening devices in offices and on telephones in order to carry out their subterfuge. Therefore, option A) is the correct answer.

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  • 3. 

    Vicissitudes in the political arena are predominant among the events reported by today's press. Stupendous scandals have been uncovered and covert operations foiled as a result of recent media investigations. This may occur after immense and assiduous research into the particular discrepancies among various stories told by politicians or may simply result from an investigative journalist following an instinctive hunch. Had many duplicitous politicians been aware of the menace posed by such journalists, they would have been much more careful in carrying out their subterfuge.  The methods utilized in various scandals and subsequent cover-ups may include bugging governmental offices, tapping telephone lines, classifying documents as "top secret" or purging relevant data from computer systems. Such perfidy towards the democratic process is considered tantamount to espionage or treason by many patriotic Americans. Once the scandal is uncovered, the politician will be subjected to questioning at a public hearing.  Most politicians do not respond with complete candor and servility during these proceedings. However, their testimony is irrevocable and cannot be taken back without committing the act of perjury, or lying under oath. Certain politicians may phlegmatically profess no knowledge of the matter under investigation, while others may coyly state that their recollection of the events is slightly blurry. However, most parties involved will attempt to reply to questioning deftly and resolutely with cogent arguments and apposite remarks.  Ultimately, the hearing is likely to have an adverse impact on the politician's career. During the hearing, the politician may be subjected to daily jeering from throngs of spectators assembled outside the hearing room. The politician may even be forced to relinquish his or her position as a consequence of a unanimous consensus at the hearing, and, thus, be banished from public office for the remainder of his or her career.  3. During public hearings most politicians 

    • A.

      A) answer questions frankly and with clarity.

    • B.

      B) hesitate slightly before responding.

    • C.

      C) recall events clearly.

    • D.

      D) try to reply with appropriate statements.

    Correct Answer
    D. D) try to reply with appropriate statements.
    Explanation
    During public hearings, politicians typically try to reply with appropriate statements. The passage states that most politicians do not respond with complete candor and servility during these proceedings. They may profess no knowledge of the matter under investigation or state that their recollection of events is blurry. However, they will attempt to reply deftly and resolutely with cogent arguments and apposite remarks. This suggests that politicians make an effort to provide responses that are appropriate and strategic, even if they are not completely truthful.

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  • 4. 

    Vicissitudes in the political arena are predominant among the events reported by today's press. Stupendous scandals have been uncovered and covert operations foiled as a result of recent media investigations. This may occur after immense and assiduous research into the particular discrepancies among various stories told by politicians or may simply result from an investigative journalist following an instinctive hunch. Had many duplicitous politicians been aware of the menace posed by such journalists, they would have been much more careful in carrying out their subterfuge.  The methods utilized in various scandals and subsequent cover-ups may include bugging governmental offices, tapping telephone lines, classifying documents as "top secret" or purging relevant data from computer systems. Such perfidy towards the democratic process is considered tantamount to espionage or treason by many patriotic Americans. Once the scandal is uncovered, the politician will be subjected to questioning at a public hearing.  Most politicians do not respond with complete candor and servility during these proceedings. However, their testimony is irrevocable and cannot be taken back without committing the act of perjury, or lying under oath. Certain politicians may phlegmatically profess no knowledge of the matter under investigation, while others may coyly state that their recollection of the events is slightly blurry. However, most parties involved will attempt to reply to questioning deftly and resolutely with cogent arguments and apposite remarks.  Ultimately, the hearing is likely to have an adverse impact on the politician's career. During the hearing, the politician may be subjected to daily jeering from throngs of spectators assembled outside the hearing room. The politician may even be forced to relinquish his or her position as a consequence of a unanimous consensus at the hearing, and, thus, be banished from public office for the remainder of his or her career.  4. The public hearing 

    • A.

      A) may result in the exile of the politician to another country.

    • B.

      B) may expose the politician to public ridicule.

    • C.

      C) is poorly attended by members of the public.

    • D.

      D) Both A & B.

    Correct Answer
    B. B) may expose the politician to public ridicule.
    Explanation
    The passage states that during the public hearing, the politician may be subjected to daily jeering from spectators and may even be forced to relinquish their position as a consequence of a unanimous consensus. This suggests that the public hearing may expose the politician to public ridicule, making option B the correct answer. There is no mention of the politician being exiled to another country, so option A is incorrect. The passage does not provide any information about the attendance of the public at the hearing, so option C is also incorrect. Therefore, the correct answer is B) may expose the politician to public ridicule.

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  • 5. 

    Vicissitudes in the political arena are predominant among the events reported by today's press. Stupendous scandals have been uncovered and covert operations foiled as a result of recent media investigations. This may occur after immense and assiduous research into the particular discrepancies among various stories told by politicians or may simply result from an investigative journalist following an instinctive hunch. Had many duplicitous politicians been aware of the menace posed by such journalists, they would have been much more careful in carrying out their subterfuge.  The methods utilized in various scandals and subsequent cover-ups may include bugging governmental offices, tapping telephone lines, classifying documents as "top secret" or purging relevant data from computer systems. Such perfidy towards the democratic process is considered tantamount to espionage or treason by many patriotic Americans. Once the scandal is uncovered, the politician will be subjected to questioning at a public hearing.  Most politicians do not respond with complete candor and servility during these proceedings. However, their testimony is irrevocable and cannot be taken back without committing the act of perjury, or lying under oath. Certain politicians may phlegmatically profess no knowledge of the matter under investigation, while others may coyly state that their recollection of the events is slightly blurry. However, most parties involved will attempt to reply to questioning deftly and resolutely with cogent arguments and apposite remarks.  Ultimately, the hearing is likely to have an adverse impact on the politician's career. During the hearing, the politician may be subjected to daily jeering from throngs of spectators assembled outside the hearing room. The politician may even be forced to relinquish his or her position as a consequence of a unanimous consensus at the hearing, and, thus, be banished from public office for the remainder of his or her career.  5. Which statement is true according to the passage? 

    • A.

      A) Most politicians are supercilious in this day and age.

    • B.

      B) The public hearing may result in the demise of the politician's career.

    • C.

      C) Testimony can be revised by witnesses as desired.

    • D.

      D) Most parties reply nervously and hesitantly to questions at the public hearing.

    Correct Answer
    B. B) The public hearing may result in the demise of the politician's career.
    Explanation
    According to the passage, the public hearing can have an adverse impact on the politician's career and they may be forced to relinquish their position as a consequence of a unanimous consensus at the hearing. Therefore, option B is the correct statement.

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