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Saturday CSAT Quiz #14


Hello Everyone,

Please solve these 8 questions on CSAT. Solutions will be uploaded at 5:00 pm today.


Directions: Read the passage and answer the items that follow. Your answers to these items should be based on the passage only.

What is the ultimate cause of poverty? Is democracy good for the poor? Does foreign aid have a role to play? Jeffrey Sachs, adviser to the United Nations, has an answer to all these questions: Poor countries are poor because they are hot, infertile, malaria infested, often landlocked; this makes it hard for them to be productive without an initial large investment to help them deal with these endemic problems. But they cannot pay for the investments precisely because they are poor­ they are in what economies call a ”poverty trap.” Until something is done about these problems, neither free market nor democracy will do very much for them. That is why foreign aid is key: It can kick start a virtuous cycle by helping poor countries invest in these critical areas and make them more productive. The resulting higher incomes will generate further investments; the beneficial spiral will continue.

In his bestselling 2005 book, The End of Poverty, Sachs argue that if the rich world had committed $195 billion in foreign aid per year between 2005 & 2025, poverty could have been entirely eliminated by the end of this period.

But there are others, equally vocal, who believe that all of Sach’s answers are wrong. William Easterly, who battles Sachs from New York University at the other end of Manhattan, has become one of the most influential anti-­aid public figures, following the publication of two books, The Elusive Quest for Growth and The White Man’s burden. Dambisa Moyo, an economists who previously worked at Goldman Sachs and at the World Bank, has joined her voice to Easterly’s with her recent book, Dead Aid. Both argue that, aid does more bad than good: It prevents people from searching for their own solutions, while corrupting and undermining local institutions and creating a self-­perpetuating lobby of aid agencies. The best bet for poor countries is to rely on one simple idea: When markets are free and the incentives are right, people can find ways to solve their problem. They do not need handouts, from foreigners or from their own governments. In this sense, the aid pessimists are actually quite optimistic about the way the world works. According to Easterly, there are no such things as poverty trap.

Q.1 According to the passage the nature of relation between poverty and lack of investment is:­

a) One sided

b) Linear

c) Cyclic

d) Tangential


Q.2 Which of the following has been suggested as an idea to end poverty in the passage above?

1. Democratic Institutions

2. Free market economics & liberalism

3. Financial Assistance by the rich

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:­

a) 1 & 2 only

b) 2 & 3 only

c) 1 & 3

d) All of the above


Q.3 Which of the following can be logically inferred from the passage above?

a) Jeffrey Sachs is hopeful about the elimination of poverty.

b) William Easterly is hopeful about the elimination of poverty

c) Both Easterly and Sachs are optimistic about elimination of poverty and suggest similar measures

d) Both Easterly and Sachs are optimistic about elimination of poverty and suggest diagonally opposite measures


Q.4 The author of the passage seems to suggest that :­

a) Aid is the way to go for ending poverty

b) Free market is the most suitable model for ending poverty

c) There are more ways than one to fight poverty

d) There are no signs of end of poverty in near times


Q.5 On a certain planet, if “bring me water” is represented by NET, “water is cold” is represented by TSO then what will be the code for “Bring Cold Water” ?

a) TEO

b) EON

c) NST

d) Either (A) or (C)

Q.6 Three friends, returning from a movie, stop to eat at a restaurant. After dinner, they paid their bills and were served mints on the table. Ram took 1/3rd of the mints, but returned four as he felt he had taken too much. Shyam then took 1/4th of what was left but returned three for similar reasons. Ravi then took half of the remainder but threw two back into the bowl. The bowl now had only 17 mints left. How many mints were originally in the bowl?

a) 38

b) 31

c) 41

d) None of these


Q.7 The height of a certain flag pole is 30 feet. The pole surface has been greased to make it slippery to prevent monkeys from climbing the pole. A monkey attempts to climb the pole. It climbs 3 feet every second but slips down 2 ft in the next second. When will the monkey reach the top of the flag pole.

a) 56 secs

b) 27 secs

c) 60 secs

d) 55 secs


Q.8 In a building with 7 floors ­ there is exactly one floor between Bengali and Tamilian. The Bengali lives on the higher floor. The Marathi lives on the floor next to the Punjabi. The Gujarati does not live on the topmost floor. The Keralite lives in the same building. Assume that nobody lives on the ground floor. If the Bengali stays on the fifth floor, then which among the following is correct?

a) the Gujarati stays on the fourth floor

b) the Marathi stays on the second floor

c) The Punjabi stays on the sixth floor

d) The Tamilian is on the floor next to the Keralite

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  • Rudrani M

    @Raunak and @Lastbench answer to 8th is A :-)..

  • AKS01

    1- C
    2- B
    3- D
    4- C
    5- D
    6- D
    7- D
    8- D

  • Rudrani M

    Yes you are right! I replied the same to Raunak when I realised M and P can be interchangeable..

  • Last Bench

    It is not necessary to interpret the word “next” only in down to top angle (as u did) , it also can be used in top to down approach, by which the position of P and M will be interchanged…hence next here means adjacent. Ur way is right only when the term ‘next’ is replaced by ‘above’ , ‘up’ so on…M is above P. This kind of ambiguity is not at all in UPSC…Refer 2012 prelims question: in five flats…engineer, professor, doctor, ias officer…


    1. B
    2. B
    3. D
    4. C
    5. –
    6. –
    7. –
    8. C

  • Gautam Himanshu

    1. C
    2. C
    3. D
    4. C
    5. D
    6. –
    7. D
    8. C

  • Rudrani M

    Yes hope so… Best of luck….

  • Raunak Vashisht

    a lit tension is good for it keeps complacency away….rest u would do good m sure…mine is fine too..even m revising …good luck

  • Rudrani M

    Yes revising but tensed about ancient and medieval India… What about you? How’s yours prep going on?

  • Raunak Vashisht

    vaise, I wouldn’t mind A as the answer….Punjabi’s are on the top anyways 😉
    Hows prep going on btw ? revising ?

  • Raunak Vashisht

    haha…but if we consider the building plan as we have in metro cities- the ground floor is not counted as a floor and thus the counting starts from 1 ….and the only absolutely correct answer we get then is C the other 2 would be probables ….:D

  • Rudrani M

    Also why I chose A is because Marathi is next to punjabi and they can be interchangeable so option A seems to be correct… ? Now I am also damn unsure about this questions answer as its very inconclusive…

  • Rudrani M

    Yes ?

  • Psycho Knight

    thanks rudrani..good to know that

  • Raunak Vashisht

    option b is also correct if I solve this way – marathi is on the 2nd floor … 😀

  • Rudrani M


  • Rudrani M

    Your option seems correct when you consider the naming convention of building starting from 1. But in there don’t you think other options are also provable… Let’s wait for the solution to come.. Even I got option C earlier but with that convention other options were also a probable choice so I started with ground floor as 0 and henceforth..

  • Raunak Vashisht

    lets wait for the key…thanks

  • Raunak Vashisht

    I thought it to be a 7 floored building (ignoring level 0, and including 6 and 7th) …thanks for the direction

  • Rudrani M

    C is surely wrong because Marathi stays next to punjabi so punjabi cannot be on 6th floor. Draw a block diagram and number it from 0 to 6 to make it a 7 floor diagram. Then you will get 0 floor no one, 1. Punjabi 2. Marathi 3. Tamil 4. Gujarati 5. Bengali 6. Keralite

  • Rudrani M

    For 6th question initial mints should be 54 and not 37..

  • Raunak Vashisht

    Rudra ! How can the answer for 8th be A- except C which is surely correct and B which is surely wrong – the other two are may be or may be not correct :))

  • Rudrani M

    For question 8 it depends which convention you are following of building US convention ground floor is 1. And in Europe it’s 0. So if you check the options for US convention then answer is inconclusive it comes between option A or D. And if you follow European convention answer comes exactly as A..

  • Rudrani M

    1. C
    2. B
    3. D
    4. C
    5. D
    6. D
    7. D
    8. A

  • itzmeprasanna

    1. C (The resulting higher incomes will generate further investments; the beneficial spiral will continue)
    2. B (democracy will not do very much for them, but William suggests free market hence B)
    3. D (Obvious)
    4. C (Very clear)
    5. D (Water – T, Bring – N/E Cold – S/0)
    6. D (Previously repeated question)
    7. D (1 move for 2 sec, so 54th 27 & next 55th it reaches 30)
    8. C (M, P, B, G/K, T, K/G, no-one)

  • Raunak Vashisht

    8th should be -which of the above is not possible and thus the answer would have been B

  • Psycho Knight

    7th answer is D
    Monkey will move 1 m every 2 sec.
    So to move 27 m, he will take 54 sec
    and in next 55th second he will move 3 m
    so answer is 55

  • kingka2

    Yes..u r ryt!

  • kingka2


  • Last Bench

    1c, 2b, 3d, 4c, 5d, 6d, 7b, 8a/b- this question is inconclusive in many ways.