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     I am always amazed when I hear people saying that sport creates goodwill between the nations, and that if only the common peoples of the world could meet one another at football or cricket, they would have no inclination to meet on the battlefield. Even if one didn’t know from concrete examples (the 1936 Olympic Games, for instance) that international sporting contests lead to orgies of hatred, one could deduce it from general principles

     Nearly all the sports practised nowadays are competitive. You play to win, and the game has little meaning unless you do your utmost to win. In the village where you pick up sides and no feeling of local patriotism is involved, it is possible to play simply for the fun and exercise, but as soon as the question of prestige arises, as soon as you feel that you and some large unit will be disgraced if you lose, the most savage combative instincts are aroused. Anyone who has played even in a school football match knows this. At the international level sport is frankly mimic warfare. But the significant thing is not the behaviour of the players but the attitude of the spectators and, behind the spectators, of the nations who work themselves into furies over these absurd contests, and seriously believe at any rate short periods – that running, jumping and kicking a ball are tests national virtue.


1. The author of the passage believes that

  1. sport creates good will
  2.  sport is entertainment
  3. sport is not a test of courage
  4. sport is not a test of national virtue


2. By ‘concrete example’, the writer is referring to

  1. cement buildings
  2. historic events
  3. specific cases
  4. general principles


3. In competitive games, you

  1. plan to win
  2. dream to win
  3. hope to win
  4. play to win


4. At the international level, sports

  1. can lead to war
  2. are an imitation of war
  3. can result in players trying to kill each other
  4. often causes serious injury


5. Orgies are

  1. wild riots
  2. private shows
  3. intense drama
  4. excessive indulgence


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