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It is difficult to reconcile the ideas of different schools of thought on the question of education. Some people maintain that pupils of school should concentrate on a narrow range of subjects which will benefit them directly in their subsequent careers. Others contend that they should study a wide range of subjects so that they not only have the specialized knowledge necessary for their chosen careers but also sound general knowledge about the world they will have to work and live in. Supporters of the first theory state that the greatest contributions to civilization are made by those who are expert in their trade or profession. Those on the other side say that, unless they have a broad general education, the experts will be too narrow in their outlook to have sympathy with their fellows or a proper sense of responsibility towards humanity as a whole.

Easy Reading Comprehension Question - 11

Q11.

Common Information Question: 3/5

Supporters of the first theory would not agree with

A.

experts have contributed most to the progress in the modern world

B.

students should study a few subjects that will help them in their profession

C.

people with broad general education have not contributed much to civilization

D.

students should not undertake any specialized work

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Easy Reading Comprehension Question - 12

Q12.

Common Information Question: 4/5

'School of thought' can best be explained as

A.

groups of people who are schooled to think

B.

groups of people having different perception on a particular subjects

C.

groups of people belonging to different schools

D.

groups of people whose job is to think

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Easy Reading Comprehension Question - 13

Q13.

Common Information Question: 5/5

According to the second school of thought education will not be very effective, if students

A.

do not have a wide general education

B.

have inadequate knowledge of their own work

C.

ignore the study of fine arts

D.

concentrate on only a few subjects

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The classical realist theory of international relations has long dominated both academic institutions and the American government. Even at the birth of the nation, early political thinkers, such as Alexander Hamilton, promoted a realist view of international relations and sought to influence the actions of the government based on this perspective. While the classical realist school of international relations is not entirely homogeneous in nature, there are certain premises that all classical realists share. 

The primary principle underlying classical realism is a concern with issues of war and peace. Specifically, classical realists ask, what are the causes of war and what are the conditions of peace? The members of the classical realist school mainly attribute war and conflict to what is termed the security dilemma. In the absence of any prevailing global authority, each nation is required to address its own security needs. However, each nation’s quest for security—through military buildups, alliances, or territorial defenses—necessarily unsettles other nations. These nations react to feelings of insecurity by engaging in their own aggressive actions, which leads other nations to react similarly, perpetuating the cycle.

It is important to note that for realists, unlike idealists or liberal internationalists, international conflict is a necessary consequence of the structural anarchy that nations find themselves in. Whereas other schools may see international conflict as the result of evil dictators, historical chance, flawed socio political systems, or ignorance of world affairs, classical realists see war as the logical result of a system that by its nature lacks a true central authority.

Hand in hand with this view of conflict as an inevitable condition of the global power structure is the realists’ view of the nation as a unitary actor. Because classical realists see international relations as a continuing struggle for dominance, the nation can not be viewed as a collection of individuals with disparate wants, goals, and ideologies. The realist view requires the formulation of a national interest, which in its simplest terms refers to the nation’s ability to survive, maintain its security, and achieve some level of power relative to its competitors.

Realism is not without its critics, many of whom challenge the premise that war is the natural condition of international relations or that there can be a truly national interest. However, the realist school of international relations continues to shape foreign policy because of the successes it has had in describing real world interactions between nations.

Easy Reading Comprehension Question - 14

Q14.

Common Information Question: 1/4

It can be inferred from the passage that members of the classical realist school would be LEAST likely to support.

A.

an international policy based on building a strong military force to deter threats

B.

an international policy that seeks to reduce threats of war by providing humanitarian aid to potential aggressor countries

C.

a domestic policy that attempts to unify the nation’s citizens behind a common cause

D.

a domestic policy that allocates a majority of the country’s budget for defense spending

E.

an international policy based on joining a common defense contract with other nations

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Easy Reading Comprehension Question - 15

Q15.

Common Information Question: 2/4

Which of the following, if true, would best support the classical realist theory of international conflict as it is described in the passage?

A.

Some countries ruled by dictators maintain peaceful relations with their neighbors

B.

Despite the presence of a world superpower, many countries continue to fight wars with their neighbors.

C.

War has existed from the beginning of recorded history.

D.

After the nations of the world form an authoritative world court, wars decrease dramatically.

E.

Some countries are able to capture territories from other countries without fear of international consequences.

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