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SECTION A: READING
1. Read the following passage carefully:
In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire's period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess, died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The court chronicles of Shah Jahan's grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal. Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words:
Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made
To display thereby the creator's glory.
The main finial was originally made of gold but was replaced by a copy made of gilded bronze in the early 19th century. This feature provides a clear example of integration of traditional Persian and Hindu decorative elements.
The minarets, which are each more than 40 metres (130 ft) tall, display the designer's penchant for symmetry. They were designed as working minarets—a traditional element of mosques, to call the Islamic faithful to prayer. In line with the Islamic prohibition against the use of anthropomorphic forms, the decorative elements can be grouped into either calligraphy, abstract forms or vegetative motifs.
Throughout the complex, passages from the Qur'an are used as decorative elements. A labour force of twenty thousand workers was ecruited across northern India. Sculptors from Bukhara, calligraphers from Syria and Persia, inlayers from southern India, stonecutters from Baluchistan, a specialist in building turrets, another who carved only marble flowers were part of the thirtyseven men who formed the creative unit.
Ever since its construction, the building has been the source of admiration transcending culture and geography. No evidence exists for claims that describe, often in horrific detail, the deaths, dismemberments and mutilations which Shah Jahan supposedly inflicted on various rchitects and craftsmen associated with the tomb.
1.1 On the basis of the reading of the above passage, answer the following questions briefly:
a) In whose memory was Taj Mahal built?
b) What will happen to a sinner if he enters the premises of the Taj Mahal?
c) What is the special feature of the minarets?
d) Name the forms used for decorations of minarets.
e) Name the common elements found throughout, in the structure of Taj Mahal.
f) Which calligraphers were the part of creative team?
g) How did the places like Baluchistan and Bukhara contribute in the making of Taj Mahal?
h) Is there any truth in the claims that Shah Jahan butchered or tortured the artisans?
2. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
An American trainer, once mischievously explained to the bunch of young people, that an average American has an IQ of a 14-year-old Indian school-going kid. Does that make you feel proud? Me too.
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