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Oct/Nov 2003 - Solution of Question #14

General Paper 8001 Passage from the Exams in Oct/Nov 2003

Q#14 You have been asked to identify, from a group of four, the person with the best chance of succeeding in a television general knowledge quiz and have been provided with the information below.

The Quiz:
  • Participants compete on an individual basis rather than as members of a team.
  • Participants may not consult anyone else during the course of the programme.
  • There is a time limit on each question asked.
  • The competition is broadcast live and takes place before a large audience.
  • During the last five quiz programmes, questions have been asked on the following:
current affairs (10%);
geography, history & literature (20%);
language (10%);
the media (20%);
science & technology (10%);
sport (20%);
miscellaneous (10%).

The Possible Contestants:

  • is extremely well read.
  • has a slight speech impediment.
  • has an excellent memory.
  • engages in a great deal of desktop publishing.
  • is very shy except with family and friends.
  • is intensely competitive.
  • has no hobbies except chess.
  • has won many academic prizes.
  • seldom watches television.
  • is a brilliant mathematician.
  • has a very full social life.
  • has many brothers and sisters.
  • dislikes coursework and writing essays.
  • is captain of the local tennis and hockey clubs.
  • is an extremely keen reader of magazines.
  • has a tremendous sense of humour.
  • has an elder sister who is a professional entertainer.
  • always wears blue.
  • is inclined to be absent-minded.
  • has travelled extensively abroad.

(a) In about 100 words, describe the qualities that you believe an ideal contestant ought to have in such a competition. [10]

Answer: I believe that the ideal contestant should have the following qualities:
  1. She should be well prepared on the quiz topics by reading books on quiz, general knowledge, history, geography, language and literature, science and technology and the like.
  2. She must have a habit of reading magazines, newspapers, and the like which equips him with the knowledge on current affairs, sport, media and miscellaneous topics.
  3. She needs a good memory to memorize and recall answers accurately.
  4. Experience of participation in the co-curricular and extracurricular activities in the past is desirable as that boosts up the contestant’s confidence especially in facing the camera and the mass, if any.
[No of Words: 106]

(b) In about 100 words, state and give reasons for your choice of successful contestant. Use your own words as far as possible. [10]

Answer: Among the given candidates, Contestant A has high probability of being successful. She seems better prepared for the programme as compared to her competitors since she is extremely well read. She has an excellent memory means she can recall answers easily and within the given time frame. She engages in a great deal of desktop publishing means she has a good exposure in print media and she is well aware about the current affairs, sports and media related knowledge. Although she has speech impediment and shy nature, she can overcome these obstacles with confidence gained from her extensive knowledge on various quiz topics.

[No of Words: 103]

(c) In about 100 words, explain why one contestant seems to you the least likely to be successful. Use your own words as far as possible. [10]

Answer: Candidate D seems to me the least likely to be successful for these reasons:
  1. Her main source of knowledge is the first-hand knowledge gained from travelling which is less precise, reliable and useful for such programmes.
  2. She is absentminded means she more interested in imaginative things rather than factual knowledge necessary for such programmes. She is a poetic and creative type of person.
  3. Her sister is an entertainer means she has good knowledge on entertainment related matters, which unfortunately constitutes only a few questions asked in the miscellaneous category.
  4. She has a tremendous sense of humour means she might not be sincere or serious enough to attend such programmes.
[No of words: 109]

(d) Select one contestant about whom you have not already written and in about 50 words explain why it was difficult to reach a conclusion about that person. [5]

Answer: Contestant B has both knowledge and experience in academic programmes like quiz. Also her competitive nature indicates that she can labour hard to win such programmes. However, she doesn’t watch television, a good source of information on media, sports, and current affairs. Moreover, her skills in mathematics and chess are irrelevant. So, her case is inconclusive.

[No of words: 56]


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