Question 25/GED Reading Practice Test

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Read the following passage and answer the question that follows.


“Opponents of the movement for democracy in Burma have sought to undermine it by on the one hand casting aspersions on the competence of the people to judge what was best for the nation and on the other condemning the basic tenets of democracy as un-Burmese. There is nothing new in Third World governments seeking to justify and perpetuate authoritarian rule by denouncing liberal democratic principles as alien. By implication they claim for themselves the official and sole right to decide what does or does not conform to indigenous cultural norms” (191).
Kyi, Aung S. “In the Quest of Democracy”. Reading the World: Ideas that Matter. Ed. Michael Austin. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1997. 191. Print.

25. Is the author of the above text an opponent of the movement for democracy in Burma? Why or why not?

A. Yes. The author points out that Democracy would be un-Burmese.
B. Yes.The author points out that only the ruling elite can decide what conforms the best way to society.
C. No. The author is akin to an outsider of the opposition by pointing out the argument used by opponents of the movement for democracy and the fallacy in their argument.
D. No. The author clearly states that Burma needs Democracy now.