Karnataka SET (KSET) 2013 Paper 1 General (1-10)


Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions 1 to 6 :
A knowledge society is a formal association of people with similar interests, who try to make effective use of their combined knowledge about their areas of interest, and in the process contribute to this knowledge. In this sense, knowledge is the psychological and useful result of perception, learning, and reasoning.
Knowledge societies have the characteristic that knowledge forms the major component of any activity, particularly economic activities. Economic, social, cultural, and all other human activities become dependent on a huge volume of knowledge and information. A knowledge society/economy is one in which knowledge becomes a major product and raw material.
Knowledge societies are not a new occurrence. For example, fishermen have long shared the knowledge of predicting the weather to their community, and this knowledge gets added to the social capital of the community. What is new is that with current technologies, knowledge societies need not be constrained by geographic proximity. Current technology offers much more possibilities for sharing, archiving, and retrieving knowledge. Knowledge has become the most important capital in the present age, and hence the success of any society lies in harnessing it.
Knowledge and information are vital components of the formation of any society because every society is formed around some shared concepts. One of the contributions of Globalisation and new ICT is creation of a global society with a shared knowledge of issues and possibilities.
In the same way, as the unequal distribution of materials (wealth in generalised term) caused unbalanced and inappropriate development of society to date, imbalances in the knowledge distribution, knowledge availability, knowledge sharing, etc., hinder the economic/cultural/social development of human societies. The knowledge societies first realise the importance of knowledge and also the importance of proper knowledge distribution, sharing and building for social development.
Knowledge by nature is free. It should be free for better benefit of society. It should be free for better development and crystallisation of knowledge. The argument that freeing knowledge kills motivation for creating knowledge should be addressed.
1. A knowledge society is one which
Produces multi-disciplinary knowledge
Uses information technology
Emphasizes learning
Uses knowledge as resource

2. According to the passage a knowledge society is
An historically evolved institution
A natural phenomenon
Consciously created
A reaction against to past

3. A modern knowledge society does not require
Information technology
People from various knowledge backgrounds
People who live close to one another
Growth of knowledge

4. According to the passage globalisation
Is conducive to sharing knowledge
Is inimical to knowledge society
Creates inequality in knowledge society
Leads to the digital divide

5. The writer finds it necessary to
Define the nature of knowledge
Examine the benefits of freeing knowledge
Analyse the relationship between freedom and motivation
Understand the dangers of free knowledge

6. The passage says that we should harness knowledge because
It is potentially dangerous
It is our most important resource now
It is under threat of extinction
It is a human need

7. On January 12, 1980, it was Saturday. The day of the week on January 12, 1979 was

8. The radius of a circle was increased by 1%. The percentage increased in the area is

9. E is the son of A and D is the son of B. C is the daughter of A and is married to D. How D is related to E ?
Brother in law

10. If earth is called food – food is called tree, tree is called water, water is called world, which of the following grows apple ?

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