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Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow: (10 Marks)
The villager has customarily been very conservative in his attitude and approach. He is reluctant to change his traditional way of thinking and doing things. His attitude, in many respects is 'home made is best' for instance, most cattle farmers in the villages, prefer to feed their cows and buffaloes with a home-mix comprising of local oil cakes like mustard or cottonseed, pulses, jaggery, salt etc. It takes numerous visits, hard convincing, daily trials and experiments to convince the rural cattle farmer that compound feeds, scientifically formulated, improve the yields of milk, without any incremental costs. The age old values and attitudes towards caste, creed, women, time and money take time to change. The villager has traditionally been a believer in the philosophy of Karma or fate. He has found it more convenient to blame his economic destitution, poor living conditions and strained social status on Bhagya, Karma or fate. The security that the villagers find in the 'status quo' acts as a disincentive to change and experiment, in the short-run. Many of these antiquated attitudes, value systems and outlooks are changing due to improved levels of awamess and education. However, the rate of change is sluggish. Attitudes that have fossilised over the centuries, do take time to change.
Questions 1. Why does the phrase 'home made is best' imply?
Questions 2. When will you call a person conservative in his attitude and approach?
Questions 3. Why does a villager feel secure in maintaining 'Status quo'?
Questions 4. What is the best method to convince the average Indian villager about the superiority of a new cattle feed?
Questions 5. Find a word from the passage which is the opposite of "Fast" or -Active".
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