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Read the following passage and choose the answer that is closest to each of the questions that are based on the passage.

The perennial debate over gender differences threatens to remain inconclusive. Stereotypes pertaining to male superiority and female submissiveness could be traced to earlier ages where assigned roles were needed as survival measures. But, can we today see a swing away from these stereotypes, or have they established a stranglehold on our perceptions? In this gendered world, we continue to live with notions that one's gender determines one's skills and preferences, from toys and colours to career choices. So the girl child will be presented with a Barbie doll, while the boy child will receive a Lego set.

Does that mean that our brains are different? This myth has been exploded by a British professor of cognitive neuroimaging. Her research attempts to establish how these stereotypes mould our ideas of ourselves. She examines how science has been misinterpreted or misused to ask the wrong questions, instead of challenging the status quo. She urges us to move beyond a binary view of people's brains and instead to see these as highly individualised, profoundly adaptable, and full of unbounded potential. Her conclusive findings establish that no brain differences can be found that are solely gender related. In other words, modern neuroscientists have identified no decisive category-defining differences between the brains of men and women.

As a result of these findings we owe it to ourselves to dump the myths and look at ourselves afresh. We need to recognise that the male and female brain debate is a distraction, besides being based on inaccuracies. It is possibly harmful too, because it can be used as a hook to justify saying there is no point in girls doing science because they do not have a science brain; or compelling boys to opt for science because their brains are shaped for that subject. It can also condemn boys for being emotional, as this is seen as a feminine trait. And, most dangerous of all, to proclaim that boys, not girls, are meant to lead.

Question 12 : The antonym for "unbounded' (Para 2 ) is

  1. imprisoned
  2. aggressive
  3. restricted
  4. fearful

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Explanatory Answer

Option A
'Unbounded' refers to limitless. 'Unbounded potential' is the usage in the given passage. Option A seems to be right choice. Let us have a look at the other options before coming back to this one again.

Option B
'Aggressive', if anything, can go slightly towards being the synonym of 'unbounded', and definitely not the antonym. Hence, option B can be eliminated.

Option C
This seems to be the right choice, too. We will keep this as such along with option A and come back later after analyzing option D.

Option D
This can be eliminated, as this is not as direct an antonym as options A and C. Between options A and C, 'imprisoned' implies confinement mostly to a physical space, whereas 'restriction' is more abstract, and fits in well with the context of 'human potential'. Hence, option A can be eliminated. This leaves us with only option C, which is the right answer choice.

The question is "The antonym for "unbounded' (Para 2 ) is"

Hence, the answer is restricted

Choice C is the correct answer


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