Thursday, 23 May 2013

Precis Writing Exercises

 Precis Writing
Precis Writing Exercises

Write a precis in one-third words of the following Paragraph and give suitable title.
I am quite aware that it is not the highest type of man who has moderate ambitions. The really great man is immoderate in his claims upon life but that is because he is conscious of his power to give to life in return of incomparable services. He mind works upon a different plan from mine. His conceptions of life are lofty and incalculable. He may be serene as Shakespeare must have been serene but he dwells apart rapt in the inscrutable majesty of power. My own lot in life is less exalted. I have wanted only to understand human nature. I have not wanted to improve it or to change the face of the world. There are such idealists, men as far above their fellows as spirit is above animalism.
They are bringers of glad tidings to the suffering the creators of a new era. They are men of destiny. I admire, I revere them.

Write a precis of the following in not more than one third words.
The same idea as this adage is echoed in the vernacular proverb which says that empty vessels make the most noise. Knowledge is desirable and should be certainly better than no knowledge has the dangerous tendency of turning the head of its owner. It is not mere a case of something being better than nothing. This is what is implied in the statement that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
There is certainly a great deal of truth in the statement. It is quite common to see persons with shallow attainments parading their knowledge and trying to make others believe that they are really learned. This leads them to treat others with scant respect and look down upon those of lesser attainments. They want that others should respect and admire them and if those are not forthcoming, then get disappointed and sullen. All this finally makes them unpopular, if not hateful.

This tendency to parade a little knowledge is noticeable to a greater extent in women and persons of the lower classes. Having been so long unacquainted with learning and education as such they are flushed by their first contact with them, and immediately their heads get swollen. They assume airs and think it beneath their dignity to pursue their former occupations. They behave very much like the jackdaw, who tried to pass for a peacock.
Some do not agree with the idea that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. They say that it might, on the other hand, act as a spur to further effort and the attainment of more knowledge. Where this desire is manifest, the knowledge has been rightly used. But a study of human nature reveals, these types of persons are indeed, rare. (300 words).

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