Read the passage below carefully and answer the questions that follow.I am alway...
Read the passage below carefully and answer the questions that follow.
I am always amazed when I hear people saying that sports creates goodwill among nations, and that if only the common peoples of this world could meet one another at football or squash, they would have no inclination to meet on the battlefield. Even if one did not know from concrete examples (the 1936 Olympic Games for instance) that international sporting contests lead to orgies of hatred, one could deduce it from general principles.
Nearly all the sports practiced nowadays are competitive. You play to win, and the game has little meaning unless you do your utmost to win. On the village green, where you pick up sides and no feeling of local patriotism is involved, it is possible to play simply for the fun of it and exercise; but as soon as the question of prestige arises, as soon as you feel that you and some unit will be disgraced if you lose, the most savage combative instincts are aroused. Anyone who has played even in a school football match knows this. At the international level, sport is frankly a mimic warfare; and, behind the spectators, of the nations who work themselves into furies over these absurd contests and seriously believe at any tare for sport periods-that running, jumping, and kicking a ball are tests of national virtue.
Even a leisurely game demanding grace rather than a strength can cause much ill will. Football, a game in which everyone gets hurt and every nation has its own style of play is far worse. Worst of all is boxing. One of the most horrible sights in the world is a fight between white and coloured boxers before a mixed audience.
“Mimic” as used in the passage means
The correct answer is D.
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