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'Of Truth' by Francis Bacon; Brief-answer Questions

Of Truth

by Francis Bacon

1. Who was Pilate? [NU 2016]

Ans: Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor of Judea from A.D. 26-36, serving under Emperor Tiberius. He is most known for his involvement in condemning Jesus to death on a cross.

2. Why do people avoid truth in general?

Ans: People avoid truth in general because they have a natural but corrupt love for falsehood.

3. Why do people tell lies?

Ans: People tell lies for the lie's sake. 

4. How does the author compare truth?

Ans: The author compares truth with “naked and open day-light”.

5. Why does the author compare truth to a pearl? [NU 2013]

Ans: The author compares truth to a pearl because it is best shown in broad day light.  

6. Why do people like the mixture of a lie with the truth?

Ans: People like the mixture of a lie with the truth because it adds pleasure.

7. What can be resulted from a mixture of a lie?

Ans: A mixture of a lie may result in adding pleasure.

8. How does a poet adopt the shadow of a lie?

Ans: A poet adopts the shadow of a lie through his creativity or imagination.

9. What is the "sovereign good" of human nature?

Ans: The inquiry, knowledge and belief of truth is the “sovereign good" of human nature.

10. What is the effect of a lie?

Ans: The lie that passes through a man’s mind has no negative effect but the lie that sinks and settles in human mind is very harmful for human beings.

11. How does a lie affect humanity?

Ans: A lie debases humanity by making man brave towards God and coward towards other human beings.

12. How does Bacon evaluate poetry?

Ans: Bacon evaluates poetry as the shadow of a lie. He says that it does not cause any harm to human mind because it does not sink in and settle in the mind, rather it passes through the mind.


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