Verbal Aptitude Quiz for CAT, XAT

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This quiz consists of questions from
various past actual Cat papers. Leave your answers/ responses in the
comments section below and soon we’ll let you know the correct answers!

Direction for questions 1 to 5: A part
of each sentence given below has been underlined. You have to select the option
that best replaces the underlined part.

1. British Airspace has been focusing on building European links.

a. concentrating on creating European links

b. pursuing ways of building European

c. stressing on building European links

d. focusing on forging European links

2. The appetite of banks for funds was lost
under the onslaught of the slowdown, corporates refused to borrow even as bank deposits flourished.

a. bank deposits flourished

b. bank deposits swelled

c. bank deposits were enhanced

d. bank deposits flummoxed

3. The 8th-century revival of Byzantine
learning is an inexplicable
, and its economic and military precursors have yet to be

a. a phenomenon yet to be discovered

b. a phenomenon incompletely explained

c. an inexplicable phenomenon

d. an unidentifiable phenomenon

4. The management can still hire freely but cannot scold freely.

a. cannot scold at will

b. cannot give umbrage

c. cannot take decisions to scold

d. cannot scold willfully

5. Many people mistake familiarity for a
vulgar style, and suppose that to write without affectation is to write at random speed.

a. is to write at random

b. is to write randomly

c. is to write fast

d. is to do speed writing

Direction for questions 6 to 10: Arrange
sentences A, B, C and D between sentences 1 and 6, so as to form a logical
sequence of six sentences.


1. Whenever technology has flowered, it has
put man’s language – developing skills into overdrive.

A. Technical terms are spilling into
mainstream language almost as fast as junk – mail is slapped into e-mail boxes.

B. The era of computers is no less.

C. From the wheel with its axle to the
spinning wheel with its bobbins, to the compact disc and its jewel box,
inventions have trailed new words in their wake.

D. “Cyberslang is huge, but it’s
parochial, and we don’t know what will filter into the large culture,”
said Tom Dalzell, who wrote the slang dictionary Flappers 2 Rappers.

6. Some slangs already have a pedigree.

a. BCAD              b. CBAD                  c. ABCD                   d. DBCA


1. Until the MBA arrived on the scene the
IIT graduate was king.

A. A degree from one of the five IITs was a
passport to a well-paying job, great prospects abroad and, for some, a decent
dowry to boot.

B. From the day he or she cracked the Joint
Entrance Examination, the IIT student commanded the awe of neighbours and close

C. IIT students had, meanwhile, also
developed their own special culture, complete with lingo and attitude, which
they passed down.

D. True, the success stories of IIT
graduates are legion and they now constitute the cream of the Indian diaspora.

6. But not many alumni would agree that the
IIT undergraduate mindset merits a serious psychological study, let alone an
interactive one.

a. BACD               b. ADCB                   c. BADC                 d. ABCD


1. Some of the maharajas, like the one at
Kapurthala, had exquisite taste.

A. In 1902, the Maharaja of Kapurthala gave
his civil engineer photographs of the Versailles Palace and asked him to
replicate it, right down to the gargoyles.

B. Yeshwantrao Holkar of Indore brought in
Bauhaus aesthetics and even works of modern artists like Brancusi and Duchamp.

C. Kitsch is the most polite way to
describe them.

D. But many of them, as the available light
photographs show, had execrable taste.

6. Like Ali Baba’s caves, some of the
palaces were like warehouses with the downright ugly next to the sublimely

a. BACD                b. BDCA               c. ABCD                  d. ABDC


1. There, in Europe, his true gifts

A. Playing with Don Cherie, blending Indian
music and jazz for the first time, he began setting the pace in the late 70s
for much of what present – day fusion is.

B. John McLaughlin, the legendary guitarist
whose soul has always had an Indian stamp on it, was seduced immediately.

C. Fusion by Gurtu had begun.

D. He partnered Gurtu for four years, and
‘natured’ him as a composer.

6. But for every experimental musician
there’s a critic nestling nearby.

a. ABCD           b. BCAD              c. ADBC                  d. ABDC


1. India, which has two out of every five
TB patients in the world, is on the brink of a major public health disaster.

A. If untreated, a TB patient can die
within five years.

B. Unlike AIDS, the great curse of modern
sexuality, the TB germ is airborne, which means there are no barriers to its

C. The dreaded infection ranks fourth among
major killers worldwide.

D. Every minute, a patient falls prey to
the infection in India, which means that over five lakh people die of the
disease annually.

6. Anyone, anywhere can be affected by this

a. CADB            b. BACD               c. ABCD                 d. DBAC