Verbal Aptitude Quiz for CAT, XAT

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This quiz consists of questions from
various past papers of MBA entrance exams. Leave your answers/ responses in the
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Directions
(Qs. 1 to 6): Every question given below consists of a paragraph broken into
its constituent sentences in an arbitrary way indicated with a unique alphabet
(A, B, C, or D). You are required to select the correct combination from the
alternatives provided which reorganizes these sentences into a passage in the
most logical manner so that the reorganised passage is meaningful and complete
in its message.

1.

(A) It is attractive to the one who is attracted by
it, as food is tasty to the one who finds it tasty.

(B) There is no such thing
as attractiveness.

(C) So what is real beauty?

(D) This brings us to the consideration of the fact
that nothing in these terms of value exists in an object, except what we put
into them.

(a) ABCD         (b) CBAD        
(c) CABD        (d) BCDA

2.

(A) The credit and honour that go with a high grade
become the end and not the means.

(B) Perhaps, many high achievers seek the grade rather
than knowledge.

(C) This trait which makes for a good student does not
necessarily make a good manager.

(D) A good manager is a credit giver, not a credit
taker.

(a) ABDC         (b) BACD         (c) CABD         (d)
ADBC

3.

(A) Since their satisfaction comes from the
exercise of authority, they are not likely to share much of it with lower-level
managers who eventually will replace them even though most high-level
executives try diligently to avoid the appearance of being authoritarian.

(B) But to expect otherwise is not
realistic.

(C) Few men who strive hard to gain and
hold positions of power can be expected to be permissive, particularly if their
authority is challenged.

(D) The power drive that carries men to the
top also accounts for their tendency to use authoritative rather than
consultative or participative methods of management.

(a) ABCD         (b) CADB         (c) DBCA         (d) CDAB

4.

(A) The modern industrial organisation has
given birth to a few giant business corporations which tend to reduce the state
to a subservient position and bind it to what Professor Galbraith calls a
technostructure consisting of specialists, planners and technicians.

(B) In order to avoid the perils of such an
industrial system the American economist recommends the strong assertion of
‘other goals’ so that the new industrial state would become responsive to the
larger purposes of society.

(C) We have to realise without equivocation
that the pursuit of material prosperity alone, would lead us into a blind
valley.

(D) These ‘goals’ could doubtless be
essentially human and spiritual in accordance with Gandhiji’s ideal and
programmes.

(a) ACBD         (b) CBAD        
(c) CABD        (d) CDAB

5.

(A) Many relationship problems between boss
and subordinate occur because the boss fails to make clear how he plans to use
his authority.

(B) Problems may also occur when the boss
uses a ‘democratic’ facade to conceal the fact that he has already made a
decision which he hopes the group will accept as its own.

(C) If, for example, he actually intends to
make a certain decision himself, but the subordinate groups get the impression
that he has delegated

this authority, considerable confusion and
resentment are likely to follow.

(D) We believe that it is highly important
for the manager to be honest and clear in describing what authority he is
keeping and what role he is asking his subordinates to assume in showing a
particular problem.

(a) ABCD         (b) ACBD         (c) DABC         (d)
DBCA

6.

(A) One proposal, therefore, is to introduce plea
bargaining.

(B) Reformers hope that this will reduce the prison
population by about 35 per cent and prevent jails becoming universities of
crime for the merely wayward.

(C) At the moment, the weakest and poorest always go
to prison for the pettiest of crimes, sent there by judges wedded to inflexible
interpretation of a convoluted penal code and procedure bound juridical
administration.

(D) Judges will be given alternatives to prisons such
as community service, as a punishment for the minor infractions.

(a) ABCD         (b) CABD         (c) CADB         (d)
CDAB

Directions
(Qs. 7 to 10): Every question given below consists of a sentence the
constituent words/phrases of which are arranged in an arbitrary way. Each
separated phrase/ set of words is indicated by a unique alphabet. You are
required to select from the alternatives provided that option, which
reorganises the phrases/set of words back into the original sentence.

7.

(A) surprising many in the audience by its shortness
and leaving many others quite unimpressed

(B) he spoke in his high, penetrating
voice

(C) and in a little over two minutes

(D) delivered this speech

(a) ABCD         (b) BACD         (c) BCDA         (d)
ABDC

8.

(A) the world will little note,

(B) what we say here,

(C) nor long remember

(D) but it can never forget what they did here

(a) ACBD         (b) BACD         (c) ABCD         (d)
ADCB

9.

(A) primarily this is because

(B) the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have
failed,

(C) through their own stubbornness and their own
incompetence,

(D) have admitted their failure, and abdicated

(a) BACD         (b) ABCD         (c) DCAB         (d)
ACDB

10.

(A) a corporation must identify its best and worst
performers

(B) then nurture the former and rehabilitate and/or
discard the latter

(C) that in order to develop and thrive

(D) it is a workforce-management tool based on the
premise

(a) DBCA         (b) DCAB         (c) DABC         (d)
ABCD

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