Verbal Aptitude Quiz for CAT, XAT

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This quiz consists of questions from
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Directions for questions 1 to 5: In each of
the sentences, parts of the sentence are left blank. Beneath each sentence,
four different ways of completing the sentence are indicated. Choose the best
alternative from among the four.

1. But ________ are now regularly written
not just for tools, but well-established practices, organizations and
institutions, not all of which seem to be _________ away.

a. reports, withering

b. stories, trading

c. books, dying

d. obituaries, fading

2. The Darwin who ___ is most remarkable
for the way in which he ___ the attributes of the world class thinker and head
of the household.

a. comes, figures

b. arises, adds

c. emerges, combines

d. appeared, combines

3. Since her face was free of ___ there was
no way to ___ if she appreciated what had happened.

a. make-up, realize

b. expression, ascertain

c. emotion, diagnose

d. scars, understand

4. In this context, the ________- of the
British labour movement is particularly ________

a. affair, weird

b. activity, moving

c. experience, significant

d. atmosphere, gloomy

5. Indian intellectuals may boast, if they
are so inclined, of being ___ to the most elitist among the intellectual ___ of
the world.

a. subordinate, traditions

b. heirs, cliques

c. ancestors, societies

d. heir, traditions

Direction for questions 6 to 10: For each
of the words below, a contextual usage is provided. Pick the word from the
alternatives given that is most inappropriate in the given context.

6. Specious: A specious argument is not
simply a false one but one that has the ring of truth.

a. Deceitful              b. Fallacious              c. Credible              d. Deceptive

7. Obviate: The new mass transit system may
obviate the need for the use of personal cars.

a. Prevent               b. Forestall                  c. Preclude               d. Bolster

8. Disuse: Some words fall into disuse as
technology makes objects obsolete.

a. Prevalent            b. Discarded               c. Obliterated            d. Unfashionable

9. Parsimonious: The evidence was
constructed from very parsimonious scraps of information.

a. Frugal                  b. Penurious               c. Thrifty                    d. Altruistic

10. Facetious: When I suggested that war is
a method of controlling population, my father remarked that I was being

a. Jovian                  b. Jovial                         c. Jocular                   d. Joking