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!

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. Though one eye is kept firmly on the ________,
the company now also promotes __________ contemporary art.

a. present, experimental

b. future, popular

c. present, popular

d. market, popular

2. The law prohibits a person from felling
a sandalwood tree, even if it grows on one’s own land, without prior permission
from the government. As poor people cannot deal with the government, this legal
provision leads to a rip-roaring business for ________, who care neither for
the _________, nor for the trees.

a. middlemen, rich

b. the government, poor

c. touts, rich

d. touts, poor

3. It will take some time for many South
Koreans to _________ the conflicting images of North Korea, let alone to _________
what to make of their northern cousins.

a. reconcile, decide

b. understand, clarify

c. make out, decide

d. reconcile, understand

4. In these bleak and depressing times of
_________ prices, non-performing governments and __________ crime rates, Sourav
Ganguly has given us, Indians, a lot to cheer about.

a. escalating, increasing

b. spiraling, booming

c. spiraling, soaring

d. ascending, debilitating

5. The manners and ________ of the nouveau
riche is a recurrent _________ in the literature.

a. style, motif

b. morals, story

c. wealth, theme

d. morals, theme

Directions for questions 6 to 10: Arrange
the sentences A, B, C and D to form a logical sequence between sentences 1 and


1. Making people laugh is tricky.

A. At times, the intended humour may simply
not come off.

B. Making people laugh while trying to sell
them something is a tougher challenge, since the commercial can fall flat on
two grounds.

C. There are many advertisements which do
amuse but do not even begin to set the cash registers ringing.

D. Again, it is rarely sufficient for an
advertiser simply to amuse the target audience in order to reap the sales

6. There are indications that in
substituting the hardsell for a more entertaining approach, some agencies have
rather thrown out the baby with the bath-water.

a. CDBA          b. ABCD             c. BADC               d. DCBA


1. Picture a termite colony, occupying a
tall mud hump on an African plain.

A. Hungry predators often invade the colony
and unsettle the balance.

B. The colony flourishes only if the
proportion of soldiers to workers remains roughly the same, so that the queen
and workers can be protected by the soldiers, and the queen and soldiers can be
serviced by the workers.

C. But its fortunes are presently restored,
because the immobile queen, walled in well below the ground level, lays eggs
not only in large enough numbers, but also in the varying proportions required.

D. The hump is alive with worker termites
and soldier termites going about their distinct kinds of business.

6. How can we account for a mysterious
ability to respond like this to events on the distant surface?

a. BADC            b. DBAC             c. ADCB             d. BDCA


1. According to recent research, the
critical period for developing language skills is between the age of three and
five years.

A. The read-to child already has a large
vocabulary and a sense of grammar and sentence structure.

B. Children who are read to in these years
have a far better chance of reading well in school, indeed, of doing well in
all their subjects.

C. And the reason is actually quite simple.

D. This correlation is far and away the
highest yet found between home influences and school success.

6. Their comprehension of language is
therefore very high.

a. DACD            b. ADCB              c. ABCD              d. BDCA


1. High-powered outboard motors were
considered to be one of the major threats to the survival of the Beluga whales.

A. With these, hunters could approach
Belugas within hunting range and profit from its inner skin and blubber.

B. To escape an approaching motor, Belugas
have learnt to dive to the ocean bottom and stay there for up to 20 min, by
which time the confused predator has left.

C. Today, however, even with much more
powerful engines, it is difficult to come close, because the whales seem to
disappear suddenly just when you thought you had them in your sights.

D. When the first outboard engines arrived
in the early 1930s, one came across 4 HP and 8 HP motors.

6. Belugas seem to have used their
well-known sensitivity to noise to evolve an ‘avoidance’ strategy to outsmart
hunters and their powerful technologies.

a. DACB            b. ACDB             c. ADCB             d. DBAC


1. The reconstruction of history by
post-revolutionary science texts involves more than a multiplication of
historical misconstructions.

A. Because they aim quickly to acquaint the
student with what the contemporary scientific community thinks it knows,
textbooks treat the various experiments, concepts, laws and theories of the
current normal science as separately and as nearly seriatim as possible.

B. Those misconstructions render
revolutions invisible; the arrangement of the still visible material in science
texts implies a process that, if it existed, would deny revolutions a function.
C. But when combined with the generally unhistorical air of science writing and
with the occasional systematic misconstruction, one impression is likely to

D. As pedagogy, this technique of
presentation is unexceptionable.

6. Science has reached its present state by
a series of individual discoveries and inventions that, when gathered together,
constitute the modern body of technical knowledge.

a. BADC          b. ADCB             c. DACB               d. CBDA