Odd Word/Pair Out and Words Relationship for MBA 2011

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Questions based on the types of '*odd word out*' , '*odd pair out*' , *words relationship* (_Antonyms,Synonyms_ etc) are as common in the MBA examinations as any other section.I could not find any verbal thread dedicated to this particular area.In...
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SET 22
1.b
2.b
3.a
4.d
5.
6.a
7.b
8.
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10.c

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SET 22
Choose from among the given alternatives the one which will be a suitable substitute for the underlined expression in each of the following.

Q1)
The marriage of the princess with the commoner caused a furore among the royalty.
(a) mesalliance
(b) misalliance
(c) elopement
(d) romance

Q2)
The victim's involuntary responses to stimulus proved that he was still living.
(a) reactions
(b) reflexes
(c) feedback
(d) communication

Q3)
The art and science of good eating and drinking is now a lost art.
(a) Gastronomy
(b) Osteopathy
(c) Gluttony
(d) Cooking

Q4)
The thrilling narrative caused the hair on the skin to stand erect.
(a) tension
(b) horrification
(c) terror
(d) horror

Q5)
The body of Macedonian infantry drawn up in close order was like a formidable castle of steel.
(a) phalanx
(b) phagocyte
(c) phenomenon
(d) phaeton

Q6)
RENT : LEASE
(a) interest : borrow
(b) salary : employ
(c) price : buy
(d) tax : govern
Q7)
TEMPERATURE : HEAT
(a) votes : popularity
(b) IQ : intelligence
(c) ohms : resistance
(d) speed : distance

Q8]
PROGRESS : PROGRESSIVE
(a) terror : terrorist
(b) sympathy : sympathizer
(c) revolution : revolutionary
(d) reform : reformist

Q9)
STUBBORN : ADAPTABLE
(a) stupid : bright
(b) moral : amoral
(c) inherent : extraneous
(d) friend : enemy

Q10)
CLIPS : PAPER
(a) thread : beads
(b) cement : bricks
(c) ribbon : hair
(d) bag : vegetables
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Edit : These type of questions rarely come in CAT right? Maybe the reason why this thread is inactive. Another reason could be because it isn't sticky.

In the past,CAT had rarely asked such questions.But this type of questions are pretty famous with the likes of IIFT,FMS etc.And one can never tell what CAT VA will comprise of.
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spectramind07 Says
SET 21

Q1) (E) Sheep : fold
Q2) no clue
Q3) (A) Corroborate : Claim
Q4) (D) Homeless : Domicile
Q5) :splat:
Q6) (C) Taint : Purity
Q7) (C) Boredom : Listlessness
Q8]
(E) Nascent : Fruition

Q9)
(E) Customer : Clientele

Q10] (C) Tree : Forest

Edit : These type of questions rarely come in CAT right? Maybe the reason why this thread is inactive. Another reason could be because it isn't sticky.
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My take on set 19

1) A
2) B

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set 21
Q1. A
2.
3. C
4. D
5. E
6. D
7. D
8. A
9. C
10. D

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SET 21
Q1)
BIRDS : AVIARY ::
(A) Bees : Grove
(B) Cattle : Herd
(C) Apes : Jungle
(D) Chickens : Brood
(E) Sheep : fold

Q2)

FRIEZE : ORNAMENT ::
(A) Pillar : Support
(B) Contour : Form
(C) Arabesque : Emphasize
(D) Nave : fringe
(E) Arch : Separate

Q3)

DOCUMENT : ASSERTION ::
(A) Corroborate : Claim
(B) Contradict : Evidence
(C) Convict : Punishment
(D) Assure : promotion
(E) Propagate : Information

Q4)

INSOLVENT : MONEY ::
(A) Impregnable : Castle
(B) Childless : Destitute
(C) Thirsty : Appetite
(D) Homeless : Domicile
(E) Alien : expedition

Q5)

THEOCRACY : STATE ::
(A) Generosity : Saint
(B) Pagan : Faith
(C) Cardinal : vestment
(D) Benediction : sin
(E) Anathema : Curse

Q6)

DISRUPT : TRANQUILITY ::
(A) Vilify : Precision
(B) Respect : Sobriety
(C) Taint : Purity
(D) Balance : equivalence
(E) Analyze : intricacy

Q7)

AFFECTION : EMBRACE ::
(A) Dilemma : Frustration
(B) Fear : Foreboding
(C) Boredom : Listlessness
(D) Strangeness : Blush
(E) Respect : Obeisance

Q8]

EMBRYONIC : MATURITY ::
(A) Likely : probability
(B) Latent : Characteristic
(C) Constitutional : Democracy
(D) Prolific : Completion
(E) Nascent : Fruition

Q9)

TEACHER : FACULTY ::
(A) Umpire : Contest
(B) Merchants : trade
(C) Civilian : Army
(D) Testimony : Court
(E) Customer : Clientele

Q10]
LEAF : OAK ::
(A) Bulb : Tulip
(B) Berry : Fruit
(C) Tree : Forest
(D) Stem : flower
(E) Needle : Pine
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Set-20

1.
(I) Several high rise buildings were raised (A) / razed (B) to the ground in the devastating
earthquake.
(ii) Bright colours compliment (A)/ complement (B) her fair complexion perfectly.
(iii) Antisocial elements are disrupting the law and
order situation in the city with impunity (A) /
immunity (B).
(iv) The book offers a fascinating incite (A) /
insight (B) into human relationships.
(v) Being a voracious (A) / vociferous (B) reader he has wide knowledge on various subjects.
(1) BAABA2) BABBA (3) BBABA (4) BBBAA

2.
(i) A complacent (A) / complaisant (B) attitude is detrimental to progress.
(ii) Those found guilty of flouting (A) / flaunting (B) the rules will be heavily penalized.
(iii) The profits made by the company in the first six months of the current financial year auger (A) / augur (B) well for the rest of the year.
(iv) John inherited a huge fortune from his adopted (A) / adoptive (B) parents.
(v) The hungry children devoured the huge hoard (A) / horde (B) of tinned food, stored in the larder, within no time.
(1) AAAAA (2) AABAB (3) BAABA (4) AABBA

Find inappropriate usage of word

3. COVER
(1) People started running for cover as soon as it started raining heavily.
(2) He tried to cover his embarrassment with a smile.
(3) The thieves crept into the house under the cover of darkness.
(4) My travel insurance does not cover up for the loss or theft of cash.

4. FIRM
(1) Patients suffering from chronic back pain are advised to sleep on a firm mattress.
(2) I felt reassured by his firm handshake.
(3) Jane and Sarah remained firm friends through thick and thin.
(4) These impudent teenagers need to be dealt with firm hands.


OA & Explanation


1-3
2-4
3-4
4-4

1-The word razed which means (completely destroy a city, building etc is more apt when compared to the word raised (elevated).
A compliment is a remark that expresses approval, admiration or respect. Complement is to make something else seem better or more attractive when combining with it. Only the latter suits the context.
The word impunity meaning freedom from punishment or from the unpleasant results of something that has been done is suitable in the given context. The word immunity which means to be protected from a disease or legal action is inapt here, To incite is to encourage someone to do or feel something unpleasant or violent. The word insight, which means a clear, deep and sometimes sudden understanding of a complicated problem or situation makes sense in the given context.
Only the word voracious meaning very eager for something is apt in the context and collocates with reader. Vociferous which means expressing opinions and complaints loudly and repeatedly is a misfit here. Therefore, BBABA is the correct sequence. Choice (3)

2-The word complacent (feeling satisfied with your own abilities is more appropriate when compared to the word complaisant (willing to please others by being polite and meek).
Only the word flouting (intentionally disobeying a rule etc) suits the context. Flaunting (showing off something you are proud of) is a misfit here.
To augur is to be a sign of especially good or bad things in the future, auger is a tool consisting of a twisted rod of metal). Hence, B is apt in the context. To adopt a child is to take another persons child into your own family and legally raise him or her as your own child. An adoptive parent is one who has adopted a child, Hence, B is apt.
Hoard refers to a large amount of something kept in a safe, often secret place. Horde, which refers to a large group of people, does not suit the context. Therefore, AABBA is the appropriate sequence. Choice (4)

3-The usage of cover is inappropriate in choice 4. In this context cover should be followed by against. The correction is my travel insurance does not cover me against
Choice (4)

4-Choice 4 is erroneous. The correction here is, These impudent teenagers need to be dealt with a firm hand. To deal with someone or something, with a firm hand is an idiomatic expression, it means to strongly discipline or
control someone. Choice (4)
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