Free Verbal Practice Test - CAT 

Question 1

The author's attitude towards the educational system she discusses can best be described as:

A. Cynical and unpatriotic
B. Realistic and analytical
C. Pragmatic and frustrated
D. Disenchanted and bitter

SOLUTION

Solution : B

The author gives a realistic and detailed description of the education system in the passage. She gives a neutral take on the views held about education during the formative years of the Republic. She also talks about the content of the textbooks during that time and the subsequent changes over the course of time. She also describes the values imparted to the students through education in school and the skills imbibed outside (political meetings etc.). Hence option B.

Question 2

The author implies that an early American Puritan would likely insist that:

A. Moral and religious values are the foundation of civic virtue
B. Textbooks should instruct students in political issues of vital concern to the community
C. Textbooks should give greater emphasis to the value of individual liberty than to the duties of patriotism
D. Private schools with a particular religious focus are preferable to public schools with no religious instruction

SOLUTION

Solution : A

The author says that the textbook writers were of conservative persuasion and believed that political virtue must rest upon moral and religious precepts. He further adds that most textbook writers were New Englander; the texts were infused with Protestant and Puritan outlooks. So we can infer that an early American Puritan would most likely insist that moral and religious values are the foundation civic virtue.

Question 3

According to the passage citizens of the early Republic learned about practical political matters in all of the following ways EXCEPT:

A. Reading newspapers
B.

Attending town meetings

C.

Conversing about political matters

D.

Reading textbooks

SOLUTION

Solution : D

According to the passage, civic education in the schools made little attempt to develop participatory political skills. The political skills were developed when the students attended political parties’ meetings, town meetings, in churches and the coffee or ale houses where men gathered for conversation (Look at the lines “In the first half of the Republic…. of government than the schools).
 

Question 4

The primary purpose of the passage is to:

A.

Refute the contention that no Victorian woman writer produced a novel like War and Peace

B.

Trace the historical relationship between radical feminist politics and the Victorian novels written by women

C.

Resolve the apparent contradiction between Victorian women writers' literary innovativeness and their rather conservative social views

D.

Describe the discrepancy between Victorian society's expectations of women writers and the expectations of the women writers themselves

SOLUTION

Solution : D

The author describes the discrepancy between views of women writers and society's expectations from them in the Victorian society. The author first points out that women writers were measured from a social point of view rather than a literary point of view and the writers were not welcome to this idea. Then the author talks about the critics' approach towards women writers' works and how it was different from what the writers expected. In the last paragraph, the author describes the limitations women faced regarding what to write and what not to. Hence option (d) is the right answer.

Question 5

According to the passage, Victorian women writers "would not make concessions” (1st paragraph) to publishers primarily because they felt that such concessions would:

A. Require them to limit descriptions of uniquely feminine experiences
B. Compromise their artistic integrity
C. Make them vulnerable to stereotyping by critics
D. Provide no guarantee that their works would enjoy commercial success

SOLUTION

Solution : B

Look at the line - "Keenly aware of their artistic responsibilities, these women writers would not make concessions to secure commercial success”. From this we can clearly conclude that the women writers did not want to compromise on their artistic integrity by making concessions to obtain commercial success. Hence, option (b) is the correct answer.

Question 6

The passage suggests that Victorian criticism of works by women writers was:

A. Indulgent
B. Perfunctory
C. Resourceful
D. Timely

SOLUTION

Solution : A

The author talks about the critics being generous towards women writers and gave considerations based on their sex. Look at the line "Victorian critics were virtually obsessed with finding the place of the woman writer so as to judge her appropriately”. From this we can conclude that the criticism was indulgent. The passage does not suggest that the criticism was perfunctory (superficial) or apolitical. Hence option (a) is the correct answer.

Question 7

The author of the passage quotes Elizabeth Barrett Browning (2nd paragraph) in order to demonstrate that Victorian women writers:

A. Possessed both talent and literary creativity
B. Felt that their works were misunderstood
C. Feared derisive criticism
D. Resented condescending criticism

SOLUTION

Solution : D

The author before, quoting Elizabeth Barrett, says that the women writers expected harsh and jeering reviews. But the critics were generous towards them. They considered the critics' view to be condescending because the writers wanted rigorous and impartial criticism and did not want any considerations based on their sex. Hence option (d) is the correct answer.

Question 8

The “new pasts” mentioned in the first paragraph can best be described as the:

A.

Occurrence of events extremely similar to past events

B. History of the activities of studying, interpreting, and reading new historical writing
C. Change in people's understanding of the past due to more recent historical writing
D. Overturning of established historical interpretations by politically motivated politicians.

SOLUTION

Solution : C

The author in the first paragraph says that history is continually being made and studies and different interpretations might affect people’s perception of the past events. Then he adds that “new history”- a new view or interpretation might change the previous understanding of previous events.

Question 9

Which of the following best describes the new idea expressed by C. Vann Woodward in his University of Virginia lectures in 1954?

A. Southern racial segregation was continuous and uniform.
B. Jim Crow legislation was conventional in nature.
C. Jim Crow laws did not go as far in codifying traditional practice as they might have.
D. Jim Crow laws did much more than merely reinforce a tradition of segregation

SOLUTION

Solution : D

The second paragraph very clearly states that the Jim Crow laws of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, not only codified traditional practice but also were a determined effort to erase the considerable progress made by Black people during and after Reconstruction in the 1870’s. Thus it is evident that Jim Crows laws did much more than merely reinforce a tradition of segregation. Thus, answer option (d) is the correct answer choice.

Question 10

Which of the following is the best example of writing that is likely to be subject to the kinds of “handicaps” referred to in the last paragraph?

A. A history of an auto manufacturing plant written by an employee during an auto-buying boom
B. A critique of a statewide school-desegregation plan written by an elementary school teacher in that state
C. A newspaper article assessing the historical importance of a United States President written shortly after the President has taken office
D. A scientific paper describing the benefits of a certain surgical technique written by the surgeon who developed the technique

SOLUTION

Solution : C

In the last paragraph it is mentioned that Woodward confessed with ironic modesty that the first edition had begun to suffer under some of the handicaps that might be expected in “A History of the American Revolution” published in 1776. American Revolution which commenced in 1775, it would be too immature and incomplete to write its history in 1776 when it is still prevailing. Similar would be the situation if a newspaper article assessing the historical importance of a United States President is written shortly after the President has taken office and is still in charge. Thus, it is evident that answer option (c) is the correct answer choice.

Question 11

The passage suggests that C. Vann Woodward and Thomas Paine were similar in all of the following ways EXCEPT:

A. Both had works published in the midst of important historical events.
B. Both wrote works that enjoyed widespread popularity.
C. Both exhibited an understanding of the relevance of historical evidence to contemporary issues.
D. Both were able to set aside worries about historical anachronism in order to reach and inspire.

SOLUTION

Solution : D

The author clearly states in the last paragraph that Paine was not exactly similar to Woodward as he was not a historian, and thus not concerned with accuracy or the dangers of historical anachronism. This implies that Woodward, being a historian could not set aside worries about historical anachronism in order to reach and inspire thus making answer option (d) the correct answer choice.

Question 12

Fill in the appropriate words in the two statements given below:
Statement 1: The captain of the Cricket Team, as well as his teammates, ___ (is/are) overjoyed with the victory. Statement 2: Neither he nor I ___ (is/am) going to play today.

A. Is/is
B. Are/is
C. Are/am
D. Is/am

SOLUTION

Solution : D

Option D. We should not get confused by the words that come between the subject and verb; they do not affect agreement. Connectives, phrases such as combined with, coupled with, accompanied by, added to, along with, together with, and as well as, do not change the number of the subject. These phrases are usually set off with commas. Furthermore, when 'I' is one of the two subjects connected by either/or or neither/nor, we should put it second and follow it with the singular verb 'am'.

Question 13

For the word mentioned below, a contextual usage is provided. Pick the word from the alternatives given that is most inappropriate in the given context.

FATUOUS: He is far too sensible to have done a fatuous thing like this.

A. Stupid
B. Intelligent
C. Inane
D. Foolish

SOLUTION

Solution : B

The word 'fatuous' refers to something stupid, silly or lacking in seriousness. Since we have to pick up an alternative that is most inappropriate in the given context, we need to choose an option that's opposite in meaning to the word 'Fatuous'.
Thus, answer option (b) stands out as the correct answer choice.

Question 14

In the following question, out of the given alternatives, choose the one that best expresses the meaning of the given word:

BELITTLE

A. Diminish
B. Mock
C. Disparage
D. Scoff

SOLUTION

Solution : C

The word 'belittle' is used to consider or speak of (something) as less valuable or important than it really is. This is the exact same meaning conveyed by the word 'Disparage', thus making it the right answer choice. 

Question 15

The following sentences make up a paragraph. However, these sentences are not in the proper order. Find the logical sequence for these sentences.
A. But in the industrial era destroying the enemy's productive capacity means bombing the factories which are located in the cities.
B. So in the agrarian era, if you need to destroy the enemy's productive capacity, what you want to do is bum his fields, or if you're really vicious, salt them.
C. Now in the information era, destroying the enemy's productive capacity means destroying the information infrastructure.
D. How do you do battle with your enemy?
E. The idea is to destroy the enemy's productive capacity, and depending upon the economic foundation, that productive capacity is different in each case.
F. With regard to defence, the purpose of the military is to defend the nation and be prepared to do battle with its enemy.

A. FDEBAC 
B. FCABED 
C. DEBACF
D. DFEBAC

SOLUTION

Solution : A

The presence of the transition word 'but' in the first sentence signifies that the sentence is expressing an idea contrary to an idea expressed in some previous sentence. We need to figure out which is that previous sentence. Furthermore, the first sentence starts off by saying 'but in the institutional era' which suggests that the contrariness is with respect to eras. Sentences B and C also talk about eras. But the transition word at the start of C is 'now' which expresses present era and hence it cannot come before any other past erachronologically. That is, if information era is the present era, talk about any other era will come before this. So sentence B is the correct sentence to come before the first sentence. Likewise, sentence C is the correct sentence to come after the first sentence (since sentence C is continuing the idea). Thus, we get the link BAC. Options (a), (c) and (d) all have the link BAC. Furthermore, all the three options have the link EBAC. Therefore, we only need to arrange D and F. Sentence F states that 'The purpose is to battle the enemy' and D questions' how do you battle the enemy'. Thus D should come after F thus making answer option (a) the correct answer choice. 

Question 16

1. It is very easy to acquire bad habits, such as eating too many sweets, or consuming alcohol. 
A. In case of addicts of drinks, alcohol is not at all necessary in any way to anybody. 
B. The more we do a thing, the more we tend to like doing it. 
C. Millions of people do without it. 
D. This is called the 'force of habit.' 6. In view of the disadvantages, total prohibition is enforced in some states.

A. ACBD
B. BDAC
C. BADC
D. ADBC

SOLUTION

Solution : B

Option(a)  is not correct because D is not a suitable sentence to precede sentence 6.  Options (c) & (d) are not correct because the D following A does not make any sense.  Option (b) is correct because sentence  D  is a continuation of B - habit in D refers to 'the more we do . . . . .'  in D.

Question 17

1.  It is doubtful whether the Europeans who were bitten by the wanderlust and sailed to             
faraway lands like India had thought of themselves as tourists.
A. They were unemployable in their own country.
B. They were strung up with memories of the Black Death brought by bubonic plague and preferred to move out of Europe.
C. Quite a good number of them who came as employees of East India Company were in the class of free-booters and fortune seekers.
D. But there were also the others to whom the Orient, particularly India, appeared as theGarden of Eden as compared to snow sunk Europe.
6.  Countries like India lived up to their expectations.

A. ADBC
B.

DCAB

C.

CDAB

D.

CADB

SOLUTION

Solution : D

Only  C  can follow 1 because 'them' in  C  refers to the 'Europeans' in 1.  CA go together talking about the 'fortune seekers'.Dfollows this as it talks of 'others'.

 

Question 18

In 1980, 13 percent of the Arbican population moved from urban areas to suburban areas. This percentage steadily declined, until, in 1990, it reached 3 percent. If the statements above are true, all of the following statements concerning Arbicans between 1980 and 1990 could also be true EXCEPT:

A.

The number of Arbicans moving from suburban areas to urban areas also decreased.

B.

The Arbican population increased, and so did the number of Arbicans moving from urban to suburban areas.

C.

The Arbican population decreased, and so did the number of Arbicans moving from urban to suburban areas.

D.

The Arbican population decreased, and the number of Arbicans moving from urban to suburban areas remained the same.

SOLUTION

Solution : D

The Evidence: 11 percent of Arbicans moved from urban to suburban areas in 1980, and this percentage fell steadily until it was down to 3 percent in 1990. If the total population decreased, and the percentage moving from urban to suburban areas decreased, then the number of Arbicans moving couldn't remain the same; it would also have to decrease.

That while the percentage decreased, so too did the actual number (a), is consistent with the information we're given. That the population increased, along with the number moving, (b), is also possible. The population and the number moving decreasing (c), is fine.

Question 19

The Kapoor Meatworks has a virtual monopoly on expensive, gourmet delicacies. In order to expand their market, they intend to offer a budget line of less costly delicacies. Such a product is virtually unknown, and they realize that its success depends upon a heavy advertising campaign. They have decided to finance the advertising with the profits from their gourmet line. Which of the following, assuming each is a realistic possibility, would pose the most serious obstacle to the Kapoor Meatworks' project?

A.

The introduction of a budget line of delicacies completely undercuts the sales of the gourmet line.

B.

At the start, the company spends more on advertising than it makes from sales of the budget line delicacies.

C.

When the budget line delicacies grow in popularity, competitors enter the budget delicacies market and Kapoor does not have a monopoly in that market.

D.

Many of the consumers who purchase the budget line are tempted to try the delicacies offered in the gourmet line.

SOLUTION

Solution : A

Option (a) The Conclusion: Kapoor Meatworks has decided to offer a budget line of delicacies in order to expand their market.
The Evidence: Kapoor has a monopoly on expensive delicacies and wants to expand into budget delicacies. Its success depends on heavy advertising, which will be funded by profits from their gourmet line.
If the ads for the new budget line attracted customers who were already buying Kapoor's gourmet line, then they'd be spending money to attract customers they already have. There would be no expanded market.

A company is likely to spend more to advertise a new product (b), and if the ads work, then Kapoor's market will expand. No one expects Kapoor's new line to be a monopoly forever (c), and so the fact that other companies may enter the market isn't a serious obstacle. If they can attract new customers to their budget line, these people may buy their gourmet line (d), and so their market should really expand.

Question 20

Recent statistics make it seem unlikely that the total consumption of electricity determines its cost to individual consumers. Recent increases in total consumption, especially during the hot summer months, have sometimes been accompanied by a decrease in the cost per unit and at other times by an increase. Which of the following positions is best supported by the information presented above? Type in the answer.

A. It must be the case that the cost of electricity to consumers is what determines the total consumption.
B. Even though a correlation exists between the total consumption of electricity and its cost to consumers, no causal relation exists.
C. Further investigation into the way these statistics were gathered is certainly called for.
D. The cost of electricity depends upon something other than the total consumption of electricity.

___

SOLUTION

Solution : The Conclusion: It's unlikely that the cost of electricity to individuals is determined by total consumption of electricity.
The Evidence: Recent increases in consumption have been accompanied by upward and downward fluctuations of cost per unit.
If the cost of electricity isn't influenced by total consumption, it must be influenced by something else: that's very reasonable.

We only know that cost isn't determined by consumption; we can't, from this, just infer the reverse (a). The evidence--the second sentence-- tells us that there's no correlation (b). There's no reason to doubt the validity of the statistics, (c).

Question 21

Which of these cannot be arrived at as a benefit of 'digitization'?

A.Error-free information interpretation by users.

B.Accessibility to old records.

C.Decreased susceptibility to wear and tear.

D.A clear benefit of convenience.

E.Enhanced learning from records.
___

SOLUTION

Solution :

Option A states that the end users of the digital data system will be able to 'interpret' the information from records in an error-free manner. This is not true as a digital system cannot guarantee that the users will be able to perfectly interpret data obtained from it.

Option E is again based on the capabilities of the user and not of the digital system. A digital system can provide information to the users but cannot ensure enhanced learning as this does not depend on the system. All the other options have been stated as the direct benefits of 'digitalizing'.

Question 22

Which of the following can be most reasonably inferred?

A.Scientific landfilling programs have been planned in response to a citizen backlash against irresponsible dumping practices.

B.Developing environmental safe ways of using recycled waste to is the real challenge before scientific landfilling gains widespread acceptance.

C.Countries must develop more acceptable ways of disposing off waste material.

D.Few extensive studies have been undertaken into the long-term benefits of scientific landfilling.

E.Different countries have come up with different methods to address the concern of unscientific landfilling.

___

SOLUTION

Solution : That all landfilling is not hazardous & can actually be beneficial is the key idea behind this paragraph.Hence nations must evolve better & more productive methods of getting rid of their 'rubbish'.( Option C ). Secondly, the passage gives the examples of US and Europe where different methods have been developed to scientifically process waste materials. ( Option E ). All the other options focus on different inconsequential points.

Question 23

1. As new refugees keep pouring (A)/ dropping (B) in, and those granted asylum have the right to bring family later, there is no end in sight.
2. Schools are struggling to integrate (A)/discipline (B) refugee children who speak no German.
3. While extremist parties have become serious competitors (A)/ contenders (B) for power in some other European countries, they remain marginal in Germany, and voters have faith that their government will restore order.

 

The correct sequence is___

SOLUTION

Solution : In the first sentence, refugees are coming to a country in mass numbers and hence 'pouring in' is more appropriate in this context. Dropping is not appropriate as refugees do not 'drop in' to a new country.
Schools will face difficulty to 'integrate' the children of refugees in the class who don't speak any German. Disciplining will be a challenge applicable to all children, whether German or others.
Extremist parties are serious 'contenders' for power. A contender has a realistic chance of winning a challenge, a competitor merely competes in the challenge. In this context, the extremist parties are contenders as they have gained considerable support in other European countries.     

Question 24

Enter the correct sequence of the words that should be used in the below paragraph. 

The proponents (A)/ supporters(B) of Donald Trump regard him as modern America's most successful person. In spite of scaremongering (A)/ bellicosity (B) on the left, the deal does not obviously exalt the interests of big business over those of lowly consumers. The slowing of the Chinese economy and a tepid(A) / tapered(B) global recovery from the financial crisis have led to a long-term slowdown in world trade.

The correct sequence is___

SOLUTION

Solution : While proponents and supporters are both synonyms, proponents back an idea and supporters back an idea or a person.
Those on the left are scaring people that the deal will benefit big businesses more than the lowly consumers. Bellicosity, which means 'fighting attitude' is not a good fit here.

 The global recovery has been tepid ( lukewarm ) and this has led to a long-term slowdown in world trade. Tapered means 'gradualdecrease'and is not suitable in this context as it would imply that the global growth was initially good but then reduced gradually.


The correct sequence is BAA.

Question 25

(1) Story-telling should speak first to the heart and only second to the intellect.
(2) It should, in Isaac Bashevis Singer’s words, “be both clear and profound,” and it should also entertain.
(3) Many fine writing programs have sprung up across the United States.
(4) The new writer should avoid creating pieces that are deliberately obscure and impossible to understand except by a small, elite group of other writers.

A.

Sentence 1

B.

Sentence 2

C.

Sentence 3

D.

Sentence 4

SOLUTION

Solution : C

The passage is about the nature of storytelling and has nothing to do with writing programs.

Question 26

(1) Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, French, African, Amerindian, and Indian cuisine. (2) Many people travel to the Caribbean to enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm weather. (3) A typical dish and one increasingly common outside of thearea is "jerk” seasoned meats, commonly chicken. (4) Other popular dishes include curried goat and a soup-like dish called callaloo.

A.

Sentence 1 

B.

Sentence 2 

C.

Sentence 3

D.

Sentence 4

SOLUTION

Solution : B

The passage has to do with Caribbean cuisine. People traveling to the Caribbean for vacation is irrelevant to the main topic.

 

 

Question 27

If the proposed expenditures for gathering information abroad are reduced even further, international news reports have been and will continue to diminish in number and quality.

A.

have been and will continue to diminish

B.

have and will continue to diminish

C.

will continue to diminish, as they already did,

D.

will continue to diminish

SOLUTION

Solution : D

Verb form + grammatical construction:
This sentence is based on the conditional construction - if x happens, then y will happen. In this case, x is proposed expenditures and the present - tense verb is reduced by 'is news report' but the verb is incorrect. The construction calls for a verb in the future tense, will continue to diminish.

A: Have been is the wrong verb tense the construction is also not grammatical.
B: Have is the wrong verb tense the construction is also not grammatical.
C: As they already did is awkward and redundant expresses this idea.
D: Correct. It will continue to diminish provides the correct future-tense verb for the conditional construction in this sentence.

The correct answer is (d).

Question 28

Geologists believe that the warning signs for a major earthquake may include sudden fluctuations in local seismic activity, tilting and other deformations of the Earth's crust, changing the measured strain across a fault zone and varying the electrical properties of underground rocks.

A.

changing the measured strain across a fault zone and varying

B.

changing measurements of the strain across a fault zone, and varying

C.

changes in the measured strain across a, fault zone, and variations in

D.

changes in measurements of the strain across a fault zone, and variations among

SOLUTION

Solution : C

Parallelism:
This sentence uses four phrases to describe the warning signs for all earthquake. These phrases should be parallel. The first sign is sudden fluctuations in local seismic activity, the second is tilting and other deformations of the Earth's crust. Tilting in this case is used as a noun just as deformations and fluctuations are nouns The first two signs are parallel. The third and fourth warning signs resemble tilling in the -ing form but they are not parallel because they are used as verbs rather than as nouns.
A: Changing and varying are used as verbs and so are not parallel to the nouns fluctuations and tilting.
B: The four signs are not parallel - the substitution of measurements of the strain distorts meaning.
C: Correct. In this sentence the four nouns - fluctuations, tilting, changes, variations - are parallel and the meaning of the measured strain is not distorted.
D: This sentence says that the measurements indicate an earthquake when the measured strain is the warning sign.

The correct answer is (c).

Question 29

Select the option which has the most appropriate word to fill the blank. 

Companies require capital. Start-up companies, especially US-based companies that present high risk and reward, frequently need more capital than the founder's wallet holds. This means that entrepreneurs have to seek other investors - and the success of the business will be heavily dependent by the extent to which they take account of the needs of these investors when _____ up a business plan.

A.

Drawing

B.

Giving    

C.

Sorting

D.

Ambling

SOLUTION

Solution : A

'Drawing' up business plan implies making a business plan as mentioned  in the para. Hence option (a) is in keeping with the essence of the para and is thus correct. All the other options are not relevant in this context.

Question 30

[2]__________

A. Sought                                                       
B. Felt                                                            
C. Enticed
D. Influenced

SOLUTION

Solution : D

The factors governing the success of the business are being discussed. It will be influenced by the factors mentioned in the para. Hence option (d) is the correct answer.

Question 31

Choose the grammatically correct option of the underlined portion given below. 

Whereas the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed and cannot be retracted from the skin, because the yellow jacket has a comparatively smooth stinger, it is therefore able to be pulled out and used again.

A.  because the yellow jacket has a comparatively smooth stinger, it is therefore able to be pulled out and used
B. the comparative smoothness of the yellow jacket’s stinger allows them to pull it out and then can therefore use it
C. the yellow jacket’s stinger is comparatively smooth, and can therefore be pulled out and used
D. in comparison, the yellow jacket’s stinger is smooth, and thus able to be pulled out and used

SOLUTION

Solution : C

The answer choices that begin with "in comparison" are totally redundant, because "whereas" already is a comparative world. Choice (D) is out. 

Choice (A) has a very confused structure ---- when a sentence begins "Whereas [clause #1], ...", it sets up the expectation that an independent clause will immediately follow the comma. It is very awkward to get to the comma and find the word "because" introducing an intervening subordinate clause. Choice (A) is out. 

Choice (B) seems to compare "the honeybee’s stinger" to "the comparative smoothness of the yellow jacket’s stinger" ---- not a comparison of object to object, but of object to quality of object. Furthermore, the pronoun "them" has no proper antecedent --- it appears to refer to "stinger", which is singular, but then the pronoun shouldn't be plural. Choice (B) is out. 

Choice (C) constructs the comparison correctly and has no grammatical flaws. It is sleek, elegant, and precise. It is by far the best answer. 

Question 32

[4]__________

A. Innovation                                                 
B. Network  
C. Tradition 
D. Gizmo

SOLUTION

Solution : A

Option (a) is correct as 'innovation' means change and any change would necessarily involve risk & reward.

 

 

Question 33

The biennial [A] / biannual [B]meetings of the party were [A] / was [B]too infrequent to work out a strategy to strengthen the cadres. They waited with bated [A] / baited [B]breath for the announcement of the results. The faun [A] / fawn [B]coloured dress suited her complexion. The forward [A] / foreword [B]to the book was a mere acknowledgement of gratitude to various people.

A.

AAABB

SOLUTION

Solution : A

ANS:option B
'Biannual' is twice a year whereas 'biennial' means once in 2 years.The word 'Infrequent' indicates that biennial is the apt word. Hence A.
'Meetings' is plural hence the plural verb 'were' should be used. Hence A.
'Baited' means to trap while 'bated' is to hold your breath especially when one is anxious. Hence A.
'Faun' is a Raman God, part man, part goat, 'Fawn' is light brown colour and is apt in the context. Hence B.
'Forward' is ahead or in front of.The 'foreword' to a book is an introduction by the author or by someone else. Hence B.

Question 34

Choose the correct sequence of the words that should be used in the below paragraph. 

The continuous [A] / continual [B] criticism of [A] / on [B] the opposition spurred the government into action to try and contain inflation. Equal [A] / Equitable [B] distribution of wealth should be the goal of a democratic government. She declared proudly to her friends that her husband was loyal [A] / faithful [B] to her. There was a barely perceptible [A] / perceptive [B] hesitation in her manner before she acquiesced.

A.

BABAB

B.

BABBA

C.

ABBAB

D.

ABABA

SOLUTION

Solution : B

ANS: option B
'Continuous' means without a break while 'continual' means frequent, or every now and then. Continual is the suitable word in this context.Hence B.
'Criticism of is correct. Hence A.
'Equitable' which means 'fair and just' is the suitable word. Hence B.
Loyalty is a quality that people in an organization show to their bosses or to the organization.
Faithfulness is a quality that is exhibited in a marital relationship. Hence B.
'Perceptive' is to be able to guage things correctly.
'Perceptible' which means 'noticeable' suits the context. Hence A.