Free Verbal Practice Test - CAT

The author's statement regarding how artists use the language of art implies that:

A.

Artists are better equipped than are art historians to provide detailed evaluations of other artists' work

B.

Many artists have an unusually quick, intuitive understanding of language

C.

Artists can produce works of art even if they cannot analyze their methods of doing so

D.

Most artists probably consider the processes involved in their work to be closely akin to those involved in writing poetry

SOLUTION

Solution : A

The answer to this question lies in the last line of the passage -

“The way the language of art refers to the visible world is both so obvious and so mysterious that it is still largely unknown except to artists, who use it as we use all language—without needing to know its grammar and semantics.”

The passage asserts which of the following about commercial art?

A.

There are many examples of commercial art whose artistic merit is equal to that of great works of art of the past.

B.

Commercial art is heavily influenced by whatever doctrines are fashionable in the serious art world of the time.

C.

The level of technical skill required to produce representational imagery in commercial art and in other kinds of art cannot be compared.

D.

The pervasiveness of contemporary commercial art has led art historians to undervalue representational skills.

SOLUTION

Solution : D

Look at these lines in the first paragraph -

The very reason why the representation of nature can now be considered something commonplace should be of the greatest interest to art historians. Never before has there been an age when the visual image was so cheap in every sense of the word. We are surrounded and assailed by posters and advertisements, comics and magazine illustrations. We see aspects of reality represented on television, postage stamps, and food packages”.

The word ‘cheap’ in the third line means that contemporary commercial art such as advertisements, comics etc are undervalued by art historians.

So (D) option is the correct one.

Which of the following can be inferred from the passage about the adherents of "certain theories of non-representational art”?

A.

They do not think that the representation of nature was ever the primary goal of past painters.

B.

They do not agree that marks on a flat surface can ever satisfactorily convey the illusion of three-dimensional space.

C.

They consider the use of illusion to be inappropriate in contemporary art.

D.

They concern themselves more with types of art such as advertisements and magazine illustrations than with traditional art.

SOLUTION

Solution : C

This is a data based inference question.

Let us first look at the lines -

in fact, rather critical of certain theories of non-representational art”.

We do not get any clue regarding what these non-representational arts are.

Let us go to the next line -

But to argue over these theories would be to miss the point

The author has used a pronoun “these” without defining the term non-representational art. So we need to go to the next line -

“That the discoveries and effects of representation that were the pride of earlier artists have become trivial today, I would not deny for a moment”.

Here we get a clue that the adherents of “certain theories of nonrepresentational art” considered usage of illusion trivial.

Therefore we can infer that (C) is the best answer option.

The other way we can get the answer is through the complement rule.

Author is a critic of theories of non-representational art. The adherents of theories of non-representational art will be against the views of the author.

Author states that -

“When we consider great painters of the past, the study of art and the study of illusion cannot always be separated”.

So the adherents of non-representational art will feel that illusions are inappropriate for art.

It can be inferred from the passage that someone who wanted to analyze the "grammar and semantics” of the language of art would most appropriately comment on which of the following?

A.

The relationship between the drawings in a comic strip and the accompanying text

B.

The amount of detail that can be included in a tiny illustration on a postage stamp

C.

The 3D images chosen to advertise a particular product

D.

The particular juxtaposition of shapes in an illustration that makes one shape look as though it were behind another

SOLUTION

Solution : D

Look at these lines in the first paragraph.

“By illusion I mean those contrivances of color, line, shape, and so forth that lead us to see marks on a flat surface as depicting three-dimensional objects in space

This is a main theme inference question. The whole passage is regarding usage of illusion in art. The definition of illusion is in the above lines.

Look at the above line in bold.

That will lead you to the correct answer (D) and not (C). C generically talks about 3D image. We need an illusion.

The author of the passage considers a writer's style to be:

A.

a reliable means by which to measure the writer's literary merit

B.

most apparent in those parts of the writer's work that are not realistic

C.

problematic when the writer attempts to follow perilous or risky impulses

D.

one reflecting the author's high reputation

SOLUTION

Solution : A

Let us look at these lines from the passage -

“When a relaxing impulse was indulged, the style—that sure index of an author’s literary worth” and (D) are pretty close choices.

The meaning of the word “Worth” is merit and not reputation.

Which of the following statements best describes the organization of lines, "Thus, one impulse often ...abstractly” of the passage?

A.

The author draws a conclusion from a previous statement, explains his conclusion in detail, and then gives a series of examples that have the effect of resolving an inconsistency.

B.

The author makes a disapproving observation and then presents two cases, one of which leads to a qualification of his disapproval and the other of which does not.

C.

The author makes a judgment, points out an exception to his judgment, and then contradicts his original assertion.

D.

The author summarizes and explains an argument and then advances a brief history of opposing arguments.

SOLUTION

Solution : B

This is a structure question.

Let us look at all the lines -

“Thus, one impulse often surrendered to a fresher one and, unfortunately, instead of exacting a compromise, simply disappeared.

A desire to throw over reality a light that never was might give way abruptly to the desire on the part of  what we might consider a novelist-scientist to record exactly and concretely the structure and texture of a flower.

In this instance, the new impulse was at least an energetic one, and thus its indulgence did not result in a relaxed style.

But on other occasions, Hardy abandoned a perilous, risky, and highly energizing impulse in favor of what was for him the fatally relaxing impulse to classify and schematize abstractly.”

Look at both the highlighted structure words. The second highlighted word is a contrary work. So the fourth line and the third line are contrasting examples.

Moreover, the third line is an example of the generalization made in the second line.

So the structure would be -

“second line is a generalization, third line is an example to support the generalization and the fourth line is an example qualifying (weakening) the second line’s generalization”

And the first line is more of a summary of the previous line and not a judgement.

The author implies which of the following about Under the Greenwood Tree in relation to Hardy's other novels?

A.

Although it is his most controlled novel, it does not exhibit any harsh or risky impulses.

B.

It, more than his other novels, reveals Hardy as a realist interested in the history of ordinary human beings.

C.

In it, Hardy's novelistic impulses are managed somewhat better than in his other novels.

D.

Its plot, like the plots of all of Hardy's other novels, splits into two distinct parts.

SOLUTION

Solution : C

It was a close choice between (C) and (D).

“His most controlled novel, Under the Greenwood Tree, prominently exhibits two different but reconcilable impulses—a desire to be a realist-historian and a desire to be a psychologist of love—but the slight interlockings of the plot are not enough to bind the two completely together. Thus even this book splits into two distinct parts.”

He says that even this book splits into two parts. But nowhere has he said that all of hardy’s books are split into two parts. So (D) is wrong.

The passage implies that:

A.

The cantares focus on heroic deeds associated with war, whereas the romances are concerned with peace.

B.

The cantares were often recited to audiences.

C.

The romances probably influenced the mester de clerecía.

D.

The influence of Moorish culture on the romance was less strong than it was on the cantares.

SOLUTION

Solution : B

The implication is that the cantares were more often recited in public than read in private. Choice A is incorrect. The romances combine lyricism with narration taken from the dramatic high points of the epics; nothing suggests that they are concerned with peace rather than war.

Notice that defeat is mentioned as one of the moments captured by romances.

Eliminate choice A. The passage does not refer to Moorish influence on any of the genres, so choice C can be eliminated. Choice D is a reversal of what the passage suggests. Eliminate choice D.

From the passage the reader can infer that:

A.

the cantar was the only literary genre in Spain before 1600.

B.

the decline of the Moorish states in Spain resulted in the destruction of much early Spanish literature.

C.

fifteenth-century Spanish culture benefited from outside influences.

D.

the mester de clerecía were more popular than the cantares.

SOLUTION

Solution : C

The author cites Spaniards’ contact with other societies as a positive influence on Spain’s literary development (1st paragraph). The statements in both choices A and B are far too sweeping, based on information in the passage. Choice D is not mentioned or implied, and nothing suggests that the mester de clerecía were more popular than the epics.

According to the passage, the theory that the romances come from the same raw material as the cantares is questionable because:

A.

Romances came into being only after the decline of the cantares.

B.

The subject matter of romances is the lives of everyday people rather than the lives of heroes.

C.

Romances are more lyrical and complex than cantares.

D.

The cantares were unavailable to the writers of the romances.

SOLUTION

Solution : A

According to the author, the cantares were in a period of “final decadence” at the time the romances were born, so it is unlikely that they came from the same raw material. Choice B is incorrect; the subject matter of romances was not the lives of everyday people. In the 2nd paragraph, the cantares are described as “usually complex,” whereas in the later part of the same paragraph, the romances are characterized as written in “simple and direct” language, making choice C also a bad choice. Since the subject matter of romances often derives from the epics, choice D is also incorrect.

At Shiprock, New Mexico, a perennially powerful girl's high school basketball team has become a path to collage for some and a source of pride for a community where the household incomes of 49 percent of them are below the poverty level.

A.

where they have 49 percent of the household incomes

B.

where 49 percent of the household incomes are

C.

which has 49 percent of the household incomes

D.

in which 49 percent of them have household incomes

SOLUTION

Solution : B

Option: (B)
seems to be clear and concise - where is used right since it is referring to the community.

A is incorrect because 'they' has an unclear incident.
B I think Which is used wrong here... It should be That instead describing the community.
D. is incorrect because 'them' has an unclear incident

From the bark of the paper birch tree the Menomini crafted a canoe about twenty feet long and two feet wide, with small ribs and rails of cedar, which could carry four persons or eight hundred pounds of baggage so light that a person could easily portage it around impeding rapids.

A.

baggage being so light

B.

baggage, yet being so light

C.

baggage, and so light

D.

baggage yet was so light

SOLUTION

Solution : D

Option (D) states that although the canoe could transport cargo of considerable weight, it was light: a canoe . . . which could carry . . . yet was . . . light.... Here, the conjunction yet is appropriately and correctly used to link two verb phrases. Choice does not use yet with a verb parallel to could carry and thus fail to express this contrast. Furthermore, both place adjectival constructions after baggage, illogically stating that the eight hundred pounds of baggage, rather than the canoe, was light. Choice B supplies yet but ungrammatically uses the participle being where was is required. Similarly, C omits the necessary verb after and; and here again, the use of and rather than yet fails to express the contrast.

Downzoning, zoning that typically results in the reduction of housing density, allows for more open space in areas where little water or services exist.

A.

little water or services exist

B.

few services and little water exists

C.

there is little water or services available

D.

there are few services and little available water

SOLUTION

Solution : D

Option (D)
The adjective little modifies "mass nouns" (e.g., water), which refer to some undifferentiated quantity; the adjective few modifies "count nouns" (e.g., services), which refer to groups made up of distinct members that can be considered individually. Hence, choices A, B, and C are incorrect because little cannot properly modify services. Also, since water and services are being discussed as a pair, they should logically be treated as a compound subject requiring a plural verb; thus, the singular verbs exists (in A and B) and is (in C) are wrong.

Choice D is best: the plural verb are is used, and few correctly modifies services.

Ditrama is a federation made up of three autonomous regions: Korva, Mitro, and Guadar. Under the federal revenue-sharing plan, each region receives a share of federal revenues equal to the share of the total population of Ditrama residing in that region, as shown by a yearly population survey. Last year, the percentage of federal revenues Korva received for its share decreased somewhat even though the population survey on which the revenue-sharing was based showed that Korva's population had increased.

If the statements above are true, which one of the following must also have been shown by the population survey on which last year's revenue-sharing in Ditrama was based?

A.

Of the three regions, Korva had the smallest number of residents.

B.

Korva's population grew by a smaller percentage than did the population of at least one of the other two autonomous regions.

C.

The populations of Mitro and Guadar each increased by a percentage that exceeded the percentage by which the population of Korva increased.

D.

Of the three regions, Korva's numerical increase in population was the smallest

SOLUTION

Solution : B

Korva's population has increased but its revenue share has decreased. This is possible only when the total increase in ditrama's population is more than that of korva's population

The correct answer option should bring out this

Option (a) is junk

Option (c ) and (d) are the classic wrong answers. It is enough if the population of either Mitro or Gaudar increases by a percentage higher than Korva's. It is not necessary that both the region's population must increase by a percentage higher than that of Korva's.(remember this is a must be true question)].

The correct answer option is (b)

In 1980, Country A had a per capita gross domesticproduct (GDP) that was $5,000 higher than that ofthe European Economic Community. By 1990, the difference, when adjusted for inflation, had increasedto$6,000. Since a rising per capita GDP indicates arising average standard of living, the averagestandard of living in Country A must have risenbetween 1980 and 1990.

Which one of the following is an assumption onwhich the argument depends?

A.

Between 1980 and 1990, Country A and theEuropean Economic Communityexperienced the same percentage increase inpopulation.

B.

Between 1980 and 1990, the average standardof living in the European EconomicCommunity fell.

C.

Some member countries of the EuropeanEconomic Community had, during the1980s, a higher average standard of livingthan Country A.

D.

The per capita GDP of the European Economic Community was not lower by more than \$1,000 in 1990 than it had been in 1980.

SOLUTION

Solution : D

The author has fallen into the trap of believing that an increase in the difference between GDP's means that the actual GDP of country A has increased.

Let us look at this example.

X1= A initial-B initial

X2=A final-B final

X1<X2 is possible if

a) A final is greater than A initial or

b) B initial is greater than B final or

c) Combination of a) and b)

We can see that in case 2 and case 3 the GDP of country has not risen. The author has assumed that the GDP of EEC has not decreased. Only then we can draw the conclusion that GDP of country has increased.

So the only answer option which fits this (d)

His long face at his failure to make it to the IIMs suggested that he was ___ and also___.

A.

Reviled , providential

B.

Quiescent,Succinct

C.

D.

Lugubrious, Lachrymose

SOLUTION

Solution : D

Option: (d)
Look at the words Long face and Failure. The tone of the question is sad.

Lugubrious Means Mournful, Lachrymose Means Tearful.

So the answer is (d) . Option (c) was close but contemplative doesn't indicate sadness.

The largest ___ for the carpet industry has been and is the hospitality industry and the last ___ interface, that of salesman and buyer, has finally ___ worldwide.

A.

Market, Visible, risen

B.

Client, Remaining, been demolished

C.

Supporter, solid, awoken

D.

Consumer, Human, Fallen

SOLUTION

Solution : D

Demolished and awoken are not the right words to be associated with Interface.

So Options (b ) and (c) are wrong.

So it is a close Call between (a) and (d)

Let us look at the last two blanks for both the options

a) the last visible interface, that of salesman and buyer, has finally risen worldwide.

d) the last  human interface, that of salesman and buyer, has finally  fallen worldwide.

In option a) the word finally is not justified. Why would you say the visible interface has risen finally. We can say the invisible interface has risen finally.

So the answer is (d) .

A. Would you mind if I sit down.
B. On entering the room, Ram was found hanging from the ceiling.
C. If he was here now, we would have had no difficulty.
D. He had to fight at odds with him.

A.

B, C & D

B.

A, B & C

C.

B & C

D.

A & B only

SOLUTION

Solution : B

Option: (B)
A. Would you mind if I sit down.

Correct statement "Would you mind if I sat down?"

Statements of this structure always take the past tense in the if clause.

B. On entering the room, Ram was found hanging from the ceiling.

Dangling Modifier. Correct statement "When we entered the room,Ram was found hanging from the ceiling"

C. If he was here now, we would have had no difficulty. Wrong structure in conditionals.

Correct statement : " If he were here now, we would have had no difficulty."

D. He had to fight at odds with him.

Correct statement . Correct idiomatic usage: at odds.

A. Yeats was interested from his early days in dramatic verse.

B. Edward Martyn's enthusiasm was in direct opposition to Yeats.

C. Martyn's cousin George Moore had some practical experiences of plays and players in Paris and London, a genuine interest in the Irish countryside and her people and a natural attraction towards a new medium of self-expression.

D. Five or six individuals were responsible for launching the new theatre movement, and quite naturally, their aims were not identical.

A.

ABCD

B.

DABC

C.

DCBA

D.

ABDC

SOLUTION

Solution : B

The clue is to establish the first sentence. The first sentence makes a comment and the rest just go on to justify the comment. Thus the paragraph should start with D which lays the premise that a few people wanted to start a theatre movement but their approach was different. A has to precede B because of the reference of Yeats in A. C has to follow B because of the mention of Martyn in B.
Hence, the correct sequence is DABC.

A. When bids for an item are based on estimates of the item's value, the winner is the bidder who overestimates this value the most.

B. Intuitively, most people bid more aggressively when faced with more bidders, but more aggressive bidding increases the chances that a bidder will fall victim to the winner's curse.

C. The mathematical explanation for the winner's curse, first observed in bidding for oil fields, reveals the subtle intricacies of this apparently simple game.

D. The classroom experiment demonstrating the winner's curse illustrates the complex relationship between game theory, human intuition, and optimal decision making.

A.

B.

DBAC

C.

DABC

D.

CBDA

SOLUTION

Solution : C

The clue is to establish the first sentence. The first sentence makes a comment and the rest just go on to justify the comment. Thus the paragraph should start with D which lays the premise that a few people wanted to start a theatre movement but their approach was different. A has to precede B because of the reference of Yeats in A. C has to follow B because of the mention of Martyn in B.
Hence the correct sequence is DABC.

Which of the following best reflects the central theme of this poem?

A.

If you don't have high expectations, you will not be disappointed.

B.

Don't rush to your goal; the journey is what enriches you.

C.

The longer the journey the greater the experiences you gather.

D.

You cannot reach Ithaka without visiting Egyptian ports.

SOLUTION

Solution : B

Refer to the part ‘better if it lasts for years …wealthy with all you have gained on the way’.

The poet recommends a long journey. Which of the following is the most comprehensive reason for it?

A. You can gain knowledge as well as sensual experience.
B. You can visit new cities and harbours.
C.

You can experience the full range of sensuality.

D.

You can buy a variety of fine things.

SOLUTION

Solution : A

Refer to the part as many sensual perfumes as you can ... to gather stores of knowledge.

In the poem, Ithaka is a symbol of:

A.

The divine mother.

B.

C.

The path to wisdom.

D. Life's distant goal.

SOLUTION

Solution : D

Refer to the part ‘Keep Ithika always in your mind. Arriving there is what you are destined for’.

What does the poet mean by 'Laistrygonians' and 'Cyclops'?

A.

Creatures which, along with Poseidon, one finds during a journey.

B.

Mythological characters that one should not be afraid of.

C.

Intra-personal obstacles that hinder one's journey.

D.

Problems that one has to face to derive the most from one's journey.

SOLUTION

Solution : C

Refer to the part ‘you bring them along inside your soul’.

Which of the following best reflects the tone of the poem?

A.

Prescribing

B.

Exhorting

C.

D.

Consoling

SOLUTION

Solution : B

Refer to the part Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey, without her you would not have set out.

The primary purpose of the passage is to:

A.

discuss paranoia as a neurosis and propose that prevention is the better part of valour.

B.

analyze the symptoms of the disease from a general point of view

C.

present all possible causes of the disease and allow readers to draw a conclusion.

D.

outline a new idea about the disease in the context of latest research.

SOLUTION

Solution : A

The main theme of the passage is presenting paranoia as a neurosis and explaining how the best way to cure paranoia depends on how we handle the situation. Otherwise it is almost impossible to treat. This can be obtained from the lines “Psychologists such as Dr. Karen Horney firmly believe that by the time the disease is severe, the course of getting out of the paranoid situation is lost forever. Hence, a clear and rational handling of the situation is required in the pre-paranoid situation. How the victims handle the situation is the best defense against paranoia.” This idea is best represented only in option (a). Option (b) does not cover the main theme of the passage satisfactorily. Symptoms form only a part of the passage but the main purpose is as stated above. There is no idea given in the passage for the readers to draw their own conclusion. Option (c) is irrelevant. There is no research angle being given in the passage. Option (d) is ruled out. Hence option (a) is the correct answer.

The author's argument about paranoia is presented primarily by:

A.

treating the disease as a mental aberration.

B.

providing experimental evidence against a conclusion.

C.

D.

presenting the diagnosis and suggesting means for protection.

SOLUTION

Solution : D

Option (a) is too vague. It does not provide the answer clearly. The author refers to paranoia as a mental aberration only in the acute case; hence this will not be applicable in general. There is no experiment being conducted. Option (b) is ruled out. Option (c) is out of scope. Option (d) captures the author’s argument perfectly.

Which of the following are factors mentioned by the author that lead to the growth of paranoia in human beings?

A.

The belief that not all human beings become the victims of paranoia, only weak individuals are prone to this neurosis.

B.

The belief, that the intensity of paranoia in women cannot be accurately measured

C.

The belief that the symptoms of paranoia are initially unobservable, and only in exigent circumstances is the diagnosis possible.

D.

The belief that neglect and megalomania cause paranoia.

SOLUTION

Solution : D

The answer to this question can be got from the lines “Those that have been repeatedly mistreated and abandoned become the victims of paranoia” and “To be great without being celebrated is to be discriminated against and this creates a situation of being a paranoid” from the second paragraph. We can understand that people who have been neglected or think too much of themselves without acknowledgment from others suffer from paranoia. This is best reflected in option (d). Option (a) is not mentioned in the passage. There is no discrimination against the weak. Option (b) is irrelevant here. Option (c) is mentioned in the passage but it does not answer the question asked. Hence option (d) is the correct answer.

What best describes the organization of the passage?

A.

The author highlights the features of a psychological study and discusses the future of his research

B.

The passage is a convergence of varying opinions on the different aspects of a phenomenon, with suggestive measures for guarding against it

C.

The author suggests the possible cures of paranoia and the ways to treat it.

D.

The author gives his observations on the origin of a disease, highlights the symptoms, and emphasizes its psychological aspects.

SOLUTION

Solution : D

The author is not doing any kind of research on paranoia. He is only giving his views on the subject. Option (a) is incorrect. There are no varying opinions given in the passage. Option (b) is ruled out. The statement is repetitive and does not describe the organization completely and hence option (c) is eliminated. There is no conclusion to be reached. It is entirely the author’s viewpoint. Only option (d) describes the organization well. The author starts off by defining how paranoia originates, he discusses its symptoms and how it affects the mental well-being of a person. Hence option (d) is the correct answer.

A) In the South African deer, the posterior division of the main fork divides into three tines, with no distinct flattening.

B) The male's antlers arise as cylindrical beams projecting on each side at right angles to the midline of the skull, which after a short distance divide in a fork-like manner.

C) The lower prong of this fork may be either simple, or divided into two or three tines, with some flattening.

D) There is, however, a Scandinavian breed of the common deer in which the antlers are simpler, and recall those of the East African race.

E) In the common deer, on the other hand, this branch usually expands into a broad palmation, with one large tine at the base, and a number of smaller snags on the free border.
___

SOLUTION

Solution :

The correct structure of the paragraph should be like this - B talks about a fork-like structure in the male antlers, C elaborates on the fork saying it may have 2 or 3 prongs, A gives an example of a 3 pronged fork, E by using 'on the other hand' should follow after A. D should follow after E because it is a variation of the 'common deer' mentioned in E.
Hence, the correct answer is BCAED.

A) The probability for a Domestic war is also increased by bureaucratic change, regardless whether toward greater democracy or greater autocracy.
B) There is also evidence that democracies have less internal systematic violence.
C) Most of the article discusses research on relations between states.
D) In the long run, since intermediate regimes are less stable than autocracies, which in turn are less stable than democracies, durable democracy is the most probable end-point of the process of democratization.
E) Intermediate regimes continue to be the most prone to Domestic war, regardless of the time since the bureaucratic change.
___

SOLUTION

Solution : The statements in this paragraph are not directly related.
C should be the opening sentence since it captions what is to follow. CB is clearly a link since B supports C.
D seems like the most likely of all sentences to end this paragraph as it begins with 'in the long run' and concludes the points discussed in the paragraph.
Also, there is a subtle link between the sentences A-E-D. A talks about Domestic wars being spurred by bureaucratic changes, E talks about intermediate regimes being prone to Domestic war regardless of the time since these bureaucratic changes and D concludes by talking about the hierarchy of instability among bureaucratic regimes.
Hence, the correct answer is CBAED.

In the following set of sentences, some sentences are grammatically incorrect or inappropriate.Type in the options corresponding to incorrect sentences in the box following the question. For example, if the incorrect sentences are A and B, then type the sequence AB in the box ( in capital letters, without any space between the characters and in alphabetical order ).

A. The Confederation of Italian Industry (CII) has forecasted Italy's growth rate to be 12.5% in 2007-2008.
B. In an unfortunate incident, Ramesh drowned while swimming in a river.
C. An Australian Naval vessel, "Aussie” sank of the coast in the Arabian sea while on a routine mission.
D. Parliamentary elections, to elect representatives to the RajyaSabha, are due early next year.
The correct sequence is___

SOLUTION

Solution :

In statement B, "in a river” is to be replaced by "in the river” since the statement refers to a specific incident which took place in a particular river.
In statement C, "of” is to be replaced by "off”.
Hence, the correct sequence BC.

A. Have either of you seen my book?
B. The modern girl gives herself so much airs as she looks ridiculous.
C. It was difficult for me to tell how the thief looked like.
D. This is one of the most remarkable events that have happened this century.

A.

B & D

B.

A & C

C.

D only

D.

None of the above

SOLUTION

Solution : B

A. Have either of you seen my book?

Statement is wrong .Correct statement is " Has either of you seen my book?"

B. The modern girl gives herself so much airs as she looks ridiculous.

Statement is correct. Correct idiomatic usage " to give oneself airs"

C. It was difficult for me to tell how the thief looked like.

Statement is wrong .Correct statement is "It was difficult for me to tell what the thief looked like."

D. This is one of the most remarkable events that have happened this century. Statement is correct. the verb has to agree with its actual subject "events"

A. Don't presume that every pilgrim will return safe and sound from the Kumbh fair since there's many a slip betwixt the cup and the lip.
B. The gifts of the father and the son were similar.
C. If I were he, I should not go.
D. Finally the championship game ended with the result 5-2 to Germany.

A.

B only

B.

A, C & D

C.

C only

D.

A only

SOLUTION

Solution : A

Option: (A)
A.Don't presume that every pilgrim will return safe and sound from the Kumbh fair since there's many a slip betwixt the cup and the lip.

Statement is correct : Correct idiomatic usage "There's many a slip betwixt the cup and the lip"

B. The gifts of the father and the son were similar.

Statement is wrong.

When we use coordinating conjunctions, we need to coordinate the same things. Here the aim is to coordinate the gifts of father and son. But the statement coordinates father and son. The correct statement is "The gifts of the father and those of the son were similar"

C. If I were he, I should not go.

Statement is correct. When you are comparing subjects use the subjective form.

D. Finally the championship game ended with the result 5-2 to Germany.