Vocabulary previous years questions (CAT) - Set 0002


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: Vocabulary

    Post your solutions as reply to respective questions below.


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    Question 1

    Regrettably[A]/Regretfully[B] I have to decline your invitation.

    I am drawn to the poetic, sensual[A]/sensuous[B] quality of her paintings.

    He was besides[A]/beside[B] himself with rage when I told him what I had done.

    After brushing against a stationary[A]/stationery[B] truck my car turned turtle.

    As the water began to rise over[A]/above[B] the danger mark, the signs of an imminent flood were clear.

    1) BAABA

    2) BBBAB

    3) AAABA

    4) BBAAB

    5) BABAB     (CAT 2007)


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    Answer: Option 2


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    Question 2

    Choose the most appropriate replacement for the italicized word from the options given below the paragraph.

    Intelligent design derives from an early 19thcentury explanation of the natural world given by an English clergyman, William Paley. Paley was the populariser of the famous watchmaker analogy. Proponents of intelligent design are crupping Paley's argument with a new gloss from molecular biology. 

    (1) destroying

    (2) testing

    (3) resurrecting

    (4) questioning   (CAT 2005)


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    Answer: Option 3


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    Question 3

    Choose the most appropriate replacement for the italicized word from the options given below the paragraph.

    Women squat, heads covered, beside huge piles of limp fodder and blunk oil lamps, and just about all the cows in the three towns converge upon this spot. Sinners, supplicants and yes, even scallywags hand over a few coins for a crack at redemption and a handful of grass. 

    (1) shining

    (2) bright 

    (3) sputtering

    (4) effulgent   (CAT 2005)


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    Answer: Option 3


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    Question 4

    Choose the most appropriate replacement for the italicized word from the options given below the paragraph.

    It is klang to a sensitive traveller who walks through this great town, when he sees the streets, the roads, and cabin doors crowded with beggars, mostly women, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags and importuning every passenger for alms. 

    (1) amusing

    (2) irritating

    (3) disgusting

    (4) distressing   (CAT 2005)


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    Answer: Option 4


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    Question 5

    Choose the most appropriate replacement for the italicized word from the options given below the paragraph.

    Or there is the most fingummy diplomatic note on record: when Philip of Macedon wrote to the Spartans that, if he came within their borders, he would leave not one stone of their city, they wrote back the one word - "If". 

    (1) witty

    (2) rude

    (3) simple

    (4) terse   (CAT 2005)


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    Answer: Option 4


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    Question 6

    Fill up the blanks A, B, C D, in the passage below with the most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

    At that time the White House was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were ________A________. In the various offices, ________B________ gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in lowpitched voices. The only colour, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his ________C________ was easily set off; he scowled when he ________D________ the corridors. 

    For Blank A-

    (1) striking    (2) hollow    (3) empty    (4) white

    For Blank B-

    (1) quiet    (2) faded    (3) loud     (4) stentorian

    For Blank C-

    (1) laughter    (2) curiosity    (3) humour     (4) temper

    For Blank D-

    (1) paced    (2) strolled    (3) stormed     (4) prowled


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    Answer: Option: 3 1 4 1


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    Question 7

    Fill up the blanks A, B, C ... F, in the passage below with the most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

    "Between the year 1946 and the year 1955, I did not file any income tax returns". With that ________A________ statement, Ramesh embarked on an account of his encounter with the Income Tax Department. "I originally owed Rs. 20,000 in unpaid taxes. With ________B________ and ________C________, the 20,000 became 60,000. The Income Tax Department then went into action, and I learned firsthand just how much power the Tax Department wields. Royalties and trust funds can be ________D________; automobiles may be ________E________, and auctioned off. Nothing belongs to the ________F________ until the case is settled."

    For Blank A-

    (1) devious (2) blunt  (3) tactful (4) pretentious

    For Blank B-

    (1) interest (2) taxes  (3) principal (4) returns

    For Blank C-

    (1) sanctions (2) refunds  (3) fees (4) fines

    For Blank D-

    (1) closed (2) detached  (3) attached (4) impounded

    For Blank E-

    (1) smashed (2) seized  (3) dismantled (4) frozen

    For Blank F-

    (1) purchaser (2) victim  (3) investor (4) offender     (CAT 2004)


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    Answer: Option: 2 1 4 3 2 4


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    Question 8

    Their achievement in the field of literature is described as ________; sometimes it is even called ________ 

    (1) magnificent, irresponsible

    (2) insignificant, influential

    (3) significant, paltry

    (4) unimportant, trivial   (CAT 2003 Retest)


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    Answer: Option 4


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    Question 9

    From the time she had put her hair up, every man she had met had grovelled before her and she had acquired a mental attitude toward the other sex which was a blend of ________ and ________ 

    (1) admiration, tolerance

    (2) indifference, contempt

    (3) impertinence, temperance

    (4) arrogance, fidelity    (CAT 2003 Retest)


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    Answer: Option 2


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    Question 10

    This simplified ________ to the decision-making process is a must read for anyone ________ important real estate, personal, or professional decisions. 

    (1) primer, maximizing

    (2) tract, enacting

    (3) introduction, under

    (4) guide, facing   (CAT 2003 Retest)


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