English Usage Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0009


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: English Usage

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    Question 1

    Choose the best alternative among the four

    The Romanians may be restive under Soviet direction — but they are tied to Moscow by ideological and military links.

    a. they are tied to Moscow by ideological and military links
    b. they are preparing for a great revolution
    c. secretly they rather enjoy the prestige of being protected by the mighty Soviets
    d. there is nothing they can do about it
       (CAT 1996)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 2

    Choose the best alternative among the four

    In a penetrating study, CBS-TV focuses on these people without hope, whose bodies are cared for by welfare aid, but whose spirit is often neglected by a disinterested society.

    a. whose bodies are cared for by welfare aid
    b. who do not have enough to eat
    c. whose hopelessness may be alleviated
    d. who may be physically satiated
       (CAT 1996)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 3

    Choose the best alternative among the four

    Contemplating whether to exist with an insatiable romantic temperament, he was the author and largely the subject of a number of memorable novels.

    a. Contemplating whether to exist
    b. Combining realistic details
    c. Miscegenating a brilliant mind
    d. Aware that he had been born  (CAT 1996)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 4

    Choose the best alternative among the four

    How many times have I asked myself: when is the world going to start to make sense? There is a
    monster out there, and it is rushing towards me over the uneven ground of consciousness.

    a. There is a monster out there
    b. It is as if the world is on my shoulders
    c. The answer is out there somewhere
    d. There is a sea of sensibility in me   (CAT 1996)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 5

    Choose the best alternative among the four

    In Martin Amis' new novel, the narrator is trapped — and hurtling towards a terrible secret, its resolution and the dreadful revelations it brings, ally to give an excruciating vision of guilt.

    a. ally to give an excruciating vision of guilt
    b. to us give a vivid picture of guilt
    c. is a painful picture of a guilt ridden world
    d. does not really solve all the questions in the narrator's mind   (CAT 1996)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 6

    Choose the best alternative among the four

    Victory is everything in the Indian universe and Tendulkar will be expected to translate his genius to that effect. To contemplate any other option is to contemplate the risk of failure.

    a. To contemplate any other option is to contemplate the risk of failure.
    b. Failure is not an action that can be contemplated.
    c. Any other action has the potential of failure.
    d. Failure is not an option.   (CAT 1996)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 7

    On dark night a Darvesh ________ passing by a dry well.

    (a) wasn't
    (b) happened to be
    (c) discovered in
    (d) found to   (CAT 1994)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 8

    Nordisk have recently __________ a product called Glucometer.

    (a) started
    (b) commissioned
    (c) launched
    (d) begun
                   (CAT 1994)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 9

    I had already published a novel and it was an unexpected success. I thought my _______.

    (a) days were up
    (b) chances were good
    (c) ladyluck was happy
    (d) fortune was made     (CAT 1994)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 10

    The neighbour grabbed the boy, and rolled him on the road to _______ the flames.

    (a) smother
    (b) kill
    (c) burn out
    (d) fizz out
       (CAT 1994)


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