Critical Reasoning Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0006

  • Answer: Option 4

  • Question 6

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the four given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    A. This fact was established in the 1730s by French survey expeditions to the Equator and to Lapland in the Arctic, which found that around the middle of the earth the arc was about a kilometer shorter.
    B. One of the unsettled scientific questions in the late 18th century was the exact nature of the shape of the earth.
    C. The length of one-degree arc would be less near the equatorial latitudes than at the poles.
    D. One way of doing that is to determine the length of the arc along a chosen longitude or meridian
    at one degree latitude separation.
    E. While it was generally known that the earth was not a sphere but an 'oblate spheroid' more curved at the equator and flatter at the poles, the question of 'how much more' was yet to be established.

    (1) BECAD

    (2) BEDCA

    (3) BDACE

    (4) EBDCA   (CAT 2002)

  • Answer: Option 2

  • Question 7

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given options.

    A. Although there are large regional variations, it is not infrequent to find a large number of people sitting here and there and doin nothing.
    B. Once in office, they receive friends and relatives who feel free to call any time without prior appointment.
    C. While working, one is struck by the slow and clumsy actions and reactions, indifferent attitudes, procedure rather than outcome orientation, and the lack of consideration for others.
    D. Even those who are employed often come late to the office and leave early unless they are forced to be punctual.
    E. Work is not intrinsically valued in India.
    F. Quite often people visit ailing friends and relatives or go out of their way to help them in their personal matters even during office hours.

    (1) ECADBF

    (2) EADCFB

    (3) EADBFC

    (4) ABFCBE   (CAT 2001)

  • Answer: Option 1

  • Question 8

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given options.

    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 burn 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 productivecapacity, 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.

    (1) FDEBAC

    (2) FCABED

    (3) DEBACF

    (4) DFEBAC   (CAT 2001)

  • Answer: Option 1

  • Question 9

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given options.

    A. Michael Hofman, a poet and translator, accepts this sorry fact without approval or complaint.

    B. But thanklessness and impossibility do not daunt him.

    C. He acknowledges too in fact he returns to the point often that best translators of poetry always fail at some level.

    D. Hofman feels passionately about his work, and this is clear from his writings.

    E. In terms of the gap between worth and rewards, translators come somewhere near nurses and street cleaners.

    (1) EACDB

    (2) ADEBC

    (3) EACBD

    (4) DCEAB   (CAT 2001)

  • Answer: Option 3

  • Question 10

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given options.

    A. Passivity is not, of course, universal.

    B. In areas where there are no lords or laws, or in frontier zones where all men go armed, the
    attitude of the peasantry may well be different.

    C. So indeed it may be on the fringe of the unsubmissive.

    D. However, for most of the soil-bound peasants the problem is not whether to be normally passive or active, but when to pass from one state to another.

    E. This depends on an assessment of the political situation.

    (1) BEDAC

    (2) CDABE

    (3) EDBAC

    (4) ABCDE  (CAT 2001)

  • Answer: Option 4

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