Critical Reasoning Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0007

  • Question 6

    The first and last sentences are 1 and 6, and the four in between are labelled A,B,C and D. Choose the most logical order of these four sentences from among the four given choices to construct a coherent paragraph from sentences 1 to 6.

    1. Horses and communism were, on the whole, a poor match.

    A. Fine horses bespoke the nobility the party was supposed to despise.

    B. Communist leaders, when they visited villages, preferred to see cows and pigs.

    C. Although a working horse was just about tolerable, the communists were right to be wary.

    D. Peasants from Poland to the Hungarian Pustza preferred their horses to party dogma.

    6. ‘A farmer's pride is his horse; his cow may be thin but his horse must be fat,’ went a Slovak  saying.

    (1) ACDB

    (2) DBCA

    (3) ABCD

    (4) DCBA      (CAT 2000)

  • Answer: Option 3

  • Question 7

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

    A. If caught in the act, they were punished, not for the crime, but for allowing themselves to be caught another lash of the whip.

    B. The bellicose Spartans sacrificed all the finer things in life for military expertise.

    C. Those fortunate enough to survive babyhood were taken away from their mothers at the age of seven to undergo rigorous military training.

    D. This consisted mainly of beatings and deprivations of all kinds like going around barefoot in winter, and worse, starvation so that they would be forced to steal food to survive.

    E. Male children were examined at birth by the city council and those deemed too weak to become soldiers were left to die of exposure.

    (1) BECDA

    (2) ECADB

    (3) BCDAE

    (4) ECDAB    (CAT 2000)

  • Answer: Option 1

  • Question 8

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

    A. This very insatiability of the photographing eye changes the terms of confinement in the cave, our world.

    B. Humankind lingers unregenerately in Plato’s cave, still revelling its age-old habit, in mere images of truth.

    C. But being educated by photographs is not like being educated by older images drawn by hand; for one thing, there are a great many more images around, claiming our attention.

    D. The inventory started in 1839 and since then just about everything has been photographed, or so it seems.

    E. In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe.

    (1) EABCD

    (2) BDEAC

    (3) BCDAE

    (4) ECDAB   (CAT 2000)

  • Answer: Option 3

  • Question 9

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

    A. To be culturally literate is to possess the basic information needed to thrive in the modern world.

    B. Nor is it confined to one social class; quite the contrary.

    C. It is by no means confined to “culture” narrowly understood as an acquaintance with the arts.

    D. Cultural literacy constitutes the only sure avenue of opportunity for disadvantaged children, the only reliable way of combating the social determinism that now condemns them.

    E. The breadth of that information is great, extending over the major domains of human activity from sports to science.

    (1) AECBD

    (2) DECBA

    (3) ACBED

    (4) DBCAE   (CAT 2000)

  • Answer: Option 1

  • Question 10

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

    A. Both parties use capital and labour in the struggle to secure property rights.

    B. The thief spends time and money in his attempt to steal (he buys wire cutters) and the legitimate property owner expends resources to prevent the theft (he buys locks).

    C. A social cost of theft is that both the thief and the potential victim use resources to gain or maintain control over property.

    D. These costs may escalate as a type of technological arms race unfolds.

    E. A bank may purchase more and more complicated and sophisticated safes, forcing safecrackers to invest further in safecracking equipment.

    (1) ABCDE

    (2) CABDE

    (3) ACBED

    (4) CBEDA   (CAT 2000)

  • Answer: Option 2

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