Critical Reasoning Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0013


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: Critical Reasoning

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    Question 1

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D in a proper sequence so as to make a coherent paragraph.

    A. Perhaps the best known is the Bay Area Writing Project, founded by James Gray in 1974.
    B. The decline in writing skills can be stopped.
    C.Today's back-to-basics movement has already forced some schools to place renewed emphasis on writing skills.
    D. Although the inability of some teachers to teach writing successfully remains a big stumbling block, a number of programmes have been developed to attack this problem.

    a. BCDA

    b. ADCB

    c. ACBD

    d. CABD   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 2

    Unless you decide your whole life to it, you will never learn to speak the language of another country to perfection; you will never know its people and its literature with complete intimacy.

    Which of the following is likely to undermine the above argument?

    a. I can speak 10 foreign languages already.
    b. I do not travel to foreign countries.
    c. I am happy with the languages I know and do not need to learn any other language.
    d. I should spend time to understand my own people and literature first, only then can I appreciate other languages and cultures.   (CAT 1995)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 3

    The writer can only be fertile if he renews himself and he can only renew himself, if his soul is constantly enriched by fresh experience.

    Which of the following is most likely to support the above thought?

    a. Only out of fresh experience can the writer get germs for new writing.
    b. The writer can meet new people.
    c. The writer must see new places.
    d. None of these
       (CAT 1995)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 4

    But because the idea of private property has been permitted to override with its selfishness, the common good of humanity it does not follow that there are not limits within which that idea can function for the general convenience and advantage.

    Which of the following is most likely to weaken the argument?

    a. All the people of the society should progress at an equitable rate and there should be no disparities and private property does bring about a tremendous disparity.
    b. One should not strive for the common good of humanity at all, instead one should be concerned with maximising one's own wealth.
    c. One should learn from the experiences of former communist nations and should not repeat his mistakes at all.
    d. Even prosperous capitalist countries like the USA have their share of social problems.

    (CAT 1995)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 5

    Now the audience is a very curious animal. It is shrewd rather than intelligent. Its mental capacity is less than that of its most intellectual members. If these were graded from A to Z, decreasing with succeeding letters to the zero of the hysterical shop-girl, I should say its mental capacity would come around about the letter O.

    According to the above statement,

    a. some members in the audience are more intelligent than any of its other members.
    b. the net intelligence of the audience is a little less than average.
    c. Only (a)
    d. Both (a) and (b)
       (CAT 1995)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 6

    I have been studying it, consciously and subconsciously, for 40 years and I still find men unaccountable; people I know intimately can surprise me by some action of theirs which I never thought them capable of or by the discovery of some trait which exhibit a side of themselves that I never even suspected.

    The idea in this sentence can be best summarised as

    a. men are inconsistent and therefore one should not be confident even about one's closest friends.
    b. men are unpredictable, one can never tell what they will do next; hence, one should be very careful in one's dealings.
    c. no matter how closely you know somebody there still exists an unknown facet of his personality.
    d. None of these     (CAT 1995)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 7

    Choose the set in which the statements are logically related.

    1. Some bubbles are not dubbles

    2. Some dubbles are not bubbles

    3. Noone who is rubbles is dubbles

    4. All dubbles are rubbles

    5. Some dubbles are bubbles

    6. Some who are rubbles are not bubbles

    a. 136

    b. 456

    c. 123

    d. 246   (CAT 1995)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 8

    choose the set in which the statements are logically related

    1. Some men are bad

    2. All men are sad

    3. All bad things are men

    4. All bad things are sad

    5. Some sad things are men

    6. Some sad things are bad

    a. 165

    b. 236

    c. 241

    d. 235   (CAT 1995)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 9

    Choose that set in which the statements are logically related

    1. All Toms are bright

    2. No bright Toms are Dicks

    3. Some Toms are Dicks

    4. Some Dicks are bright

    5. No Tom is a Dick

    6. No Dick is a Tom

    a. 123

    b. 256

    c. 126

    d. 341   (CAT 1995)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 10

    1. All witches are nasty

    2. Some devils are nasty

    3. All witches are devils

    4. All devils are nasty

    5. Some nasty are devils

    6. No witch is nasty

    a. 234

    b. 341

    c. 453

    d. 653   (CAT 1995)


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