Critical Reasoning Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0018


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: Critical Reasoning

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    Question 1

    Choose the set in which the statements are most logically related.

    A. Some of my closest friends disapprove of me.
    B. Some of my closest friends are aardvarks.
    C. All of my closest friends disapprove of me.
    D. All who disapprove of me are aardvarks.
    E. Some who disapprove of me are aardvarks.
    F. Some of my closest friends are no aardvarks.

    (a) BCD
    (b) ABD
    (c) BCE
    (d) ABE
                (CAT 1990)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 2

    Arrange the four sentences in their proper order so that they make a logically coherent paragraph.

    A. However, the severed head could not grow back if fire could be applied instantly to the amputated part.
    B.To get rid of this monstrosity was truly a Herculean task, for as soon as one head was cut off, two new ones replaced it.
    C. Hercules accomplished this labour with the aid of an assistant who cauterized the necks as fast as Hercules cut off the heads!
    D. One of the twelve labours of Hercules was the killing of hydra, a water monster with nine heads.

    a. DCBA

    b. ABCD

    c. DBAC

    d. BDCA            ( CAT 1996 )


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 3

    Arrange the four sentences in their proper order so that they make a logically coherent paragraph.

    A. That Hollywood is a man's world is certainly true, but it is not the whole truth.
    B. Even Renaissance film actress, Jodie Foster, who hosts this compendium of movie history, confesses surprise at this.
    C. She says that she had no idea that women were so active in the industry even in those days.
    D. During the silent era, for example, female scriptwriters outnumbered males 10 to 1.

    a. ADBC

    b. ABDC

    c. DCAB

    d. ABCD    ( CAT 1996 )


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 4

    Arrange the four sentences in their proper order so that they make a logically coherent paragraph

    A. The Saheli Programme, run by the US Cross-Cultural Solutions, is offering a three week tour of India that involves a lot more than frenzied sightseeing.
    B. Participants interested in women's issues will learn about arranged marriages, dowry and infanticide.
    C. Holiday packages include all sorts of topics, but female infanticide must be the first for tourism.
    D. Interspersed with these talks and meetings are visits to cities like New Delhi and Agra, home to the Taj Mahal.

    a. ACBD

    b. CDBA

    c. ADBC

    d. CABD         ( CAT 1996 )


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 5

    Arrange the four sentences in their proper order so that they make a logically coherent paragraph

    A. Something magical is happening to our planet.
    B. Some are calling it a paradigm shift.
    C. Its getting smaller.
    D. Others call it business transformation.

    a. ABDC

    b. ACDB

    c. ABCD

    d. ACBD        ( CAT 1996 )


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 6

    Arrange the four sentences in their proper order so that they make a logically coherent paragraph.

    A. Its business decisions are made on the timely and accurate flow of information.
    B. It has 1,700 employees in 13 branch and representative offices across the Asia-Pacific region.
    C. For employees to maintain a competitive edge in a fast-moving field, they must have quick access to JP Morgan's proprietary trade related data.
    D. JP Morgan's is one of the largest banking institutions in the US and a premier international trading firm.

    a. DBAC

    b. DCBA

    c. CDAB

    d. DCAB     ( CAT 1996 )


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 7

    Arrange the four sentences so that all six together make a logical paragraph.

    1. 1. It doesn't take a highly esteemed medical expert to conclude that women handle pain better than men.
    A. First the men would give birth, and then take six months to recover.
    B. As for labour pains, the human species would become extinct if men had to give birth.
    C. They do, however, make life hell for everyone else with their non-stop complaining about how bad they feel.
    D. The men in my life, including my husband and my father, would not take a Tylenol for pain even if their lives depends on it.
    6. And by the time they finish sharing their excruciating experience with their buddies, all reproduction would come to a halt.

    a. ABDC

    b. DCBA

    c. CDBA

    d. BACD    ( CAT 1996 )


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 8

    Arrange the four sentences so that all six together make a logical paragraph.

    1. A few years ago, hostility towards Japanese-Americans was so strong that I thought they were going to reopen the detention camps here in Kolkata.
    A. Today Asians are a success story.
    B. I cannot help making a comparison to the anti-Jewish sentiment in Nazi Germany when Jewish people were successful in business.
    C. But do people applaud President Clinton for improving foreign trade with Asia?
    D. Now, talk about the ‘Arkansas-Asia Connection’ is broadening that hatred to include all Asian - Americans.
    6. No, blinded by jealousy, they complain that it is the Asian-Americans who are reaping the wealth.

    a. DBAC

    b. ABDC

    c. DABC

    d. ACBD     ( CAT 1996 )


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 9

    Arrange the four sentences so that all six together make a logical paragraph.

    1. Michael Jackson, clearly no admirer of long engagements, got married abruptly for the second time in three years.
    A. The latest wedding took place in a secret midnight ceremony in Sydney, Australia.
    B. It is also the second marriage for the new missus, about whom little is known.
    C. The wedding was attended by the groom's entourage and staff, according to Jackson's publicist.
    D. The bride, 37-year-old Debbie Rowe, who is carrying Jackson's baby, wore white.
    6. All that is known is that she is a nurse for Jackson's dermatologist.

    a. ACDB

    b. BDCA

    c. DABC

    d. CDBA        ( CAT 1996 )


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 10

    Arrange the four sentences so that all six together make a logical paragraph.

    1. Liz Taylor isn't just unlucky in love.
    A. She, and husband Larry Fortensky, will have to pay the tab — $4,32,600 in court costs.
    B. The duo claimed that a 1993 story about a property dispute damaged their reputations.
    C. Taylor has just filed a defamation suit against the National Enquirer.
    D. She is unlucky in law too.
    6. Alas, all levels of the California court system disagreed.


    a. CDAB

    b. DCAB

    c. DABC

    d. CDB           ( CAT 1996 )


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