Question Bank - CAT level Questions On Parajumbles Topic

  • OA - EDBAC

  • Q21) A. Even if you keep in mind that Norman Mailer will turn 80 in January, you still pause when he puts a hearing aid behind each of those notable ears.
    B. Some things stay.
    C. “The body is like an old boat in stormy areas,” he shrugs. “To stay afloat, you keep throwing ballast overboard. All the senses go — hearing, eyesight, smell.”
    D. The cartwheeling mind, the august manner — Mailer still has those

  • OA - ACBD

  • Q22) A. The woman’s new behaviour was geared towards showing her husband and children that she wouldn’t be taken for granted.
    B. Her husband ‘accidentally’ turned out to be exactly like her father, so marriage had just put her in the same victim category again.
    C. I pointed out that she had carefully taught people to treat her that way, that it was not ‘their’ fault at all.
    D. She soon realized that she had been victimizing herself by taking abuse for all those years and that it was her responsibility to look inward rather than outward for answers to her problems.
    E. Counselling helped her to learn ways of teaching people to treat her differently.

  • OA - BCDEA

  • Q23) A. A majestic city known as the ville lumière, or “city of light,” Paris has often been remade, most famously in the mid-19th century under the command of Georges-Eugène, Baron Haussman, who was committed to Napoleon III’s vision of a modern city free of the choleric swamps and congested alleys of old, with broad avenues and a regular plan.
    B. Paris is now a sprawling metropolis, one of Europe’s largest conurbations, but its historic heart can still be traversed in an evening’s walk amidst its denizens.
    C. Metropolitan Paris has now extended far beyond its ancient suburbs into the countryside, however, and nearly every French town and village now numbers a retiree or two driven from the city by the high cost of living, so that, in a sense, Paris has come to embrace the desert and the desert Paris.
    D. The capital and by far the most important city of France is Paris, one of the world’s preeminent cultural and commercial centres.
    E. Confident that their city stood at the very centre of the world, Parisians were once given to referring to their country as having two parts, Paris and le désert, the wasteland beyond it.

  • OA - DABEC

  • Q24) (A) Although there are large regional variations, it is not infrequent to find a large number of people sitting here together and doing 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.


  • Q25) A. Capping it all was a row about the legitimacy of holding election events in government property.
    B. Not a problem, the Labour party insisted, for this was a PFI hospital and thus commercial property.
    C. Gordon Brown then set out his manifesto in front of a peculiar mixture of party supporters and journalists, some of whom were jeered for asking impertinent questions.
    D. The stage seemed set for a typical, if rather embarrassing, New Labour event.
    E. In a Birmingham hospital, Soul Man blasted out while the likes of Pat McFadden and Bob Ainsworth fumbled in choreographed order towards their seats.

  • OA - DECAB

  • Q26) A. That may be beyond us, but as long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.
    B. The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer.
    C. That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we may fulfill the pledges we have so often taken and the one we shall take today.
    D. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity.
    E. The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye.
    (a) BDCEA
    (b) CBDEA
    (c) CDEBA
    (d) CEABD

  • OA - BDCEA

  • Q27) A. Fortunately, global wealth and technology allow us to better prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
    B. It does not necessarily mean that volcanoes and quakes are getting worse — but rather that there are more of us living in areas where we might be affected by a disaster, and we have more to lose.
    C. As global populations have grown and people have crowded into risk zones — like earthquake areas and flood plains — the toll of natural disasters has grown as well.
    D. According to the Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters, the number of catastrophic events has more than doubled since the 1980s.
    E. The Red Cross estimates that the economic damage from disasters rose fivefold, to $629 billion, from 1985 to 2005.

  • OA - CDEBA

  • Q28) A. The species, which are most numerous in individuals, will have the best chance of producing variations within any given period.
    B. Hence any rare species will be less quickly modified or improved within any given period, and they will be consequently beaten in the race for life by the modified descendants of the commoner species.
    C. From these considerations I think it inevitably follows, that as new species in the course of time are formed others will become rare and finally extinct.
    D. We have evidence of this in the fact that it is the more common species that afford the greatest number of varieties, or incipient species.
    E. Extinction or survival, therefore, is a function of a parameter that is totally beyond the control of the species.

  • OA - ADBCE

  • Q29) 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 bum 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 productive capacity, 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.


  • Q30) A. No person or institution will condemn them, and no order will collapse.
    B. This individual freedom is what a modern society is supposed to afford.
    C. One may argue that the order-disorder dichotomy is no longer quite as strict here as it once was, especially since few Westerners or Westernized groups care about old orders anymore and individuals may do as they wish.
    D. This is ordered chaos --- a new world where a partner or intermittent lover can pop out of the virtual world and where no boundaries prevail yet where one can summon romance out of any corner, real or virtual, and where some people still expressly choose the boundaries of old rites like marriage.
    E. But while the erotic is no longer taboo or feared, in matters of intimate relationships, the order-disorder dichotomy lives on

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