Top 123 CAT Vocabulary Questions With Video Solutions

CAT has discontinued asking direct vocabulary questions since 2009, however vocabulary is still important for RCs as they'll help you better understand. Also, CAT Vocabulary Question remain important for all the other MBA exams. Hence, we have compiled all the necessary Vocabulary questions with detailed video solutions. To help you enhance your vocabulary skills, we have compiled a list of all the CAT Vocabulary Questions from CAT's previous papers with answers in PDF. Practising these questions can boost your confidence and improve your ability to solve vocabulary questions. Click on the below link to download all the vocabulary questions from CAT's previous papers PDF with detailed answers. 

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Steps to Increase Your Vocabulary

Read Newspapers

Keep reading newspapers from sources such as The HIndu, The Mint, The Guardian, Economic Times, etc. Start with editorial portions which will also be helpful for GDPI Preparation. Also, check with other important sections of the pages such as Business, Important Events, etc.

- Whenever, you come across words that you are not aware try to guess the meaning of word depending upon the context and check the meaning of the word.

- Also, make a note of all the words that are being repeated and revise them in between.

Read Articles

Keep reading articles from Aeon, The Atlantic, The Guardian, etc. Try to read across different non-fictional genres such as Science, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Philosophy, English LIterature etc. Reading across different genres will help you familiarize with the different terms across diverse genres.

Read Non-fiction 

RCs from CAT usually are asked from all the non-fictional sources such as Science Articles, Journals and Magazines. The text are usually dense and are domain specific, try to read these after a decent amount of practice. Know the meaning of all the words that you do not know.

Analyze Mocks

Get to know the meaning of words that you struggled while you were attempting RCs.

CAT 2008 Vocabulary questions

Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following four questions: In each question, there are five sentences. Each sentence has a pair of words that are italicized and highlighted. From the italicized and highlighted words, select the most appropriate words (A or B) to form correct sentences. The sentences are followed by options that indicate the words, which may be selected to correctly complete the set of sentences. From the options given, choose the most appropriate one.

Question 1

Anita wore a beautiful broach (A)/brooch (B) on the lapel of her jacket.
If you want to complain about the amenities in your neighbourhood, please meet your councillor(A)/counsellor(B).
I would like your advice(A)/advise(B) on which job I should choose.
The last scene provided a climactic(A)/climatic(B) ending to the film.
Jeans that flair(A)/flare(B) at the bottom are in fashion these days.

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following four questions: In each question, there are five sentences. Each sentence has a pair of words that are italicized and highlighted. From the italicized and highlighted words, select the most appropriate words (A or B) to form correct sentences. The sentences are followed by options that indicate the words, which may be selected to correctly complete the set of sentences. From the options given, choose the most appropriate one.

Question 2

The cake had lots of currents(A)/currants(B) and nuts in it.
If you engage in such exceptional(A)/exceptionable(B) behaviour, I will be forced to punish you.
He has the same capacity as an adult to consent(A)/assent(B) to surgical treatment.
The minister is obliged (A)/compelled(B) to report regularly to a parliamentary board.
His analysis of the situation is far too sanguine(A)/genuine(B).

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following four questions: In each question, there are five sentences. Each sentence has a pair of words that are italicized and highlighted. From the italicized and highlighted words, select the most appropriate words (A or B) to form correct sentences. The sentences are followed by options that indicate the words, which may be selected to correctly complete the set of sentences. From the options given, choose the most appropriate one.

Question 3

She managed to bite back the ironic(A)/caustic(B) retort on the tip of her tongue.
He gave an impassioned and valid(A)/cogent(B) plea for judicial reform.
I am not adverse(A)/averse(B) to helping out.
The coupe(A)/coup(B) broke away as the train climbed the hill.
They heard the bells peeling(A)/pealing(B) far and wide.

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following four questions: In each question, there are five sentences. Each sentence has a pair of words that are italicized and highlighted. From the italicized and highlighted words, select the most appropriate words (A or B) to form correct sentences. The sentences are followed by options that indicate the words, which may be selected to correctly complete the set of sentences. From the options given, choose the most appropriate one.

Question 4

We were not successful in defusing(A)/diffusing(B) the Guru’s ideas.
The students baited(A)/bated(B) the instructor with irrelevant questions.
The hoard(A)/horde(B) rushed into the campus.
The prisoner’s interment(A)/internment(B) came to an end with his early release.
The hockey team could not deal with his unsociable(A)/unsocial(B) tendencies.

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Instruction for set 2:

Directions for the following four questions: In each of the questions, a word has been used in sentences in five different ways. Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

Question 5

Choose the option in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

Run

[CAT 2008]

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Instruction for set 2:

Directions for the following four questions: In each of the questions, a word has been used in sentences in five different ways. Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

Question 6

Choose the option in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

Round

[CAT 2008]

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Instruction for set 2:

Directions for the following four questions: In each of the questions, a word has been used in sentences in five different ways. Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

Question 7

Choose the option in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

Buckle

[CAT 2008]

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Instruction for set 2:

Directions for the following four questions: In each of the questions, a word has been used in sentences in five different ways. Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

Question 8

Choose the option in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

File

[CAT 2008]

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Instruction for set 3:

Directions for the following four questions: Each of the following questions has a sentence with two blanks. Given below each question are five pairs of words. Choose the pair that best completes the sentence.

Question 9

The genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda, apart from being mis-described in the most sinister and _______ manner as ‘ethnic cleansing’, were also blamed, in further hand-washing rhetoric, on something dark and interior to _______ and perpetrators alike.

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Instruction for set 3:

Directions for the following four questions: Each of the following questions has a sentence with two blanks. Given below each question are five pairs of words. Choose the pair that best completes the sentence.

Question 10

As navigators, calendar makers, and other __________ of the night sky accumulated evidence to the contrary, ancient astronomers were forced to __________ that certain bodies might move in circles about points, which in turn moved in circles about the earth.

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Instruction for set 3:

Directions for the following four questions: Each of the following questions has a sentence with two blanks. Given below each question are five pairs of words. Choose the pair that best completes the sentence.

Question 11

Every human being, after the first few days of his life, is a product of two factors: on the one hand, there is his __________ endowment; and on the other hand, there is the effect of environment, including _____

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Instruction for set 3:

Directions for the following four questions: Each of the following questions has a sentence with two blanks. Given below each question are five pairs of words. Choose the pair that best completes the sentence.

Question 12

Exhaustion of natural resources, destruction of individual initiative by governments, control over men’s minds by central _______ of education and propaganda are some of the major evils which appear to be on the increase as a result of the impact of science upon minds suited by _______ to an earlier kind of world.

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CAT 2007 Vocabulary questions

Instruction for set 1:

There are four sentences. Each sentence has pairs of words/phrases that are italicized and highlighted.

From the italicized and highlighted word(s)/phrase(s), select the most appropriate word(s)/phrase(s) to form correct sentences. Then, from the options given, choose the best one.

Question 1

The cricket council that was [A] / were [B] elected last March is [A] / are [B] at sixes and sevens over new rules.

The critics censored [A] / censured [B] the new movie because of its social inaccessibility.

Amit’s explanation for missing the meeting was credulous [A] / credible [B].

She coughed discreetly [A] / discretely [B] to announce her presence.

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Instruction for set 1:

There are four sentences. Each sentence has pairs of words/phrases that are italicized and highlighted.

From the italicized and highlighted word(s)/phrase(s), select the most appropriate word(s)/phrase(s) to form correct sentences. Then, from the options given, choose the best one.

Question 2

The further [A] / farther [B] he pushed himself, the more disillusioned he grew.

For the crowds it was more of a historical [A] / historic [B] event; for their leader, it was just another day.

The old man has a healthy distrust [A] / mistrust [B] for all new technology.

This film is based on a real [A] / true [B] story.

One suspects that the compliment [A] / complement [B] was backhanded

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Instruction for set 1:

There are four sentences. Each sentence has pairs of words/phrases that are italicized and highlighted.

From the italicized and highlighted word(s)/phrase(s), select the most appropriate word(s)/phrase(s) to form correct sentences. Then, from the options given, choose the best one.

Question 3

Regrettably [A] / Regretfully [B] I have to decline your invitation.

I am drawn to the poetic, sensual [A] / sensuous [B] quality of her paintings.

He was besides [A] / beside [B] himself with rage when I told him what I had done.

After brushing against a stationary [A] / stationery [B] truck my car turned turtle.

As the water began to rise over[A]/above[B] the danger mark, the signs of an imminent flood were clear.

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CAT 2005 Vocabulary questions

Question 1

Choose the option in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

"Near"

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Question 2

Choose the option in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

"Hand"

[CAT 2005]

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Question 3

Choose the option in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

"For"

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Question 4

The following question has a paragraph with one italicized word that does not make sense. Choose the most appropriate replacement for that word from the options given below the paragraph.

Intelligent design derives from an early 19th-century explanation of the natural world given by an English clergyman, William Paley. Paley was the populariser of the famous watchmaker analogy. Proponents of intelligent design are $${crupping}$$ Paley's argument with a new gloss from molecular biology.

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Question 5

The following question has a paragraph with one italicized word that does not make sense. Choose the most appropriate replacement for that word from the options given below the paragraph.

Women squat, heads covered, beside huge piles of limp fodder and $$blunk$$ oil lamps, and just about all the cows in the three towns converge upon this spot. Sinners, supplicants and yes, even scallywags hand over a few coins for a crack at redemption and a handful of grass.

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Question 6

The following question has a paragraph with one italicized word that does not make sense. Choose the most appropriate replacement for that word from the options given below the paragraph.

It is $$kiang$$ to a sensitive traveler who walks through this great town, when he sees the streets, the roads, and cabin doors crowded with beggars, mostly women, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags and importuning every passenger for alms.

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Question 7

The following question has a paragraph with one italicized word that does not make sense. Choose the most appropriate replacement for that word from the options given below the paragraph.

Or there is the most $$fingummy$$ diplomatic note on record: when Philip of Macedon wrote to the Spartans that, if he came within their borders, he would leave not one stone of their city, they wrote back the one word - “If”.

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CAT 2004 Vocabulary questions

Question 1

Choose the option in which the usage of BOLT is INCORRECT or INAPPROPRIATE?

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Question 2

Choose the option in which the usage of FALLOUT is INCORRECT or INAPPROPRIATE?

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Question 3

Choose the option in which the usage of PASSING is INCORRECT or INAPPROPRIATE?

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following ten questions: Fill up the blanks, numbered [1], [2] up to [10], in the two passages below with most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

First Passage:

"Between the year 1946 and the year 1955, I did not file any income tax returns." With that [1] statement, Ramesh embarked on an account of his encounter with the income tax department. "I originally owned Rs. 20,000 in unpaid taxes. With [2] and [3], the 20,000 became 60,000. The Income tax Department then went into action, and I learned first hand just how much power the Tax Department wields. Royalties and trust funds can be [4]; automobiles may be [5], and auctioned off. Nothing belongs to the [6] until the case is settled."

Second Passage:

"At that time the white house was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were [7]. In the various offices, [8] gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in low-pitched voices. The only color, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his [9] was easily set off; he scowled when he [10] the corridors.

Question 4

Blank Number [1]

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following ten questions: Fill up the blanks, numbered [1], [2] up to [10], in the two passages below with most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

First Passage:

"Between the year 1946 and the year 1955, I did not file any income tax returns." With that [1] statement, Ramesh embarked on an account of his encounter with the income tax department. "I originally owned Rs. 20,000 in unpaid taxes. With [2] and [3], the 20,000 became 60,000. The Income tax Department then went into action, and I learned first hand just how much power the Tax Department wields. Royalties and trust funds can be [4]; automobiles may be [5], and auctioned off. Nothing belongs to the [6] until the case is settled."

Second Passage:

"At that time the white house was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were [7]. In the various offices, [8] gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in low-pitched voices. The only color, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his [9] was easily set off; he scowled when he [10] the corridors.

Question 5

Blank Number [2]

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following ten questions: Fill up the blanks, numbered [1], [2] up to [10], in the two passages below with most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

First Passage:

"Between the year 1946 and the year 1955, I did not file any income tax returns." With that [1] statement, Ramesh embarked on an account of his encounter with the income tax department. "I originally owned Rs. 20,000 in unpaid taxes. With [2] and [3], the 20,000 became 60,000. The Income tax Department then went into action, and I learned first hand just how much power the Tax Department wields. Royalties and trust funds can be [4]; automobiles may be [5], and auctioned off. Nothing belongs to the [6] until the case is settled."

Second Passage:

"At that time the white house was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were [7]. In the various offices, [8] gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in low-pitched voices. The only color, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his [9] was easily set off; he scowled when he [10] the corridors.

Question 6

Blank Number [3]

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following ten questions: Fill up the blanks, numbered [1], [2] up to [10], in the two passages below with most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

First Passage:

"Between the year 1946 and the year 1955, I did not file any income tax returns." With that [1] statement, Ramesh embarked on an account of his encounter with the income tax department. "I originally owned Rs. 20,000 in unpaid taxes. With [2] and [3], the 20,000 became 60,000. The Income tax Department then went into action, and I learned first hand just how much power the Tax Department wields. Royalties and trust funds can be [4]; automobiles may be [5], and auctioned off. Nothing belongs to the [6] until the case is settled."

Second Passage:

"At that time the white house was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were [7]. In the various offices, [8] gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in low-pitched voices. The only color, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his [9] was easily set off; he scowled when he [10] the corridors.

Question 7

Blank Number [4]

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following ten questions: Fill up the blanks, numbered [1], [2] up to [10], in the two passages below with most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

First Passage:

"Between the year 1946 and the year 1955, I did not file any income tax returns." With that [1] statement, Ramesh embarked on an account of his encounter with the income tax department. "I originally owned Rs. 20,000 in unpaid taxes. With [2] and [3], the 20,000 became 60,000. The Income tax Department then went into action, and I learned first hand just how much power the Tax Department wields. Royalties and trust funds can be [4]; automobiles may be [5], and auctioned off. Nothing belongs to the [6] until the case is settled."

Second Passage:

"At that time the white house was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were [7]. In the various offices, [8] gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in low-pitched voices. The only color, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his [9] was easily set off; he scowled when he [10] the corridors.

Question 8

Blank Number [5]

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following ten questions: Fill up the blanks, numbered [1], [2] up to [10], in the two passages below with most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

First Passage:

"Between the year 1946 and the year 1955, I did not file any income tax returns." With that [1] statement, Ramesh embarked on an account of his encounter with the income tax department. "I originally owned Rs. 20,000 in unpaid taxes. With [2] and [3], the 20,000 became 60,000. The Income tax Department then went into action, and I learned first hand just how much power the Tax Department wields. Royalties and trust funds can be [4]; automobiles may be [5], and auctioned off. Nothing belongs to the [6] until the case is settled."

Second Passage:

"At that time the white house was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were [7]. In the various offices, [8] gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in low-pitched voices. The only color, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his [9] was easily set off; he scowled when he [10] the corridors.

Question 9

Blank Number [6]

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following ten questions: Fill up the blanks, numbered [1], [2] up to [10], in the two passages below with most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

First Passage:

"Between the year 1946 and the year 1955, I did not file any income tax returns." With that [1] statement, Ramesh embarked on an account of his encounter with the income tax department. "I originally owned Rs. 20,000 in unpaid taxes. With [2] and [3], the 20,000 became 60,000. The Income tax Department then went into action, and I learned first hand just how much power the Tax Department wields. Royalties and trust funds can be [4]; automobiles may be [5], and auctioned off. Nothing belongs to the [6] until the case is settled."

Second Passage:

"At that time the white house was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were [7]. In the various offices, [8] gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in low-pitched voices. The only color, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his [9] was easily set off; he scowled when he [10] the corridors.

Question 10

Blank Number [7]

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following ten questions: Fill up the blanks, numbered [1], [2] up to [10], in the two passages below with most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

First Passage:

"Between the year 1946 and the year 1955, I did not file any income tax returns." With that [1] statement, Ramesh embarked on an account of his encounter with the income tax department. "I originally owned Rs. 20,000 in unpaid taxes. With [2] and [3], the 20,000 became 60,000. The Income tax Department then went into action, and I learned first hand just how much power the Tax Department wields. Royalties and trust funds can be [4]; automobiles may be [5], and auctioned off. Nothing belongs to the [6] until the case is settled."

Second Passage:

"At that time the white house was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were [7]. In the various offices, [8] gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in low-pitched voices. The only color, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his [9] was easily set off; he scowled when he [10] the corridors.

Question 11

Blank Number [8]

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following ten questions: Fill up the blanks, numbered [1], [2] up to [10], in the two passages below with most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

First Passage:

"Between the year 1946 and the year 1955, I did not file any income tax returns." With that [1] statement, Ramesh embarked on an account of his encounter with the income tax department. "I originally owned Rs. 20,000 in unpaid taxes. With [2] and [3], the 20,000 became 60,000. The Income tax Department then went into action, and I learned first hand just how much power the Tax Department wields. Royalties and trust funds can be [4]; automobiles may be [5], and auctioned off. Nothing belongs to the [6] until the case is settled."

Second Passage:

"At that time the white house was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were [7]. In the various offices, [8] gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in low-pitched voices. The only color, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his [9] was easily set off; he scowled when he [10] the corridors.

Question 12

Blank Number [9]

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following ten questions: Fill up the blanks, numbered [1], [2] up to [10], in the two passages below with most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.

First Passage:

"Between the year 1946 and the year 1955, I did not file any income tax returns." With that [1] statement, Ramesh embarked on an account of his encounter with the income tax department. "I originally owned Rs. 20,000 in unpaid taxes. With [2] and [3], the 20,000 became 60,000. The Income tax Department then went into action, and I learned first hand just how much power the Tax Department wields. Royalties and trust funds can be [4]; automobiles may be [5], and auctioned off. Nothing belongs to the [6] until the case is settled."

Second Passage:

"At that time the white house was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were [7]. In the various offices, [8] gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in low-pitched voices. The only color, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his [9] was easily set off; he scowled when he [10] the corridors.

Question 13

Blank Number [10]

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CAT 2003 Vocabulary questions

Question 1

Choose the option in which the usage of the word 'Bundle' is Incorrect or Inappropriate.

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Question 2

Choose the option in which the usage of the word 'Distinct' is Incorrect or Inappropriate.

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Question 3

Choose the option in which the usage of the word 'Implication' is Incorrect or Inappropriate.

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Question 4

Choose the option in which the usage of the word 'Host' is Incorrect or Inappropriate.

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Question 5

Choose the option in which the usage of the word 'Sort' is Incorrect or Inappropriate.

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Question 6

Fill in the Blanks: The British retailer, M&S, today formally ______ defeat in its attempt to ______ King’s, its US subsidiary, since no potential purchasers were ready to cough up the necessary cash.

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Question 7

Fill in the Blanks: Early ______ of maladjustment to college culture is ______ by the tendency to develop friendship networks outside college which mask signals of maladjustment.

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Question 8

Fill in the Blanks: The ______ regions of Spain all have unique cultures, but the ______ views within each region make the issue of an acceptable common language of instruction an even more contentious one.

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Question 9

Fill in the Blanks: A growing number of these expert professionals ______ having to train foreigners as the students end up ______ the teachers who have to then unhappily contend with no jobs at all or new jobs with drastically reduced pay packets.

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Question 10

Fill in the Blanks: Companies that try to improve employees’ performance by ______ rewards encourage negative kinds of behavior instead of ______ a genuine interest in doing the work well.

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CAT 2002 Vocabulary questions

Question 1

Out of the four possibilities given, select the one that has all the definitions and their usages most closely matched.

"Measure"

A. Size or quantity found by measuring

B. Vessel of standard capacity

C. Suitable action

D. Ascertain extent or quantity

E. A measure was instituted to prevent outsiders from entering the campus

F. Sheila was asked to measure each item that was delivered.

G. The measure of the cricket pitch was 22 yards.

H. Ramesh used a measure to take out one litre of oil.

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Question 2

Out of the four possibilities given, select the one that has all the definitions and their usages most closely matched.

"Bound"

A. Obliged, constrained

B. Limiting value

C. Move in a specified direction

D. Destined or certain to be

E. Dinesh felt bound to walk out when the discussion turned to kickbacks.

F. Buffeted by contradictory forces he was bound to lose his mind.

G. Vidya's story strains the bounds of credulity.

H. Bound for a career in law, Jyoti was reluctant to study Milton.

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Question 3

Out of the four possibilities given, select the one that has all the definitions and their usages most closely matched.

"Catch"

A. Capture

B. Grasp with senses of mind

C. Deception

D. Thing or person worth trapping

E. All her friends agreed that Prasad was a good catch.

F. The proposal sounds very good but where is the catch?

G. Hussain tries to catch the spirit of India in this painting.

H. Sorry, I couldn't catch you.

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Question 4

Out of the four possibilities given, select the one that has all the definitions and their usages most closely matched.

"Deal"

A. Manage, attend to

B. Stock, sell

C. Give out to a number of people

D. Be concerned with

E. Dinesh insisted on dealing the cards.

F. This contract deals with handmade cards.

G. My brother deals in cards.

H. I decided not to deal with handmade cards.

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Question 5

Out of the four possibilities given, select the one that has all the definitions and their usages most closely matched.

"Turn"

A. Give new direction to

B. Send

C. Change in form

D. Opportunity coming successively for each person

E. It was now his turn to be angry.

F. Leena never turned away a beggar.

G. Ashish asked Laxman to turn his face to the left.

H. The old school building has been turned into a museum.

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Question 6

From the alternatives given pick the word or phrase that is closest in meaning in the given context.

Opprobrium: The police officer appears oblivious to the opprobrium generated by his blatantly partisan conduct.

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Question 7

From the alternatives given pick the word or phrase that is closest in meaning in the given context.

Portend: It appears to many that the US ‘war on terrorism’ portends trouble in the Gulf.

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Question 8

From the alternatives given pick the word or phrase that is closest in meaning in the given context.

Prevaricate: When a videotape of her meeting was played back to her and she was asked to explain her presence there, she started prevaricating.

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Question 9

From the alternatives given pick the word or phrase that is closest in meaning in the given context.

Restive: The crowd became restive when the minister failed to appear even by 10 pm.

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Question 10

From the alternatives given pick the word or phrase that is closest in meaning in the given context.

Ostensible: Manohar’s ostensible job was to guard the building at night.

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the next 3 questions: Fill the gaps in the passages below with the most appropriate word from the options given for each gap. The right words are the ones used by the author. Be guided by the author’s overall style and meaning when you choose the answers.

Von Nuemann and Morgenstern assume a decision framework in which all options are thoroughly considered, each option being independent of the others, with a numerical value derived for the utility of each possible outcome (these outcomes reflecting, in turn, all possible combinations of choices). The decision is then made to maximize the expected utility. ... 1 ... such a model reflects major simplifications of the way divisions are made in the real world. Humans are not able to process information as quickly and effectively as the model assumes; they tend not to think ... 2 ... as easily as the model calls for; they often deal with a particular option without really assessing its ... 3 ... and when they do assess alternatives, they may be extremely nebulous about their criteria of evaluation.

Question 11

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the next 3 questions: Fill the gaps in the passages below with the most appropriate word from the options given for each gap. The right words are the ones used by the author. Be guided by the author’s overall style and meaning when you choose the answers.

Von Nuemann and Morgenstern assume a decision framework in which all options are thoroughly considered, each option being independent of the others, with a numerical value derived for the utility of each possible outcome (these outcomes reflecting, in turn, all possible combinations of choices). The decision is then made to maximize the expected utility. ... 1 ... such a model reflects major simplifications of the way divisions are made in the real world. Humans are not able to process information as quickly and effectively as the model assumes; they tend not to think ... 2 ... as easily as the model calls for; they often deal with a particular option without really assessing its ... 3 ... and when they do assess alternatives, they may be extremely nebulous about their criteria of evaluation.

Question 12

2

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the next 3 questions: Fill the gaps in the passages below with the most appropriate word from the options given for each gap. The right words are the ones used by the author. Be guided by the author’s overall style and meaning when you choose the answers.

Von Nuemann and Morgenstern assume a decision framework in which all options are thoroughly considered, each option being independent of the others, with a numerical value derived for the utility of each possible outcome (these outcomes reflecting, in turn, all possible combinations of choices). The decision is then made to maximize the expected utility. ... 1 ... such a model reflects major simplifications of the way divisions are made in the real world. Humans are not able to process information as quickly and effectively as the model assumes; they tend not to think ... 2 ... as easily as the model calls for; they often deal with a particular option without really assessing its ... 3 ... and when they do assess alternatives, they may be extremely nebulous about their criteria of evaluation.

Question 13

3

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Instruction for set 2:

Directions for the next 3 questions: Fill the gaps in the passages below with the most appropriate word from the options given for each gap. The right words are the ones used by the author. Be guided by the author’s overall style and meaning when you choose the answers.

In a large company, ... 1 ... people is about as common as using a gun or a switch-blade to ... 2 ... an argument. As a result, most managers have little or no experience of firing people, and they find it emotionally traumatic; as result, they often delay the act interminably, much as an unhappy spouse will prolong a bad marriage. And when the firing is done, it’s often done clumsily, with far worse side effects than are necessary. Do the world-class software organizations have a different way of firing people? No, but they do the deed swiftly, humanely, and professionally. The key point here is to view the fired employee as a ‘failed product’ and to ask how the process ... 3 ... such a phenomenon in the first place.

Question 14

Fill in the blank at 1.

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Instruction for set 2:

Directions for the next 3 questions: Fill the gaps in the passages below with the most appropriate word from the options given for each gap. The right words are the ones used by the author. Be guided by the author’s overall style and meaning when you choose the answers.

In a large company, ... 1 ... people is about as common as using a gun or a switch-blade to ... 2 ... an argument. As a result, most managers have little or no experience of firing people, and they find it emotionally traumatic; as result, they often delay the act interminably, much as an unhappy spouse will prolong a bad marriage. And when the firing is done, it’s often done clumsily, with far worse side effects than are necessary. Do the world-class software organizations have a different way of firing people? No, but they do the deed swiftly, humanely, and professionally. The key point here is to view the fired employee as a ‘failed product’ and to ask how the process ... 3 ... such a phenomenon in the first place.

Question 15

Fill in the blank at 2.

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Instruction for set 2:

Directions for the next 3 questions: Fill the gaps in the passages below with the most appropriate word from the options given for each gap. The right words are the ones used by the author. Be guided by the author’s overall style and meaning when you choose the answers.

In a large company, ... 1 ... people is about as common as using a gun or a switch-blade to ... 2 ... an argument. As a result, most managers have little or no experience of firing people, and they find it emotionally traumatic; as result, they often delay the act interminably, much as an unhappy spouse will prolong a bad marriage. And when the firing is done, it’s often done clumsily, with far worse side effects than are necessary. Do the world-class software organizations have a different way of firing people? No, but they do the deed swiftly, humanely, and professionally. The key point here is to view the fired employee as a ‘failed product’ and to ask how the process ... 3 ... such a phenomenon in the first place.

Question 16

Fill in the blank at 3.

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CAT 2001 Vocabulary questions

Question 1

Fill in the Blanks: But _____ are now regularly written not just for tools, but well-established practices, organisations and institutions, not all of which seem to be _____ away.

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Question 2

Fill in the Blanks: The Darwin who _____ is most remarkable for the way in which he _____ the attributes of the world class thinker and head of the household.

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Question 3

Fill in the Blanks: Since her face was free of _____ there was no way to _____ if she appreciated what had happened.

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Question 4

Fill in the Blanks: In this context, the _____ of the British labour movement is particularly _____.

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Question 5

Fill in the Blanks: Indian intellectuals may boast, if they are so inclined, of being _____ to the most elitist among the intellectual _____ of the world.

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Question 6

Pick the word from the alternatives given that is most inappropriate in the given context.

Specious: A specious argument is not simply a false one but one that has the ring of truth.

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Question 7

Pick the word from the alternatives given that is most inappropriate in the given context.

Obviate: The new mass transit system may obviate the need for the use of personal cars.

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Question 8

Pick the word from the alternatives given that is most inappropriate in the given context.

Disuse: Some words fall into disuse as technology makes objects obsolete.

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Question 9

Pick the word from the alternatives given that is most inappropriate in the given context.

Parsimonious: The evidence was constructed from very parsimonious scraps of information.

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Question 10

Pick the word from the alternatives given that is most inappropriate in the given context.

Facetious: When I suggested that war is a method of controlling population, my father remarked that I was being facetious.

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following five questions: Answer the questions based on the following information.

For the word given at the top of each table, match the dictionary definitions on the left (A, B, C, D) with their corresponding usage on the right (E, F, G, H). Out of the four possibilities given in the boxes below the table, select the one that has all the definitions and their usages correctly matched.

Question 11

EXCEED

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following five questions: Answer the questions based on the following information.

For the word given at the top of each table, match the dictionary definitions on the left (A, B, C, D) with their corresponding usage on the right (E, F, G, H). Out of the four possibilities given in the boxes below the table, select the one that has all the definitions and their usages correctly matched.

Question 12

INFER

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following five questions: Answer the questions based on the following information.

For the word given at the top of each table, match the dictionary definitions on the left (A, B, C, D) with their corresponding usage on the right (E, F, G, H). Out of the four possibilities given in the boxes below the table, select the one that has all the definitions and their usages correctly matched.

Question 13

Mellow

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following five questions: Answer the questions based on the following information.

For the word given at the top of each table, match the dictionary definitions on the left (A, B, C, D) with their corresponding usage on the right (E, F, G, H). Out of the four possibilities given in the boxes below the table, select the one that has all the definitions and their usages correctly matched.

Question 14

Relief

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Instruction for set 1:

Directions for the following five questions: Answer the questions based on the following information.

For the word given at the top of each table, match the dictionary definitions on the left (A, B, C, D) with their corresponding usage on the right (E, F, G, H). Out of the four possibilities given in the boxes below the table, select the one that has all the definitions and their usages correctly matched.

Question 15

Purge

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CAT 2000 Vocabulary questions

Question 1

In each of the following sentences, parts of the sentence are left blank. Beneath each sentence, four different ways of completing the sentence are indicated. Choose the best alternative from among the four.

Though one eye is kept firmly on the _______, the company now also promotes _______ contemporary art.

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Question 2

In each of the following sentences, parts of the sentence are left blank. Beneath each sentence, four different ways of completing the sentence are indicated. Choose the best alternative from among the four.

The law prohibits a person from felling a sandalwood tree, even if it grows on one’s own land, without prior permission from the government. As poor people cannot deal with the government, this legal provision leads to a rip-roaring business for _______ , who care neither for the ________, nor for the trees.

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Question 3

In each of the following sentences, parts of the sentence are left blank. Beneath each sentence, four different ways of completing the sentence are indicated. Choose the best alternative from among the four.

It will take some time for many South Koreans to _______ the conflicting images of North Korea, let alone to _____ what to make of their northern cousins.

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Question 4

In each of the following sentences, parts of the sentence are left blank. Beneath each sentence, four different ways of completing the sentence are indicated. Choose the best alternative from among the four.

In these bleak and depressing times of _______ prices, non-performing governments and ________ crime rates, Sourav Ganguly has given us, Indians, a lot to cheer about.

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Question 5

In each of the following sentences, parts of the sentence are left blank. Beneath each sentence, four different ways of completing the sentence are indicated. Choose the best alternative from among the four.

The manners and _______ of the nouveau riche is a recurrent ______ in literature.

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CAT 1998 Vocabulary questions

Question 1

Fill in the blanks: Football evokes a ___ response in India compared to cricket, that almost ___ the nation.

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Question 2

Fill in the blanks: Social studies, science matters of health and safety, the very atmosphere of the classroom —these areas are few of the ___ for the ___ of proper emotional reactions.

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Question 3

Fill in the blanks: When children become more experienced with words as visual symbols, they find that they can gain meaning without making ___ sounds.

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Question 4

Fill in the blanks: Learning is more efficient when it is ___. It is less efficient when it is ___.

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Question 5

Fill in the blanks: Simple arithmetic tells us that there is more ___ than ___.

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Question 6

Fill in the blanks: 

Most political leaders acquire their position by causing a large number of people to believe that these leaders are ___ by altruistic desires.

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CAT 1997 Vocabulary questions

Question 1

Three of the words are related to in some way. Select the word that does not fit in the relation.

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Question 2

Three of the words are related to in some way. Select the word that does not fit in the relation.

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Question 3

Three of the words are related to in some way. Select the word that does not fit in the relation.

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Question 4

Three of the words are related to in some way. Select the word that does not fit in the relation.

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Question 5

Three of the words are related to in some way. Select the word that does not fit in the relation.

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Question 6

Three of the words are related to in some way. Select the word that does not fit in the relation.

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Question 7

Select the pair that best expresses a relationship similar to the one expressed in the question pair. Peel : Peal

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Question 8

Select the pair that best expresses a relationship similar to the one expressed in the question pair. Doggerel : Poet

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Question 9

Select the pair that best expresses a relationship similar to the one expressed in the question pair. Premise : Conclusion

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Question 10

Select the pair that best expresses a relationship similar to the one expressed in the question pair.

Barge : Vessel

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Question 11

Select the pair that best expresses a relationship similar to the one expressed in the question pair. Love : Obsession

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Question 12

Select the pair that best expresses a relationship similar to the one expressed in the question pair. Reptile : Adder

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CAT 1996 Vocabulary questions

Instruction for set 1:

Find the odd word out from each of the following sets of four word.

Question 1

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Instruction for set 1:

Find the odd word out from each of the following sets of four word.

Question 2

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Instruction for set 1:

Find the odd word out from each of the following sets of four word.

Question 3

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Instruction for set 1:

Find the odd word out from each of the following sets of four word.

Question 4

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Instruction for set 1:

Find the odd word out from each of the following sets of four word.

Question 5

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CAT 1990 Vocabulary questions

Question 1

Choose the pair of words which best expresses the relationship similar to that of CAR :ROAD

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Question 2

Choose the pair of words which best expresses the relationship similar to that of FORESIGHT : FARSIGHTEDNESS

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Question 3

Choose the pair of words which best expresses the relationship similar to that of FLEET : NAVY

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Question 4

Choose the pair of words which best expresses the relationship similar to that of FEATHER : WING

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Question 5

Choose the pair which does not exhibit the relationship similar to that expressed in RENT : LEASE

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Question 6

Choose the pair which does not exhibit the relationship similar to that expressed in TEMPERATURE : HEAT

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Question 7

Choose the pair which does not exhibit the relationship similar to that expressed in PROGRESS : PROGRESSIVE

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Question 8

Choose the pair which does not exhibit the relationship similar to that expressed in STUBBORN : ADAPTABLE

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Question 9

Choose the pair which does not exhibit the relationship similar to that expressed in CLIPS : PAPER

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Question 10

Fill in the Blanks: The __________, those cellular bodies which contain the __________ particles, the genes, provide us with basic facts of genetic transmission.

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Question 11

Fill in the Blanks: The insurance claim was __________ by the relevant documents

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Question 12

Fill in the Blanks: I should not have __________ to talk in such a __________ strain especially when I had not studied the man to whom I was talking.

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Question 13

Fill in the Blanks: High prices are often the __________ of __________ of goods

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Question 14

Fill in the Blanks: The recent disturbances in the country will __________ and peace will be restored.

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Question 15

Choose from among the given alternatives the one which will be a suitable substitute for the expression in quotes. The "marriage of the princess with the commoner" caused a furore among the royalty.

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Question 16

Choose from among the given alternatives the one which will be a suitable substitute for the expression in quotes. The victim's "involuntary responses to stimulus" proved that he was still living.

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Question 17

Choose from among the given alternatives the one which will be a suitable substitute for the expression in quotes. "The art and science of good eating and drinking is now a lost art".

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Question 18

Choose from among the given alternatives the one which will be a suitable substitute for the expression in quotes. The thrilling narrative caused "the hair on the skin to stand erect".

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Question 19

Choose from among the given alternatives the one which will be a suitable substitute for the expression in quotes. "The body of Macedonian infantry drawn up in close order" was like a formidable castle of steel.

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