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Introduction to Paragraph Completion questions
One set of questions in CAT verbal includes paragraph completion. In such type of questions a paragraph is stated and a line is missing from this paragraph, generally the last line. The objective is to find the best suited line from among the options. And complete the para. The best strategy that works for suck questions is elimination of the wrong statements. Now creating three good, but incorrect, choices is not only hard work but also requires the content creator to think like the author, which is not easy, so he/she will usually be able to create only one good/close choice and two not so good choices.
-Find the best possible closest link.
– Any choice that is not in sync with the scope of the passage will be incorrect and should be eliminated
– Remember that the para and the statement is written by the same author. So the style of writing is same.
-Keep in mind the general tone of the para. It is generally carried throughout the paragraph.
-There is should be some form of continuity in the entire paragraph.
Sample Paragraph Completion questions
Q)Individuals owed their existence to their parents; without their countless sacrifices, they would never survive nor grow into sane human beings. They realised their potential in a stable and peaceful society, made possible by the efforts of thousands of anonymous men and women. They became rational, reflective and moral beings within a rich civilisation created by scores of sages, saints, savants and scientists.______________________.
a)Even a whole lifetime was not enough to pay back what they owed their parents, let alone all the others.
b)In short, every human being owed his humanity to others and benefitted from a world, to the creation of which he had not contributed anything.
c)To talk about ‘repaying’ the debts did not therefore make sense except in a clumsy and metaphorical way of describing one’s response to unsolicited but indispensable gifts.
d)Every individual is born with a debt, which is beyond his capacity to repay.
Q)There was a time when models were celebrities in their own right. Karen Lunel as the Liril girl, Jugal Hansraj as the Nutramul ‘dada’ and Vicks kid, Kavita Choudhari as ‘Lalitaji’, Col Raj Kapoor in the Volfarm (a tomato ketchup by Voltas) ad and Preity Zinta as the Perk girl to name but a few, will be recalled by those on the wrong side of 30. In time though models have had to cede stardom to Bollywood and cricketers and today we tend to think of models as the cutie-pie Sardarji kid in the Maruti-800 ad, the Malayali fisherman who used FeviKwik as his bait and the funny guy in the Centreshock commercials. __________________
1)They are remembered for their great performances, though the faces are forgotten.
2)They are no longer celebrities or stars though one can still put a face to them.
3)Little surprise then that they are household names though they have no identity.
4)They have no identities and are quickly forgotten, though the ads are remembered.
5)They span a wide variety of cultures and identities and endear themselves to the audience.
Q) By propounding Darwinism, even scientists and science writers perpetuate an impression that evolution
is about one man, one book, one theory. The ninth-century Buddhist master Lin Chi said, If you
meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. The point is that making a master teacher into a sacred fetish
misses the essence of his teaching. So let us now kill Darwin. That all life is related by common ancestry,
and that populations change form over time, are the broad strokes and fine brushwork of evolution. But
Darwin was late to the party. __________________________________
(1) All Darwin perceived was that selection must work in nature, too.
(2) Scientists often attribute the success of a phenomenon to an individual, thus mitigating the magnitude
of that particular discovery or innovation.
(3) Thats why Darwin must go.
(4) But theres a limit to how much credit is reasonable.
(5) His grandfather, and others, believed new species evolved.
Q) The first thing I see every time I come to New York is something that is not there. That soaring absence of the twin towers on the skyline of Manhattan remains this city’s most haunting presence. A landmark of air. But the shadow cast by the absent twin towers is no longer the defining feature of world politics in the way that the shadow cast by the Berlin Wall was for nearly 30 years. Most people don’t any more feel that we live in a “war on terror” in the way that we did feel that we lived in a cold war.
A. Even here, the war on terror is over. And few feel it has left them safer.
B. Terrorism is now one threat among many – including the legacy of conflicts and tactics that were supposed to end it
C. Not across the world. Not in America. Not even in New York.
D. The terrorist threat has been joined or overtaken by other problems, some of which feel more urgent and others which seem more important.
E. There is a general and surely correct sense that a long-term struggle against diverse terrorists continues
Q) We all think we know Henry VIII and all there is to know about him. The Holbein portraits, the profusion of television dramas and films, the novels and histories set in his world make him ubiquitous. A whole set of clichs, truisms and fallacies accompany that famous silhouette. As a character, the king both repulses and fascinates us. His vast girth, larger than life persona, grandeur, pomp, arrogance and appetites make us strangely proud of this hyper-masculine, fabled monarch. _________________
1) Yet much of what we think we know about Henry VIII is just that – fable, we think of him in stereotypes.
2) Myths and half-truths have accrued around Henry VIII through the distorted pictures given by filmmakers.
3) Recent scholarship has shown that the Henrys of the 1930s, 1960s and 2000s differ wildly because they were designed to appeal to the different cultural imperatives of each era.
4) Another thing obscuring our relative ignorance about Henry as an individual is that what we mistake for knowledge about the king is knowledge of what was around him.
5) Each film makes its own Henry and tells us far more about the preoccupations of each generation of filmmakers than they do about the king’s character.
Q) Remember that dispute about whether it was Mark Zuckerberg or some other Harvard students who really dreamed up Facebook a few years ago? Well, it turns out that the notion of putting notes and images on a hosts face book was around long, long before Mr. Zuckerberg posted anything on his Wall. Bryan Benilous, a historical newspaper specialist at the digital-archive company Proquest, said he and his colleagues came across a Boston Daily Globe article from August 24, 1902, titled, Face Book The New Fad, describing a party game where revelers sketch out cartoony caricatures for fun. _________________
a) There are more than a few similarities between current social-networking practices and early-20th century social practices, said Ellen Gruber Garvey, a professor at New Jersey.
b) I think it is interesting to note the similarities with this first iteration of Face Book as a shared social experience, said Mr. Benilous.
c) Drawing games and versions of the Surrealist parlor game Exquisite Corpse were popular activities.
d) Ms. Garvey also said it was common for Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries to keep guest books in which visitors and friends could scribble thoughts or jokes.
e) Its almost like having friends write on your wall in a much less tech-savvy way.
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