CAT 2017 - Slot 1 - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension - Identify the most appropriate summary for the paragraph

Q. 1: Identify the most appropriate summary for the paragraph.
To me, a “classic” means precisely the opposite of what my predecessors understood: a work is classical by reason of its  resistance to contemporaneity and supposed universality, by reason of its capacity to indicate human  particularity  and  difference in that past epoch. The classic is not what tells me about shared humanity—or, more truthfully put, what lets me recognize myself as already present in the past, what nourishes in me the illusion that everything has been like me and has  existed only to prepare the way for me. Instead, the classic is what gives access to radically different forms of human consciousness for any given generation of readers, and thereby expands for them the range of possibilities of what it means to  be a human being.
A) A classic is able to focus on the contemporary human condition and a unified experience of human consciousness.
B) A classical work seeks to resist particularity and temporal difference even as it focuses on a common humanity
C) A classic is a work exploring the new., going beyond the universal, the contemporary, and the notion of a unified human consciousness
D) A classic is a work that provides access to a universal experience of the human race as opposed to radically different forms of human consciousness

Correct Answer:- C Explanation:-

The author of the paragraph defines a classic as giving access to very different forms of human consciousness for any reader at  any time, enabling them to experience the different possibilities of being a human being. That being the case, (1) and (4) which advocate a unified experience of human consciousness are ruled out. Even (2) which refers to a common humanity is thus ruled    out. Only (3) faithfully sticks to the classical experience going beyond the notion of a unified human consciousness to give access     to different forms of human consciousness.

 
Q. 2: Identify the most appropriate summary for the paragraph.
A translator of literary works needs a secure hold upon the two languages involved, supported by a good measure of familiarity with the two cultures. For an Indian translating works in an Indian language into English, finding satisfactory equivalents in a generalized western culture of practices and symbols in the original would be less difficult than gaining fluent control of contemporary English. When a westerner works on texts in Indian languages the interpretation of cultural elements will be the major challenge, rather than control over the grammar and essential vocabulary of the language concerned. It is much easier to remedy lapses in language in a text translated into English, than flaws of content. Since it is easier for an Indian to learn the English language than it is for a Briton or American to comprehend Indian culture, translations of Indian texts is better left to Indians.
A) While translating, the Indian and the westerner face the same challenges but they have different skill profiles and the former has the advantage.|
B) As preserving cultural meanings is the essence of literary translation Indians’ knowledge of the local culture outweighs the initial disadvantage of lower fluency in English.
C) Indian translators should translate Indian texts into English as their work is less likely to pose cultural problems which are harder to address than the quality of language.
D) Westerners might be good at gaining reasonable fluency in new languages, but as understanding the culture reflected in literature is crucial, Indians remain better placed.

Correct Answer:- C Explanation:-

The paragraph essentially reveals that an Indian translating works in an Indian language to English  would  find  cultural  equivalents in the western world easily, whereas a Westerner would find it very difficult to interpret cultural elements into English. Hence, it is better if an Indian translates Indian texts into English, as lapses in language are easily addressed, whereas flaws of content are a strict no-no! (4) does not mention translation at all and is thus found wanting. (3) does not explicitly recommend     that Indians do the said translation either, hence it is also found wanting. (1) also does not sufficiently press that Indians translate Indian texts. (3) comprehensively reframes the paragraph.

 

Q. 3: Identify the most appropriate summary for the paragraph.
For each of the past three years, temperatures have hit peaks not seen since the birth of meteorology, and probably not for more than 110,000 years. The amount of carbon dioxide in the air is at its highest level in 4 million years. This does not cause storms like Harvey – there have always been storms and hurricanes along the Gulf of Mexico – but it makes them wetter and  more powerful. As the seas warm, they evaporate more easily and provide energy to storm fronts. As the air above them warms,  it holds more water vapour. For every half a degree Celsius in warming, there is about a 3% increase in atmospheric moisture content. Scientists call this the Clausius-Clapeyron equation. This means the skies fill more quickly and have more to dump. The storm surge was greater because sea levels have risen 20 cm as a result of more than 100 years of human -related global  warming which has melted glaciers and thermally expanded the volume of sea water.
A) The storm Harvey is one of the regular., annual ones from the Gulf of Mexico; global warming and Harvey are unrelated phenomena.
B) Global warming does not breed storms but makes them more destructive; the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, though it predicts potential increase in atmospheric moisture content, cannot predict the scale of damage storms might wreck.
C) Global warming melts glaciers, resulting in sea water volume expansion; this enables more water vapour to fill the air   above faster. Thus, modern storms contain more destructive energy.
D) It is naive to think that rising sea levels and the force of tropical storms are unrelated; Harvey was destructive as global warming has armed it with more moisture content, but this may not be true of all storms.

Correct Answer:- C

Explanation:-

The paragraph argues that global warming causes sea levels to rise and fill the skies with water vapour, thus leading to wetter and more damaging storms and hurricanes. (1) contradicts received wisdom by stating that global warming and rampaging storms are unrelated. (2) focuses on the downsides of the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, which are not mentioned in the paragraph at all. (4) is verbose, refer to ‘but this may not be true of all storms’, an uncertain statement anyway from the paragraph point of view. (3) faithfully captures the essence of the paragraph.

 

Q. 4:The five sentences (labelled 1,2,3,4, and 5) given in this question, when properly sequenced, form    a coherent paragraph. Decide on the proper order for the sentence and key in this sequence of five numbers as your answer
1. The process of handing down implies not a passive transfer, but some contestation in defining what exactly is to be handed down.
2. Wherever Western scholars have worked on the Indian past, the selection is even more apparent and the inventing of a tradition much more recognizable.
3. Every generation selects what it requires from the past and makes its innovations, some more than others.
4. It is now a truism to say that traditions are not handed down unchanged, but are invented.
5. Just as life has death as its opposite, so is tradition by default the opposite of innovation. 

Correct Answer:- 54132 Explanation:-

Statement 5 introduces the paragraph stating that tradition is by default the opposite of innovation. 4 contradicts what is stated in    5 saying that it is now axiomatic to say that traditions are not handed down unchanged, but are invented. 1 follows 4 explaining what handing down means – it does not imply a passive transfer but some contention on what exactly needs to be handed down.     3 elaborates on the “contestation” on what exactly needs to be handed down, saying that every generation selects what it requires from the past and makes its innovations. 2, which says that the selection is even more apparent wherever Western scholars have worked on the Indian past, is the concluding statement. Therefore, the logical sequence is 54132.

 

Q. 5: The five sentences (labelled 1,2,3,4, and 5) given in this question, when properly sequenced, form    a coherent paragraph. Decide on the proper order for the sentence and key in this sequence of five numbers as your answer.
1. Scientists have for the first time managed to edit genes in a human embryo to repair a genetic mutation, fuelling hopes that such procedures may one day be available outside laboratory conditions.
2. The cardiac disease causes sudden death in otherwise healthy young athletes and affects about one in 500 people overall.
3. Correcting the mutation in the gene would not only ensure that the child is healthy but also prevents transmission of the mutation to future generations.
4. It is caused by a mutation in a particular gene and a child will suffer from the condition even if it inherits only one copy of the mutated gene.
5. In results announced in Nature this week, scientists fixed a mutation that thickens the heart muscle, a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Correct Answer:- 15243 Explanation:-

Statement 1 introduces the paragraph describing the achievement made by the scientists in editing genes in a human embryo to repair a genetic mutation. 1 follows 5 explaining how the mutation, which results in hypertrophic cardio myopathy, was corrected.    2 follows 5 describing the consequences of cardio myopathy. 4 follows 2 explaining how cardio myopathy is caused – bya mutation in a particular gene which will cause a child to suffer even it inherits only one copy of the mutated gene. 3 concludes the    paragraph with the reassuring statement that if the mutation in the gene is corrected the child can lead a healthy life and it also prevents the transmission of the gene to the future generations. Statements 15243 form a coherent paragraph.

 

Checkout Other Questions of CAT 2017 Slot 1 Paper:

Verbal Ability :              |   Q.01- Q.06  |  Q.07- Q.12  |  Q.13- Q.18  |  Q.19- Q.21  |  Q.22- Q.24  |  Q.25- Q.29  |  Q.30 – Q.34  |

Logical Reasoning :    |   Q.01- Q.04  |  Q.05- Q.08  |  Q.09- Q.12  |  Q.13- Q.16  |  Q.17- Q.20  |  Q.21- Q.24  |  Q.25 – Q.28  |   Q.29 – Q.32  |

Quantitative Aptitude: |   Q.01- Q.05  |   Q.06- Q.10Q.11- Q.15  |  Q.16- Q.20  |  Q.21- Q.25  |   Q.26- Q.30  |  Q.31 – Q.34  |

 

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