After successfully completing the CAT 2016 sprint series, we are back with the SNAP 2016 sprint preparation series – Verbal 6 to boost your prep. This will continue for the last 10 days leading to SNAP 2016 and will cover almost all the question types that you need to know come the 18th of December.

SNAP 2016 sprint preparation series – Verbal 6

Directions for questions 1 – 4: Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct definition for the punctuation.

1. ___________ is used to indicate possession.

a. Hyphen
b. Apostrophe
c. Semi Colon
d. Period

2. ___________ is used to mark the end of declarative and imperative sentences.

a. Semicolon
b. Comma
c. Dash
d. Period

3. When a subordinate clause is followed by the main clause, ___________ is required.

a. Dash
b. Semi-colon
c. Comma
d. Colon

4. When no connecting word is used to connect two independent clauses, one should use ______.

a. Comma
b. Semi-colon
c. Period
d. Colon

Directions for questions 5 – 6: Which is the correct proverb?


a. Sleeping dogs tell lies.
b. Dogs sleeping lie till late.
c. Lie sleeping dogs till the dawn comes.
d. Let the sleeping dogs lie.


a. A fool is always parted from his money.
b. A fool and his money are parted easily.
c. Money and the fool must part ways.
d. You can always part a fool from his money.

Directions for questions 7 – 10: Choose the correct meanings of the following idioms.

7. If someone said, “You are the bomb!” she or he probably would be telling you that

a. you have a bad temper.
b. you are a war weapon.
c. you are exceptional and/or wonderful.
d. you are dangerous.

8. When someone is described as being “flighty”, the person described is probably:

a. light.
b. indecisive and irresponsible.
c. someone who loves flying.
d. someone who flies kites.

9. What does “to take down the enemy” mean?

a. To take the enemy’s pictures off the wall
b. To kill the enemy
c. To make friends with the enemy
d. To ignore the enemy

10. What does, “dime a dozen” mean?

a. For one dime you get a dozen.
b. All dozens cost a dime.
c. Anything that is common and easy to get
d. It is difficult to get people.

Directions for questions 11 to 14: Read the passage and then determine the best answers for the questions given below. Base your choice on what this passage states directly or implies, not on any information you may have got from elsewhere.

“The emancipation of women”, James Joyce told one of his friends, “has caused the greatest revolution in our time.”

Other modernists agree: Virginia Woolf, claiming that in about 1910 “human character changed” and illustrating the new balance between the sexes, urged, “Read the ‘Agamemon’ and see whether your sympathies are not almost entirely with Clytemnestra”. D.H. Lawrence wrote “perhaps the deepest fight for 200 years and more has been the fight for women’s independence”.

But if modernist writers considered women’s revolt against men’s domination as one of their “greatest” and “deepest” themes, only recently, perhaps in the past 15 years has literary criticism begun to catch up with it. Not that the images of sexual antagonism that abound in modern literature have gone unremarked – far from it. We are able to see in literary works the perspective we bring to them and now that women are enough to make a difference in reforming canons and interpreting literature, the landscapes of literary history and the features of individual books have begun to change.

11. According to the passage, modernists are changing literary criticism by:

a. noting instances of hostility between men and women.
b. seeing literature from fresh points of view.
c. studying the works of early twentieth-century writers.
d. reviewing books written by feminists.

12. The author quotes James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence primarily in order to show that:

a. these were feminist writers.
b. although well-meaning, they were ineffectual.
c. before the twentieth century, there was little interest in women’s literature.
d. None of the above

13. The author’s attitude towards women’s reformation of literary canons can best be described as one of:

a. Ambivalence
b. Antagonism
c. Indifference
d. Endorsement

14. Which of the following titles best describes the contents of the passage?

a. Modernist Writers and the Search for Equality
b. The meaning of Literature, from 1910 onwards
c. Transforming Literature
d. None of the options

15. Choose the correct sentence

a. A anthropologist by profession, he is also a trained classical singer.
b. The anthropologist by profession, he is also a trained classical singer.
c. As anthropologist by profession, he is also a trained classical singer.
d. An anthropologist by profession, he is also a trained classical singer.

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1. Option b.

2. Option d.

3. Option c.

4. Option b.

5. Option d.

6. Option b.

7. Option c.

8. Option b.

9. Option b.

10. Option c.

11. Option b. The passage clearly suggests that there is a fresh perspective being offered in modern literature.

12. Option d.

13. Option d.

14. Option d. It talks about women being able to bring a perspective to literature and thus balancing the scale which was lopsided in favour of men. None of the titles convey this sentiment and so, the correct option is d.

15. Option d.

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You can follow the entire sprint series here: SNAP 2016 Sprint Preparation Series by Learningroots

Also, you can check out all the articles under the series by going to this page: SNAP 2016 Sprint Preparation Series Timetable

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