After successfully completing the CAT 2016 sprint series and the SNAP 2016 sprint series, we are back with the XAT 2017 sprint preparation series – Verbal 8 to boost your prep. This series will consist of 10 sets of questions from past year XAT papers, leading to XAT 2017 and covered almost all the question types that you needed to know come the 8th of January.

XAT 2017 sprint preparation series – Verbal 8

Directions for questions 1 . Fill in the blanks with the most appropriate option that follows.

1.____________ bat who fell upon __________ ground and was caught by ________ weasel pleaded to be spared his life. ____________ weasel refused, saying that he was by nature _____________ enemy  of  all  birds.  ___________bat  assured  him that he was not ____ bird, but ___________ mouse, and thus was set free.

A.a, the, a, the, the, the, the, a
B.a, the, a, the, a, the, a, a
C.the, a, a, the, the, a, the, the
D. a, the, a, the, the, the, a, a
E.the, a, a, a, the, the, a, a

2.He got ___________ next morning, to be sure, and had his meals __________ usual, though he ate ___________ and had more, I am afraid, than his usual supply of rum, for he helped himself   ____________   the   bar, scowling and blowing_________ his nose, and no one dared cross him.

A.Down, like, a little, out of, out, to
B.Down, as, little, of, out, to
C.Downstairs, as, little, out of, out of, through
D.Downstairs, like, a little, out, of, to
E.Down, like, a little, of, of, through

3.Read the following sentences and choose the option that best arranges them in a logical order.

1.I was scarcely in position where my enemies began to arrive, seven or eight of them, running hard, their feet beating out of time along the road and the man with the lantern some paces in front
2.My curiosity, in a sense, was stronger than my fear, for I could not remain where I was, but crept back to the bank again, whence, sheltering my head behind a bush of broom, I might command the road before our door.
3.Three men ran together, hand in hand; and I made out, even through the mist, that the middle man of this trio was the blind beggar
4.The next moment his voice showed me that I was right

A. 1, 2, 3, 4
B. 2, 1, 3, 4
C. 1, 2, 4, 3
D. 1, 3, 4, 2
E. 1, 4, 2, 3

4.Read the following sentences and choose the option that best arranges them in a logical order.

1.Finally he took a wrong turn and ran a few steps past me, towards the hamlet, crying, “Johnny, black Dog, Drik,” and other names, “you won’t leave old Pew, mates – not old Pew!”
2.This quarrel was the saving of us, for while it was still raging, another sound came from the top of the hill on the side of the hamlet – the tramp of horses galloping
3.And that was plainly the last signal, of danger, for the buccaneers turned at once and ran, separating in every direction, one seaward along the cove, one slant across the hill, and so on, so that in half a minute not a sign of them remained but Pew.
4.Him they had deserted, whether in sheer panic or out of revenge for his ill words and blows I know not;but there he remained behind, tapping up and down the road in a frenzy, and groping and calling for his comrades.
5.Almost at the same time a pistol-shot, flash and report, came from the hedge side.

A.5, 1, 3, 4, 2
B.1, 2, 3, 5, 4
C. 2, 5, 3, 4, 1
D.4, 3, 2, 5, 1
E. 2, 5, 4, 3, 1

5.Read the following sentences and choose the option that best arranges them in a logical order.

1.As chroniclers of an incremental process, they discover that additional research makes it harder, not easier, to answer questions like: When was oxygen discovered? Who first conceived of energy conservation?
2.Simultaneously, these same historians confront growing difficulties in distinguishing the “scientific” component of past observation and belief from what their predecessors had readily labeled “error” and “superstition”.
3.Increasingly, a few of them suspect that these are simply the wrong sorts of questions to ask.Perhaps  science  does  not  develop  by  the  accumulation  of  individual  discoveries  and inventions.
4.In recent years, however, a few historians of science have been finding it more and more difficult to fulfill the functions that the concept of development-by-accumulation assigns to them

A.2, 1, 3, 4
B. 4, 3, 1, 2
C. 4, 2, 3, 1
D.4, 3, 2, 1
E.4, 1, 3, 2

6.Read the following sentence and choose the best alternative which should replace the italicized part of the sentence

To be a great manager requires,  strong  interpersonal  skills,  the  ability  to  think  fast, and demands  a  can-do  attitude.

A.requires strong inter-personal skills, the ability to think fast, and demands
B.requires strong inter-personal skills, the ability to think fast, and
C.requires  strong   inter-personal   skills, demands the ability to think fast, and
D.requiring strong inter-personal skills, an ability to think fast, and demands
E.requires strong inter-personal skills, an ability to think fast, but with

7.Read the following sentence and choose the best alternative which should replace the italicized part of the sentence.

The tremendous insight of Einstein was that the passage of time does not appear to be the same while standing still as it does to a person traveling at a speed which is a significant fraction of the speed of light.

A.while standing still as it does to a person traveling
B.to a person standing still as to a person traveling
C.to a person who is standing still as a person who is traveling
D.While standing still as to traveling
E.to a person standing still as to a person who travels

8.Read the following sentence and choose the best alternative which should replace the italicized part of the sentence.

Economic theory fails to explain the extent to which savings from personal income has shifted to short-term bonds, money-market funds, and other near-term investments by the instability in the futures market.

A.to which savings from personal income has shifted
B.of savings from personal income that has been shifted
C.of savings from personal income shifting
D.to which savings from personal income have shifted
E.to which savings from personal income have been shifted

9.The defense proposes to show that the incident that the prosecution so________ rejects as               _did indeed take place.

A.blithely, undesirable
B.cavalierly, apocryphal
C.vehemently, factual
D.persuasively, pointless
E.convincingly, inevitable

10.Not just the absence of                   , but also the presence of _________and honesty is required to bind up the nation’s wound.

A.retribution, camaraderie
B.guilt, religion
C.crime, religion
D. love, austerity
E.recrimination, insight

Solutions:

1. Option d

2. Option c

3. Option b

4. Option c

5. Option e

6. Option b

7. Option b

8. Option e

9. Option b

10. Option e

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