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reading comprehensions for CAT

  • Reading comprehension questions involve reading of a passage of about 300 – 600 words and deriving answers from the passage content..
  • RCs forms an important part of the English Language section. This section mainly focuses on to check the ability to understand the language and the underlying concept of the passage. The main focus should be to have a good command over the language as well as time management.
  • Make sure you attempt these passage on a regular basis and with complete seriousness.
  • Read the passage below and then answer the questions that follow.
  • Once you are finished, click the ‘Get Results’ button below. Any items you have not completed will be marked incorrect.

RC Passage

The New Year is a time for resolutions. Mentally at least most of us could compile formidable lists of do’s and don’ts. The same old favorites recur year in and year out with monotonous regularity. Past experience has taught us that certain accomplishments are beyond attainment. If we remain inveterate smokers, it is only because we have so often experienced the frustration that results from failure. Most of us fail in our efforts at, self-improvement because our schemes are too ambitious and we never have time to carry them out. We also make the fundamental error of announcing our resolution to everybody so that we look even more foolish when we slip back into our old bad ways.

CDS RC: Passage-22

Question 1
The phrase 'formidable lists of do's and don'ts’ means that
A
The bad points of our character are formidable
B
The list is so long that it is frightening
C
The things that need to be included is frightening
D
The realization that we are so imperfect is frightening
Question 1 Explanation: 
The phrase 'formidable lists of do's and don'ts’ means that the list is so long that it is frightening.
Question 2
The same old favorites recur with monotonous regularity implies that
A
We want to be so perfect that we include some item regularly
B
We have been so regularly doing certain things that they have become monotonous
C
In spite of repeated failures, we still would like to try one more time
D
Some favorite actions if repeated often could become monotonous
Question 2 Explanation: 
The same old favorites recur with monotonous regularity implies that In spite of repeated failures, we still would like to try one more time.
Question 3
The author seems to imply that many are inveterate smokers because
A
They have not really tried to give up smoking
B
They know from past experience that they can never succeed in their attempt to give up
C
They want to forget the frustration of not smoking
D
They do not have the will power to stop smoking
Question 3 Explanation: 
The author seems to imply that many are inveterate smokers because they know from past experience that they can never succeed in their attempt to give up.
Question 4
The author says that most of us fail in our attempts at self-improvement because
A
We set too high goals for ourselves
B
We do not have the persistence of mind
C
Our nature is such that we cannot become perfect
D
Certain imperfections have become a part and parcel of our lives
Question 4 Explanation: 
The author says that most of us fail in our attempts at self-improvement because we do not have the persistence of mind.
Question 5
The author seems to think that others
A
Feel happy when we slip back to our old ways
B
Do not really want us to improve ourselves
C
Are ready to tease and laugh at our attempts
D
Might embarrass us by praising our attempts
Question 5 Explanation: 
The author seems to think that others are ready to tease and laugh at our attempts. The author says ‘We also make the fundamental error of announcing our resolution to everybody so that we look even more foolish when we slip back into our old bad ways’. He is aware of people thinking him foolish for making and breaking his resolution.
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