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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.
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RC Passage

Scientists show that there is a curious relationship between a lion’s life span and the pattern of spots on each side of its face. Each spot is associated with the root of a whisker, and the pattern of spots is as characteristic of an individual lion is a finger print of a person. But the placement varies between the two sides of a face. Males with a greater degree of a symmetry tend to die younger than their more evenly-envisaged colleagues Thus can a male’s life be read in his face: it is his autobiography.

CDS RC: Passage-29

Question 1
According to the passage, the spots are
A
associated with hair growing round the mouth of a lion
B
associated with the lions rubbing against the roots of trees
C
formed owing to cross breeding between different species of lions
D
the after-effects of a disease
Question 1 Explanation: 
The answer is in the context of the paragraph. The answer can be taken from ‘..Scientists show that there is a curious relationship between a lion's life span and the pattern of spots on each side of its face. Each spot is associated with the root of a whisker, and the pattern of spots is as characteristic of an individual..’
Question 2
The phrase "evenly-envisaged colleagues" means
A
scientists who are level headed
B
lions with symmetrical spot-patterns on each side of the face
C
scientists who are members of a society that hold the same opinion
D
those lions whose life spans are shorter than those of other lions
Question 2 Explanation: 
from the line ‘..But the placement varies between the two sides of a face. Males with a greater degree of a symmetry tend to die younger than their more evenly-envisaged colleagues..’.
Question 3
Which one of the following statements is not correct?
A
The variation between the patterns is a pointer to the lion's longevity
B
There is hardly any variation between the patterns on the two sides of a lion's face
C
The pattern of spots is characteristic of each individually on
D
The relationship between the pattern of spots and the life span of a lion is something strange
Question 3 Explanation: 
This answer is given directly in the passage in the concluding lines of it.
Question 4
What is the conclusion of scientists regarding the placement of spots on either side of a lion's face?
A
Males with a greater degree of irregularity in spot patterns have shorter life spans
B
Males with a greater degree of lack of ordered spot patterns have longer life spans
C
Males with very few spots on their bodies die younger
D
Males with evenly placed spots on both sides of the face die sooner
Question 4 Explanation: 
A fact written in the passage.
Question 5
Why is the lion's face his autobiography?
A
The lion's face shows all aspects of his life like an autobiography
B
The lion is the author of his own life story
C
The lion's spots appear late in life like an autobiography
D
The lion's life span can be judged from the lion's face
Question 5 Explanation: 
Age can be determined by looking at the face. All options are close but option (d) is the most appropriate, precise and not excessively worded.
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