Published on November 16, 2008
CAT ’08 The Sources* of Questions CAT 2008 – English Sequence of questions is based on Set No:222 *The content is copyright of their respective owners
Fill in the blanks Unspeak: How Words Become Weapons, How Weapons Become a Message, and How that Message Becomes Reality A book written by Steven Poole Q63
Fill in the blanks Human Society in Ethics and Politics A book written by Bertrand Russell Q65 & 66 * Most likely source for both the fill in the blanks
Paragraph Completion The Diagnosis An article by Ian McEwan Published in The New Yorker Most people at their first consultation take a furtive look at the surgeon’s hands in the hope of reassurance. Prospective patients look for delicacy, sensitivity, steadiness, perhaps unblemished pallor. On this basis, Henry Perowne loses a number of cases each year. Generally, he knows it’s about to happen before the patient does: the downward glance repeated, the prepared questions beginning to falter, the overemphatic thanks during the retreat to the door. Other patients don’t like what they see but are ignorant of their right to go elsewhere; some note the hands but are placated by the reputation, or don’t give a damn; and there are still others who notice nothing, or feel nothing, or are unable to communicate owing to the cognitive impairment that has brought them in the first place. Q67
Trade protectionism, disguised as concern for the climate, is raising its head. Citing competitiveness concerns, powerful industrialized countries are holding out threats of a levy on imports of energy-intensive products from developing countries that refuse to accept their demands. The actual source of protectionist sentiment in the OECD countries is, of course, their current lacklustre economic performance, combined with the challenges posed by the rapid economic rise of China and India — in that order. Defenders of the global economic status quo are posing as climate change champions. Paragraph Completion SHIFTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE Rich countries would like poorer countries to cut emissions An article by Chandrashekhar Dasgupta Published in The Telegraph Q68
Living Far Apart An article published in The Economist Paragraph Completion Mattancheri is Indian Jewry’s most famous settlement. Its pretty streets of pastel-coloured houses, connected by first-floor passages and home to the last 12 sari- and sarong-wearing, white-skinned Indian Jews, are visited by thousands of tourists each year. Its synagogue, built in 1568, with a floor of blue-and-white Chinese tiles, a carpet given by Haile Selassie and the frosty Yaheh selling tickets at the door, stands as an image of religious tolerance. India’s Jews have almost never suffered discrimination, except from European colonisers—and each other. Q69 * Also available on www.economist.com
Satyajit Ray and the art of Universalism: Our Culture, Their Culture An article by Amartya Sen Paragraph Completion Given the and intellectual interconnections, the question of what is "Western" and what is "Eastern" (or Indian) is often hard to decide, and the issue can be discussed only in dialectical terms. The characterization of an idea as "purely Western" or "purely Indian" can be very illusory. The origin of ideas is not the kind of thing to which "purity" happens easily. Q70
How to travel with a Salmon and other essays A book written by Umberto Eco, Diane Sterling, William Weaver Passage from the essay – How to eat ice cream. Reading Comprehension When I was little, children were bought two kinds of ice cream, sold from those white wagons with the canopies made of silvery metal: either the two-cent cone or the four-cent ice cream pie. The two-cent cone was very small, in fact it could fit comfortably into a child's hand, and it was made by taking the ice cream from its container with a special scoop and piling it on the cone. Granny always suggested I eat only a part of the cone, then throw away the pointed end, because it had been touched by the vendor's hand (though that was the best part, nice and crunchy, and it was regularly eaten in secret, after a pretense of discarding it). Q 71-75
The Language Instinct How the mind creates Language A book written by Steven Pinker Language is not a cultural artifact that we learn the way we learn to tell time or how the government works. Instead it is a distinct piece of the biological makeup of our brains.”……….. Reading Comprehension Q76-80
Collapse: How Societies Choose to fail or succeed A book written by Jared Diamond Passage from Chapter 5 – The Maya Collapses. "To summarize the Classic Maya collapse, we can tentatively identify five strands... Population growth outstripping available resources...too many farmers grew too many crops on too much farmland... Effects of deforestation and hillside erosion, which caused a decrease in the amount of useable farmland at a time when more was needed... Increased fighting as more and more people fought over fewer resources. Maya warfare, already endemic, peaked just before the collapse... Reading Comprehension Q81-85
Climate change" brought matters to a head. "The drought at the time of the Maya collapse...was the most severe." The leaders "...failed to recognize and solve these...problems... Their attention was...focused on their short-term concerns of enriching themselves, waging wars, erecting monuments, competing with each other and extracting enough food from the peasants to support all those activities." Reading Comprehension
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