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The question is from CAT Text Completion. Text Completion for Verbal Ability for CAT. Text Completion questions often feature in the CAT. A couple of sentences with blanks are given, along with word options for each blank. You need to choose the right combination of words that make sense in the given context. Have a look at this question from Text Completion. Solve CAT Questions from Text Completion to get more practice and 2IIMs CAT questions bank provides you with CAT questions that can help you gear for CAT Exam .

Question 26: For as long as men have had access to mirrors, they’ve been fretting about their scalps going ____________. It was a particular obsession of Julius Caesar; the wreath of laurels he wore was less a _____________ to Roman tradition than an attempt at covering up his shiny pate.

  1. barren, bow
  2. barred, blow
  3. bare, nod
  4. bared, note

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Explanatory Answer

Method of solving this CAT Question from Text Completion:

For blank 1, we have the options barred, barred, bare and bared.

'Bare' means uncovered. This fits the blank best, referring to a bare scalp or bald head.

Barren is similar in meaning to bare, but used in the context of low fertility, or to describe a desolate land. So this is not the right choice for the given sentence.

Bared is the past tense of the verb form of bare. Barred means blocked. Neither of these fit blank 1.

Now, for blank 2, the options are bow, blow, nod and note.

To nod to tradition is to acknowledge it, to bow to tradition is to accept it and to deliver a blow to tradition is to go against it.

'Nod' is the option that fits as it is paired with 'bare'.

The question is "Choose the correct option to fill the blanks"

Hence, the answer is C

Choice C is the correct answer.

 


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