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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 4: ________around race, gender and religion sometimes seems to have gone beyond ___________ in academic circles. The world would do better if we could all speak with a lighter heart more often about these things.

  1. insensitivity, the pale
  2. sensitivity, parody
  3. sensitivity, the pale
  4. insensitivity, reality

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Method of solving this CAT Question from Text Completion:

This is a slightly tricky one as more than one set of words seems to fits the blanks in sentence 1. We need to see what the second sentence says to understand the context.

It is clear from sentence 2 that talks of the need to speak with a “lighter heart” that the first sentence is not about the general lack of sensitivity around race, gender and religion in academic circles. So the correct word for blank (1) is sensitivity.

Blank (2): Going beyond the pale means going beyond limits of propriety. It doesn’t make sense when used with the word ‘sensitivity’ in blank (1). The word parody makes sense when put in blank 2.

Hence, the correct answer is (b) sensitivity, parody.

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

Hence, the answer is B

Choice B is the correct answer.


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