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CLAT Reading Comprehension & Para jumble Questions PDF

Author : Palak Khanna

August 22, 2022

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As you know, the new pattern of the CLAT exam comprises 300-400 words passages followed by 4-5 questions each.

The questions are designed to test your:

  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Reading ability

Focusing on reading skills plays a vital role in scoring good marks in this section. Remember, you can not develop your reading skills overnight. Instead, you require consistent practice and focus. 

This post shall provide you with reading comprehension and para jumbles questions for CLAT 2023. Try to practice these questions regularly to improve your reading speed in the final exam.

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What is a Para Jumble?

Para jumble is a topic in the English language which includes a series of sentences in jumbled format. You need to rearrange the correct order by reading the sentences and creating a meaningful sequence. 

You will be given instructions to choose the correct order of the sentences. This is so easy!! laugh

 But not so easy, you can expect tricky sentences which may confuse you to choose the correct order. 

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Sample Para Jumbles Questions for CLAT 2023

Reading comprehension is one of the best ways to access your capacity to understand, comprehend, summarize, and answer. 

As said above, the questions will not be asked directly in the exam. Hence, you must develop good reading skills to answer these questions.

Here are a few important questions based on para jumbles topic. These questions are curated from the previous year's CLAT Question Papers to help you understand the difficulty level and type of questions asked in the exam.

Question 1

A. The Supreme Court in various judgments in the last 25 years has further emphasized this.
B. The Right to Information is derived from Article 19 of the Constitution.
C. The RTI Act was passed in May 2005 and came into force in October 2005.
D. It is intended to give relevant information about the government and its institutions.
E. This Act enables citizens to obtain information without going to court each time.

  • BDACE
  • ABDCE
  • BDECA
  • CEBAD

Question 2

A. Riots had to be contained, food shortages to be overcome, princely states (as many as five hundred) to be integrated, refugees (almost ten million) to be resettled.
B. It is safe to say that no modern politician had anywhere near as difficult a job as Jawaharlal Nehru’s.
C. At Independence, the country he was asked to lead was faced with horrific problems.
D.This, so to say, was the task of fire-fighting; to be followed by the equally daunting task of nation-building

  • ABDC
  • BCAD
  • BACD
  • DCBA

Question 3

A.This is problematic both theoretically and practically because it has grave consequences for the way society views and treats the fundamental issues of women's lives.
B. Crimes such as these against any group other than women would be recognized as a civil and political emergency as well as a gross violation of the victims' humanity.
C. Significant numbers of the world's population are routinely subject to torture, starvation, terrorism, humiliation, mutilation, and even murder simply because they are female.
D. Yet, despite a clear record of deaths and demonstrable abuse, women's rights are not commonly classified as human rights.

  • BACD
  • DACB
  • ADBC
  • CBDA

Question 4

A. Such killings came to have social acceptance among the lower classes of society.
B. The PWG used violence as a tactic to motivate and encourage the lower cadres.
C.The first such brutal murder of an exploitative landlord was in 1978 when one Pitambar Rao was killed publicly.
D. Social inequalities, the wening gulf between the rich and the poor, exploitation by the higher castes in Andhra Pradesh and more importantly the loss of self-respect by the downtrodden helped in establishing Kondappally Seetharamiah's Peoples’ War Group (PWG) in the 1960s.

  • BCAD
  • DBCA
  • BACD
  • ADBC

Question 5

A. Central planning has failed the world over.
B. Hope cannot be dropped from helicopters.
C. The people, especially in remote areas, must have the power and resources to script their future.
D. It needs to be built through good governance at the local level.

  • BDAC
  • ACBD
  • BCDA
  • DABC

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Question 6

A. Like Hobbes, he also uses the hypothetical State of Nature as a basis for his arguments.
B. It is a state of peace and liberty for all.
C. Locke’s social contract theory formed the basis of the natural rights theory as we interpret it today.
D. However, his version of this condition is only pre-political and unlike Hobbes, not pre-moral.

  • BCAD
  • ADBC
  • ADCB
  • CADB

Question 7

A.The debate is what the revolution will replace the current reality with.
B. The debate is not whether Indian society needs a revolution or not .
C. These are too important to be left blunt in the hands of distant leaders and underdeveloped institutions.
D. To hasten that revolution and what it brings, the rest of us only have very few, yet powerful, weapons like democracy, good governance and rule of law.

  • ADCB
  • BDAC
  • BADC
  • CBAD

Question 8

A. It was observed that awareness about intellectual disability is very low in this region compared to other areas of the state.
B. Most of the time intellectual disability was understood and treated as a mental illness.
C. People are not aware about the Persons with Disability Act (PDA) and its provisions.
D. Because of this misunderstanding the misconceptions attached to mental illness also extended to intellectual disability.

  • ACBD
  • BCDA
  • DCBA
  • ABCD

Question 9

A. Not unlike most other Asian countries, Indian children are socialized into a system where they are expected to obey and respect authority figures without ever questioning their actions.
B. An all pervasive sensibility that rebellion is a sign of bad upbringing breeds a culture of abuse by encouraging sexual predators.
C. Two adults in India are often seen to exercise a near feudal hold over children demanding their unquestioned and complete obedience.
D. The reasons for the rampant instances of sexual abuse in India are manifold and rooted deep within the country’s social fabric.

  • DABC
  • ABDC
  • DBAC
  • CBAD

Question 10

A. The we avenues, now dominated by tower blocks, are teeming with traffic, and water and electricity shortages have become the norm.
B. In the 1800s, Bangalore's gentle climate, broad streets, and green public parks were made in the `Garden City'.
C. Until well after Independence, senior figures, film stars, and VIPs flocked to buy or build dream homes am this urban yll, which offered such unique amenities as theatres, cinemas, and a lack of restriction on alcohol.
D. However, for well over a decade, Bangalore has undergone a massive transformation.

  • BDCA
  • ABDC
  • BCDA
  • CDBA

Sample Reading Comprehension Questions for CLAT 2023

To help get an idea about the type of comprehension-based English questions asked in the CLAT Entrance Exam, we have provided a few sample questions for your reference here.

Read the CLAT English including Comprehension Passages below and try answering them:

Passage 1

The idea to use Navajo for secure communications came from Philip Johnston, the son of a missionary to the Navajos and one of the few non-Navajos who spoke their language fluently. Reared on the Navajo reservation, Johnston was a World War I veteran who knew of the military’s search for a code that would withstand all attempts to decipher it. He also knew that Native American languages, notably Choctaw, had been used in World War I to encode messages.

Johnston believed Navajo answered the military requirement for an undecipherable code because it is an unwritten language of extreme complexity. Its syntax and tonal qualities, not to mention dialects, make it unintelligible to anyone without extensive exposure and training. It has no alphabet or symbols and is spoken only on the Navajo lands of the American Southwest. One estimate indicates that fewer than 30 non-Navajos, none of them Japanese, could understand the language at the outbreak of World War II.

Early in 1942, Johnston met with Major General Clayton B. Vogel, the commanding general of Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet, and his staff to convince them of the Navajo language’s value as code. Johnston staged tests under simulated combat conditions, demonstrating that Navajos could encode, transmit and decode a three-line English message in 20 seconds. Machines of the time required 30 minutes to perform the same job. Convinced, Vogel recommended to the Commandant of the Marine Corps that the Marines recruit 200 Navajos.

Q1. The author most likely mentions the fact that Navajo “has no alphabet or symbols” in order to

  • a. emphasize how difficult it is to decipher Navajo language
  • b. suggest a potential drawback of the use of Navajo for secure communications
  • c. explain why so few non-Navajos can speak the language
  • d. highlight the differences between Navajo and other Native American languages

Q2. The passage is primarily concerned with

  • a. examining the complexity of a language
  • b. profiling someone’s search for a solution to a problem
  • c. analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of an approach
  • d. explaining why a certain strategy was adopted

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Passage 2

To turn my eyes outwards now, and to say a little about the relationship between the Indian writer and the majority white culture in that midst he lives, and with which his work will sooner or later have to deal: Common to many Bombay-raised middle-class children of my generation, I grew up with an intimate knowledge of, and even sense of friendship with, a certain kind of England: a dream-England composed of Test Matches at Lord's presided over by the voice of John Arlott, at which FreddieTrueman bowled unceasingly and without success at Polly Umrigar; of Enid Blyton and Billy Bunter, in which we were even prepared to smile indulgently at portraits such as 'Hurree JamSet Ram Singh', 'the dusky nabob of Bhanipur'.

I wanted to come to England. I couldn't wait and to be fair England has done all right by me, but I find it a little difficult to be properly grateful. I can't escape the view that my relatively easy ride is not the result of the dream- England's famous sense of tolerance and fair play, but of my social class, my freak fair skin, and my 'English' English accent. Take away any of these, and the story would have been very different. Because of course, the dream-England is no more than a dream.

Sadly, it's a dream from which too many white Britons refuse to awake. Recently, on a live radio programme, a professional humorist asked me, in all seriousness, why I objected to being called a wog. He said he had always thought it a rather charming word, a term of endearment. 'I was at the zoo the other day, 'he revealed, 'and a zookeeper told me that the wogs were best with the animals; they stuck their fingers in their ears and wiggled them about and the animals felt at home.'

The ghost of Hurree Jamset Ram Singh walks among us still. As Richard Wright found long ago in America, black and white descriptions of society are no longer compatible. Fantasy, or the mingling of fantasy and naturalism, is one way of dealing with these problems. It offers a way of echoing in the form of our work the issues faced by all of us: how to build a new, 'modern' world out of an old, legend-haunted civilization, an old culture which we have brought into the heart of newer one.

But whatever technical solutions we may find, Indian writers in these islands, like others who have migrated into the north from the south, are capable of writing from a kind of double perspective: because they, we, are at one and the same time insiders and outsiders in this society. This stereoscopic vision is perhaps what we can offer in place of 'whole sight'.

Q1. The author's experience in England is not the normative experience of an ordinary Indian because

  • (a) Like the author the ordinary Indian has not nurtured a "dream England" or aspirations of reaching the dreamland.
  • (b) Like the author the ordinary Indian has acquired airs and nuances that are essentially English but are betrayed by his/her complexion.
  • (c) Unlike, the author the ordinary Indian has a radical sense of nationhood, citizenship and identity
  • (d) Unlike the author the ordinary Indian has not imbibed and cannot simulate signs of English culture.

Q2. The professional humorist whom the author met regards the term "wog" a charming word and a term for endearment. Which of the following statements is true in the light of the comment of the zookeeper which informs the connotation given by the humorist?

  • (a) The humorist thinks that "wog" is a harmless term and its meaning becomes more positive in the light of the zookeeper's comment.
  • (b) The zookeeper's comment subverts the harmless connotation of the term wog.
  • (c) The humorist thinks that "wog" is a harmless term and its meaning remains the same even after considering the zookeeper's comment.
  • (d) The zookeper's comment does not have any implication on the meaning attributed by the humorist.

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Q3. What struggles are identified in the struggles to make a new country our own?

  • (a) A gender struggle
  • (b) A class struggle
  • (c) A struggle between cultures
  • (d) A struggle to migrate

Q4. Which of the following statements about Indian writers is supported by the information provided in the passage?

  • (a) It's easier for an Indian writer to write in England
  • (b) The writers who migrated from India are able to write with double perspectives
  • (c) Indian writers are the insiders to India and outsiders to England
  • (d) Option (b) and (c)

Q5. What does the passage refer to while mentioning "Richard Wright in black and white descriptions of society are no longer compatible"

  • (a) Differences in the good and evil sides of the society
  • (b) Incompatibility between the old and new society
  • (c) Clashes between the opinions of the black and the white populations
  • (d) None of these

Passage 3

The painter Roy Lichtenstein helped to define pop art—the movement that incorporated commonplace objects and commercial-art techniques into paintings—by paraphrasing the style of comic books in his work. His merger of a popular genre with the forms and intentions of fine art generated a complex result: while poking fun at the pretensions of the art world, Lichtenstein’s work also managed to convey a seriousness of theme that enabled it to transcend mere parody.

That Lichtenstein’s images were fine art was at first difficult to see, because, with their word balloons and highly stylized figures, they looked like nothing more than the comic book panels from which they were copied. Standard art history holds that pop art emerged as an impersonal alternative to the histrionics of abstract expressionism, a movement in which painters conveyed their private attitudes and emotions using nonrepresentational techniques. The truth is that by the time pop art first appeared in the early 1960s, abstract expressionism had already lost much of its force. Pop art painters weren’t quarreling with the powerful early abstract expressionist work of the late 1940s but with the second generation of abstract expressionists whose work seemed airy, high-minded, and overly lyrical. Pop art paintings were full of simple black lines and large areas of primary color. Lichtenstein’s work was part of a general rebellion against the fading emotional power of abstract expressionism, rather than an aloof attempt to ignore it.

But if rebellion against previous art by means of the careful imitation of a popular genre were all that characterized Lichtenstein’s work, it would possess only the reflective power that parodies have in relation to their subjects. Beneath its cartoonish methods, his work displayed an impulse toward realism, an urge to say that what was missing from the contemporary painting was the depiction of contemporary life. The stilted romances and war stories portrayed in the comic books on which he based his canvases, the stylized automobiles, hot dogs, and table lamps that appeared in his pictures, were reflections of the culture Lichtenstein inhabited. But, in contrast to some pop art, Lichtenstein’s work exuded not a jaded cynicism about consumer culture, but a kind of deliberate naiveté intended as a response to the excess of sophistication he observed not only in the later abstract expressionists but in some other pop artists. With the comics—typically the domain of youth and innocence—as his reference point, a nostalgia fills his paintings that gives them, for all their surface bravado, an inner sweetness. His persistent use of comic-art conventions demonstrates faith in reconciliation, not only between cartoons and fine art but between parody and true feeling.

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Q1. Which one of the following best captures the author’s attitude toward Lichtenstein’s work?

  1. enthusiasm for its more rebellious aspects
  2. respect for its successful parody of youth and innocence
  3. pleasure in its blatant rejection of abstract expressionism
  4. admiration for its subtle critique of contemporary culture
  5. appreciation for its ability to incorporate both realism and naiveté

Q2. The author most likely lists some of the themes and objects influencing and appearing in Lichtenstein’s paintings (middle of the last paragraph) primarily to

  1. show that the paintings depict aspects of contemporary life
  2. support the claim that Lichtenstein’s work was parodic in intent
  3. contrast Lichtenstein’s approach to art with that of abstract expressionism
  4. suggest the emotions that lie at the heart of Lichtenstein’s work
  5. endorse Lichtenstein’s attitude toward consumer culture

Q3. The primary purpose of the passage is most likely to

  1. express curiosity about an artist’s work
  2. clarify the motivation behind an artist’s work
  3. contrast two opposing theories about an artist’s work
  4. describe the evolution of an artist’s work
  5. refute a previous overestimation of an artist’s work

Passage 4

The struggle to obtain legal recognition of aboriginal rights is a difficult one, and even if a right is written into the law there is no guarantee that the future will not bring changes to the law that undermines the right. For this reason, the federal government of Canada in 1982 extended constitutional protection to those aboriginal rights already recognized under the law. This protection was extended to the Indian, Inuit, and Métis peoples, the three groups generally thought to comprise the aboriginal population in Canada. But this decision has placed on provincial courts the enormous burden of interpreting and translating the necessarily general constitutional language into specific rulings. The result has been inconsistent recognition and establishment of aboriginal rights, despite the continued efforts of aboriginal peoples to raise issues concerning their rights.

Aboriginal rights in Canada are defined by the constitution as aboriginal peoples’ rights to ownership of land and its resources, the inherent right of aboriginal societies to self-government, and the right to legal recognition of indigenous customs. But difficulties arise in applying these broadly conceived rights. For example, while it might appear straightforward to affirm legal recognition of indigenous customs, the exact legal meaning of “indigenous” is extremely difficult to interpret. The intent of the constitutional protection is to recognize only long-standing traditional customs, not those of recent origin; provincial courts therefore require aboriginal peoples to provide legal documentation that any customs they seek to protect were practiced sufficiently long ago—a criterion defined in practice to mean prior to the establishment of British sovereignty over the specific territory. However, this requirement makes it difficult for aboriginal societies, which often relied on oral tradition rather than written records, to support their claims.

Furthermore, even if aboriginal peoples are successful in convincing the courts that specific rights should be recognized, it is frequently difficult to determine exactly what these rights amount to. Consider aboriginal land claims. Even when aboriginal ownership of specific lands is fully established, there remains the problem of interpreting the meaning of that “ownership.” In a 1984 case in Ontario, an aboriginal group claimed that its property rights should be interpreted as full ownership in the contemporary sense of private property, which allows for the sale of the land or its resources. But the provincial court instead ruled that the law had previously recognized only the aboriginal right to use the land and therefore granted property rights so minimal as to allow only the bare survival of the community. Here, the provincial court’s ruling was excessively conservative in its assessment of the current law. Regrettably, it appears that this group will not be successful unless it is able to move its case from the provincial courts into the Supreme Court of Canada, which will be, one hopes, more insistent upon a satisfactory application of the constitutional reforms.

Q1. Which one of the following most accurately states the main point of the passage?

  1. The overly conservative rulings of Canada’s provincial courts have been a barrier to constitutional reforms intended to protect aboriginal rights.
  2. The overwhelming burden placed on provincial courts of interpreting constitutional language in Canada has halted efforts by aboriginal peoples to gain full ownership of land.
  3. Constitutional language aimed at protecting aboriginal rights in Canada has so far left the protection of these rights uncertain due to the difficult task of interpreting this language.
  4. Constitutional reforms meant to protect aboriginal rights in Canada have in fact been used by some provincial courts to limit these rights.
  5. Efforts by aboriginal rights advocates to uphold constitutional reforms in Canada may be more successful if heard by the Supreme Court rather than by the provincial courts.

Q2. The passage provides evidence to suggest that the author would be most likely to assent to which one of the following proposals?

  1. Aboriginal peoples in Canada should not be answerable to the federal laws of Canada.
  2. Oral tradition should sometimes be considered legal documentation of certain indigenous customs.
  3. Aboriginal communities should be granted full protection of all of their customs.
  4. Provincial courts should be given no authority to decide cases involving questions of aboriginal rights.
  5. The language of the Canadian constitution should more carefully delineate the instances to which reforms apply.

How to Solve Reading Comprehension and Para Jumbles Questions for CLAT 2023?

The following are some of the simple CLAT English preparation tips that you can follow while reading comprehension solving para jumble questions.

  • Identify the opening sentence: Read the given sentences carefully and identify the opening sentence. This will be easy to identify the first sentence.
  • Identify the Closing sentence: Similar to the opening sentence, the closing sentence will also be easy to identify. The trick to identifying the last sentence is to check the conclusion tone.
  • Usage of Pronouns and Acronyms: Generally, the sentences having pronouns or acronyms would be the middle sentences. 
  • Check for transitional Words: Ensure to observe the traditional words like also, well, furthermore, etc as those words are considered as bridges between two sentences. This way you can build the sentence and get the proper sequence. 
  • Brush up Vocabulary: Vocabulary always helps in comprehending the sentences easily. Vocabulary in CLAT is an integral part of the Reading Comprehension section also.

Frequently Asked Questions

To prepare for the CLAT English Section, you must follow the following steps below-

  • The most important aspect is to practice the previous year’s question papers and attempt as many mock tests as possible.
  • Read a variety of English magazines and newspapers along with documentaries and films.
  • Learn new words along with their synonyms and antonyms and understand their meaning explicitly.
  • Understand the basics and rules of grammar instead of applying instinct and improve your speed of reading
You can easily improve your speed and accuracy in the CLAT Exam by solving as many sample papers as possible. Practicing mock tests would definitely improve your time management skills and problem-solving techniques. So, it is advisable to solve mock tests on a daily basis.
The main trick to crack English section is to be good at reading. Hence, it is advised to improve your reading skill and understand the passage in one go. 
You should mainly focus on reading the editorials for enhancing your reading skills and improving vocabulary. Also ensure to read through the entire newspaper for latest current affairs and events. 

In order to answer CLAT English Section Questions, go through the following points-

  • It is crucial to pay attention when a new paragraph changes. Usage of words like however, nevertheless, etc. can be used to present the counter-argument. You have to read it minutely to find out the fine details.
  • Vocabulary questions are mainly of two kinds. One asks the meaning of a specific word, and the other asks the meaning of the word in reference to the passage. It is advisable to read two lines before and after the mentioned word. Just by reading these lines, you can ascertain the meaning of the word even if you are not explicitly aware of it.
  • It is wise to approach the questions only after you have understood the passage as best as you can. This will help you to solve it quickly.
  • It is essential to be absolutely concentrated while reading the questions. Minor additions of words can lead to the change in the entire meaning of the question and thereby, the answer.
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CLAT Reading Comprehension & Para jumble Questions PDF

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : August 22, 2022

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As you know, the new pattern of the CLAT exam comprises 300-400 words passages followed by 4-5 questions each.

The questions are designed to test your:

  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Reading ability

Focusing on reading skills plays a vital role in scoring good marks in this section. Remember, you can not develop your reading skills overnight. Instead, you require consistent practice and focus. 

This post shall provide you with reading comprehension and para jumbles questions for CLAT 2023. Try to practice these questions regularly to improve your reading speed in the final exam.

Download FREE Study Material for CLAT Exam by LegalEdge

What is a Para Jumble?

Para jumble is a topic in the English language which includes a series of sentences in jumbled format. You need to rearrange the correct order by reading the sentences and creating a meaningful sequence. 

You will be given instructions to choose the correct order of the sentences. This is so easy!! laugh

 But not so easy, you can expect tricky sentences which may confuse you to choose the correct order. 

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Sample Para Jumbles Questions for CLAT 2023

Reading comprehension is one of the best ways to access your capacity to understand, comprehend, summarize, and answer. 

As said above, the questions will not be asked directly in the exam. Hence, you must develop good reading skills to answer these questions.

Here are a few important questions based on para jumbles topic. These questions are curated from the previous year's CLAT Question Papers to help you understand the difficulty level and type of questions asked in the exam.

Question 1

A. The Supreme Court in various judgments in the last 25 years has further emphasized this.
B. The Right to Information is derived from Article 19 of the Constitution.
C. The RTI Act was passed in May 2005 and came into force in October 2005.
D. It is intended to give relevant information about the government and its institutions.
E. This Act enables citizens to obtain information without going to court each time.

  • BDACE
  • ABDCE
  • BDECA
  • CEBAD

Question 2

A. Riots had to be contained, food shortages to be overcome, princely states (as many as five hundred) to be integrated, refugees (almost ten million) to be resettled.
B. It is safe to say that no modern politician had anywhere near as difficult a job as Jawaharlal Nehru’s.
C. At Independence, the country he was asked to lead was faced with horrific problems.
D.This, so to say, was the task of fire-fighting; to be followed by the equally daunting task of nation-building

  • ABDC
  • BCAD
  • BACD
  • DCBA

Question 3

A.This is problematic both theoretically and practically because it has grave consequences for the way society views and treats the fundamental issues of women's lives.
B. Crimes such as these against any group other than women would be recognized as a civil and political emergency as well as a gross violation of the victims' humanity.
C. Significant numbers of the world's population are routinely subject to torture, starvation, terrorism, humiliation, mutilation, and even murder simply because they are female.
D. Yet, despite a clear record of deaths and demonstrable abuse, women's rights are not commonly classified as human rights.

  • BACD
  • DACB
  • ADBC
  • CBDA

Question 4

A. Such killings came to have social acceptance among the lower classes of society.
B. The PWG used violence as a tactic to motivate and encourage the lower cadres.
C.The first such brutal murder of an exploitative landlord was in 1978 when one Pitambar Rao was killed publicly.
D. Social inequalities, the wening gulf between the rich and the poor, exploitation by the higher castes in Andhra Pradesh and more importantly the loss of self-respect by the downtrodden helped in establishing Kondappally Seetharamiah's Peoples’ War Group (PWG) in the 1960s.

  • BCAD
  • DBCA
  • BACD
  • ADBC

Question 5

A. Central planning has failed the world over.
B. Hope cannot be dropped from helicopters.
C. The people, especially in remote areas, must have the power and resources to script their future.
D. It needs to be built through good governance at the local level.

  • BDAC
  • ACBD
  • BCDA
  • DABC

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Question 6

A. Like Hobbes, he also uses the hypothetical State of Nature as a basis for his arguments.
B. It is a state of peace and liberty for all.
C. Locke’s social contract theory formed the basis of the natural rights theory as we interpret it today.
D. However, his version of this condition is only pre-political and unlike Hobbes, not pre-moral.

  • BCAD
  • ADBC
  • ADCB
  • CADB

Question 7

A.The debate is what the revolution will replace the current reality with.
B. The debate is not whether Indian society needs a revolution or not .
C. These are too important to be left blunt in the hands of distant leaders and underdeveloped institutions.
D. To hasten that revolution and what it brings, the rest of us only have very few, yet powerful, weapons like democracy, good governance and rule of law.

  • ADCB
  • BDAC
  • BADC
  • CBAD

Question 8

A. It was observed that awareness about intellectual disability is very low in this region compared to other areas of the state.
B. Most of the time intellectual disability was understood and treated as a mental illness.
C. People are not aware about the Persons with Disability Act (PDA) and its provisions.
D. Because of this misunderstanding the misconceptions attached to mental illness also extended to intellectual disability.

  • ACBD
  • BCDA
  • DCBA
  • ABCD

Question 9

A. Not unlike most other Asian countries, Indian children are socialized into a system where they are expected to obey and respect authority figures without ever questioning their actions.
B. An all pervasive sensibility that rebellion is a sign of bad upbringing breeds a culture of abuse by encouraging sexual predators.
C. Two adults in India are often seen to exercise a near feudal hold over children demanding their unquestioned and complete obedience.
D. The reasons for the rampant instances of sexual abuse in India are manifold and rooted deep within the country’s social fabric.

  • DABC
  • ABDC
  • DBAC
  • CBAD

Question 10

A. The we avenues, now dominated by tower blocks, are teeming with traffic, and water and electricity shortages have become the norm.
B. In the 1800s, Bangalore's gentle climate, broad streets, and green public parks were made in the `Garden City'.
C. Until well after Independence, senior figures, film stars, and VIPs flocked to buy or build dream homes am this urban yll, which offered such unique amenities as theatres, cinemas, and a lack of restriction on alcohol.
D. However, for well over a decade, Bangalore has undergone a massive transformation.

  • BDCA
  • ABDC
  • BCDA
  • CDBA

Sample Reading Comprehension Questions for CLAT 2023

To help get an idea about the type of comprehension-based English questions asked in the CLAT Entrance Exam, we have provided a few sample questions for your reference here.

Read the CLAT English including Comprehension Passages below and try answering them:

Passage 1

The idea to use Navajo for secure communications came from Philip Johnston, the son of a missionary to the Navajos and one of the few non-Navajos who spoke their language fluently. Reared on the Navajo reservation, Johnston was a World War I veteran who knew of the military’s search for a code that would withstand all attempts to decipher it. He also knew that Native American languages, notably Choctaw, had been used in World War I to encode messages.

Johnston believed Navajo answered the military requirement for an undecipherable code because it is an unwritten language of extreme complexity. Its syntax and tonal qualities, not to mention dialects, make it unintelligible to anyone without extensive exposure and training. It has no alphabet or symbols and is spoken only on the Navajo lands of the American Southwest. One estimate indicates that fewer than 30 non-Navajos, none of them Japanese, could understand the language at the outbreak of World War II.

Early in 1942, Johnston met with Major General Clayton B. Vogel, the commanding general of Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet, and his staff to convince them of the Navajo language’s value as code. Johnston staged tests under simulated combat conditions, demonstrating that Navajos could encode, transmit and decode a three-line English message in 20 seconds. Machines of the time required 30 minutes to perform the same job. Convinced, Vogel recommended to the Commandant of the Marine Corps that the Marines recruit 200 Navajos.

Q1. The author most likely mentions the fact that Navajo “has no alphabet or symbols” in order to

  • a. emphasize how difficult it is to decipher Navajo language
  • b. suggest a potential drawback of the use of Navajo for secure communications
  • c. explain why so few non-Navajos can speak the language
  • d. highlight the differences between Navajo and other Native American languages

Q2. The passage is primarily concerned with

  • a. examining the complexity of a language
  • b. profiling someone’s search for a solution to a problem
  • c. analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of an approach
  • d. explaining why a certain strategy was adopted

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Passage 2

To turn my eyes outwards now, and to say a little about the relationship between the Indian writer and the majority white culture in that midst he lives, and with which his work will sooner or later have to deal: Common to many Bombay-raised middle-class children of my generation, I grew up with an intimate knowledge of, and even sense of friendship with, a certain kind of England: a dream-England composed of Test Matches at Lord's presided over by the voice of John Arlott, at which FreddieTrueman bowled unceasingly and without success at Polly Umrigar; of Enid Blyton and Billy Bunter, in which we were even prepared to smile indulgently at portraits such as 'Hurree JamSet Ram Singh', 'the dusky nabob of Bhanipur'.

I wanted to come to England. I couldn't wait and to be fair England has done all right by me, but I find it a little difficult to be properly grateful. I can't escape the view that my relatively easy ride is not the result of the dream- England's famous sense of tolerance and fair play, but of my social class, my freak fair skin, and my 'English' English accent. Take away any of these, and the story would have been very different. Because of course, the dream-England is no more than a dream.

Sadly, it's a dream from which too many white Britons refuse to awake. Recently, on a live radio programme, a professional humorist asked me, in all seriousness, why I objected to being called a wog. He said he had always thought it a rather charming word, a term of endearment. 'I was at the zoo the other day, 'he revealed, 'and a zookeeper told me that the wogs were best with the animals; they stuck their fingers in their ears and wiggled them about and the animals felt at home.'

The ghost of Hurree Jamset Ram Singh walks among us still. As Richard Wright found long ago in America, black and white descriptions of society are no longer compatible. Fantasy, or the mingling of fantasy and naturalism, is one way of dealing with these problems. It offers a way of echoing in the form of our work the issues faced by all of us: how to build a new, 'modern' world out of an old, legend-haunted civilization, an old culture which we have brought into the heart of newer one.

But whatever technical solutions we may find, Indian writers in these islands, like others who have migrated into the north from the south, are capable of writing from a kind of double perspective: because they, we, are at one and the same time insiders and outsiders in this society. This stereoscopic vision is perhaps what we can offer in place of 'whole sight'.

Q1. The author's experience in England is not the normative experience of an ordinary Indian because

  • (a) Like the author the ordinary Indian has not nurtured a "dream England" or aspirations of reaching the dreamland.
  • (b) Like the author the ordinary Indian has acquired airs and nuances that are essentially English but are betrayed by his/her complexion.
  • (c) Unlike, the author the ordinary Indian has a radical sense of nationhood, citizenship and identity
  • (d) Unlike the author the ordinary Indian has not imbibed and cannot simulate signs of English culture.

Q2. The professional humorist whom the author met regards the term "wog" a charming word and a term for endearment. Which of the following statements is true in the light of the comment of the zookeeper which informs the connotation given by the humorist?

  • (a) The humorist thinks that "wog" is a harmless term and its meaning becomes more positive in the light of the zookeeper's comment.
  • (b) The zookeeper's comment subverts the harmless connotation of the term wog.
  • (c) The humorist thinks that "wog" is a harmless term and its meaning remains the same even after considering the zookeeper's comment.
  • (d) The zookeper's comment does not have any implication on the meaning attributed by the humorist.

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Q3. What struggles are identified in the struggles to make a new country our own?

  • (a) A gender struggle
  • (b) A class struggle
  • (c) A struggle between cultures
  • (d) A struggle to migrate

Q4. Which of the following statements about Indian writers is supported by the information provided in the passage?

  • (a) It's easier for an Indian writer to write in England
  • (b) The writers who migrated from India are able to write with double perspectives
  • (c) Indian writers are the insiders to India and outsiders to England
  • (d) Option (b) and (c)

Q5. What does the passage refer to while mentioning "Richard Wright in black and white descriptions of society are no longer compatible"

  • (a) Differences in the good and evil sides of the society
  • (b) Incompatibility between the old and new society
  • (c) Clashes between the opinions of the black and the white populations
  • (d) None of these

Passage 3

The painter Roy Lichtenstein helped to define pop art—the movement that incorporated commonplace objects and commercial-art techniques into paintings—by paraphrasing the style of comic books in his work. His merger of a popular genre with the forms and intentions of fine art generated a complex result: while poking fun at the pretensions of the art world, Lichtenstein’s work also managed to convey a seriousness of theme that enabled it to transcend mere parody.

That Lichtenstein’s images were fine art was at first difficult to see, because, with their word balloons and highly stylized figures, they looked like nothing more than the comic book panels from which they were copied. Standard art history holds that pop art emerged as an impersonal alternative to the histrionics of abstract expressionism, a movement in which painters conveyed their private attitudes and emotions using nonrepresentational techniques. The truth is that by the time pop art first appeared in the early 1960s, abstract expressionism had already lost much of its force. Pop art painters weren’t quarreling with the powerful early abstract expressionist work of the late 1940s but with the second generation of abstract expressionists whose work seemed airy, high-minded, and overly lyrical. Pop art paintings were full of simple black lines and large areas of primary color. Lichtenstein’s work was part of a general rebellion against the fading emotional power of abstract expressionism, rather than an aloof attempt to ignore it.

But if rebellion against previous art by means of the careful imitation of a popular genre were all that characterized Lichtenstein’s work, it would possess only the reflective power that parodies have in relation to their subjects. Beneath its cartoonish methods, his work displayed an impulse toward realism, an urge to say that what was missing from the contemporary painting was the depiction of contemporary life. The stilted romances and war stories portrayed in the comic books on which he based his canvases, the stylized automobiles, hot dogs, and table lamps that appeared in his pictures, were reflections of the culture Lichtenstein inhabited. But, in contrast to some pop art, Lichtenstein’s work exuded not a jaded cynicism about consumer culture, but a kind of deliberate naiveté intended as a response to the excess of sophistication he observed not only in the later abstract expressionists but in some other pop artists. With the comics—typically the domain of youth and innocence—as his reference point, a nostalgia fills his paintings that gives them, for all their surface bravado, an inner sweetness. His persistent use of comic-art conventions demonstrates faith in reconciliation, not only between cartoons and fine art but between parody and true feeling.

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Q1. Which one of the following best captures the author’s attitude toward Lichtenstein’s work?

  1. enthusiasm for its more rebellious aspects
  2. respect for its successful parody of youth and innocence
  3. pleasure in its blatant rejection of abstract expressionism
  4. admiration for its subtle critique of contemporary culture
  5. appreciation for its ability to incorporate both realism and naiveté

Q2. The author most likely lists some of the themes and objects influencing and appearing in Lichtenstein’s paintings (middle of the last paragraph) primarily to

  1. show that the paintings depict aspects of contemporary life
  2. support the claim that Lichtenstein’s work was parodic in intent
  3. contrast Lichtenstein’s approach to art with that of abstract expressionism
  4. suggest the emotions that lie at the heart of Lichtenstein’s work
  5. endorse Lichtenstein’s attitude toward consumer culture

Q3. The primary purpose of the passage is most likely to

  1. express curiosity about an artist’s work
  2. clarify the motivation behind an artist’s work
  3. contrast two opposing theories about an artist’s work
  4. describe the evolution of an artist’s work
  5. refute a previous overestimation of an artist’s work

Passage 4

The struggle to obtain legal recognition of aboriginal rights is a difficult one, and even if a right is written into the law there is no guarantee that the future will not bring changes to the law that undermines the right. For this reason, the federal government of Canada in 1982 extended constitutional protection to those aboriginal rights already recognized under the law. This protection was extended to the Indian, Inuit, and Métis peoples, the three groups generally thought to comprise the aboriginal population in Canada. But this decision has placed on provincial courts the enormous burden of interpreting and translating the necessarily general constitutional language into specific rulings. The result has been inconsistent recognition and establishment of aboriginal rights, despite the continued efforts of aboriginal peoples to raise issues concerning their rights.

Aboriginal rights in Canada are defined by the constitution as aboriginal peoples’ rights to ownership of land and its resources, the inherent right of aboriginal societies to self-government, and the right to legal recognition of indigenous customs. But difficulties arise in applying these broadly conceived rights. For example, while it might appear straightforward to affirm legal recognition of indigenous customs, the exact legal meaning of “indigenous” is extremely difficult to interpret. The intent of the constitutional protection is to recognize only long-standing traditional customs, not those of recent origin; provincial courts therefore require aboriginal peoples to provide legal documentation that any customs they seek to protect were practiced sufficiently long ago—a criterion defined in practice to mean prior to the establishment of British sovereignty over the specific territory. However, this requirement makes it difficult for aboriginal societies, which often relied on oral tradition rather than written records, to support their claims.

Furthermore, even if aboriginal peoples are successful in convincing the courts that specific rights should be recognized, it is frequently difficult to determine exactly what these rights amount to. Consider aboriginal land claims. Even when aboriginal ownership of specific lands is fully established, there remains the problem of interpreting the meaning of that “ownership.” In a 1984 case in Ontario, an aboriginal group claimed that its property rights should be interpreted as full ownership in the contemporary sense of private property, which allows for the sale of the land or its resources. But the provincial court instead ruled that the law had previously recognized only the aboriginal right to use the land and therefore granted property rights so minimal as to allow only the bare survival of the community. Here, the provincial court’s ruling was excessively conservative in its assessment of the current law. Regrettably, it appears that this group will not be successful unless it is able to move its case from the provincial courts into the Supreme Court of Canada, which will be, one hopes, more insistent upon a satisfactory application of the constitutional reforms.

Q1. Which one of the following most accurately states the main point of the passage?

  1. The overly conservative rulings of Canada’s provincial courts have been a barrier to constitutional reforms intended to protect aboriginal rights.
  2. The overwhelming burden placed on provincial courts of interpreting constitutional language in Canada has halted efforts by aboriginal peoples to gain full ownership of land.
  3. Constitutional language aimed at protecting aboriginal rights in Canada has so far left the protection of these rights uncertain due to the difficult task of interpreting this language.
  4. Constitutional reforms meant to protect aboriginal rights in Canada have in fact been used by some provincial courts to limit these rights.
  5. Efforts by aboriginal rights advocates to uphold constitutional reforms in Canada may be more successful if heard by the Supreme Court rather than by the provincial courts.

Q2. The passage provides evidence to suggest that the author would be most likely to assent to which one of the following proposals?

  1. Aboriginal peoples in Canada should not be answerable to the federal laws of Canada.
  2. Oral tradition should sometimes be considered legal documentation of certain indigenous customs.
  3. Aboriginal communities should be granted full protection of all of their customs.
  4. Provincial courts should be given no authority to decide cases involving questions of aboriginal rights.
  5. The language of the Canadian constitution should more carefully delineate the instances to which reforms apply.

How to Solve Reading Comprehension and Para Jumbles Questions for CLAT 2023?

The following are some of the simple CLAT English preparation tips that you can follow while reading comprehension solving para jumble questions.

  • Identify the opening sentence: Read the given sentences carefully and identify the opening sentence. This will be easy to identify the first sentence.
  • Identify the Closing sentence: Similar to the opening sentence, the closing sentence will also be easy to identify. The trick to identifying the last sentence is to check the conclusion tone.
  • Usage of Pronouns and Acronyms: Generally, the sentences having pronouns or acronyms would be the middle sentences. 
  • Check for transitional Words: Ensure to observe the traditional words like also, well, furthermore, etc as those words are considered as bridges between two sentences. This way you can build the sentence and get the proper sequence. 
  • Brush up Vocabulary: Vocabulary always helps in comprehending the sentences easily. Vocabulary in CLAT is an integral part of the Reading Comprehension section also.

Frequently Asked Questions

To prepare for the CLAT English Section, you must follow the following steps below-

  • The most important aspect is to practice the previous year’s question papers and attempt as many mock tests as possible.
  • Read a variety of English magazines and newspapers along with documentaries and films.
  • Learn new words along with their synonyms and antonyms and understand their meaning explicitly.
  • Understand the basics and rules of grammar instead of applying instinct and improve your speed of reading
You can easily improve your speed and accuracy in the CLAT Exam by solving as many sample papers as possible. Practicing mock tests would definitely improve your time management skills and problem-solving techniques. So, it is advisable to solve mock tests on a daily basis.
The main trick to crack English section is to be good at reading. Hence, it is advised to improve your reading skill and understand the passage in one go. 
You should mainly focus on reading the editorials for enhancing your reading skills and improving vocabulary. Also ensure to read through the entire newspaper for latest current affairs and events. 

In order to answer CLAT English Section Questions, go through the following points-

  • It is crucial to pay attention when a new paragraph changes. Usage of words like however, nevertheless, etc. can be used to present the counter-argument. You have to read it minutely to find out the fine details.
  • Vocabulary questions are mainly of two kinds. One asks the meaning of a specific word, and the other asks the meaning of the word in reference to the passage. It is advisable to read two lines before and after the mentioned word. Just by reading these lines, you can ascertain the meaning of the word even if you are not explicitly aware of it.
  • It is wise to approach the questions only after you have understood the passage as best as you can. This will help you to solve it quickly.
  • It is essential to be absolutely concentrated while reading the questions. Minor additions of words can lead to the change in the entire meaning of the question and thereby, the answer.

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