Theme detection is the logical verbal reasoning skill that is almost inevitable in most competitive exams. These are lengthy paragraphs that seem like reading comprehensions. At the end of these, questions relating to the paragraph are asked. In almost all banking, MBA and even other higher studies exams ask questions related to Theme detection. So, without further ado, let’s dive straight into the tricks of doing Theme detection questions.
Theme detection Tips and tricks:
1. Give a mindful yet quick glimpse to the paragraph and questions
The idea is to get a sense of the paragraph first and questions and then read it fully. This way when we go back to the paragraphs, we know what we are looking for. This way we don’t waste extra time on things that don’t matter and focus on things that do.
2. Not all details are relevant, so streamline focus
Many times, paragraphs come with gripping details that can take your time and drain focus. Don’t waste your time on details but stick to a general overall idea of the writing. Details are to give you a fair view, not for some direct questions. They will only give you a context.
3. Vocabulary can be intimidating, but don’t get intimidated
Individual words hardly matter in theme detection questions. As long as you have a context, you need not know all the words and their meanings. It’s not new to us to understand a sense of a word by reading the whole sentence. Just do that and you will be absolutely fine. Words in a theme detection question only exist to give you an overall idea. This is not a vocabulary test, this is an understanding theme test.
Now, how about you try these following questions of theme detection
Exports and imports, a swelling favorable balance of trade, investments, and bank-balances, are not an index or a balance sheet of national prosperity. Up until the Second World War began, English exports were noticeably much greater than what they are today. And yet England has greater national prosperity today than ever before. Because the income of average Englishmen, working as clerks, farm laborer, policemen, firemen, office boys, messengers, petty shopkeepers, shop assistants, domestic workers, and other low-paid workers, has gone up.
The passage best supports the statement that:
- a country’s economic standard can be best adjudged by per capita income.
- a country’s balance of trade is the main criteria for determining its economic prosperity.
- a nation’s economy strengthens with the increase in exports.
- English trade has continually increased since the beginning of the Second World War.
Answer: Option A. a country’s economic standard can be best adjudged by per capita income.
Practice Questions for you:
- Due to the enormous profits involved in smuggling, hundreds of persons have been attracted to this anti-national activity. Some of them became millionaires overnight. India has a vast coastline both on the Eastern and Western Coast. It has been a haven for smugglers who have been carrying on their activities with great impunity. Of course, from time to time certain seizures were made by the law and enforcement authorities, during raids and ambush. But even after such these losses, the smugglers made huge profits.
The passage best supports which of the following options:
- smuggling hampers the economic development of a nation.
- smuggling ought to be curbed.
- authorities are taking strict measures to restrict and discourage smuggling.
- smuggling is increasing in our country due to the quick profit it entails.
Answer: D smuggling is fast increasing in our country owing to the quick profit it entails.