Ordering of Sentences


Direction: In each of the following questions, choose the most appropriate sequence of sentences from the given choices.

  1. (i) That convergence, which has been repeated over the centuries, took place again about 40 years ago, at the origins of what is sometimes called the 'Cognitive Revolution'.
    (ii) I will use the term intending you to hear quotes around the phrase 'Cognitive Revolution', expressing some scepticism; it was not all that much of a revolution, in my opinion.
    (iii) Language has sometimes been described as a 'mirror of mind', so that the study of language should then give unique insight into human thought.
    (iv) The study of languages and mind goes back to classical antiquity - to Classical Greece and India in the pre-Christian era.
    (v) It has often been assumed over these millennia that the two inquiries have some intimate relation.
    1. (ii) (iv) (i) (iii) (v)
    2. (ii) (i) (iii) (v) (iv)
    3. (iv) (v) (iii) (i) (ii)
    4. (iv) (ii) (iii) (v) (i)

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    The phrase 'the two enquiries' of (v) refers to 'study of language and mind' in (iv). 'the term' of (ii) refers to 'Cognitive Revolution' of (i).

    Correct Option: C

    The phrase 'the two enquiries' of (v) refers to 'study of language and mind' in (iv). 'the term' of (ii) refers to 'Cognitive Revolution' of (i).


  1. (i) The second Persian invasion of Greece was catalysed by the spectacular failure of the first, with the then Persian King Darius. I seeing his desire to subjugate the city-states of Athens and Eretria end brutally at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE.
    (ii) Indeed, despite sending over 300,000 soldiers to take down the Persian's western enemy, the majority of Greece - and certainly the mainland - remained firmly out of Persian hands, with Darius himself checked in his empire's expansion for the first time.
    (iii) Well, if you were a Spartan, the most war loving, brutal and savage city-state in the entirety of Greece, then you would fight - and you would do so to the last man.
    (iv) That is exactly what King Leonidas I of Sparta did in 480 BCE and, despite falling in battle, he fell a free man on his home country's soil and helped repel the Persians from mainland Greece once and for all.
    (v) After receiving the news of the defeat, however, his will remained intact and he began preparations for an even larger second invasion.
    1. (iii) (iv) (i) (ii) (v)
    2. (iii) (i) (ii) (iv) (v)
    3. (iv) (ii) (i) (iii) (v)
    4. (iv) (iii) (i) (ii) (v)

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    Solving the question requires understanding the subject of the paragraph. It talks about two battles, one of 490 BCE and the other of 480 BCE. (iii)-(iv) make a pair and (i)-(ii)-(v) make a sequence. (i)-(ii)-(v) talk about the first battle of 490 BCE.

    Correct Option: A

    Solving the question requires understanding the subject of the paragraph. It talks about two battles, one of 490 BCE and the other of 480 BCE. (iii)-(iv) make a pair and (i)-(ii)-(v) make a sequence. (i)-(ii)-(v) talk about the first battle of 490 BCE.



  1. (i) Speech and writing differ in their mechanics, of course, and that is one reason children must struggle with writing- it takes practice to reproduce the sounds of language with a pencil.
    (ii) But the written word is a recent invention that has left no trace in our genome and must be laboriously acquired throughout childhood and beyond.
    (iii) Man has an instinctive tendency to speak,as we see in the babble of our young children, whereas no child has an instinctive tendency to bake, brew or write.
    (iv) The spoken word is order than our species, and the instinct for language allows children to engage in articulate conversation years before they enter a schoolhouse.
    (v) But they differ in another way, which makes the acquisition of writing a lifelong challenge, even after the mechanics have been mastered.
    1. (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v)
    2. (iii) (iv) (ii) (i) (v)
    3. (iv) (ii) (i) (iii) (v)
    4. (iv) (v) (iii) (ii) (i)

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    The sequence is of speaking and writing instinctive and modern.

    Correct Option: B

    The sequence is of speaking and writing instinctive and modern.


  1. (i) When a grammatical construction is associated with politicians, you can be sure that it provides a way to evade responsibility.
    (ii) Zombie nouns, unlike the verbs whose bodies they snatched, can shamble around without subjects.
    (iii) That is what they have in common with the passive constructions that also bog down these examples, like was affirmed and were used.
    (iv) And, in a third evasive manoeuvre, many students and politicians stay away from the pronouns I,me, and you.
    (v) The social psychologist Gordon Allport explained these tactics as 'Your anxiety and feeling of insecurity will tempt you to an excessive use of the passive voice'.
    1. (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v)
    2. (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (i)
    3. (iv) (iii) (v) (ii) (i)
    4. (i) (iv) (ii) (iii) (v)

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    Sentence (iv) talks about 'third' and (v) talks about 'these tactics' and concludes.

    Correct Option: A

    Sentence (iv) talks about 'third' and (v) talks about 'these tactics' and concludes.



  1. (i) He was a useful and able committeeman, a ready writer and a good speaker.
    (ii) In all, Bacon was elected to the House of Commons eight times and Parliamentary career covered the 30 years between 1584 and 1614.
    (iii) As a member of the Lower House, Bacon combined qualities very seldom found in the same person.
    (iv) The 'great year' 1588, the year of the Armada, made him a member for Liverpool and Reader at Gary's Inn.
    (v) In 1584, at the age of 23, he was elected to parliament for Melcombe Regis, and in 1586, he at for Taunton.
    1. (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v)
    2. (iii) (i) (ii) (iv) (v)
    3. (iv) (i) (ii) (iii) (v)
    4. (v) (iv) (ii) (iii) (i)

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    The paragraph is part chronological and (ii) is summing up.

    Correct Option: D

    The paragraph is part chronological and (ii) is summing up.