Paragraph Formation


Direction: The sentences given in each question, when arranged in the proper sequence, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labelled with a letter/number. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

  1. A. in this very short introduction to
    B. America’s still-influential legislative response to the same
    C. I offer some basic ideas for a first understanding of this profound crisis and
    D. the Great Depression and the New Deal









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    D logically follows A with ‘the Great Depression and the New Deal’ being the topics of introduction. C marks the beginning of the next clause which is logically followed by ii. Option (c) is thus the correct choice. Option (a) can be ruled out easily since the sentence cannot end with A. Option (b) is incorrect since iii and iv cannot come together (too many ‘and’s).

    Correct Option: C

    D logically follows A with ‘the Great Depression and the New Deal’ being the topics of introduction. C marks the beginning of the next clause which is logically followed by ii. Option (c) is thus the correct choice. Option (a) can be ruled out easily since the sentence cannot end with A. Option (b) is incorrect since iii and iv cannot come together (too many ‘and’s). Option (d) looks correct but it is not the right sequence because of ‘same’. The sentence is ambiguous since ‘same’ can refer to any of the three things mentioned before i.e. the Great Depression, New Deal and America’s still influential response


  1. A. The operation of last week was as dramatic as the conceptualization of the gigantic statue of 350 tons.
    B. The giant monolithic statue of Buddha was salvaged from the Hussainsagar lake.
    C. The project was the brainchild and magnificent obsession of late N.T. Rama Rao.
    D. It went down in the lake in 1990, when it was being transported to the Rock of Gibraltar, its intended seat.









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    B D is the key. Passage must begin with B as it introduces salvaged ‘giant statue of Buddha,’ it cannot begin with A, C, D with their ‘The operation of last week’, ‘The project’ and ‘It went down’ respectively. They only advance the argument introduced by B. D should obviously follow B as D tells when the ‘giant statue’ of Buddha ‘went down in the lake’, A should follow D which tells the ‘operation’ (of salvaging the statue) was ‘dramatic’, C should follow A and conclude the passage telling whose ‘obsession’ the project (of salvaging) was. Option (a): passage wrongly begins with A instead of B whereas A should follow D which in turn should follow B after D has told when the ‘giant statue’ of Buddha ‘went down in the lake,’ A calls the ‘operation (of salvaging the statue) was dramatic’ and so on. Option (b): passage correctly begins with B but C wrongly follows it whereas C should follow A and conclude the passage, after A calls the ‘operation’ (of salvaging the statue) ‘dramatic’ C tells whose ‘brainchild’ the ‘project’ was.............................................................................................................................................

    Correct Option: C

    B D is the key. Passage must begin with B as it introduces salvaged ‘giant statue of Buddha,’ it cannot begin with A, C, D with their ‘The operation of last week’, ‘The project’ and ‘It went down’ respectively. They only advance the argument introduced by B. D should obviously follow B as D tells when the ‘giant statue’ of Buddha ‘went down in the lake’, A should follow D which tells the ‘operation’ (of salvaging the statue) was ‘dramatic’, C should follow A and conclude the passage telling whose ‘obsession’ the project (of salvaging) was. Option (a): passage wrongly begins with A instead of B whereas A should follow D which in turn should follow B after D has told when the ‘giant statue’ of Buddha ‘went down in the lake,’ A calls the ‘operation (of salvaging the statue) was dramatic’ and so on. Option (b): passage correctly begins with B but C wrongly follows it whereas C should follow A and conclude the passage, after A calls the ‘operation’ (of salvaging the statue) ‘dramatic’ C tells whose ‘brainchild’ the ‘project’ was. Option (d): passage correctly begins with B but A wrongly follows B whereas A should follow D which in turn should follow B, after D has told when the statue ‘went down in the lake’ A calls the ‘operation’ ‘dramatic’ and so on. Except (c) other options are wrong.



  1. A. Hence, the educated and patriotic Indians must rise to the occasion and blast the medieval thinking that promotes religious fanaticism.
    B. The country has already enough religions to meddle in politics.
    C. Religion must be a guiding force to make the nation strong.
    D. However, it must not be allowed to be exploited for garnering votes.









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    C D is the key. Passage must begin with C as it introduces ‘religion’ as ‘a guiding force,’ A, B and D cannot begin the passage with their ‘Hence,’ ‘The country has already’ and ‘However’ respectively. D should obviously follow C which says ‘it must not be allowed to be exploited,’ D’s ‘it’ refers to ‘religion’ introduced by C, B should follow D with its ‘The country has already enough religions,’ it is an appropriate argument with reference to D’s ‘it must not be allowed to be exploited,’ A should follow B and conclude the passage telling ‘the educated and patriotic Indians must rise’ etc. Options (a) and (c): passage wrongly begins with B instead of C in both the options whereas B should follow D which in turn should follow C, B’s ‘country has already enough religions’ is an appropriate argument following D’s telling ‘it must not be allowed to be exploited’ and so on.

    Correct Option: B

    C D is the key. Passage must begin with C as it introduces ‘religion’ as ‘a guiding force,’ A, B and D cannot begin the passage with their ‘Hence,’ ‘The country has already’ and ‘However’ respectively. D should obviously follow C which says ‘it must not be allowed to be exploited,’ D’s ‘it’ refers to ‘religion’ introduced by C, B should follow D with its ‘The country has already enough religions,’ it is an appropriate argument with reference to D’s ‘it must not be allowed to be exploited,’ A should follow B and conclude the passage telling ‘the educated and patriotic Indians must rise’ etc. Options (a) and (c): passage wrongly begins with B instead of C in both the options whereas B should follow D which in turn should follow C, B’s ‘country has already enough religions’ is an appropriate argument following D’s telling ‘it must not be allowed to be exploited’ and so on. Option (d): passage wrongly begins with A instead of C whereas A should follow B and conclude the passage, after B has talked of ‘already enough religions to meddle in politics,’ A’s exhorting ‘the educated and patriotic Indians must rise to the occasion’ is quite appropriate. Except (b), other options are wrong.


  1. A. The sickest of such men is least aware of them.
    B. We find that what we thought was a cold or a sprain was in fact gout.
    C. However the diseases of the soul grow more obscure even as they grow stronger.
    D. The diseases of the body become more pronounced as they grow.









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    D B and C A are the keys. Passage must begin with D which introduces the topic telling ‘The diseases of the body become more pronounced’. A, B, C cannot begin the passage with their ‘The sickest of such men,’ ‘We find that what,’ and ‘However the diseases’ respectively.

    Correct Option: D

    D B and C A are the keys. Passage must begin with D which introduces the topic telling ‘The diseases of the body become more pronounced’. A, B, C cannot begin the passage with their ‘The sickest of such men,’ ‘We find that what,’ and ‘However the diseases’ respectively. B should follow D because it further talks about the diseases of the body. Except (d) other options are wrong as the link DB is absent in them.



  1. A. I feared however that some people might not understand why I chose the name I did.
    B. I have decided to ask him to write out my studio's name in large characters that I will display on a pillar.
    C. His writing is quite unusual and imposing.
    D. My friend is a Hsiang excels at large-style calligraphy.









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    D C is the key. C should follow D with its ‘His writing is’ which refers to ‘Is’ai Hsiang’ mentioned by D. Option (b): Passage wrongly begins with A whereas A should follow B.

    Correct Option: A

    D C is the key. C should follow D with its ‘His writing is’ which refers to ‘Is’ai Hsiang’ mentioned by D. Option (b): Passage wrongly begins with A whereas A should follow B. Option (c) and Option (d): Passage begins with D but the link DC is missing. Except (a) other options are wrong.