CAT Verbal Questions : Sentence Rearrangement

Given below are three interesting questions on Sentence Rearrangement :

Question 1 :
Directions: Sentences given in the following question, when properly sequenced form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the five given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.
  1. Another of his start-ups was sold to Google.
  2. He founded the first company to sell virtual reality products.
  3. But unlike most of his fellow technologists, he eventually came to feel that the rise of digital networks was no panacea.
  4. He was there, more or less, at its creation.
  5. Lanier has an unusual authority to criticize the digital economy:
Following are the choices :
  • EDCAB
  • EDBAC
  • EBADC
  • ECDBA

  • Question 2 : 
    Directions: Sentences given in the following question, when properly sequenced form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the five given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.
    1. Two reforms are possible here. The first is to encourage more entrants, since competition will reduce the incentive to store for long periods.
    2. However, if storage facilities are controlled by a small group of middlemen who procure in large volumes to manipulate price, it amounts to market failure.
    3. Hence, creation of storage facilities is encouraged in policy circles.
    4. Indian agriculture is vulnerable to sharp price cycles.
    5. The second is to bring in some degree of transparency and market intelligence.
    Following are the choices :
    • DCAEB
    • CBDAE
    • AECBD
    • DCBAE
    Question 3 :
    Directions: Sentences given in the following question, when properly sequenced form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the five given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.
    1. Lying at the point where the Eurasian plate constantly bumps up against the Indo-Australian plate, volcanoes in the archipelago have long been associated with outsized eruptions, deaths and misery.
    2. With some 130 active volcanoes, Indonesia is a hotbed of tectonic plate activity.
    3. The flip side of the destruction is the availability of a vast amount of geothermal energy that if harnessed, can provide Indonesia with the kind of clean and reliable energy source it is in desperate need of.
    4. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, for example, killed more than 36,000 people and is considered to be one of the loudest sounds ever heard in modern history.
    5. But all this geological ferment is not an unmitigated negative.
    Following are the choices :

  • BADEC
  • BADCE
  • BDAEC
  • ADBEC

  • Explanation :

    Question 1 : It is clear that the starting sentence is ‘E’. Every other sentence refers to ‘he’ or ‘his’, while E refers to the name ‘Lanier’. E says that Lanier has unusual authority to criticize; the best sentence to follow this would be D, which elaborates on why this authority is.
    So, we start with ED. BA seems to be a link. So, we could EDBAC or EDCAB. Between these two, EDBAC is better, as B and A elaborate on the idea espoused in E and C talks about something else. EDBAC is the solution. Answer Choice (2)
    Question 2 : AE is a powerful link; probably the most obvious one. However, we see that all the choices have AE. A refers to reforms. So, the previous sentence should refer to some problem. The best bet is B. D seems to be the best starting sentence, and the best order would be DCBAE.
    Answer Choice (4)

    Question 3 : E and C talk about the positives, of the other side, of the volcanoes. So, they should probably appear together and in the end. A talks about deaths and misery, D gives an example of this. So, AD is a link. BADEC is the best order. Answer Choice (1)


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