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CAT 2019 [slot 1] Verbal Ability Questions 9

Question:
Five sentences related to a topic are given below. Four of them can be put together to form a meaningful and coherent short paragraph. Identify the odd one out. Choose its number as your answer and key it in.

1. His idea to use sign language was not a completely new idea as Native Americans used hand gestures to communicate with other tribes.

2. Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, for example, observed that men who are deaf are incapable of speech.

3. People who were born deaf were denied the right to sign a will as they were “presumed to understand nothing; because it is not possible that they have been able to learn to read or write.”

4. Pushback against this prejudice began in the 16th century when Pedro Ponce de León created a formal sign language for the hearing impaired.

5. For millennia, people with hearing impairments encountered marginalization because it was believed that language could only be learned by hearing the spoken word.

Show Answer
OPTION: 2

To quickly answer this question, we must form pairs. 1 says ‘his idea to use sign language…’. We must find the noun to which the possessive pronoun ‘his’ refers. Logically it refers to Pedro Ponce, as he is the one who created the sign language. Thus 4 and 1 form a pair.

Also, only 5 can be the opening sentence, as it introduces the idea that for millennia, people with hearing impairment encountered marginalization. How they were marginalized can be seen in statement 3. Thus 5 and 3 form a pair. 5341 form a coherent para. There is no place for statement 2.


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