CAT 2019 Verbal Ability Questions with Answers and Explanations

Question:
Five sentences related to a topic are given below in a jumbled order. Four of them form a coherent and unified paragraph. Identify the odd sentence that does not go with the four. Key in the number of the option that you choose.

1. ‘Stat’ signaled something measurable, while ‘matic’ advertised free labour; but ‘tron’, above all, indicated control.

2. It was a totem of high modernism, the intellectual and cultural mode that decreed no process or phenomenon was too complex to be grasped, managed and optimized.

3. Like the heraldic shields of ancient knights, these morphemes were painted onto the names of scientific technologies to proclaim one’s history and achievements to friends and enemies alike.

4. The historian Robert Proctor at Stanford University calls the suffix ‘-tron’, along with ‘-matic’ and ‘-stat’, embodied symbols.

5. To gain the suffix was to acquire a proud and optimistic emblem of the electronic and atomic age.

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OPTION: 2

Out of the five sentences, only 4 appears as an opening sentence. The others are either abrupt have pronouns that need introduction. Statement 4 opens the para by introducing the three suffix. Since the author says they were symbols, he goes further and explains what exactly these symbols meant, something that is done in statement 1. Thus 4 and 1 form a pair. Statement 5 adds on one more piece of information by mentioning that to gain the suffix (here we have three suffix) was some sort of pride in an age of technology. Statement 3 extends this idea by stating how these morphemes (symbols or suffix) were painted on to the names of scientific technologies. Thus we have 4153 forming a coherent paragraph. Statement 2 is the odd one out. The para speaks about technology, while statement 2 mentions modernism, which is not gelling with any of the other statements.


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