Question 19:

The four sentences (labelled 1, 2, 3, 4) given below, when properly sequenced would yield a coherent paragraph. Decide on the proper sequence of the order of the sentences and key in the sequence of the four numbers as your answer.

  1. To the uninitiated listener, atonal music can sound like chaotic, random noise.
  2. Atonality is a condition of music in which the constructs of the music do not ‘live’ within the confines of a particular key signature, scale, or mode.
  3. After you realize the amount of knowledge, skill, and technical expertise required to compose or perform it, your tune may change, so to speak.
  4. However, atonality is one of the most important movements in 20th century music.
Option: 2143

The presence of ‘however’ in statement 4 suggests that 4 must be preceded by a contrary idea. Statement 1 has that. Thus 1 and 4 form a mandatory pair. 3 says ‘your tune may change’. In other words, ‘your attitude may change’. That attitude is there in statement 1. Thus 143 form pair because 3 cannot come before 1. You must state the negative attitude, and then say that your attitude may change after you realize the amount of skill required to come or perform such music.  Statement 2 can come only at the start and not at the end. Thus 2143 is the right sequence. An easy question.

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