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CAT Parajumble Practice Question 21

Question 21:

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. Such a belief in the harmony of nature requires a purpose presumably imposed by the goodness and wisdom of a deity.
  2. These parts, all fit together into an integrated, well-ordered system that was created by design.
  3. Historically, the notion of a balance of nature is part observational, part metaphysical, and not scientific in any way.
  4. It is an example of an ancient belief system called teleology, the notion that what we call nature has a predetermined destiny associated with its component parts.
Option: 3421

This is an average-difficulty question. Statement 4 says ‘it is an example of an ancient belief system...’. You must ask what noun the pronoun ‘it’ is referring to. It can only refer to the noun phrase ‘the notion of balance’. Thus 3 and 4 form a pair. Now we can have 3412 or 3421

2 has the phrase ‘these parts’, what noun is ‘these parts’ referring to. It is referring to the noun ‘component parts’ in statement 4. Thus, 342 form a pair. In fact, 4 and 2 form one unit. ‘Such a belief’ in 4 refers to the belief in 4. Thus we must have 3421 in sequence.

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