CAT Parajumble Practice Question 22

Question 22:

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. Conceptualisations of ‘women’s time’ as contrary to clock-time and clock-time as synonymous with economic rationalism are two of the deleterious results of this representation.
  2. While dichotomies of ‘men’s time’, ‘women’s time’, clock-time, and caring time can be analytically useful, this article argues that everyday caring practices incorporate a multiplicity of times; and both men and women can engage in these multiple-times
  3. When the everyday practices of working sole fathers and working sole mothers are carefully examined to explore conceptualisations of gendered time, it is found that caring time is often more focused on the clock than generally theorised.
  4. Clock-time has been consistently represented in feminist literature as a masculine artefact representative of a ‘time is money’ perspective.
Option: 4132

This question if of a higher difficulty.

Statement 1 has the demonstrative pronoun ‘this representation’. It must refer to something. Statement 4 says clock-time has been consistently represented…Statement 1 talks about this representation. 41 is a pair. The point is whether 4132 is correct or 4123. To sort out this confusion, we must read the 2nd sentence given in the question. Statement 1 speaks of a negative outcome by mentioning the deleterious results. This negative outcome is further extended in statement 3 in which the author says ‘it is found that caring time is often more focused on the clock than generally theorised’. In parajumbles we must keep similar ideas together, thus the deleterious results in 1 and the biased focus in 3 must be kept together. 413 forms  pair, with 2 coming in the end because it is a sort of conclusion in which the author mentions all the different ‘times’.

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