August 20, 2010

Verbal Ability-Question of the Day

The question below consists of a set of labelled sentences. These sentences, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the options.
A. This is fundamentally wrong.
B. The sex functions, when properly controlled and led into the proper channels, are a most essential and legitimate form of physical self-expression.
C. This discussion of these Avoided Subjects, in Plain English, is intended to give the salient facts regarding sex in a direct, straightforward manner, bearing in mind the true purpose of normal sex activities.
D. Its activities are not obscene, but nature's own means to certain legitimate ends.
E. Sex affects the very root of all human life.
F. The veil of secrecy with which they are so often shrouded tends to create an altogether false impression regarding them.



Statement A states ‘this is fundamentally wrong’. Now all the other statements talk about the same idea of sex being considered a taboo, which it is not. It means that statement A cannot be placed in-between the other 5 statements. Hence statement A should be placed either at the beginning of the paragraph, meaning it refuted something else spoken of in the previous statement (which we don’t know as it is not given) and now presents the case why understanding sex is important. Conversely statement A can be placed as the last statement, following which a case could be presented, refuting everything presented in the passage.
In either case, statement A needs to be presented either at the start or the end. Only options 4 and 5 satisfy that condition. This eliminates options 1, 2 and 3.
Option 5 flows beautifully with C-F-B. Then statement D talks of ‘Its activities’ which means statement D is pointing out at something singular. But all that the preceding statement B talks about is ‘the sex functions’ which is in plural form. A plural noun cannot connect with a singular pronoun. It creates an error of consistency. This eliminates option 5.
Option 4 does not present any technical flaw and flows well with the ideas presented.
Hence, the correct answer is option 4.



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