August 13, 2010

Verbal Ability-Question of the Day

The question below consists of a set of labelled parts of sentences. These sentences, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the options.
    A. and apparently the most remote from all useful application
    B. and in the succeeding one, perhaps, by proper simplification and reduction to tables
    C. become in the next age the bases of profound physical inquiries
    D. it happens that truths which are at one period the most abstract
    E. in mathematical science, more than in all others
    F. furnish their ready and daily aid to the artist and the sailor


This question tests the test-taker’s appreciation of the subtleties of language and sentence structure - how ideas are proceeded in a given statement.
In option 2 the flow of ideas from C to E and from E to F has an abrupt change. Also the idea of ‘ in the succeeding one’ presented in B does not connect with anything spoken of in F, the previous statement. This eliminates option 2
Option 4 may appear compelling but has a problem in the flow of ideas from A to F. The word’ furnish’ in F does not connect with anything in the previous statement A. It should have been ‘furnishing’ instead of ‘furnish’ so that all the ideas spoken of in statements A, F and B can be attributed to ‘the truths’ in D. This eliminates option 4.
Similarly option 3 should have begun with ‘furnishing’ in statement F instead of ‘furnish’. This eliminates option 3.
By elimination, option 1 is the best option. There is a smooth flow of ideas in each succeeding statement and the sentence logically ends with statement F connecting well with the preceding statement B.
Hence, the correct answer is option 1.


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