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CAT Previous Year Paper | CAT VARC Questions | Question 27

Sentence Rearrangement or Para jumble is a part of the Verbal ability section(VA). It is slightly tricky because sentences can have multiple constructions but we have only one correct answer in the exam. Forming sentence pairs is the best approach. Always look out for the link between sentences and try to order them. This is a medium level difficulty question. The main theme is the spread of disease and consequent migration. Go ahead, try out this question.Struggling with the VARC section of the CAT exam, here are sometips.

The sentences (labelled 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) 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.

Question 27 : 1. The study suggests that the disease did not spread with such intensity, but that it may have driven human migrations across Europe and Asia.
2. The oldest sample came from an individual who lived in southeast Russia about 5,000 years ago.
3. The ages of the skeletons correspond to a time of mass exodus from today's Russia and Ukraine into western Europe and central Asia, suggesting that a pandemic could have driven these migrations.
4. In the analysis of fragments of DNA from 101 Bronze Age skeletons for sequences from Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes the disease, seven tested positive.
5. DNA from Bronze Age human skeletons indicate that the black plague could have emerged as early as 3,000 BCE, long before the epidemic that swept through Europe in the mid-1300s.

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Explanatory Answer

5 is the best opening sentence. 5 talks about a DNA study and 4 explains the findings of the study. So, 4 follows 5. Sentence 1 also relates to the study—its conclusion. So, 1 follows 4. Both 2 and 3 relate to the ages of the skeletons tested. 3 is more general and a better concluding sentence than 2, so 3 follows 2.

54123 is the correct answer.


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