CAT 2018 Question Paper | Verbal Slot 1

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This is an easy-medium level difficulty Para Jumble question that appeared in CAT 2018 Question Paper Slot 1. Cracking the first sentence is especially crucial in this question. Once that is done, this question is crackable easily. Reading a variety of articles and solving a bunch of questions like this during your CAT Online Preparation is the key to mastering Para Jumbles in your CAT Exam.


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.

Question 26 : 1. The eventual diagnosis was skin cancer and after treatment all seemed well.
2. The viola player didn’t know what it was; nor did her GP
3. Then a routine scan showed it had come back and spread to her lungs.
4. It started with a lump on Cathy Perkins’ index finger.


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Explanatory Answer

Sentence 4 is the best opening sentence: it sets the scene and tells us what ‘it started with’. The subject of sentence 2 is ‘the viola player’. This could only be Cathy Perkins, who is mentioned only in 4. So, 2 follows immediately after 4. Now, of the remaining sentences, 1 is a better option to follow 2 than 3. This is because sentences 2 and 4 talk of a medical condition. Sentence 1 mentions the ‘eventual diagnosis’ and response to treatment. So, 1 follows 2.­ Also, sentence 3 states that ‘it had come back’. The ‘it’ in question could only refer to the cancer mentioned in 1. So, 3 follows 1.


The question is "1. The eventual diagnosis was skin cancer and after treatment all seemed well.
2. The viola player didn’t know what it was; nor did her GP
3. Then a routine scan showed it had come back and spread to her lungs.
4. It started with a lump on Cathy Perkins’ index finger."

Hence, the answer is 4213

 

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