CAT 2018 Question Paper | Verbal Slot 1

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Para Jumble questions are one of the low-hanging-fruit questions that you may expect in the CAT Exam. This is one of those questions that appeared in CAT 2018 Question Paper Slot 1. Understanding the context in all the sentences is uber-crucial to answer this question correctly. Reading regularly and understanding the context and connotations plays a crucial role in your CAT Online Preparation. Start reading today from Bharath’s curated reading list.

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 27 : 1. The woodland’s canopy receives most of the sunlight that falls on the trees.
2. Swifts do not confine themselves to woodlands, but hunt wherever there are insects in the air.
3. With their streamlined bodies, swifts are agile flyers, ideally adapted to twisting and turning through the air as they chase flying insects – the creatures that form their staple diet.
4. Hundreds of thousands of insects fly in the sunshine up above the canopy, some falling prey to swifts and swallows.

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Explanatory Answer

Sentence 1 is the best opening sentence. 14 is a link due to the reference to ‘the canopy’ in 4. Both sentences 2 and 3 talk about swifts chasing insects. However, the order 32 is better than 23 because sentence 3 explains that insects are the creatures that form the staple diet of swifts. Sentence 2, which states that swifts hunt ‘wherever there are insects in the air’ can only follow 3.


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