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Sentence Rearrangement Solved Practice Set 5

Practice Set 5: Sentence Rearrangement (Solved)

1. A century ago, the cinema was just a mechanical toy.
P. Thus, it gained respectability and acceptance.
Q. It gradually came to be considered as an art form of the new era.
R. By the 1920s, even its worst critics had to take it seriously.
S. Later, it was viewed as an extension of photography.
6. Finally, it has evolved as the century’s most potent and versatile art form.

A) PQRS     B) SQRP     C) SPQR       D) QRSP

1. We and all other animals breathe in and breathe out air all the time.
P. If we stop breathing, we die.
Q. It is because of this fact that we are able to live.
R. It is called the atmosphere.
S. All parts of the earth are surrounded by Air.
6. It is a part of the earth.

A) PQRS     B) PRQS     C) QPSR       D) SRQP

1. Primitive man was helpless and weak.
P. He conceived of some divinity behind this.
Q. As ages passed, he began to think and to investigate nature’s mysteries.
R. He bowed down before natural phenomenon.
S. The flash of lightning, the clap of thunder struck him with awe.
6. Today the knowledge gained from science has armed him with superhuman strength.

A) PSQR     B) RPSQ     C) RSPQ       D) RSQP

1. His wrist watch had gone out of order.
P. He took it to a watch repairer.
Q. He gave an idea of the likely cost of the replacement based on the examination of the watch.
R. He found that some parts needed replacement.
S. The repairer opened the outer case and checked the parts.
6. His estimate appeared reasonable.

A) PQSR     B) RQSP     C) PSRQ       D) RPSQ

1. The distinction between state or sovereign and government is developed by Rousseau with utmost exactness and accuracy.
P. While ‘state’ denotes the community as a whole, created by social pact and manifesting itself in supreme general will, ‘government’ denotes merely the individual or group of individuals that is designated by the community to carry into effect the sovereign will.
Q. Government, to Rousseau, means executive power.
R. The individuals, to whom this power is assigned are the officers or the agents of the sovereign.
S. The government is created not by any contract but by a decree of the sovereign and its function is in no sense to make but only to administer law.
6. Collectively, they may be called “prince” or “magistracy”.

A) PSQR     B) QSPR     C) RPSQ       D) SQRP

1. Now-a-days, soap is going almost out of use as a washing agent.
P. They produce lather due to the presence of calcium salts in water.
Q. Its place has been occupied by a new range of chemicals, called detergents.
R. So, they are called soapless soaps.
S. Detergents are not soaps because they are not sodium or potassium derivatives of fatty acids, as a normal soap is.
6. There are better washing agents than soap, but scientists are not yet sure if their use is harmless to man.

A) SQRP     B) QSRP     C) SQPR      D) QPRS

1. It was early 1943 and the war in The East was going disastrously.
P. How this unlikely bunch of middle aged civilians accomplished their missions makes fascinating reading.
Q. To stop the sinking a spy ring had to be broken, a German ship assaulted, and a secret radio transmitter silenced.
R. U-boats were torpedoing Allied ships in the Indian Ocean faster than they could be replaced.
S. And the only people who could do the job were a handful of British businessmen in Calcutta, all men not called out for active service.
6. Boarding Party, James Leasor’s latest best-seller is a record of this tale of heroics tinged with irony and humour.

A) PQRS     B) PRQS     C) RQSP       D) SQRP

1. Our house is high up on the Yorkshire coast and close to the sea.
P. One is called the North Spit and another the South.
Q. The sand hills here run down to the sea and end in two stretches of rock, sticking out opposite to each other.
R. This one leads through a dark plantation of fir-trees and brings you out between low cliffs to the loneliest and ugliest little bay on all our coasts.
S. There are beautiful walls all around us in every direction except one.
6. Between the two, shifting backwards and forwards at certain seasons of the year, lies the most horrible quicksand on the shores of Yorkshire.

A) SQRP     B) QSPR     C) QPSR      D) SRQP

1. Some old people are oppressed by the fear of death.
P. An individual human existence should be like a river-small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past boulders and over waterfalls.
Q. In the young there is a justification for this feeling.
R. Young men who have reason to fear that they will be killed in battle may justifiably feel bitter in the thought that they have been cheated of the best thing that life has to offer.
S. But in the old man who has known human joys and sorrows, the fear of death is somewhat object and ignoble, and the best way to overcome it is to make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal.
6. Gradually the river grows wider, the bank recede, the water flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea and painlessly lose their individual being.

A) PQSR     B) QPSR     C) QRSP       D) RSQP

1. Unhappiness and discontent spring not only from poverty.
P. Man is a strange creature, fundamentally different from other animals.
Q. If they are undeveloped and unsatisfied, he may have all the comforts of the wealth, but still feel that life is not worthwhile.
R. He has far horizons, invariable hopes, spiritual powers.
S. What is missing in our age is the soul; there is nothing wrong with the body.
6. We suffer from sickness of spirit and hence, we should discover our roots in the eternal.

A) PRQS     B) SPRQ     C) SPQR       D) PRSQ

Answer Keys

1. B 2. C 3. C 4. C 5. A 6. B 7. C 8. D 9. C 10. B

Solution with explanation

1. Option ‘B’ (SQRP). R says that even the people who did not like (critics) the concept of the cinema started to recognize it (take it seriously); in P the result of this fact has been said, it gained respectability and acceptance. Thus, RP is making a good pair. This pair is only available in option ‘B’.

2. Option ‘C’ (QPSR). R says that the fact of the earth being surrounded by air is called the atmosphere. 6 says the atmosphere is a part of the earth. Thus R should be our last choice. R as the last choice is only available

3. Option ‘C’ (RSPQ). S says the primitive man (AADI MANAV) was very much scared (feared) of lightning and thunder. P says that the primitive man thought it was God given (He conceived of some divinity); obviously it was because he had not started to understand the nature by then. Thus SP is making a good pair. This pair is only available in option ‘C’.

4. Option ‘C’ (PSRQ). It’s obvious to understand that P should be our first choice. Also our last choice should be Q as in Q the repairer gives the likely cost (estimation), in 6 the estimation seems reasonable. This combination is only available in option ‘C’.

5. Option ‘A’ (PSQR). Q says what government is – it’s executive power; R says whom this power is assigned (given), So, QR is making a good pair. This pair is available in two options ‘A’ and ‘D’. Option ‘D’ is rejected as P can’t be our last choice.

6. Option ‘B’ (QSRP). Obviously our first choice should be Q. Q as the first choice is available in two options ‘B’ and ‘D’. Q says that SOAP has now been replaced by DETERGENTS. In S, DETERGENT is defined. Thus, option ‘B’ is correct.

7. Option ‘C’ (RQSP). TORPEDO = A torpedo is bomb that is shaped like a tube and that travels  under water. Verb TORPEDO = If a ship is torpedoed, it is hit, and usually sunk, by a torpedo or torpedoes. In R, TORPEDOING is a verb, means U-BOATS were hitting the Allied ships with TORPEDOES and causing them to sink as a result. In Q we are told how the sinking of the ships was stopped. Thus RQ is making a good pair. This pair is available in two options ‘B’ and ‘C’; but option ‘B’ is rejected as P can’t be our first choice.

8. Option ‘D’ (SRQP). In S we are told the place where we live is beautiful from every direction except one; in R, THIS ONE refers to the direction which is not beautiful. So we see SR is making a good pair. This pair is available in two options ‘C’ and ‘D’; but ‘C’ is rejected as P can’t be there immediately before S.

9. Option ‘C’ (QRSP). In Q THIS FEELING refers to FEAR OF DEATH; in R we are given a reason of that. So QR is making a good pair. This pair is only available in option ‘C’.

10. Option ‘B’ (SPRQ). S should be our first choice. Understand this here: 1 has NOT ONLY POVERTY, means in the next sentence there should be ‘BUT ALSO —-‘. S says WHAT IS MISSING IN OUR AGE IS SOUL; if we think over it carefully we can combine 1 and S like this:

UNHAPPINESS AND DISCOMFORT IS BECAUSE OF NOT ONLY POVERTY BUT ALSO POOR QUALITY OF SOUL. S as the first choice is available in options ‘B’ and ‘C’. But option ‘C’ is rejected as Q is not making a sense immediately after P. In P THEY is a pronoun for HORIZONS, INVARIABLE HOPES and SPRITUAL POWERS, therefore Q should come after R.

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