Sentence Rearrangement
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Para Jumbles - VI

Each passage consists of six sentences. The first and the sixth sentences are given in the beginning. The middle four sentences in each have been removed and jumbled up. These are labelled P, Q, R and S. You are required to find out the proper order for the four sentences

Ques 1.
S1 : Our ancestors thought that anything which moved itself was alive.
S6 : Therefore, some scientists think that life is just a very complicated mechanism.
P : This philosopher Descartes thought that both men and animals were machines.
Q : But a machine such as a motorcar or a steamship moves itself, and as soon as machines which moved themselves had been made, people asked, “Is man a machine ?”
R : And before the days of machinery that was a good definition.
S : He also thought that the human machine was partly controlled by the soul action on a certain part of the brain,while animals had no souls.
The proper sequence should be :
(a) P R S Q
(b) R P Q S
(c) P S Q R
(d) R Q P S

Ques 2.
S1 : On vacation in Tangier, Morocco, my friend and I sat down at a street cafe.
S6 : Finally, a man walked over to me and whispered, “Hey buddy ... this guy’s your waiter and he wants your order.
P : At one point, he bent over with a big smile, showing me a single gold tooth and a dingy fez.
Q : Soon I felt the presence of someone standing alongside me.
R : But this one wouldn’t budge.
S : We had been cautioned about beggars and were told to ignore them.
The proper sequence should be :
(a) S Q R P
(b) S Q P R
(c) Q S R P
(d) Q S P R

Ques 3.
S1 : The heart of the pump of life.
S6 : All this was made possible by the invention of the heart lung machine.
P : They have even succeeded in heart transplants.
Q : Now-a-days surgeons are able to stop a patient’s heart and carry out complicated operations.
R : A few years ago it was impossible to operate on a patient whose heart was not working properly.
S : If the heart stops we die in about five minutes.
The proper sequence should be :
(a) S R Q P
(b) S P R Q
(c) S Q P R
(d) S R P Q

Ques 4.
S1 : In 1934, William Holding published a small volume of poems.
S6 : But Lord of the flies which came out in 1954 was welcomed as “a most absorbing and instructive tale’’. P : During the World War II (1939-45) he joined the Royal Navy and was present at the sinking of the Bismarck.
Q : He returned to teaching in 1945 and gave it up in 1962 and is now a full-time writer.
R : In 1939, he married and started teaching at Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury.
S : At first his novels were not accepted.
The proper sequence should be :
(a) R P Q S
(b) R P S Q
(c) S R P Q
(d) S Q P R

Ques 5.
S1 : Sunbirds are among the smallest of India birds.
S6 : Our common sunbirds are the purple sunbird, the glossy black species, and purple rumped sunbird, the yellow and maroon species.
P : Though, they are functionally similar to the humming birds of the New World, they are totally unrelated.
Q : They do eat small insects too.
R : They are also some of the most brilliantly-coloured birds.
S : Sunbirds feed on nectar mostly and help in pollination.
The proper sequence should be :
(a) S Q P R
(b) R P S Q
(c) Q P R S
(d) P S R Q

Answers :
(1) (c), (2) (c), (3) (a), (4) (a), (5) (a).