(Paper) CDS: English Ordering of Sentences Solved Exam Paper (II) - 2007

Combined Defence Services

CDS General English Solved Paper (II) : 2007

Directions (For the 15 items which follow): In the following each passage consists of six sentences. The first sentence (SI )and the final sentence (S6) 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 sequence of the four sentences and mark accordingly on the Answer Sheet.

Example ‘X’ has been solved for you.
X. S1 : There was a boy named jack.
S6 : At last she turned him out of the house.
P : So the mother asked him to find work.
Q : They were very poor.
R : He lived with his mother.
S : But jack refused to work.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) R Q P S (b) P Q R S
(c) Q P R S (d) R P S Q

Explanation: The correct sequence in this example is R Q P S which is marked by (a). Therefore, (a) is the correct answer.

1. S1 : I did not know Nehru at all intimately
S6 : I t is more cor rect to use the word captivation than impression.
P : But his personality made an immediate impression at my very first meeting with him.
Q : Nor was the effect he made just an impression.
R : This impression did not change over the years.
 S : In fact, I had not even met him many times.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) S Q R P (b) R P S Q
(c) SPRQ (d) RQSP

2. S1 : What is freedom ?
S 6 : Some people feel that we actually sufferfrom what may be called choice fatigue.
P : There is so much choice that we find it difficult to choose.
Q : Fortunately, we are now living in a world full of choice.
R : Without the possibility of choice and the exercise of choice, we are not human beings but only inanimate objects.
S : Freedom is the right to choose.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) P Q R S (b) S R Q P
(c) P R Q S (d) S Q R P

3. S1 : A lower division clerk who has been  working in CPWD for the past 15 years, won Rs.1 crore in the recently launched programme ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’.
S6 : Because the publicity that he received was really disturbing him.
P : His fellow clerks in the department approached him wi th proposals to launch some joint projects.
R : But he shied away from both his friends and relatives. R : His relatives advised him to leave service and start his own business.
S : He listened to all patiently.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) P Q S R (b) SRPQ
(c) P R S Q (d) SQ PR

4. S1 : The ‘touch-me-not’ plant folds up its leaves whentouched.
S6 : The folding up of the leaves is controlled by the pulvinus.
P : How is the plant able, to do this?
Q : At the lower end of each leaf is a tiny swelling, called the pulvinus.
R : The pulvinus acts as the ‘brain’ or control centre of the leaf.
S : It is only ‘in recent years that a possible answer has been found.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) R S Q P (b) P Q S R
(c) R Q S P (d) P S Q R

5. S1 : All the fossil fuel that we use today came from green plants.
S 6 : The income that Dr. Calvin is. talking about is the sun’s energy which living green plants capture and store up every day.
P : “And now we are burning it all up in just 100 or 200 years!” says Dr. Calvin.
Q : We have nearly used up all our savings.
R : It took hundreds of millions of years for those plants to change into coal, oil, and gas.
S : “It is time for us now to begin living on our income” says Calvin.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) Q S R P (b) R P Q S
(c) Q P R S (d) R S Q P

6. S1 : A n exper iment w as conducted inEngland to study what happens to the bodies and minds of people travelling at high speeds.
S6 : Psychological tests showed that their ability to make decisions decreased quickly.
P : Then they were flown to America.
Q : Travelling also had an effect on the minds of these people.
R : They were first kept under observation in London.
S : It was found that as they travelled from one time zone to another, their blood pressure moved away from the normal.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) R Q S P (b) S P R Q
(c) R P S Q (d) S Q R P

7. S1 : One. mor ning, a few days before Rahman, the Cabuliwallah, was due to return to his count ry, Tagore was working in his study.
S6 : They had quarrelled, and Rahman had struck the man with his knife.
P : There were blood stains on his cloth, and one of the policemen carried a knife stained with blood.
Q : Suddenly he heard shouting in the street, and he saw Rahman. being led away between two policemen, followed by a crowd of curious boys.
R : He learned that a certain neighbour had owed the Cabuliwallah some money, but had denied it.
S : He hurried out and stopped them to inquire what it all meant.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) R S P Q (b) Q P S R
(c) R P S Q (d) Q S P R

8. S1 : In an ordinary power station we burn fuel to get heat.
S6 : However, instead of getting heat by burning fuel, we get it from the nuclear reactor.
P : In a nuclear power station we burn water into steam and then use the steam in the same way.
Q : It is from the generator that we get electricity.
R : The steam is. then made to turn a turbine and through the turbine a generator.
S : This heat turns water into steam.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) P R Q S (b) S Q R P
(c) S R Q P (d) P Q R S

9. S1 : A hundred metres further along the trail Mahesh and Rohini stopped short.
S6 : But now mother bear-perhaps the same grizzly bear could be just over the ridge obscured by the bushes.
P : They had shouted and waved and watched through binoculars as the mother bear reared up and roared at them.
Q : Two bear cubs were playing in the creek gully about 20 metres to their right.
R : They had enjoyed the roaring of the mother bear as a distance of a kilometre and a half separated them.
S : The day before, they had seen a mother bear and two cubs.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) R P S Q (b) Q S P R
(c) R S P Q (d) Q P S R

10. S1 : Both Rattan and his son Mod were idlers and did not like to do any work.
S6 : In fact, they prided themselves on their inactivity and idleness.
P : The resul t was that thei r idleness increased all the more.
Q : His wife had introduced order and industry in the house.
R : Rattan’s wife had died long ago, Mod had married in the preceding year.
S : She would work herself to death and earn the daily feed for both of them.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) S P R Q (b) S Q R P
(c) R Q S P (d) R P S Q

11. S1 : Materially advertisements do us no good.
S6 : They have but one requirement that their intrusion should be conspicuous.
P : The advertisements tread closely on their heels and destroy its effect.
Q : Spiritually they are one of the worst avoidable evils.
R : Our buildings are covered with prints and pictures that distract and wear us.
S : Architects might give their designs dignity or the beauty of pattern.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) R Q P S (b) Q R P S
(c) R Q S P (d) Q R P P

12. S1 : There are a number of bad habits which poor readers adopt.
S6 : Young children and very poor readers often point with a finger at each word in turn.
P : Of course, there must be vigorous mental activity.
Q : But extra body movements, such as pointing with the fingers or moving the lips, do not help reading.
R : In efficient reading, the muscles of the eye should make the only external movement.
S : Most of these involve using extra body movement in the reading process.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) S R P Q (b) P Q S R
(c) P R S Q (d) S Q P R

13. S1 : Eighteen years ago, Germany became whole and free again after forty years of cruel partition.
S6 : On October 3, 1990, reunification was ceremoniously enacted.
P : But on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was miraculously breached.
Q : Within ten months after the Wall came ‘down, Germany had regained its national unity.
R : N ot many contemporaries had expected this to happen, or to happen within the span of their lifetime.
S : The Cold War was suddenly over, the Iron Curtain collapsed, communism melted away.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) P R S Q (b) R P Q S
(c) R P S Q (d) P R Q S

14. S1 : Another significant change in the past five years have been the global resurgence of ethnic and religious aspirations.
S6 : This phenomenon is evident not only in Africa and Asia but also in Europe, notably in Italy and Spain.
P : N o less than 15 new States have emerged in that region since 1990.
S : This manifests itself in many different ways.
R : Another manifestation is the growth of ethnicity or regionalism as catalyst for new political parties.
S : One is the ‘new’ nationalism that is thriving in the wake of the break up of the Soviet Empire.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) Q S P R (b) P R Q S
(c) P S Q R (d) Q R P S

15. S1 : Did anything happen ?
S6 : He did not download or tamper with any of the code to which he gained access.
P : But the intruder did little more than peek and poke around.
Q : Not much, according to Microsoft.
R : He may have been some of its “Source code” the secret recipe for its software.
S : Yes, somebody invaded the firm’s corporate network.
Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?
(a) R P Q S (b) Q S R P
(c) R S Q P (d) Q P R S

ANSWERS: 1. (c) 2. (b) 3. (c) 4. (d) 5. (b) 6. (c) 7. (b) 8. (c) 9. (b) 10. (c) 11. (d) 12. (d) 13. (c) 14. (a) 15. (d)


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