Verbal Ability – Parajumble – Relying on narrative structure alone, indigenous

Slot – 1 – VA

Q. 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.

  1. Relying on narrative structure alone, indigenous significances of nineteenth century San folktales are hard to determine.
  2. Using their supernatural potency, benign shamans transcend the levels of the San cosmos in order to deal with social conflict and to protect material resources and enjoy a measure of respect that sets them apart from ordinary people
  3. Selected tales reveal that they deal with a form of spiritual conflict that has social implications and concern conflict between people and living or dead malevolent shamans.
  4. Meaning can be elicited, and the tales contextualized, by probing beneath the narrative of verbatim, original-language records and exploring the connotations of highly significant words and phrases.
Answer: 1432

Reading the paragraph carefully it is obvious that the paragraph is about the difficulty in finding meanings to San folktales. Therefore, sentence 1 is the introductory sentence.
Sentence 1 states that san folktales are hard to determine and this links logically with sentence 4 which states that meanings (of san folk tales) can be elicited by probing beneath the verbatim. Therefore, sentence 4 will follow sentence 1 directly.
Sentences 3-2 are a pair. Sentence 3 is about dead malevolent shamans while sentence 2 is about benign shamans who are highly respected for their ability to deal with social conflict and for protecting material resources. Shamans are priests who use magic to cure the sick, divine the hidden and control events.
Hence, the correct sequence is 1432.

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