XAT 2013 Question 11

Question 11

Read the following sentences and choose the option that best arranges them in a logical order.
1. Finally he took a wrong turn and ran a few, steps past me, towards the hamlet, crying, "Johnny, Black Dog, Dirk," and other names, "you won't leave old Pew, mates—not old Pew!"
2. This quarrel was the saving of us, for while it was still raging, another sound came from the top of the hill on the side of the hamlet—the tramp of horses galloping.
3. And that was plainly the last signal of danger, for the buccaneers turned at once and ran, separating in every direction, one seaward along the cove, one slant across the hill, and so on, so that in half a minute not a sign of them remained but Pew.
4. Him they had deserted, whether in sheer panic or out of revenge for his ill words and blows I know not; but there he remained behind, tapping up and down the road in a frenzy, and groping and calling for his comrades.
5. Almost at the same time a pistol-shot, flash and report, came from the hedge side.

Solution

On reading the given sentences, we can infer that the paragraph is about how everyone started running after hearing the pistol sound. 
2 must be the opening sentence since it talks about the quarrel that happened before hearing the sound of the horses and the pistol sound. 
5 must follow 2 since it starts that 'Almost at the same time' (the time at which they heard the horses).
3 should follow 5 since it states that the pistol sound was the last sign of danger and they started running in all directions deserting Pew.
4 should follow 3 since the pronoun 'him' in the sentence refers to Pew.
1 must be the concluding sentence since it describes how Pew too started running shortly. 

The correct order is 25341. Therefore, option C is the right answer.



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