Question 139

The sentences given in each question, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labelled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

A. As officials, their vision of a country shouldn’t run too far beyond that of the local people with whom they have to deal.

B. Ambassadors have to choose their words.

C. To say what they feel they have to say, they appear to be denying or ignoring part of what they know.

D. So, with ambassadors as with other expatriates in black Africa, there appears at a first meeting a kind of ambivalence.

E. They do a specialized job and it is necessary for them to live ceremonial lives.


Statement B introduces the subject of the paragraph - "Ambassadors". Hence, it should be the opening sentence of the paragraph.

The main point of the paragraph is that Ambassadors need to carefully weigh their words so that their vision is acceptable to the locals of the country.

Statement A says that the ambassador's vision of the country should not run beyond that of the local people and D adds to this thought by saving as a result of this necessity there is an ambivalence in their behaviour. C explains how this ambivalence is exhibited by them. Hence, A-D-C are logically connected.

Statement E which introduces the specialized nature of their job acts a connecting line between B and ADC. Hence, the order is BEADC.

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