XAT 2010 Question 14

Question 14

Read the sentences and choose the option that best arranges them in a logical order.
1. Well, it may mean various things; but one very likely thinks first of all that a picture of the object comes before the child’s mind when it hears the word.
2. But what does this mean?
3. I will call it “ostensive teaching of words”. I say that it will form an important part of the training, because it is so with human beings; not because it could not be imagined otherwise.
4. But now, if this does happen - is it the purpose of the word? Yes, it may be the purpose. I can imagine such a use of words (of series of sounds).
5. This ostensive teaching of words can be said to establish an association between the word and the thing.


After reading all the sentences, we know that the paragraph is about ostensive teaching of words. Statement 3 is the opening sentence as it introduces the idea of ostensive teaching of words.  We can observe that 5-2-1 is a mandatory pair. Statement 5 further elaborates the idea mentioned in statement 3. Statement 2 and statement 1 are question-answer pair. Thus, the correct order is 3 - 5 - 2 - 1 - 4.
Hence, option E is the correct answer.

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