Question 21

The four sentences (labelled 1, 2, 3 and 4) given below, when properly sequenced, would yield a coherent paragraph. Decide on the proper sequencing of the order of the sentences and key in the sequence of the four numbers as your answer.

1. Centuries later formal learning is still mostly based on reading, even with the widespread use of other possible education-affecting technologies such as film, radio, and television.
2. One of the immediate and recognisable impacts of the printing press was on how people learned; in the scribal culture it primarily involved listening, so memorization was paramount.
3. The transformation of learners from listeners to readers was a complex social and cultural phenomenon, and it was not until the industrial era that the concept of universal literacy took root.
4. The printing press shifted the learning process, as listening and memorisation gradually gave way to reading and learning no longer required the presence of a mentor; it could be done privately.

Correct Answer: 2431


The correct order is 2-4-3-1

Sentence 2 introduces the immediate impact of the printing press on how people learned in the scribal culture, emphasizing the shift from listening and memorization to a new learning process.

Sentence 4 builds on this by explaining the transformation brought about by the printing press, highlighting the shift from listening and memorization to reading and the newfound ability to learn privately.

Sentence 3 provides additional context, emphasizing that the transformation from listeners to readers was a complex social and cultural phenomenon that became more widespread during the industrial era.

Sentence 1 concludes the paragraph by noting that despite technological advancements such as film, radio, and television, centuries later, formal learning is still predominantly based on reading. This brings the historical context to the present, concluding the narrative cohesively.

Video Solution


Create a FREE account and get:

  • All Quant CAT complete Formulas and shortcuts PDF
  • 35+ CAT previous papers with video solutions PDF
  • 5000+ Topic-wise Previous year CAT Solved Questions for Free


Boost your Prep!

Download App