CAT 2020 Slot 3 Question Paper - VARC

Question 22

Five jumbled up sentences, related to a topic, are given below. Four of them can be put together to form a coherent paragraph. Identify the odd one out and key in the number of the sentence as your answer:
1. The logic of displaying one’s inner qualities through outward appearance was based on a distinction between being a woman and being feminine.
2. 'Appearance' became a signifier of conduct - to look was to be and conformity to the feminine ideal was measured by how well women could use the tools of the fashion and beauty industries.
3. The makeover-centric media sets out subtly and not-so-subtly, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ways to be a woman, layering these over inequalities of race and class.
4. The denigration of working-class women and women of colour often centres on their perceived failure to embody feminine beauty.
5. ‘Woman’ was considered a biological category, but femininity was a ‘process’ by which women became specific kinds of women.


Correct Answer: 3

Solution

Statement (1) talks about how the "logic" of determining a woman's inner quality boiled down to the distinction between the perception of "being a woman and being feminine". Statement (5) highlights the difference in this understanding: the former being a 'biological category' and latter being a 'process'. Statement (2) continues on the manner in which the measure of "feminine ideal" was dependent on a woman's appearance. Statement (4) continues on this line by presenting how the incapacity to meet up to this ideal led to the denigration of working-class women and women of colour. We notice that Statement (3) is the odd one out here.

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