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Q. 5: The four sentences (labelled 1, 2, 3, 4) given below, when properly sequenced would yield a coherent paragraph. Decide on the proper sequence of the order of the sentences and key in the sequence of the four numbers as your answer.
1. Such a belief in the harmony of nature requires a purpose presumably imposed by the goodness and wisdom of a deity.
2. These parts, all fit together into an integrated, well-ordered system that was created by design.
3. Historically, the notion of a balance of nature is part observational, part metaphysical, and not scientific in any way.
4. It is an example of an ancient belief system called teleology, the notion that what we call nature has a predetermined destiny associated with its component parts.
The paragraph is about the balance or harmony present in nature. Sentence 3 with “historically” is clearly the introductory sentence as it states the notion of a balance of nature – part observational, part metaphysical, and not scientific in any way.
Sentence 4 follows directly. The pronoun “it” clearly refers to the historical view of nature.
Sentences 4 and 2 are a pair. Sentence 4 mentions “component parts” and sentence 2 with “these parts” continues on the theme of the balance in nature.
Sentence 1 concludes the paragraph. The word “such a belief” sums up the belief mentioned in the sentences 3, 4 and 2.
Hence, the correct sequence is 3421.