Three sentences- A, B and C- mention Sparta. It is important, however, to understand the context to see which sentence is to be eliminated. Sentence A tells us that though Spartans were at war with Greece and dying, some of their countrymen were competing at that time at the Olympia. Sentence C talks of how America, like Sparta, was represented at the Games while still fighting in Vietnam. We see that there is a link between sentences A and C. Both talk of warring countries still competing at the Olympic Games. C follows A, as it compares America to Sparta. Now we need to look at a third sentence that will fit with these to form a paragraph. Sentence B tells that while troops were normally not allowed in the Olympic precinct, they were there in 420 BC, as war with Sparta was thought to be imminent. Sentence B provides an example of an exception made to the Olympic rules at a time war was expected. Sentence D talks of the cancellation of Olympiads in 1926, 1940 and 1944 due to world wars. Of the two sentences above, we see that sentence D fits in with the idea of competing at Olympic Games while at war, discussed in sentences A and C. ADC forms a cogent paragraph. Sentence B is hence the one to be eliminated. Correct Answer: Choice (b)
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