Sentence Elimination - War and Games

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Sentence Elimination- War and Games

  1. In 400 BC, Leonidas' 300 Spartans died at Thermopylae in Greece while their countrymen vied at Olympia.
  2. Troops were forbidden to enter the sacred Olympic precinct; but they were there in 420 B.C. when a Spartan attack was feared. Spartans had been banned from competing.
  3. And yet, Spartan-like, America was represented at the Games while she was still fighting in Vietnam.
  4. Civilization has advanced since then and—commendably — Olympiads of 1916, 1940 and 1944 were cancelled due to worldwide conflagration.


  • Correct Answer
    Choice B

Detailed Solution

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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