The best way to approach sentence elimination questions is to figure out which three of the four sentences given form a cogent paragraph. The sentence that does not fit in is the one to be eliminated. Now, looking at sentences A and B, it is clear that they share a link -Ali’s rejection of the Vietnam War. Sentence A tells us that by rejecting war, Ali showed that he believed that war could not solve human problems. Sentence B talks of Ali’s refusal to base national boundaries as lines demarcating humans into “us” and “them”. Each sentence, thus, conveys a distinct idea which answers the question, “What does Ali’s rejection of the Vietnam War show?”. Also note that both sentences A and B have the word “thus” in them. In a paragraph, some other idea is likely to have preceded both these sentences. Now looking at sentences C and D, we see that these two sentences too share a common idea-that of shunning violence while standing up to injustice. Sentence C argues that violence is used to legitimize hegemony or dominance and not resorting to it is the best way to challenge it. Sentence D too echoes this idea. If these sentences were to be rearranged in a paragraph, how would they be ordered? Sentence D declares that the “best way” to stand up to power and injustice is to be unyielding, while at the same time avoiding violence. Sentence C explains why this is so. It declares that violence is often used as a tool to authorize or establish dominance, and by avoiding it you are already challenging the hegemon. So C follows D. Now which sentence from the two groups AB and CD shares a common idea with the other group? We see that sentence A shares a common idea with D and C. The main idea of sentence A is that Ali rejected the Vietnam War as he believed war/violence is not the solution to human problems. If these sentences were to form a paragraph, they would be ordered DCA. Sentence B, on the other hand, talks of a completely new idea- of national boundaries dividing humans into opposing factions. It does not fit with either D or C. So sentence B is the one to be eliminated. Correct Answer: Choice (b)
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