Sentence Elimination -Managing Emotions

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Sentence Elimination- Managing Emotions

  1. If we are not to make grievous mistakes in the name of good things such as fighting corruption or tackling crime, then we, the people, must reflect.
  2. The problem is not of manipulation or political ambition; it is the willingness with which otherwise sensible citizens allow themselves to follow the Piper.
  3. If we realize that it is our sentiments that are disturbed, not our security, perhaps we will see the issue with greater equanimity.
  4. It is in the nature of democratic politics for ambitious politicians to use emotions to climb up the ladder of power.


  • Correct Answer
    Choice C

Detailed Solution

There is a common idea in sentences B and D: both refer to politics. Sentence D talks of politicians manipulating people using emotions to grab power. Sentence B declares that this is not the problem. The problem is that people who are otherwise sensible allow themselves to be led blindly.

Again, sentences A and C seem related. Both talk of what the people must do. Sentence A calls upon the people to reflect, warning that if we don’t, we are likely to make mistakes in the name of good things such as fighting corruption and tackling crime. Sentence C states that we might be able to approach “the issue” with greater level-headedness by understanding that our security is not under attack; it is our sentiments that are offended.

What is “the issue” referred to in sentence C that stirs up our emotions and makes us fear that our security is under threat? Sentence A makes a reference to fighting corruption and tackling crime. It doesn’t specifically state one issue that makes us feel our security is threatened. Neither B or D helps us pinpoint what “the issue” is.

On the other hand, we see that sentence A urges people to think deeply and reflect, so that they do not commit “grievous” mistakes without proper deliberation. This continues the idea in sentence B that otherwise sensible citizens allow themselves to be led on by emotions stirred up by politicians. So DBA makes a cogent paragraph.

Sentence C does not fit, as it talks of a specific “issue” that the rest of the sentences cannot explain.

Correct Answer: Choice (c)

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