Sentence Rearrangement - Means and Ends

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Sentence Rearrangement - Means and Ends

    A. If you’ve reached the point where you’re ready to hand censorship tools to an authoritarian regime in the name of making the world more open and connected, it’s time to ask what mission you’re really serving.

    B. For example: Facebook in 2016 secretly built a censorship tool, presumably to pave the way for future entry into China.

    C. When your company’s ends are as grand as “bringing the world closer together” or “accelerating the advent of sustainable transport,” it becomes pretty easy to justify unsavory means.

    D. According to reporting by the New York Times’ Mike Isaac, Zuckerberg responded to employees’ concern by assuring them, “It’s better for Facebook to be a part of enabling conversation, even if it’s not yet the full conversation.”

    1. ACBD
    2. CADB
    3. ABDC
    4. CBDA


  • Correct Answer
    Choice D. CBDA

Detailed Solution

This is a tricky one to solve.

Sentences A and C are both contenders for the first sentence of the paragraph.

The example given in B fits both A and C well.

BD is a link, as D relates to Facebook employees' concern relating to the censorship tool built by the company.

However, A doesn't make sense after C, or C after A, as both these are general statements and do not logically follow from one another.

So, we have two possibilities-- ABDC or CBDA.

Now, if A were to be the first sentence of the paragraph, does C conclude it well? Sentence A questions the means followed in the name of the mission to make "the world more open and connected". The unit BD gives an example to support this. The main idea here is that it is time to ponder over "what mission you're really serving" when you have reached the point of compromising on the very idea on which the grand mission is based. Sentence C, however, does not conclude this paragraph well, as it lays the emphasis on grand ends "making it easy" to justify unsavory means. This is an idea that is implicit in sentence A.

On the other hand, if C were to be the first sentence, the main idea of the paragraph is that having "grand" ends makes it easy for a company to justify unsavory means. The Facebook example in the unit BD supports this. Sentence D states the argument by Zuckerberg that being part of any conversation is good, even if it's "not yet the full conversation". Sentence A points out the elephant in the room-- that the company is enabling censorship by an authoritarian regime in the name of making the world more "open".

In terms of flow of ideas CBDA is a much better order than ABDC. So, CBDA is the right order.

Correct Answer: CBDA

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