Sentence Rearrangement - Tatar Settlement in Lithuania

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Sentence Rearrangement - Tatar Settlement in Lithuania

    A. Tatar was the common name for Turkic-speaking, semi-nomadic people living on or around the immense steppes of the Eurasian continent.

    B. Duke Vytautas welcomed them. In return, the Tatars provided their new country, and later Poland, with military assistance against Tamerlane.

    C. After the dissolution of the Mongol empire, a group of Muslim Tatars, fleeing the Turko-Mongol ruler Tamerlane, asked the Christian grand duke of Lithuania for asylum.

    D. John III Sobieski, the king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, might not have won the Battle of Vienna were it not for the help of his country’s Sunni Muslim Tatars.

    1. ACBD
    2. ACDB
    3. DACB
    4. CBAD


  • Correct Answer
    Choice C. DACB

Detailed Solution

This paragraph jumble looks deceptively easy.

The link between C and B—Tatars asking the Lithuanian grand duke for asylum and his granting it—is very strong.

While A is a general statement about Tatar people, D relates to the political developments discussed in the unit CB.

If A were to be the first sentence of the paragraph, then logically, the rest of the paragraph should discuss the Tatars as a group, in general terms . However, this is not the case. The other three sentences relate to how the Sunni Muslim Tatars helped change the geopolitics of the region. B, C and D do not give us details of the life of Tatars. Also, the flow of ideas from A to C or D is not smooth.

Now, if C were to be the first sentence of the paragraph, A will be pushed to the third or fourth in the order, as CB is a unit. This order does not sound right either.

So, the only possibility is to have D as the starting sentence of the paragraph. A then follows immediately after D. CB follows this. So, DACB is the right order.

Correct Answer: DACB

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