Sentence Rearrangement - The Metric System

Sentence Rearrangement - The Metric System

    A. The quest to define units of measurement using constants of nature goes back to the creation of the metric system during the French Revolution.

    B. It was a utopian project, with its creators imagining that a shared system of weights and measures would unite the world, allowing for the free exchange of goods and information.

    C. The metric system was created with the intention of liberating the common man and woman from the confusing and inconsistent weights and measures of the old regime.

    D. At this time, the ideology of liberty, equality, fraternity was embraced not just by revolutionaries, but by scientists as well.

    1. ACDB
    2. ADCB
    3. ABDC
    4. ADBC

 

  • Correct Answer
    Choice B. ADCB

Detailed Solution

There are two possible sentences to start the paragraph: A and C. Of these, A, which states that the metric system was created during the French Revolution, is more general. C states the reason behind the creation of the system and makes a reference to 'the old regime'. This makes sense only when C follows A. So, A is the first sentence of the paragraph.

D starts off with 'at this time'. The time referred to here is the time of the French Revolution. The only sentence which talks of the time of the French Revolution is A. So, D follows immediately after A. During the time of the French revolution, the ideology of liberty, equality, fraternity was embraced by scientists as well.

D leads on to C, which explains how scientists with the new ideology tried to create a metric system to liberate the common man from the inconsistent weights and measures of the old regime.

Now, B starts off stating that 'it' was a utopian project. Clearly, the pronoun 'it' here refers to the metric system. The only sentence with the metric system as the subject is C. B adds to C, explaining why the creators of the metric system wanted that a shared system of weights and measures: they thought that it would allow for the free exchange of goods and information. So, B follows C.

So, ADCB is the right order.

Correct Answer: ADCB