PTE Academic Reading – Re-order Paragraphs Practice Sample 9

Reorder Paragraphs  – In re-order paragraphs, you are required to arrange to restore the original order of the text. The answers are given at the end.

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PTE Academic Reading Re-order Paragraphs

1. Re-order / Rearrange the sentence in such a way that make sense.

[A]. The situations in which violence occurs and the nature of that violence tends to be clearly defined at least in theory, as in the proverbial Irishman’s question: ‘Is this a private fight or can anyone join in?’
[B]. So the actual risk to outsiders, though no doubt higher than our societies, is calculable.
[C]. Probably the only uncontrolled applications of force are those of social superiors to social inferiors and even here there are probably some rules.
[D]. However binding the obligation to kill, members of feuding families engaged in mutual massacre will be genuinely appalled if by some mischance a bystander or outsider is killed.


ACDB. ‘A’ seems to be the best opening line as it discusses ‘situations and nature of violence being clearly defined’. ‘A’ is followed by ‘C’ which talks about its exception. DB is a logical sequence.

2. Re-order / Rearrange the sentence in such a way that make sense.

[A]. Besides, war has a juridical meaning in international law, which has codified the laws of war, imbuing them with a humanitarian content.
[B]. The phrase ‘war against terror’, which has passed into the common lexicon, is a huge misnomer.
[C]. How can then one characterize a conflict to be waged against a phenomenon as war?
[D]. Surrendered, or captured, combatants cannot be incarcerated in razor wire cages; this ‘war’ has a dubious legality.
[E]. Terror is a phenomenon, not an entity—either State or non-State.


BECAD. B is the best opening line. E follows B as it explains why the phrase “war against terror” is inaccurate (misnomer means inaccurate). ‘C’ continues the explanation started in ‘E’. Next sentence has to be ‘A’ as it further explains why the phrase is inaccurate. Then ‘D’ finally concludes the paragraph.

3. Re-order / Rearrange the sentence in such a way that make sense.

[A]. A study to this effect suggests that the average white-collar worker demonstrates only about twenty-five percent listening efficiency.
[B]. However, for trained and good listeners, it is not unusual to use all the three approaches during a setting, thus improving listening efficiency.
[C]. There are three approaches to listening; listening for comprehension, listening for empathy, and listening for evaluation.
[D]. Although we spend nearly half of each communication listening, we do not listen well.
[E]. Each approach has a particular emphasis that may help us to receive and process information in different settings.



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    • Hi Amit,

      I will tell why it is CEBDA.

      The paragraph is about listening, so the sentence which aptly introduces the paragraph is ‘C’ whereas ‘D’ does not introduce it.

      ‘E’ is just the extension of ‘D’, it takes the explanation further. ‘B’ comes next as it takes the explanation of ‘three approaches’ further.

      ‘DA’ is a sequence as ‘D’ talks about a fact & ‘A’ talks about its study.

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