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Five sentences related to a topic are given below in a jumbled order. Four of them form a coherent and unified paragraph. Identify the odd sentence that does not go with the four. Key in the number of the option that you choose.

  1. Socrates told us that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’ and that to ‘know thyself’ is the path to true wisdom
  2. It suggests that you should adopt an ancient rhetorical method favored by the likes of Julius Caesar and known as ‘illeism’ – or speaking about yourself in the third person
  3. Research has shown that people who are prone to rumination also often suffer from impaired decision making under pressure and are at a substantially increased risk of depression
  4. Simple rumination – the process of churning your concerns around in your head – is not the way to achieve self-realization
  5. The idea is that this small change in perspective can clear your emotional fog, allowing you to see past your biases
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Option A is the right answer.

A coherent paragraph should have a sound opening statement and supporting arguments to follow it. This question asks us to form a coherent paragraph, and choose the sentence that doesn’t fit in (the odd one out).

In the given order of sentences, Option D, C, B, E form a coherent paragraph which argues against rumination.

Here, rumination(n): thinking carefully about something for a long period

Option A argues for self-examination and rumination as quoted by Socrates. Therefore, Option A is the odd one out.

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