Logical Reasoning - Logical Problems - Discussion

Read the question carefully and choose the correct answer.


A four-person crew from Classic Colors is painting Mr. Field's house. Michael is painting the front of the house. Ross is in the alley behind the house painting the back. Jed is painting the window frames on the north side, Shawn is on the south. If Michael switches places with Jed, and Jed then switches places with Shawn, where is Shawn?

[A]. in the alley behind the house
[B]. on the north side of the house
[C]. in front of the house
[D]. on the south side of the house

Answer: Option C


After all the switches were made, Shawn is in front of the house. Ross is in the alley behind the house,Michael is on the north side, and Jed is on the south.

Aprameya Shyam said: (Jun 2, 2010)  
The answer cannot be found out because we cannot determine which direction is the front/back of the house.

Since Jed is in the north and Shawn is in the south, either west or east can be the front/back side of the house. After we perform all the switches Shawn can be either in front/back or east/west.

Either east or west can be front/back because north is not the front/back of the house( hence its the sidewards) . South, which is opposite to north also cannot be the front/back for obvious reasons. Therefore the ambiguity.

Ezhil said: (Feb 24, 2011)  
Sorry Aprameya Shyam. I think you are wrong. Please try it. It will be very easy. But am sure the answer is correct.

Alfaaz said: (Nov 12, 2011)  
I agree with you aprameya sham answer can not be found with this information.

Jyoti said: (Mar 14, 2012)  
Aprameys, initially I too had your same opinion. However, if we assume that the house is facing the east and then proceed, the answer is correct.

Jia said: (Mar 23, 2012)  
The answer is correct guys. Don't take south north front and back as direction. Just take it as a place and the solution will be easy.

Aprameya Shyam said: (Feb 15, 2013)  
Ezhil, Jyoti, Jia ... u ppl r rite..

Initially -> M(F) R(B) J(N) S(S)
Michael switches places with Jed -> J(F) R(B) M(N) S(S)
Jed switches places with Shawn -> S(F) R(B) M(N) J(S)

Anand said: (May 5, 2014)  
Actually the answer can be thought in 2 ways. One is that, jed replaced his initial position with shawn or his second position with shawn. This made all the confusion.

Sam said: (Sep 19, 2014)  
The answer is right.

While we don't know which way is north/south, you can make an assumption about which way is north, and the result is always the same, regardless of that assumption.

Yogi said: (Nov 2, 2014)  
I think that @Jia is absolutely write.

Because if we think that direction as a place, then it is easy for finding answer of it.

Avimannu Roy said: (Dec 28, 2015)  
It makes clear in this way.

First replace Michel and Jed. What happened? Michel goes to the north and Jed is in the front.

Then, replace Jed and Shawn. What happened? Jed goes to the South and Shawn goes to the front.

I think it will work to understand the concept.

Snehareddy said: (Jun 23, 2017)  
The answer is correct initially, Jed is at the north side, Shawn is on the south side, we know that the person is opposite with each other. Consider any direction as the front where Michel reside and opposite direction the remaining guy will be there, perform all the switching procedure, we will obtain the correct answer.

Purusottam said: (Oct 10, 2017)  
How can I be able to distinguish between the exact point or location of the south area and its front portion, both are pointing the same?

The odd question we have been tried.

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