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Answer: C and F
Understand the meaning of the sentence. It’s a long one and it says that the technical expertise is available to end two of the oldest afflictions: malnutrition and famine.
Find placeholder’s for the blanks. Blank (i) could refer to political “will” or political “desire” and Blank (ii) means “end”
A close fit for blank (i) is commitment and for blank (ii) is eradicate.
Be careful of traps: Political is often paired with power but that pairing doesn’t make sense in this sentence. Banish also means to send away but eradicate is better you want to do away with the scourge not send it away somewhere else.
Answer: C and D
Understand the meaning of the sentences. Most introverts don’t want to disclose much about themselves for fear of being held in low esteem by others. Therapists encourage them to disclose more by pointing out that disclosure might actually improve their esteem.
Find placeholder’s for the blanks. Blank (i) could refer to “disclosure” and Blank (ii) means “improve”
A close fit for blank (i) is candor or truthfulness which is in the spirit of disclosure and for blank (ii) enhance is a clear synonym for improve.
Be careful of traps: CONFESSION is not the same as truthfulness, confession is often linked to admitting to something embarrassing or wrong. EFFACE is to wipe out (opposite to what we are looking for) and ENERVATE is to be tired and zapped of all energy (irrelevant here).
Answer: B and E
Understand the meaning of the sentences. Though the desert is not marked by the obvious and colorful life forms of the tropical rain forests it still is full of a surprisingly large number of species.
Find placeholder’s for the blanks. Blank (i) could be ‘blessed’ and Blank (ii) full of
A close fit for blank (i) is imbued (or endowed with) which means marked or colored by and for blank (ii) replete means abundance.
Answer: B, E and I
Understand the meaning of the sentences. Elina preferred to speak only when absolutely necessary so she was to the point in her comments. Andrew on the other hand spoke a lot and his non-stop chatter was quite possibly irritating to her or in sharp contrast to her silence. So blank (iii) is tricky, let’s leave it out for now.
Blank (i) means to the point and we have a clear answer TERSE which means curt or to the point. Even though she was to the point, there is no reason in the sentence to believe she was rude and loquacious is the opposite of terse it means speaking volubly.
Blank (ii) should be filled by something that means a lot. AT LENGTH is the best phrase because it means to go on and on. To speak OUT OF TURN is to say something silly, wrong or inappropriate. VIVACIOUSLY means full of life. While it is possible that Andrew’s long speech was very lively it is not the opposite of Elina’s curt comments. The clue “on the other hand” signifies we are looking for opposites.
Blank (ii) could mean two things Andrew’s non-stop chatter was irritating to her or in sharp contrast to her silence. The trap ANTAGONISTIC means opposed to or hostile to but is not a fit because it doesn’t signify a contrast, rather a place of actual opposition or hostility. Andrew wasn’t really refuting Elina’s statements. So we can surmise, based on the available options that Andrew’s long speech was GALLING (irritating) to her. ALIEN meaning foreign doesn’t fit at all.
Answer: A and E
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