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1. A book is your golden ticket into the speaking business. If you had a book published by a "real" publisher within the last 12 months in your hands, you have the calling card you need to get those (1) __________ engagements now. Some authors-to-be and new authors have trouble figuring out precisely how to (2) ___________ that book into speaking. First, when the book is printed, ask the publisher for a few hundred copies of the cover, as "overrun." Usually you can have them free or at cost. They make large-sized, (3) _________ postcards to send to meeting planners to attract their attention.

Blank 1: business, speaking, public

Blank 2: apply, leverage, utilize

Blank 3: noticeable, printed, informative

Correct Answer: speaking, leverage, noticeable

Explanation: The paragraph is about how a person can get into the speaking business. The suggestion given is that if a person has had a book published, he can take advantage of it and get the desired engagements. For the first blank, the most appropriate word is ‘speaking’. It is not any other ‘business’ that is being discussed and hence we reject that option and ‘speaking’ is more suitable than ‘public’. For the second blank, we reject the option ‘apply’ since the other two options are more suitable. Out of the remaining options, we select ‘leverage’ over ‘utilize’. The word ‘utilize’ means to put to use whereas ‘leverage’ would imply to exert the influence of. The book can influence people and get you the desired engagements. For the last blank, we reject ‘printed’ as it does not add to what is already stated. Out of the other two options, we select ‘noticeable’ because this word is not subjective. We cannot say that the copies shall be informative, but ‘large-sized’ postcards are meant to be ‘noticeable’.

2. When Americans imagine communities with (1) __________ homes, barefoot children and starving adults, they might picture Third World countries. But over 23 million U.S. residents live in (2) __________ rural poverty. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty from Appalachia, a 1,000-mile stretch that goes from southern New York to northeast Mississippi. Although some communities have seen improvement since the 1960s, the economic boom of the 1990s did little to improve (3) ___________ conditions.

Blank 1: dilapidated, dingy, overcrowded

Blank 2: pitiable, utter, deep

Blank 3: their, poverty, living

Correct Answer: dilapidated, deep, living

Explanation: The given paragraph is about the poverty in America. The first blank is related with the condition of homes of poor people. All the three options are suitable. However, a careful analysis shows that the words used to describe the condition of children and adults are related with lack of money. Hence, the most suitable word for the first blank is ‘dilapidated’. We have no reason to choose ‘overcrowded’ and the word ‘dingy’ implies shabby and dismal. The word ‘dilapidated’ is suitable since it is related with poverty, such that the homes cannot be repaired. For the second blank, we reject the word ‘pitiable’ because it is subjective. Besides, it does not add to what is already stated. Out of the other two options, we select ‘deep’ since it shows the extent of poverty, whereas the option ‘utter’ fails to do so. For the last blank, the option ‘living’ is correct. The main issue is the living conditions of the poverty-stricken people of America. The President launched a program to remove poverty. Some aspects of the impact of poverty were taken care of in the 1960s, but the economic boom of 1990s did not improve the living conditions, which are a result of poverty.

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