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1. One of the best things about being a leader is the privilege to share goals and dreams with members on your team. A leader inspires trust and (1) __________. You can lead others with your words and actions, and earn your members’ trust, and inspire them to build their business and develop their skills. Your own actions inspire your members to believe in themselves and (2) ____________. A leader is also out in the (3) ___________ doing it every day.

Blank 1: action, faith, dedication

Blank 2: deliver, progress, accelerate

Blank 3: heat, trenches, fields

Correct Answer: action, progress, trenches

Explanation: The given paragraph is about a leader. For the first blank, we discard the option ‘faith’ since it is synonymous with ‘trust’ in comparison with the other options. In the remaining paragraph, the author is concentrating on action. He says that a leader leads with his words and actions. The author also mentions that a leader’s actions inspire others when they see him doing work every day. The word ‘action’ finds a lot of support in the paragraph. On the other hand, the option ‘dedication’ does not find any justification in the text. Hence, the correct option for the first blank is ‘action’. For the second blank, we select the word ‘progress’. The actions of a leader instill self-confidence in his followers and inspire them to make progress in their field of work. The option ‘accelerate’ is not appropriate since it is closely related to ‘speed’, which is relative to time. There is no sense of hurry indicated in the text. The other option ‘deliver’ is not as suitable as ‘progress’ is and hence we select the latter. For the last blank, we have to choose a word that aptly shows the example that a leader sets for inspiring others. A leader inspires others by the hard work he puts in, in doing the most difficult jobs. We select the word ‘trenches’ since it shows the maximum amount of struggle, as compared with the other options.

2. New (1) ____________ innovations like fuel cells are still a long way off from truly becoming substitutes to the fossil fuel powered internal combustion engines that have driven us all this far down the road. (2) __________ looking at all the possible sources of alternate energy and especially renewable, wind and hydroelectric projects are the only two viable long-term sources. Solar power is a (3) _____________ huge alternative source of energy but it has a technological handicap-we do not possess the engineering expertise to make better solar cells. Solar cells are also very costly to produce and are not cost effective - even less so than wind.

Blank 1: technological, scientific, technical

Blank 2: logically, perhaps, indeed

Blank 3: relatively, potentially, substantially

Correct Answer: technological, indeed, potentially

Explanation: For the first blank, we reject ‘technical’ right away. The word refers to technique, which can be related with any science or art. Since it is not specific to the topic, we reject the word. ‘Technology’ is a branch of knowledge that deals with the application of principles of science whereas ‘scientific’ means pertaining to science. We thus choose ‘technological’ as the correct answer. Scientific principles are applied to create technological innovations like fuel cells. For the second blank, we select the option ‘indeed’. The sentence contains definite ideas with little scope of doubt; hence, we reject the option ‘perhaps’, which shows uncertainty. There is no reason for us to select the option ‘logically’. The discussion is not based on logic, but on facts. There is nothing in the paragraph to defy logic and hence we do not have to use the word to emphasize on it. The option ‘indeed’ is the correct option. The author says that we are yet to find substitutes to fossil fuels. He further supports wind and hydroelectric projects as the only viable alternatives. He accepts their utility and hence the word ‘indeed’ is the best fit here. For the last blank, we select the option ‘potentially’. Since there is no comparison being drawn, we cannot use ‘relatively’. Out of the remaining options, ‘potentially’ highlights the capability of this alternative source, especially since it is followed by the word ‘huge’.

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