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1. When your people see you out (1) ____________ doing what you're advising them to do, they will then have more (2) __________ and trust in what you have to say. Lead by example, people believe what they see, not what they hear. A leader offers the team hope and inspiration. Decide today to be the leader that offers a positive (3) _________, and make a great difference in someone's life.

Blank 1: sincerely, diligently, actually

Blank 2: conviction, respect, assurance

Blank 3: experience, feedback, example

Correct Answer: actually, respect, experience

Explanation: For the first blank, we select the option ‘actually’ and for the second, we select ‘respect’. The sentence says that when you give advice to others, they might not trust you, but when you yourself live by your advice, they shall get truly inspired. Leaders are held in high esteem and they are generally not judged. Hence, they are not expected to be at the same level as their followers. However, when they blur the lines of differentiation between themselves and their followers, they win the ‘respect’ and trust of their followers. The word ‘actually’ highlights how the deed is unexpected and hence we select it. The word ‘respect’ brings out the importance of the task by showing its impact on others. For the last blank, the option ‘experience’ is correct. In the preceding sentence, the author says that a leader offers hope and inspiration. In other words, he offers a ‘positive experience’ to people. ‘Feedback’ is clearly wrong and the option ‘example’ does not score over ‘experience’ since the former means instance whereas the latter means occurrence.

2. God Went Fishing is the story of Sigmund, an 18-year-old who travels the world in search of his identity. Not unlike Voltaire's Candide, during his journey, he feels as though the negative energy of the universe is deliberately conspiring against him. (1) __________, he follows his mentor Bernie's advice, and lives life thinking that we are all part of a "rational universe and that all was for the best in this best of all possible worlds." Clearly, this is not the case, as heinous acts of cosmic proportions are being committed daily in this (2) __________ world, without regard to any of us. What's worse is that the evildoers of the world are growing increasingly more creative and (3) ___________ in their endeavors. The examples that the author uses in his story will shock and astound readers. It seems that there are no depths to which some perpetrators will not descend to see their evil purposes brought forth.

Blank 1: regardless, nonetheless, however

Blank 2: imperfect, regardless, evil

Blank 3: imaginative, ruthless, brutal

Correct Answer: regardless, imperfect, ruthless

Explanation: The beginning of the paragraph introduces us to the story of Sigmund. He is in search of his own identity and feels bogged down by the negative energy of the universe. He puts all his doubts aside to follow the advice of his mentor. The options ‘nonetheless’ and ‘however’ for the first blank mean the same thing – in spite of. The option ‘regardless’ highlights the character of Sigmund and the conviction he has in his mentor’s advice. He is unmindful of his own feelings and abides by his mentor’s suggestion. Hence, the option ‘regardless’ is more significant and we select it as the correct answer option. For the second blank, the option ‘regardless’ is trivially incorrect. Out of the other two options, we do not have enough reason to call the world ‘evil’. The author says that there are evildoers in this world and heinous acts are committed daily. However, we cannot take the liberty to call the world ‘evil’. Hence, we select the option ‘imperfect’ for the second blank. For the last blank, we have to make the choice between ‘ruthless’ and ’brutal’. The option ‘imaginative’ does not add to the meaning of the sentence. Moreover, we cannot ignore the succeeding sentences and avoid mentioning about the increasing cruelty. Where ‘ruthless’ means without pity, ‘brutal’ means inhumane or savage. The author mentions about the cruelty in increasing order of intensity. He begins by mentioning that it is on a rise, he goes on to say that the examples shall astound the readers and he concludes by saying that some perpetrators stoop to unimaginable depths. Hence, we shall use the lighter of the two options for the blank, i.e. ‘ruthless’.

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