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1. A perfect balance between exercise, diet, sleep and vacationing should be maintained. This translates into a mental (1) ________ that conceives and organizes subjects well and presents powerfully. This is especially essential from the pulpit so that every sermon goes forth full of energy to revitalize and refresh the souls of the listeners. Last but not least is the power of (2) ___________. Speakers must be trained in the art of voice modulation and pitch. They must practice, practice, practice till their voice comes out clear and strong. The world's greatest orators from time immemorial have all used the power of their voice as a well-honed, (3) ____________ tool to awaken emotions, to change perceptions, to incite, to calm, to feel, to think.

Blank 1: balance, strength, vigor

Blank 2: variation, diction, elocution

Blank 3: persuasive, emotional, versatile

Correct Answer: vigor, elocution, persuasive

Explanation: For the first blank, all three options seem correct. Hence, careful analysis is required to arrive at the correct option. The succeeding sentences throw light on the meaning of the author. He says that a balance should be maintained. It shall ultimately lead to a well conceived and organized presentation that revitalizes and refreshes the souls of the listeners. In light of the effect, we select the word ‘vigor’. A perfect ‘balance’ translates into mental energy that leads to a revitalizing and refreshing sermon. For the second blank, we reject the option ‘variation’ as the meaning is conveyed in the next sentence and the other options are more suitable. ‘Diction’ means the style of speaking with respect to the choice of words and ‘elocution’ means the person’s style of speaking. Hence, ‘elocution’ is a more appropriate answer option. For the last blank, the option ‘persuasive’ is the most convincing. The author says that the power of voice can awaken emotions, change perceptions, incite, becalm and invoke thought. These actions are not possible without a ‘persuasive’ voice. The other options are not as strong and the answer choice is pretty clear.

2. Adult dyslexics who are privy that they have the disorder (1) __________ try to conceal their challenges for fear of (2) __________. They can come to terms with their condition, however, with proper screening. Furthermore, the office can also provide the required support to help dyslexics work. Calculating numbers, writing, and reading are a few tasks that dyslexics attempt to steer clear of. They also suffer from low (3) ___________. When diagnosed correctly, though, dyslexics prove to be intelligent and shine in creative activities.

Blank 1: typically, ideally, usually

Blank 2: communiqué, isolation, repercussions

Blank 3: self-esteem, confidence, morale

Correct Answer: typically, repercussions, self-esteem

Explanation: The paragraph discusses the problems of adult dyslexics. The first sentence shows that they try to conceal their challenges for fears. For the first blank, we select the word ‘typically’. The option ‘ideally’ is clearly wrong. While ‘usually’ means habitually, ‘typically’ means characteristically. Their hiding their challenges is a usual happening, typical to the people who suffer from this problem. Hence, we select the said option. For the second blank, we select the option ‘repercussions’. The option ‘communiqué’ is clearly incorrect and ‘isolation’ is a ‘repercussion’ of the disclosure that they fear. For the last blank, we select ‘self-esteem’. ‘Morale’ refers to mental condition, but it shows a temporary condition, consequently we reject the option. Out of the remaining options, we select ‘self-esteem’ since it means respect for oneself while ‘confidence’ means belief in one’s abilities. Confidence stems from a high self-esteem. The idea of low confidence in dyslexics is clear from the first part of the paragraph. The use of the word ‘also’ in the sentence supports our answer choice.

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