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1. Motivating and changing the lives of other people is not that easy. If you are a person who can (1) __________ people towards a certain direction using the word of mouth, then be sure you are a motivator. Nevertheless, there are those who are good motivators and ‘bad motivators'. This gives you a question, ‘Where are you between the two?’ (2) ____________ yourself as a motivator rises from within. It is something that you slowly discover that it is within you. Although there are those who are trained, most of the (3) ___________ have to come from within you.

Blank 1: influence, guide, steer

Blank 2: imagining, identifying, judging

Blank 3: words, ideas, basics

Correct Answer: influence, identifying, basics

Explanation: The given paragraph is about motivational speakers. The author says that it is not easy to motivate others. In the second sentence, he says that if you think you are capable of doing the job of a motivator, then you should take the plunge. We reject the option ‘guide’. This rejection follows from the first sentence. The author is not telling you to guide others; he talks about motivating and changing the lives of people instead. From among the remaining options, the option ‘influence’ is the best fit. To ‘steer’ also means to guide, whereas to ‘influence’ means to impel a person to act according to your desires by the virtue of your power. Towards the end of the paragraph, the author is discussing how a person discovers whether he is a good motivator or not and he says that the discovery happens slowly. Hence, the most suitable option for the second blank is ‘identifying’. You have to ‘identify’ whether you are a motivational speaker or not. In the last sentence, the author mentions tht some people are trained to be motivators. He uses the word ‘although’ to show that even when training is availed, there are some requirements of motivating that are innate. He says that the ‘basics’ have to come from within you. You are the one who lays the foundation and training can further assist you. The other options are not as suitable.

2. Charisma is something that is hard to explain, but when you see one, you will immediately (1) _________ it. To explain in a layman term, charisma is not about being smart in getting what you want by using some trickery or (2) ____________ means. Simply put, charisma is about (3) ________ that exudes from your own unique personality. Charismatic people are able to inspire enthusiasm, interest, or affection in others by means of personal charm or influence. It is not about acting like a spoiled kid who wants to get his way all the time.

Blank 1: understand, recognize, fathom

Blank 2: manipulative, indirect, shrewd

Blank 3: charm, influence, trepidation

Correct Answer: understand, manipulative, influence

Explanation: For the first blank, we reject ‘recognize’ since the beginning of the paragraph says that it is hard to ‘explain’; the answer should be in line with this word. Out of the other two options, we select ‘understand’. To fathom means to discover the truth through penetration while to understand means to comprehend. The author is trying to explain the meaning of charisma; he wants the reader to understand it. To explain the meaning, he further says that trickery is not charisma. For the second blank, we select the option ‘manipulative’. The author explains the fine lines of difference between charisma and smartness. Hence, he is avoiding negative words that are character defining. For this reason, we reject the option ‘shrewd’. Out of the other two options, ‘manipulative’ is closer to ‘trickery’ and hence we select it. For the last blank, we reject ‘trepidation’ since it means fear. In continuation with the thought expressed in the previous sentence, this sentence should explain the means of ‘getting what you want’. The option ‘influence’ fits best, accordingly. Charismatic people get what they want through the influence that they exude, not from any trickery.

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