Fill in the Blanks: FB 010

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Fill in all the gaps with the best alternative among the given four options. After filling up all the gaps press on "Check" to check your answers.

The options are :
Q1. a. amiable   b. sour   c. jaundiced   d. crabby

Q2. a. misting   b. unveil   c. unfog   d. blur

Q3. a. dubiosity   b. skepticism   c. allegiance   d. faith

Q4. a. circumstantiating   b. vetoing   c. voiding   d. underpinnings

Q5. a. radicals   b. exotics   c. rituals   d. prevalents

Q6. a. distaste   b. appetite   c. revulsion   d. voracity

Q7. a. beacons   b. buoys   c. acquiescences   d. sinks

Q8. a. apparition   b. delusional   c. reality   d. verity

Q9. a. ambiguous   b. lucid   c. vague   d. explicit

Q10. a. elongated   b. synopsized   c. pruned   d. inflate

A graduate school application can go Q1. in as many ways as a blind date. The personal essay might seem too eager, the references too casual. The admissions officer on duty might be nursing a grudge. Or a hangover.
Rachel Riskind of Austin, Tex., nonetheless has a good feeling about her chances for admittance to the University of Michigan’s exclusive graduate program in psychology, and it’s not just a matter of her qualifications. On a recent afternoon, as she was working on the admissions application, she went out for lunch with co-workers. Walking from the car to the restaurant in a Q2. rain, she saw a woman stroll by with a Michigan umbrella.
“I felt it was a sign; you almost never see Michigan stuff here,” said Ms. Riskind, 22. “And I guess I think that has given me a kind of confidence. Even if it’s a false confidence, I know that that in itself can help people do well.”
Psychologists and anthropologists have typically turned to Q3. healers, tribal cultures or New Age spiritualists to study the Q4. of belief in superstition or magical powers. Yet they could just as well have examined their own neighbors, lab assistants or even some fellow scientists. New research demonstrates that habits of so-called magical thinking - the belief, for instance, that wishing harm on a loathed colleague or relative might make him sick - are far more common than people acknowledge.
These habits have little to do with religious faith, which is much more complex because it involves large questions of morality, community and history. But magical thinking underlies a vast, often unseen universe of small Q5. that accompany people through every waking hour of a day.
The Q6. for such beliefs appears to be rooted in the circuitry of the brain, and for good reason. The sense of having special powers Q7. people in threatening situations, and helps soothe everyday fears and ward off mental distress. In excess, it can lead to compulsive or Q8. behavior. This emerging portrait of magical thinking helps explain why people who fashion themselves skeptics cling to odd rituals that seem to make no sense, and how apparently harmless superstition may become disabling.
The brain seems to have networks that are specialized to produce an Q9. , magical explanation in some circumstances, said Pascal Boyer, a professor of psychology and anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. In an e-mail message, he said such thinking was “only one domain where a relevant interpretation that connects all the dots, so to speak, is preferred to a rational one.”
Children exhibit a form of magical thinking by about 18 months, when they begin to create imaginary worlds while playing. By age 3, most know the difference between fantasy and reality, though they usually still believe (with adult encouragement) in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. By age 8, and sometimes earlier, they have mostly Q10. away these beliefs, and the line between magic and reality is about as clear to them as it is for adults.