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Reading and writing fill in the blanks practice exercise. Below is text with blanks. Choose the correct word for each blank to complete the text.

It’s well known that taller people tend to have more jobs with more authority and higher salaries. But there’s a flip side , the more (1) …………………. a person is, the taller he or she feels. The researchers who investigated this phenomenon were inspired by the BP chairman’s comment after the oil spill about the “small people.” There are many such (2) …………………….think “big man on campus.” Could these metaphors influence—or reflect—reality? Might powerful people (3) …………………….. overestimate how tall they are? Scientists created three experiments with nearly 300 participants. And the participants were made to feel more or less powerful: being chosen as, say, a manager versus an underling. Then they faced a task in which they (4) ………………………. their own height comparing their actual height to a pole, for instance, or choosing the height of an online avatar. In each case, when the participants were in a (5) ………………….. of power, they (6) ………………….. their height as significantly taller than those in weaker positions. And the research was published in the journal Psychological Science. So, the researchers conclude, the “beleaguered CEO of BP” (7) ………………….. led them a new finding. When we feel powerful, we feel on top of the world—or, quite literally, tall.

(1) allowable, surmountable, redoubtable, powerful
(2) metaphors, ferrogels, viragos, violincellos
(3) admiralty, optionally, actually, marvelously
(4) displacement, aggregated, aggravated, estimated
(5) kinsmen, position, prediction, theorem
(6) apparent, represented, chested, millisecond
(7) inadvertently, bloodthirsty, nursery, family

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