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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.

A bad infection can make you delirious. But basically, mind clears once the germs are gone. Usually. Not so when (1) ……………………. recently injected mice with Toxoplasma gondii. This (2) ………………… protozoan only gets amorous inside the gut of a cat. The resulting fertilized eggs wind up in a litter box. And their challenge is to grow up and get back inside a feline. The solution: get eaten by a mouse and that gets eaten by a cat. The (3) ……………… eggs wait until they become a meal for a mouse. The (4) …………………… then move to the mouse’s brain. Where they stop the rodent from fearing smell of cat urine. The delirious mouse approaches Fluffy as well as voila, the parasite finds its way home. In past trials, mice almost always died of this infection. The study used weaker strains of Toxo and the mice recovered—but they stayed blasé about the cat smell.  That a curable infection can cause permanent (5) …………………. changes is worrisome because same parasite infects 60 million people in the U.S. alone. Most cases produce no (6) …………………. But some evidence links chronic (7) …………………… to schizophrenia and a cluster of other mental illnesses—known unscientifically as “crazy cat lady syndrome.”

(1) steelworkers, freelancers, wheedlers, researchers
(2) inauthentic, anorectic, parasitic, megalithic
(3) expelled, shelved, gilt, sent
(4) enshrined, liquified, parasites, thrived
(5) nominator, peculator, behavior, speculator
(6) symptoms, tendons, singles, errors
(7) precaution, infection, congestion, prediction

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