PTE Reading and Writing Fill in the Blanks

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.

In a sequence of bestsellers, including The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works, Pinker has argued the swathes of our mental, social and emotional lives may have (1………….) as evolutionary adaptations, well suited to the lives our ancestors eked out on the Pleistocene savannah. Sometimes it seems as if nothing is (2…………) from being explained this way. Road rage, adultery, marriage, altruism, our tendency to reward senior executives with corner offices on the top floor, and the smaller number of women who become mechanical engineers—all may have their (3…………….) in natural selection, Pinker claims. The controversial implications are obvious: that men and women might (4…………….) in their inborn abilities at performing certain tasks, for example, or that parenting may have (5……………) influence on personality.

  1. origin, originating, originate, originated 
  2. protected, immune, convinced, prohibited 
  3. roots, values, demands, needs 
  4. differ, interested, complicate, indulge 
  5. little, many, a few, few 

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