Q106. Updated 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. 

Much of our understanding of mindreading comes from two remarkable scientists, a teacher and his pupil: Silvan Tomkins and Paul Ekman. Tomkins was the teacher. He was born in Philadelphia, at the turn of the last (1…………) the son of a dentist from Russia. He was short, and thick around the middle, with a wild mane of white hair and huge black plastic-rimmed glasses. He taught psychology at Princeton and Rutgers, and was the author of Affect, Imagery. Consciousness, a fourvolume work so (2………….) that its readers were evenly divided between those who understood it and thought it was brilliant and those who did not understand it and thought it was brilliant. He was a (3…………..) talker. At the end of a cocktail party, a crowd of people would sit, rapt, at Tomkins’ feet, and someone would say, ‘One more question!’ and they would all sit there for another hour and a half, as Tomkins held forth on, say, comic books, a television sitcom, the biology of emotion, his problem with Kant, and his enthusiasm for the latest fad diets, all enfolded into one (4……………) riff.

1. Decade, millennium, epoch, century
2. Laborious, dense, readily, deliberative
3. Legendary, irascible, uninspiring, garrulous
4. Amplified, illusive, extended, unhappy 

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