Sentence Completion
Verbal Ability

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Q.

Wilson ____ that human beings inherit a tendency to feel an affinity and awe for other living things, in the same way that we are ____ to be inquisitive or to protect our young at all costs.

 A.

argues - encouraged

 B.

maintains - trained

 C.

contends - predisposed

 D.

fears - taught

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Solution:
Option(C) is correct

The words ‘in the same way’ shows that we are looking for parallel ideas.
Hence, if we ‘inherit’ a certain tendency, then, in the same way, we will inherit another tendency. Either ‘predisposed’ or ‘genetically programmed’ would fit. But since the latter is paired with ‘demurs’ which means hesitates or refuses, this is inappropriate. Contends, which means ‘argues’ is a better choice.


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