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While ancient navigators considered some natural phenomena (i)_______ of disaster, they considered others (ii)_______ manifestations of supernatural origin, such as St. Elmo’s Fire, for example, a mysterious electrical spark that appears between the masts of ships toward the end of a storm and appears to (iii)_______ fair weather ahead.

You could get hinted at the last three words, especially fair, which means good. And it's an example ,so the second blank should be something good ,thus D is correct. And we know others show manifest sth. good, thus the first part means manifest sth. bad(disaster), so the first should repeat manifest (portent). And now we see the whole picture, the author is considering about prediction, whether good or bad, so the third blank should be presage.
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While ancient navigators considered some natural phenomena (i)_______ of disaster, they considered others (ii)_______ manifestations of supernatural origin, such as St. Elmo’s Fire, for example, a mysterious electrical spark that appears between the masts of ships toward the end of a storm and appears to (iii)_______ fair weather ahead.

You could get hinted at the last three words, especially fair, which means good. And it's an example ,so the second blank should be something good ,thus D is correct. And we know others show manifest sth. good, thus the first part means manifest sth. bad(disaster), so the first should repeat manifest (portent). And now we see the whole picture, the author is considering about prediction, whether good or bad, so the third blank should be presage.


Couldn't the last three words also lead to blocking or hindering? How can one tell the positivity or negativity of the sentence?
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While ancient navigators considered some natural phenomena (i)_______ of disaster, they considered others (ii)_______ manifestations of supernatural origin, such as St. Elmo’s Fire, for example, a mysterious electrical spark that appears between the masts of ships toward the end of a storm and appears to (iii)_______ fair weather ahead.

You could get hinted at the last three words, especially fair, which means good. And it's an example ,so the second blank should be something good ,thus D is correct. And we know others show manifest sth. good, thus the first part means manifest sth. bad(disaster), so the first should repeat manifest (portent). And now we see the whole picture, the author is considering about prediction, whether good or bad, so the third blank should be presage.


Couldn't the last three words also lead to blocking or hindering? How can one tell the positivity or negativity of the sentence?


Yes, maybe I should reason from "end of a storm", which means the possibility of "thwart" of fair weather could be eliminated.
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While ancient navigators considered some natural phenomena (i)_______ of disaster, they considered others (ii)_______ manifestations of supernatural origin, such as St. Elmo’s Fire, for example, a mysterious electrical spark that appears between the masts of ships toward the end of a storm and appears to (iii)_______ fair weather ahead.

The "while" at the beginning of the sentence suggests a contrast between the following two parts of the sentence (1) "considered some natural phenomena (i)_______ of disaster" (2) "they considered others ...fluff..fluff..fluff...to (iii)________ fair weather ahead."

If we look at the choices and also consider the phrase "fair weather ahead", we can be sure that the word for the blank should be an indicator of future events. The word is presage. Thus the word for the first blank should be portents, which are indicators of future bad events, to preserve the sense created by the contrast.

Now coming to the second blank, what type of manifestations of supernatural origin appears to presage fair weather ahead? Clearly they have to be fortuitous ones!
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