I'd go for #1.
Student or Learner
The answer for A and B is 2, but I wonder if 1 can be another answer, too. "Likewise" is comparing two similar situations of his having a hard time in dealing with the terms. And "Indeed" also seems to make sense in B. This question was made by a Korean, so I wonder what he really intended.
ex)My mother! My father! After English became my primary language, I no longer knew what words to use in addressing my parents. The old Spanish words (those tender accents of sound) I had earlier used - ‘mama' and papa' - I couldn’t use any more. They would have been painful reminders of how much had changed in my life. (A) , the words I heard neighborhood kids call their parents seemed equally unsatisfactory. “Mother” and “father,” “ma,” “papa,” “pa,” “dad,” “pop” - all these I felt were unsuitable terms of address for my parents. I was just at a loss. (B) , I never used them at home. Whenever I’d speak to my parents, I would try to get their attention by looking at them. In public conversations, I’d refer to them as my “parents” or my “mother” and “father.”
Q. Which fits the blank A and B? 2
2.On the other hand/ As a result
Last edited by keannu; 11-Jul-2012 at 01:10.
I'd go for #1.
In my opinion, "however" doesn't fit in (B) at all. If the author felt all those words were unsuitable terms of address for his/her parents, it would have been quite natural for him/her not to use them at home.
However, I think "on the other hand" fits well in (A).
I'm terribly sorry for the second blank. There were five answers and while copying the answers, I copied a wrong one. The correct answer for B was "as a result", which is quite natural as tzf said.
As for "on the other hand", the original text actually contains it, and as the author is an immigrant, not a native speaker, he could have made an inproper usage of that. Or as I asked, "on the other hand" could mean not an opposing fact to the previous one but just another additional aspect.
Please give me a break!!!