The sentence has two blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the word or set of words for each blank that best fits the meaning of the sentence/passage as a whole.
The document, which required the king to accept that he was bound by law in the same way as his subjects is described as thefirst_________on the ladder to freedom and a _________of liberty.
step, early stage
gap, death knell
The clue word here is 'ladder'.Therefore in the first blank either 'rung' or 'step' will fit in. But the word 'early-stage' given in the second option, does not fit in the second blank. The word 'talisman' means anything who represents exercises is a markable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions. Therefore option A completes the sentence meaningfully.