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Passage 3: Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, c, or D to indicate the correct word or phrase that best fits each of the numbered blanks.
Emma Harte, which is the main character in a Barbara Taylor Bradford’s novel, was a poor lonely girl who became the (1)_____ owner of an international chain of stores. Like the woman she writes about, Ms. Bradford is beautiful and (2)_____. She left school at sixteen and became a journalist. After twenty-three years of this work, she made the (3)_____ to start writing novels. She is now one of the most highly-paid novelists in the world. Was Emma Harte’s story based on Ms. Bradford’s own (4)_____ successful life? “I’s afraid Emma Harte’s. She was unlucky to be born into a poor family. I came from a middle-class home and I’m happily married to a rich American film producer. The only thing I share with my heroine is her (5)_____ to work hard.”