Directions: In this section, there is a passage with ten blanks. You are required to select one word for each blank from a list of choices given in a word bank following the passage. Read the passage through carefully before making your choices. Each choice in the bank is identified by a letter. Please mark the corresponding letter for each item on Answer Sheet 2 with a single line through the centre. You may not use any of the words in the bank more than once.
It is commonly believed that the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564. But it is impossible to know the __ 26 __ day on which he was born. Church records show he was baptized（施洗礼）on April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newly born baby. Shakespeare's date of death is __ 27 __ known, however: it was April 23, 1616. He was 52 and had retired to Stratford three years before.
Although few plays have been performed or analyzed as extensively as the 38 plays Shakespeare wrote, there are few surviving details about his life. This __ 28 __ of biographical information is due primarily to his social __ 29 __ ; he was not a noble, but the son of a leather trader.
Shakespeare __ 30 __ attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have studied Latin and read __ 31 __ literature. He did not go to university and at age 18 married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years his __ 32 __ . They had four children, including the twins, Hamnet and Judith. Nothing is known of the period between the birth of the twins and Shakespeare's __ 33 __ as a dramatist in London in the early 1590s.
In a million words written over 20 years, he __ 34 __ the full range of human emotions and conflicts with a __ 35 __ that remains sharp today. As his great contemporary the poet and dramatist Ben Jonson said, “He was not of an age, but for all time.”