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People like artists and writers usually work on their own, with no one else around. Most of my friends all work (1)______ other people in shops and so on, and they tell me that they would never get things done if they work alone. I'm not (2)_____ that all artists and writers do, either.
I was born in a small village in the country where everyone knew (3)_____ else: that is, they knew everyone except a writer who (4)______ himself to himself. By the time I was (5)______ enough to learn people's names, he had been living in the village for at least twenty years, but the villagers still regarded him as a (6)_____! Every morning he would walk down to the local shops to do his (7)______, and although he had to greet everyone he met, only two or three would (8)_______ his greeting. Just occasionally, someone would ask him (9)_____ he was doing, and every time his answer would be the same: “I'm still writhing the book.” And that was all we (10)______ learned about him.
Because no one had ever visited his house, I (11)_______ once walking up to the house with three or four other boys to see (12)______ we could see what he did. We climbed up to the (13)______ and looked in, expecting to see our writhing typing (14)_______ his desk. Instead, he was sitting in an armchair (15)______ a book.
( )1. A. without B. around C. with D. for
( )2. A. sure B. afraid C. glad D. sorry
( )3. A. someone B. no one C. one D. everyone
( )4. A. talked B. kept C. taught D. paid
( )5. A. young B. old C. tall D. strong
( )6. A. stranger B. writer C. friend D. fool
( )7. A. washing B. cooking C. shopping D. typing
( )8. A. hear B. like C. return D. hate
( )9. A. what B. how C. why D. where
( )10.A. always B. still C. hardly D. ever
( )11.A. finish B. enjoy C. remember D. plan
( )12.A. that B. if C. when D. whom
( )13.A. chimneys B. doors C. windows D. walls
( )14.A. off B. on C. in D. at
( )15.A. reading B. writing C. coping D. selling