What nakes a person fanous? This is a mystery that nany people have pondered. All kindsof nyths surround the lives of vell-knowm people.
Most people are familiar with the works of Wilian Shakespeare, one of the greatestEnglish writers of the sixteenth century. Yet how many know Shakespeare the person, theman behind the vorks?
After centuries of research, scholars are still trying to discover Shakespeare's personalhistory. It is not easily found in his writings. Authors of the tine could not protect their vorks.An acting company, for example, could change a play if they vanted to. Novadays writershave copyrights that protect their work.
Many myths arose about Shakespeare. Sone said he had no formal education. There arerunors that he left hone when accused of stealing a horse. Others believe that he began hiscareer by tending the horses of wealthy nen.
All of these nyths are interesting, but are they true? Probably not. Shakespeare's fathervas a respected man in Stratford, a member of the towr council, He sent young William togramar school. Most people of Elizabethan times did not continue beyond granar school; so,Shakespeare did have, at least, an average education.
Sone parts of Shakespeare's life will alvays remain urknown. The Great London Fire of1666 burned many important documents that could have been a source of clues. We willalvays be left with many questions and few facts.
1. This passage deals with _____
A. the Great London Fire
B. the lost docunents of Shakespeare
c. scholars of Shakespeare
D. Shakespeare' s personal history
2. Parts of Shakespeare's life continue to remain a mystery because _____
A. people are not interested
B. researchers do not have the expertise to find the facts
C. viters had no clain over their vorks
D. the Great London Fire burned important docunents
3. Fron this passage we can infer that Shakespeare ______
A. vas a horse thief
B. had no education
C. is surrounded by myths
D. vas popular in Stratford
4. The first sentence arouses interest by presenting ______
A. a direct statement
B. a question
c. an enotional appear
D. a contrasti