Reading - Part I.
Write the number of the most suitable sentence (a-f) in the text below. There is one extra sentence which you don't need.
Until a certain point in my life I had not written much of value - a few poems and short stories, the beginning of a coming-of-age novel. I knew that my writing was anything but refined. Like a beginning artist who loves to draw, _________________, and so I wrote often to better control my writing skills, to master them. I sent some material to various magazines and reviews but found no one willing to publish me.
__________________ when I learned something I'd written would finally see print. Ironically it wasn't one of my poems or short stories -- it was my letter to the Times. I suppose the editor decided to publish it because he was first attracted by the official nature of my stationery and then by the incongruity of a ghetto firefighter's using words like messianism, for in the lines below my letter it was announced that I was a New York City firefighter. ___________________ that the editor silently agreed with my thesis.
I remember receiving through the fire department's address about 20 sympathetic and congratulatory letters from professors around the country. These letters made me feel like I was not only a published writer but an opinion maker. __________________ whose views mattered.
I also received a letter from True magazine and one from The New Yorker, asking for an interview. _______________________ for when an article titled "Fireman Smith" appeared in that magazine, I received a telephone call from the editor of a large publishing firm who asked if I might be interested in writing a book about my life.
- It was as if I was suddenly thrust into being someone
- It was a special and unexpected delight, then,
- I decided to sketch and draw everything; objects, places and people equally
- I understood that the more one draws, or writes, or does anything, the better the end result will be
- It was the latter that proved momentous,
- I'd like to think, though,