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12p.
Task 1 (12 points)
Read the text below and choose the answer which best completes each sentence. An example (0) has been given.
 

JANE AUSTEN

After Shakespeare, Jane Austen is the (0) most recognized literary figure today. In the past thirty years, there (1)  a seemingly endless stream of TV adaptations, films, books, and events (2)  to the English novelist.

While not (3) known in her own time, Austen’s novels became popular after 1869, and her reputation skyrocketed in the 20th century. Her novels, (4) ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’, are considered literary classics, bridging the gap between romance and realism.

The 200th anniversary of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (5)  in 2013 by the publication of dozens of books and there were Jane Austen gatherings and (6)  events across England and America.

It’s hard to believe her six short novels are still bought in their millions. She has (7)  millions of people all over the world, not simply through the number of languages she has been translated into, but (8)  there is something in her work that readers connect with at once.
 
What explains the continued popularity of Jane Austen and the handful of novels she wrote? Experts (9)  that it’s her creation of characters, the clever dialogue and the irony with which she writes that makes her stand (10)  from a number of writers. Making her novels work on different levels means people can take (11)  they need from them. We read her because we feel she understands us (12)  being born over two centuries ago.
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