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Use the information presented in the following passage to answer questions 23-28.
Samuel Clemens is still one of America's most beloved authors, more than a century after his death. The majority of people know him only be his pen name, Mark Twain. Twain was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. He grew up in nearby Hannibal. Only three of his six siblings lived to adulthood. His father also died when he was only 11. These early experiences greatly impacted young Twain and forever shaped his outlook on the world. Twain first worked as a printer; he was apprenticed at the age of 12. When he tired of the printing industry, he became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi and then tried gold mining with his brother Orion. When none of these ventures succeeded, Twain took a job as a journalist. It was in writing that he found his life's true calling, and he soon became a popular author. He would go on to write such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Throughout his life, Twain was plagued by personal tragedies. Three of his four children preceded him in death; his son did not live past infancy. He also lost a number of close friends and experienced numerous financial problems. Halley's Comet heralded Twain's birth, and he wanted to live long enough to see it again. He got his wish and died one day after the comet's next approach to earth, on April 21, 1910. What genre does this passage fall into?
a. Narrative Nonfiction
d. None of the above
Use the following passage to answer questions 33 - 35.
(1) We Americans devour eagerly any piece of writing that purports to tell us the secret of success in life; yet how often we are disappointed to find nothing but commonplace statements, or maxims that we know by heart but never follow. (2) Most of the life stories of famous and successful men fail to inspire because they lack the human element that makes the record real and brings the story within our grasp. (3) While we are searching far and near for some Aladdin's Lamp to answer the Sphinx’s riddle of fortune, there is ready at hand the interesting and vividly told story of one of the wisest and most useful lives in our own history, and perhaps in any history. (4) In Franklin's Autobiography is offered not so much a ready-made formula for success, as the companionship of a real flesh and blood man of extraordinary mind and quality, whose daily walk and conversation will help us to meet our own difficulties, much as does the example of a wise and strong friend. (5) While we are fascinated by the story, we absorb the human experience through which a strong and helpful character is building. (6) The thing that makes Franklin's Autobiography different from every other life story of a great and successful person is just this human aspect of the account. (7) Franklin told the story of his life, as he himself says, for the benefit of his posterity. (8) He wanted to help them by the relation of his own rise from obscurity and poverty to eminence and wealth. (9) He is not unmindful of the importance of his public services and their recognition, yet his accounts of these achievements are given only as a part of the story, and the vanity displayed is incidental and in keeping with the honesty of the recital. (10) There is nothing of the impossible in the method and practice of Franklin as he sets them forth. (11) The youth who reads the fascinating story may be astonished to find that Franklin in his early years struggled with the same everyday passions and difficulties that the reader experiences. Read in context, which revision to sentence 2 (shown below) makes the sentence gender neutral in the most economical way? Most of the life stories of famous and successful men fail to inspire because they lack the human element that makes the record real and brings the story within our grasp.
a. "Most of the life stories of famous and successful men and women..."
b. "Most life stories of famous and successful people...."
c. "Most of the life stories of the famous and successful..."
d. "Most life stories of the famous and successful..."