TOEIC® Style Reading Questions : Part 7

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Do you know these words? Use them to complete the sentences. correct
autobiography • depressed • substance abuse • fame
regret • broke up • addicted • pursue
  1. I told the story of my life in my .
  2. After her death, he became very and stopped going to work.
  3. happens frequently with addictive drugs like cigarettes, alcohol, heroin, and cocaine.
  4. is not always a good thing. When everyone knows you, it is hard to have any privacy..
  5. I making such a big mistake. I’m sorry..
  6. They were married for 14 years and then they suddenly and moved to separate cities..
  7. There are millions of people who are to coffee.
  8. I always wanted to a career in music but it is so hard to make money as an artist.
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Fire and Rain

James Taylor’s famous song “Fire and Rain” is an autobiographical story narrating Taylor ’s fight with depression, substance abuse, and fame.

The first stanza talks about how Taylor dealt with the death of one of his close friends, Suzanne Schnerr. He sings, “Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you." Part two chronicles Taylor ’s battle with alcohol and substance abuse. When Taylor moved to New York to pursue a career as a musician, he became addicted to heroin. The last stanza describes Taylor ’s band, “The Flying Machine”. The line, “Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground,” tells of Taylor ’s regrets that the band had to break up because of his addiction.

Fire and Rain

James Taylor’s famous song “Fire and Rain” is an autobiographical story narrating Taylor ’s fight with depression, substance abuse, and fame.

The first stanza talks about how Taylor dealt with the death of one of his close friends, Suzanne Schnerr. He sing, “Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you.” Part two chronicles Taylor ’s battle with alcohol and substance abuse. When Taylor moved to New York to pursue a career as a musician, he became addicted to heroin. The last stanza describes Taylor ’s band, “The Flying Machine”. The line, “Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground,” tells of Taylor ’s regrets that the band had to break up because of his addiction.

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