Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct word or phrase that best fits each of the numbered blanks from 31 to 35.
We tend to assume that people like Shakespeare or Darwin owe their success (1) _______ their genius. In his new book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell suggests that the truth may be more complex. Of course, all successful people are bound to have some natural (2) _______. But the true (3) _______of success are most probably hard work, opportunity, and the environment you grow up in.
You need about 10.000 hours of practice before you get really good at something. Mozart’s early work was certainly not great or (4) _______ . By the time he composed his first true masterpieces, he must have spent about ten years composing concertos.
But hard work is not enough, you have to get your chance. Most Silicon Valley tycoons, like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, were born around 1955. When the personal computer revolution came twenty years later, they were at (5)____ age to lead it.