Read the passage below, it contains blank spaces numbered 1 to 15. For each blank space, choose the best alternative from the choices given.
I was sitting on a beach one day, __1__ two children, a boy and a girl, playing __2__the sand. They were hard at work, building__3__beautiful sand castle by the water’s __4__. It had gates and towers and internal passages. __5__ when they had nearly finished their __6__ a big wave came along and knocked it down, reducing it to a heap of__7__ sand. I expected the children to burst into tears, disappointed by what had happened__8__, they ran up the shore away from the water, laughing while __9__hands and sat down to build another castle. I realised that they had taught me __10__ lesson. All the things in our lives, all the complicated structures we __11__ so much time and energy creating are built on sand. Only our __12__with other people endure. Sooner or later, the wave __13__come along and knock down what we __14__so hard to build up. __15__that happens, only the person who has somebody’s hand to hold will be able to laugh.
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