Posted by: a2cristina | November 9, 2018

Everyone told me to be careful – Cloze test

CLOZE TEST

 

Read the text and complete the chart below with a word from the list that comes after the text. Every word can only be used ONCE. There are five words that you do not need to use. Question 0 has been answered as an example.

 

 

Everyone told me to be careful. “Watch out: you’re burning the 0) __________ at both ends.” “Maybe you could do with some 1) __________?” And I would wave them away 2) __________. Of course I could 3) __________. They hadn’t seen anything yet. So I went on, aiming for 4) __________ targets, making my company more successful than it had ever been until suddenly I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t get out of bed some days, and when I did, I couldn’t stand up, walk in a straight line or talk sense. I felt physically sick in the presence of 5) __________; I couldn’t make decisions, take notes or sit in meetings.

Thank goodness I had someone to support me through it all. My 6) __________ quietly gave me space to get well, encouraged me to see a psychotherapist and never judged. “Welcome to the 7) __________!” said my doctor, who told me my body was simply shutting down until I could get my head straight.

This journey into the mainstream has been mine alone, but I have had many 8) __________ along the way: it turned out I wasn’t the only one. Nor were the feelings unique to me.

I left the company I helped to make so successful and joined a much smaller one, at greatly reduced hours and on 9) __________ less pay. I rediscovered the family I had always loved, but had forgotten how to be with. I learned to fail and not be ashamed of failing, and I learned to understand that I was nothing particularly special, except to my family and friends. And after all, who else 10) __________? The company I left will do well, or maybe it won’t. I don’t really care.

Adapted from: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/jul/22/what-im-really-thinking-burned-out-businessman

 

 

APPROVINGLY     COPE                    INDUSTRIOUS      SIGNIFICANTLY

CANDLE               COUPLE               MAINSTREAM     SOCIETY

COLLEAGUES       DEMANDING       MATTERS             SUPPORT

COMPANIONS     DISMISSIVELY      PARTNER             WICK

 

 

 

0 CANDLE
1 6
2 7
3 8
4 9
5 10

 

KEY

 

0. CANDLE

  1. SUPPORT
  2. DISMISSIVELY
  3. COPE
  4. DEMANDING
  5. COLLEAGUES
  6. PARTNER
  7. MAINSTREAM
  8. COMPANIONS
  9. SIGNIFICANTLY
  10. MATTERS
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