ЕГЭ: Grammar and Lexis Part 3 #1

Прочитайте приведённый ниже текст с пропусками, обозначенными номерами 1-7. Эти номера соответствуют заданиям 1-7, в которых представлены возможные варианты ответов. Выберите один из 4 вариантов ответа.

From Failure to Success

Failure is something that we all face in our lives. I’ve sure had my (1) _____ I remember that by the mid 1990s, I had worked myself all the way from a sales per­son to Marketing Director of a thriving company only to discover that I really did not like that position.

So I did something radical. I decided (2) _____ that very secure job and start my own advertising based business. It was an original idea in an industry I was very familiar with - a business magazine mailed to local business owners around my community. A great idea plus my hard work ethic would work, I was sure.

Both my wife and I put everything we had, financially and emotionally, into this idea. It was very exciting to see how fast we acquired our first (and last) 30 clients! Within a couple of months we had a real magazine! Clients were getting fantastic results. There was only one small problem. Although clients were (3) _____ about the return they were getting, some still had financial problems...

... and couldn’t continue on a regular (4) _____.

The bottom line was that we eventually (5) _____ out of money. Then, on top of having to close down the magazine, we even had to sell our car just to pay post­age for the last mailing!

I was devastated ... my dream had died. I remember how depressed I was. I had no job, no money, and worst of all - a seriously damaged sense of confidence. Maybe, that’s where you are now.  It took another two months for me to hit the real bottom when I had to sell our earthquake preparedness kit to buy some food...we were that (6) _____.

But I didn’t give up hope to find employment. A week later, totally out of the (7) ______ , I re­ceived a call from a stranger offering me the best job I’d ever had. An old friend who I hadn’t talked with for years referred me to him. It was nothing short of a miracle, It was eerie.