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 ENGLISH TEST FOR THE GIFTED

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Bài gửiTiêu đề: ENGLISH TEST FOR THE GIFTED    Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:11 pm

NGUYEN QUANG DIEU HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEST
FOR THE GIFTED Date : 27/ 10/2011
FOREIGN LANGUAGE GROUP

Name : Marks :
Class:

A. PHONETICS (10 point)
I. Pick out the word whose underlined part is pronounced differently from that of the other words.
1. A. influenced B. terrified C. averaged D. accompanied
2. A. host B. most C. cost D. post
3. A. boot B. book C. hook D. foot
4. A. south B. truth C. smooth D. both
5. A. miles B. months C. lakes D. mates

II. Pick out the word that has the stress pattern different from that of the other words.
1. A. accurate B. customer C. computer D. exercise
2. A. reduction B. popular C. financial D. romantic
3. A. theory B. generate C. delicious D. confidence
4. A. happen B. village C. realize D. reality
5. A. characteristic B. environmental C. documentary D. sophisticated
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B. LEXICO - GRAMMAR (40 points)
I.Choose the word or phrase which best completes each sentence.
1. According to the ............ of the contract, tenants must give six months' notice if they intend to leave.
A. laws B. rules C. terms D. details
2. The injured man was taken to hospital and ............ for internal injuries.
A. cured B. healed C. operated D. treated
3. The door hinges had all been oiled to stop them ............
A. squeaking B. screeching C. shrieking D. squealing
4. Mary attempted to ............ herself with her new boss by volunteering to take on extra work.
A. gratify B. please C. ingratiate D. commend
5. You are under no obligation ......... to accept this offer.
A. indeed B. eventually C. apart D. whatsoever
6. The dealer wanted £400, I wanted to pay £300, and we finally agreed to ....... the difference.
A. divide B. split C. drop D. decrease
7. I was .......... in the book I was reading and didn't hear the phone.
A. distracted B. submerged C. gripped D. engrossed
8. A washing machine of this type will certainly ............ up to normal domestic use.
A. hold B. stand C. come D. take
9. ............ any other politician would have given way to this sort of pressure years ago.
A. Really B. Practically C. Actually D. Utterly
10. If you .......... too long, you may miss a wonderful opportunity.
A. loiter B. doubt C. hover D. hesitate
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II.Fill in each numbered blank with one appropriate preposition.
No one knows who invented pencils or when it happened. A man described a pencil in a book in 1565. He said it was a piece of wood (1) _____ lead (2) _____ it. (Lead is a very heavy metal). Pencils weren't popular, and people continued to write (3) _____ pens. They used bird feathers (4) _____ pens.
Then in 1795 someone started making pencils (5)_____ graphite and they became very popular. Graphite is a kind of coal. (Coal is black, and we burn it (6) _____ heat and energy). Today people make pencils (7) _____ the same way. They grind the graphite, make it (Cool _____ the shape (9) _____ a stick, and bake it. Then they put it (10) _____ a piece of wood. One pencil can write 50,000 English words or make a line 55 kilometers long.
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III.Use the correct form for the verb in brackets.
Mark Twain, the author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, is one of America's best-loved storytellers. He _____ (1. grow up) in a small town on the Mississippi River. As a young boy, he _____ (2.admire, greatly) the pilots of the riverboats and _____ (3. dream) about being a riverboat pilot on the mighty river. He pursued his dream, and by the age of 22, he himself _____ (4. become) a riverboat pilot. Later in life, when he ____ (5. become) a writer, many of his stories _____ (6. contain) elements of his own experiences. He wrote many humourous stories and articles about life on the Mississippi River before he _____ (7. die) in 1910 it the age of 74. Sadly, Twain _____ (8. work) on a new story for several months before his death, but he _____ (9. finish, never) it. Over the years since his death, his boyhood home in Hannibal, Missouri, _____ (10. become) a favourite place for Americans to visit to learn about Twain and life on the Mississippi at the turn of the century.
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IV. Fill in the blanks in the sentences with the two-word verbs from the box. There will be one word per blank. It may be necessary to change the verb forms in order for the sentence to be grammatically correct.
stamp out = eliminate; wipe out
stand for = (1) tolerate; put up with; (2) symbolize; represent
stay out = not come home
stay up = not go to bed
take after = resemble; look like (especially an older relative)
take apart = disassemble
take off = (1) remove (clothing, for example); (2) ascend (a plane, for example);
(3) become popular quickly
take up = begin to study some topic or engage in some activity
tear up = rip into small pieces
1. Most air accidents take place when a plane is ____ __ or landing.
2. _______ __ your boots before you go into the house.
3. "I need more excitement in my life." "Why don't you give up stamp collecting and ____ skydiving instead?"
4. Vaccines have permitted doctors to virtually _____ __ smallpox and polio.
5. "How late do you usually _____ __?"
→ "I'm normally in bed by eleven on weekdays."
6. "How late do you usually _____ __ on weekends?"
→ "I sometimes don't come home until two or three in the morning."
7. "Do you _____ __ your mother or father?"
→ "I don't think I look much like either one of them."
8. Earl had no trouble _____ __ the engine on the lawn mower, but then he couldn't put it back together.
9. The spy ________ __ the document so that no one else could read it.
10. The fifty stars on the American flag _____ __ the fifty states.
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C. READING (30 points)
I. Read the passage and then choose the correct answer (A,B,C or D)
My lawyer, Mr. Turner, is the only man I know who has seen a ghost. He is a quiet even-tempered man whose life is spent in dealing with facts. He is the last person in the world to give way to fantasy. He has a wife and two children of whom he is proud, takes a modest holiday abroad every year and spends his Sundays gardening. He is knowledgeable about art and architecture, though he doesn't pretend to be an expert by any means. It is, therefore, all the more surprising that he should be so insistent about the ghost. It happened, he says, like this:
He was traveling from London to the North of England by train. It is a misty November evening and the train was half empty. In fact, for the first part of the journey Mr. Turner had the carriage to himself and sat dozing over a newspaper. However, at the first stop a passenger jumped in, slamming the door behind him. He seemed out of breath as if he had been running. He was a striking looking young man with dark, bushy hair and bright intelligent eyes. He was dressed rather oddly in a long waisted coat with silver buttons, tight trousers and an embroidered waistcoat. Mr. Turner did not pay much attention to this because people wear all sorts of extravagant clothes these days and he had long grown accustomed to them.
Presently, the two men got into conversation, as people do on long journeys. Mr. Turner was interested to discover that the young man was very knowledgeable about art - in particular portraits. His name, he said, was Joseph Hart, and he was on his way to visit an exhibition. It seemed that he worked in a famous London Art Gallery - a picture restorer, perhaps, thought Mr. Turner, for he seemed to know a great deal about varnishes and paints, and even more about the subjects of certain portraits. When Mr. Turner asked his opinion of the portrait of a famous judge by an artist he admired, his companion laughed and said: "He's only a reproduction - a good one I agree but you can't talk to a reproduction". He spoke as though the person in the portrait were still living.
After a while the carriage got hot and steamy and Mr. Turner dropped off. He woke up just as the train was drawing up at a junction with a grinding of brakes. His companion had disappeared.
A few days later, having returned to London, Mr. Turner found himself near the Art Gallery. Move by some impulse, he went in and inquired for Joseph Hart. The attendant directed him to a room devoted to early nineteenth century portraits of well-known men. There was no one in the room and Mr. Turner looked around him. Without knowing quite how he had got there, he found himself standing in front of a full-length portrait of a dark young man in tight trousers and an embroidered waistcoat. The eyes smiled at him with a hint of amusement. The name-plate at the foot of the picture read: Joseph Hart, Gentleman, 1800-1835.
1. What kind of person was Mr. Turner?.
A. imaginative B. fanstactic C. sensible D. insensitive
2. Although he is a lawyer, Mr. Turner
A. pretended to know a lot about art. B. knew something about art.
C. pretended to take interest in art. D. Intended to learn more about art.
3. When the passenger entered Mr. Turner's compartment
A. he was painting. B. he was running.
C. the train was just leaving. D. the carriage was half-empty.
4. The passenger's clothes didn't seem strange to Mr. Turner because
A. he was used to wearing strange clothes. B. he liked people who wore strange clothes.
C. every one he knew wore strange clothes. D. he had seen a lot of people in strange clothes.
5. Mr. Turner thought the young man might
A. be an art dealer B. be an art expert.
C. renew old picture. D. paint reproductions of old pictures.
6. Why wouldn't the passenger give an opinion on the portrait of the judge?
A. The judge wasn't alive. B. The judge was still alive.
C. The picture was a copy D. He hadn't seen it.
7. When did Mr. Turner first realize that the passenger had gone?
A. when the train started. B. after the train had stopped.
C. just before the train stopped. D. when the train was leaving the station.
8. Why did Mr. Turner go into the Art Gallery?
A. He was walking past here. B. He had never been there before.
C. He has planned to do so. D. He suddenly decided to.
9. In the part of the Gallery that Mr. Turner was directed to
A. there were a lot of pictures of unknown people.
B. there were a lot of nineteenth century people.
C. no one else was looking at the pictures.
D. he only saw one portrait
10. When Mr. Turner looked at the portrait of Joseph Hart.
A. he smiled at him. B. he thought it smiled at him.
C. he didn't recognize it. D. he was amused.

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Read the passage and fill in each blank with the correct form of the word in brackets:
Over the past 600 years, English has grown from a language of few to become the (1) ___ (DOMINATE) language of international communication. English as we know it today emerged around 1350, after having incoporated many elements of French that were introduced (2) ____(FOLLOW) the Norman invasion of 1066. Until the 1600s, English was, for the most part (3) ____ (SPEAK) only in England and had not extended even as far as Wales, Scotland, or Ireland. However during the course of the next two centuries, English began to spread around the globe as a result of (4) ___(EXPLORE), trade (including slave trade), (5) ____(COLONY) and missionary work. Thus, small groups of English speakers became established a grew in (6) ____ (VARY) parts of the world. As these communities proliferated, English gradually became the primary language of international business, banking, and (7) ____ (DIPLOMAT).
Currently, about 80 percent of the information stored on computer systems (Cool ____ (WORLD) is in English. Two-thirds of the world's science (9) _____(WRITE) is in English, and English is the main language of technology, advertising, media, international airports, and air traffic controllers. Today there are more than 700 million English users in the world, and over half of these are nonnative speakers, constituting the (10) ___ (LARGE) number of nonnative users than any other language in the world.
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III. Read the following passage and decide which answer (A, B, C, or D) best fits each gap. Write your answer in the space provided.
What do you do well? What do you enjoy doing? Your answers to these two questions will help you identify your (1)______. An employer will consider you seriously for a (2)______ when you can show them that you know who you are, what you can offer and which you have studied. Sometimes it is difficult to know what your weaknesses are. Clearly not everyone is equally good (3)______ everything. You may need to improve yourself and so (4)______ courses in that field could turn a weakness into strength.
You will need to (5)______ some time on your self-assessment. Your honesty and the desire for self-improvement will lead to (6)______ in getting the right job. Explore the following seven areas to start to get to know yourself: your aptitude, your skills, your personality, the level of responsibility you feel comfortable with, your interests and your needs.
Ask (7)______ if you have any special talents and if you need to consider your physical health when choosing a job. Be as honest and realistic as you can, and ask for other people's (Cool______ if necessary. Make a list of these things. It is usually a good idea to talk about your aptitudes with teachers, family and friends.
If you are considering a career that (9)______ a special talent, such as art, acrobatics, mathematics or music, discuss your aptitudes with (10)______ expert in that area and discover how they fit the needs of the occupation.
1. A. strong B. strength C. strengthen D. strengthened
2. A. position B. location C. spot D. room
3. A. upon B. in C. at D. for
4. A. meeting B. taking C. making D. interviewing
5. A. use B. make C. lose D. spend
6. A. success B. successful C. successfully D. succeed
7. A. you B. your C. yours D. yourself
8. A. interests B. fields C. opinions D. attendances
9. A. requires B. asks C. tells D. urges
10. A. a B. an C. the D. this
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D.WRITING (20 points)
I. Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given.
1. “I am happy you have passed the final exams. Congratulations!” Tom said to me.
 Tom congratulated …………………………………………………………………
2. You ‘d better not swim too far from the shore,” the lifeguard said to us
 The lifeguard advised ………………………………………………………………
3. Birth rates have fallen sharply recently.
 There ……………………………………………………………………………………
4. I didn’t hear the news until the next day.
 It was not ……………………………………………………………………………
5. Although it rain torrentially all day, we all enjoyed the excursion.
 Despite …………………………………………………………………………………
II. Write a new sentence using the word in brackets. Do not alter the word in any way (2ms)
1. He may choose to take early retirement. (option)
 ……………………………………………………………………………
2. He didn’t take any part in the conversation. (contribute)
 …………………………………………………………………………….
3. We lose our way because the signposts were confusing. ( which)
 ……………………………………………………………………………..
4. He likes to be addressed as “Professor”. (call)
 ……………………………………………………………………………..
5. She always has a good relationship with the children. (gets)
 ……………………………………………………………………………..

THE END . GOOD LUCK !
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