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Sôû Giaùo Duïc – Ñaøo Taïo Kì Thi Choïn Ñoäi Tuyeån HSG Lôùp 12 – THPT

TP Hoà Chí Minh Naêm hoïc: 2005-2006 Khoùa ngaøy: 15/12/2005

Moân: Tieáng Anh
Thôøi gian: 180 phuùt (khoâng keå thôøi gian
phaùt ñeà)


Task one
Listen to the conversation and answer the questions that follow.
(A) On a tennis court (B) In a gymnasium
(C) At a sporting goods store (D) At an equipment rental shop
(A) Instructor and player (B) Sales clerk and customer
(C) Delivery person and buyer (D) Repair person and client
(A) Courteous (B) Irritated
(C) Concerned (D) Disinterested
(A) If there weren’t so many styles to choose from, he’d buy a racket right
(B) He doesn’t want to buy a high-priced racket because he doesn’t know how
long he’ll use it.
(C) He doesn’t like buying a beginner’s racket but thinks the others
are too expensive.
(C) If he played tennis more often he would know which racket to buy.
(A) Take up another sport so he’ll buy another equipment.
(B) Buy a more expensive racket than he really needs,
(C) Get an instructor to teach him how to play tennis.
(D) Return to the store to purchase another racket.

Task two
Listen to three people describing the people they admire. Fill in each blank with no more
than three words.
1. Wilma Ruldolph was admired as a _________________
2. At a very young age, she lost her ability to walk because of ____________________
3. It was difficult for her to become an athlete because she had to wear ________ on her
4. However, her __________________ helped her to work and won three gold medals in
the Olympics.
5. Nancy Drew was a _________________________ who could solve any crime.
6. She always managed to get out of all kinds of _____________
7. ____________ the woman dreamed about being Nancy Drew is her sports car.
8. We have great __________ for volunteer coastguards.
9. They rescue people who are _________ in the water.
10. Volunteer coastguards are willing to go out to save people’s lives in all kinds

Choose the word or phrase (A, B, C or D) that best fits each blank.

1. If ________ prices go on increasing as they have done for the past few months, then the
Government will have to step in and impose some sort of price freeze.
A. actual B. current C. ready D. monetary
2. Have you written off to the College for a copy of their _________ yet?
A. programme B. catalogue C. pamphlet D. prospectus
3. These jeans are terrible. Look how much they’ve ________ since I washed them. They’ve
much too small to wear now.
A. narrowed B. lessened C. shrunk D. shortened
4. In the past, captains would plot their ship’s ________ by the moon and the stars.
A. course B. direction C. movement D. way
5. The company is ________ its operations all over the Asia region.
A. planting B. growing C. expanding D. setting
6. ________ storms have destroyed most of the farmers’ crops.
A. Tough B. Serious C. Strict D. Severe
7. Many ________ arrive from overseas hoping to start a new life in this country.
A. travellers B. immigrants C. tourists D. emigrants
8. ________ disliked the play because the story was weak and the acting terrible.
A. Critiques B. Critics C. Criticism D. Criticize
9. He says things in such a ________ way that it’s often hard to understand what he means.
A. soft B. brittle C. small D. subtle
10. Even when he was in ________, his fans still recognized him.
A. masking B. cover C. disguise D. dislike
12. I ________ him to a game of badminton.
A. won B. played C. offered D. challenged
13. Why did you have to spend so much time on the test? It was ________.
A. a bone of contention B. a breeze
C. a matter of life and death D. a closed book
14. Everyone is jealous of Sue because she ________.
A. was born with a silver spoon in her mouth B. often goes bananas
C. beats about the bush D. buries the hatches
15. The closure of many companies _______ the increase in the high rate of unemployment.
A. put down to B. set places for C. gave rise to D. got down to
16. They had a ________ conversation to solve some misunderstandings.
A. mouth-to-mouth B. face-to-face C. check-to-check D. heart-to-heart
17. We all want to ________ discrimination.
A. put a finish at D. put an end to C. put a stop to D. put a deadline to
18. Their performance will be _______ a little extra practice.
A. all the better for B. no better than C. better off D. for the better of
19. It was a role that really _______ as a serious actress.
A. drew her a map B. caught her C. put her on the map D. put her forward
20. She usually calls her mother when she is feeling ________.
A. yellow B. red C. green D. blue
21. Have you ever seen ______ Acropolis in _______ Athens?
A. Ø / Ø B. an / the C. Ø / an D. the / Ø
22. I bought my sister ________ bottle of perfume for her birthday but I don’t think she liked
_______ perfume.
A. a / the B. Ø / the C. Ø / Ø D. the / Ø
23. A child in the first grade tends to ________ all of the other children in his class.
A. the same old to B. as old like C. the same age than D. the same age as

24. The universe ________ we know it might have begun with a great explosion.
A. as B. that C. and which D. and
25. An earthquake is a shaking of the ground ________ when masses of rock beneath the
surface of the earth change position.
A. which occurring B. it occurs C. that occurs D. and therefore occurring
26. Those boys ________ so noisily; the exam is in progress.
A. shouldn’t have talked B. can’t be talking C. needn’t have talked D. shouldn’t be talking
27. __________ he was, he couldn’t lift that heavy table.
A. So strong B. Although strong C. Strong as D. Stronger than
28. _________ of fire, dial 114.
A. The case was B. In case C. In the case D. In spite
29. The goalkeeper couldn’t _________ at the ball floating into the goal.
A. but look B. than looking C. but looking D. than look
30. Thanks to his help, I ________ it without any mistakes.
A. could do B. would do C. could have done D. will have done
31. His suspision was _________ he could not say a word.
A. very much B. so very much C. such that D. such one that
32. I had to go early ________ I could have a good seat.
A. otherwise B. if not C. but D. so that
33. _______ what he may, it is unlikely that he will succeed.
A. To do B. Doing C. Do D. In doing
34. He is always speaking as though he _______ everything.
A. know B. knows C. knew D. had known
35. He drinks very little ________ the police catch him as he drives home.
A. in the event B. despite C. otherwise D. in case
36. Every man and woman ______ responsible for what he or she does.
A. is B. are C. be D. have been
37. They caught him _______ things in the shop.
A. steal B. to steal C. stolen D. stealing
38. All students in the school are free to join any club they wish or ______.
A. none B. not C. no D. without
39. Under the table _______.
A. a cat sat B. was seated a cat C. seated a cat D. a cat sitting
40. She clearly remembers ________ her servant ________ her a bar of soap.
A. to tell / to buy B. telling / buying C. telling / to buy D to tell / buying


Fill in each blank with an appropriate particle or preposition.

1. They will bring ______ in the end. Success is a matter of course.

2. The new fashion of-hair is really catching ______.
3. Perhaps, we’d better cross ______ his name because of his too frequent absence from
4. Look ______ ______ sharp stones when you walk on the beach.
5. It is said that his new book will be brought ______ on the occasion of the Liberation

6. I was going to the football match when I was suddenly held ______.
7. I think a sip of wine can bring him ______.
8. His comment only adds ______ her resentment toward him.
9. His aunt told ______Hugh for making so much noise.
10. We’re worried about violence when the army generals handed ______ power to the
new government.
11. The film will be ______ general release next week.
12. BP is ______ the move.
13. ______ reflection, I decided to change my plan.
14. His remarks are always ______ the point.
15. The bandits are ______ the run, pursued by loyal troops.
16. His fame is now ______ the wane.
17. The lorry, ______ ______ control, ran down the hill and crashed into a wall.
18. Go and lie down if you’re feeling ______ ______ sorts
19. It’s really ______ your advantage to accept a favourable offer.
20. I agree with you ______ a great extent, but not completely.


Use the correct form of the word given to fill in each blank.

1. The inquiry decided that the police were also __________ (blame).
2. How do you like my latest __________ (acquire) for my stamp collection?
3. The minister gave __________ (evade) answers to the interviewer’s questions.
4. Professor Jackson has joined the company in an __________ (advice) capacity.
5. The accused stated that the allegations against him were __________ (found).
6. Have you read the latest ________ (reveal) about Madonna’s private life?
7. There was a(n) __________ (precedent) rise in the cost of living this year.
8. The reason for Bruce Lee’s death was sleeping pill __________ (dosage).
9. The firm is surely __________ (staff). We have to take on more workers.
10. “Beautiful” is a __________ (syllable) word.

Use the correct forms of the words in the box to fill in the blanks to make a meaningful
behave comprehend ecology finite large
pollute reverse strict sustain use

Most scientists agree that if pollution and other environmental deterrents continue at
their present rates, the result will be (11) __________ damage to the ecological cycles and
balances in nature upon which all life depends. Scientists warn that fundamental, and
perhaps drastic, changes in human (12) __________ will be required to avert an (13)
_________ crisis.
To safeguard the healthful environment that is essential to life, humans must learn
that Earth does not have (14) __________ resources. Earth’s limited resources must be
conserved and, where possible, (15) __________ . Furthermore, humans must devise new
strategies that mesh environmental progress with economic growth. The future growth of
developing nations depends upon the development of (16) __________ conservation
methods that protect the environment while also meeting the basic needs of citizens.
Many nations have acted to control or reduce environmental problems. For example,
Great Britain has (17) _________ succeeded in cleaning up the waters of the Thames and
other rivers, and London no longer suffers the heavy smog caused by industrial (18)
_________. Japan has some of the world’s (19) __________ standards for the control of

water and air pollution. In Canada, the Department of Commerce has developed (20)
_________ programs covering environmental contaminants.
A/ Choose the word (A, B, C or D) that best fits each blank.

Structural employment (1) _____ from an imbalance between the kinds of

workers wanted by employers and the kinds of workers looking for jobs. The imbalances
may be caused by (2) _____ in skills, location, or personal characteristics. Technological
developments, for example, necessitate new skills in many industries, leaving those workers
who have (3) _____ skills without a job. A plant in a declining industry may (4) _____ or
move to another area, throwing out of (5) _____ those employees who are unable or
unwilling to move. Workers with inadequate education or training and young workers with (6)
_____ or no experience may be unable to get jobs because employers believe that these
employees would not produce enough to be (7) _____ paying the legal minimum wage or
the rate agreed (8) _____ with the union. On the other hand, even highly trained workers
can be unemployed; this happened in the U.S in the early 1970s, for example, when the
large numbers of new (9) _____ with doctoral degrees in physics and mathematics (10)
_____ the number of jobs available in those fields. If employers practice illegal job (11)
_____ against any group because of sex, race, religion, age, or national origin, a high
unemployment rate for these workers could result even when jobs are (12) ______ .
Structural unemployment shows up most (13) _____ in some cities, in some occupations or
industries, for those with below-average educational (14) _____, and for some other groups
in the labour force. In June 1992, for example, when the U.S (15) _____ unemployment rate
was 7.8 percent, the rate in the state of New York was 9.2 percent, for teenagers 16 to 19,
23.6 percent, for black workers, 14.9 percent, and for retail workers, 9.2 percent.

1. A. rises B. raises C. increases D. arises

2. A. impropriety B. inadequacy C. ineffectiveness D. inaccuracy
3. A. ancient B. antiquated C. antique D. outdated
4. A. close down B. close up C. close off D. close in
5. A. employment B. work C. job D. profession
6. A. few B. a few C. little D. a little
7. A. worthy B. worth C. praiseworthy D. worthless
8. A. with B. to C. about D. on
9. A. school-leavers B. graduates C. enthusiasts D. drop-outs
10. A. exceeded B. passed C. overcame D. increased
11. A. difference B. bias C. displacement D. discrimination
12. A. plenty B. enough C. crowded D. plentiful
13. A. eminently B. persistently C. evidently D. prominently
14. A. retainments B. accomplishments C. attainments D. requirements
15. A. civic B. civil C. civilian D. civilized

B/ Fill in each blank with ONE suitable word to make a meaningful passage.

Children use all their senses to help them understand the world. If one of these
senses is (1) ________ or weakened, then a child’s development will be seriously
affected. The case of Helen Keller, then, is very remarkable as she was missing not one, (2)
____________ two of these vital senses.
Helen was born in 1880 in America, a happy, normal (3) _____________. However,
when she was a year old, a serious illness made her deaf and blind. She grew up in a dark,
silent (4) ___________, unable to communicate. Unsurprisingly, by the time she was seven
years old she was a wild, uncontrollable child.
Helen’s parents were determined to help her. They (5) ____________ her a teacher,
Anne Sullivan. Miss Sullivan communicated with Helen (6) ________________ her sense of

touch. Gradually, Helen learnt (7) __________ to communicate through a kind of touching
sign language. Later, she even learnt to speak by (8) ______________ her fingers to her
teacher’s throat and feeling the (9) ____________ when she spoke. Then she would try to
imitate those sounds while touching her (10) ____________ throat.


Read the passages and choose the best answers.

Sprinkler-based irrigation systems are claimed to be more efficient than gravity

Systems since they use less water to irrigate the same amount of land. In addition, it is said
that they can be efficiently utilized both on sandy soil, and on hilly or uneven ground, neither
of which is true of gravity systems.
1. How many advantages of sprinkler-based systems are suggested?
A. one B. three C. four D. five
2. Which of the following may NOT be inferred from the passage?
A. Gravity systems are said to require more water than sprinkler systems.
B. The author agrees with the claims made.
C. Sprinkler systems may be used on either hilly or uneven terrain.
D. Gravity systems cannot be efficiently used on sandy soil.
3. Which of the following is claimed as an advantage for sprinkler-based irrigation systems?
A. They are more often utilized.
B. They can be used in addition to gravity systems.
C. They are less economical with water.
D. They are more versatile.

Humanity’s primal efforts to systematize the concepts of size,shape, and number are
usually regarded as the earliest mathematics. However, the concept of number and the
counting process developed so long before the time of recorded history (there is
archaeological evidence that counting was employed by humans as far back as 50,000
years ago) that the manner of this development is largely conjectural. Imagining how it
probably came about is not difficult. The argument that humans, even in prehistoric times,
had some number sense, at least to the extent of recognizing the concepts of more and less
when some objects were added to or taken away from a small group, seems fair, for studies
have shown that some animals possess such a sense.
With the gradual evolution of society, simple counting became imperative. A tribe had to
know how many members it had and how many enemies, and a shepherd needed to know if
the flock of sheep was decreasing in size. Probably the earliest way of keeping a count was
by some simple tally method employing the principle of one-to-one correspondence. In
keeping a count of sheep, for example, one finger per sheep could be turned under. Counts
could also be maintained by making scratches in the dirt or on a stone, by cutting notches in
a piece of wood, or by tying knots in string.
Then, perhaps later, an assortment of vocal sounds was developed as a word tally against
the number of objects in a small group. And still later, with the refinement of writing, a set of
signs was devised to stand for these numbers. Such an imagined development is supported
by reports of anthropologists in their studies of present-day societies that are thought to be
similar to those of early humans.

4. What does the passage mainly discuss?

(A) The efforts of early humans to care for herds of animals
(B) The development of writing
(C) The beginnings of mathematics
(D) Similarities in number sense between humans and animals
5. The word “conjectural” in line 5 is closest in meaning to
(A) complex (B) based on guessing

(C) believable (D) supported by careful research
6. What is the basic principle of the tally method described in the second paragraph?
(A) The count is recorded permanently.
(B) Calculations provide the total count.
(C) Large quantities are represented by symbols.
(D) Each marker represents a single object.
7. The word “employing” in line 12 is closest in meaning to
(A) using (B) paying (C) focusing (D) hiring
8. Which of the following is NOT mentioned as an early method of counting?
(A) Cutting notches (B) Bending fingers (C) piling stones (D) Tying knots
9. The word “maintained” in line 13 is closest in meaning to
(A) justified (B) asserted (C) located (D) kept
10. The word “assortment” in line 15 is closest in meaning to
(A) instrument (B) variety (C) surplus (D) symbol


There are 10 mistakes in this passage. Find and correct them.

Environmental racism takes international forms as well American corporations often

continue to produce dangerous, U.S-banned chemistry and ship them to developed
countries. Additionally, the developed world has shipped large amount of toxic waste to
developing countries for less-than-safe disposals. For instance, experts estimate that 50 to
80 percent of electronic waste produced in the United States, including computer parts, are
shipped to waste sites in developing countries, such as China and India. At a waste site in
Giuyu, China, laborers with no protected clothing regularly burn plastics and circuit boards
from old computers. They pour acid to electronic parts to extract silver and gold, and they
smash cathode-ray tubes from computer monitors to move lead. These activities so pollute
the underwater beneath the site and drinking water is trucked in to the area from a town 29
km (18 mi) away.


Rewrite the sentences in such a way that the mean almost the same as those printed before
them. You have to use the word in bold in your sentence, and you mustn’t change the word
in any way.

1. He was silly to do such a thing yesterday. (brains)

 Doing ____________________________________________________
2. No doubt, English is an important language to master. (command)
 It goes____________________________________________________
3. I’m afraid she will sooner or later reveal the secret. (give)
 It’s just ___________________________________________________
4. It seems that she was not in good health yesterday morning. (sort)
 She was __________________________________________________
5. They confess that it was their entire fault. (blame)
 Their _____________________________________________________
6. Despite their continuous efforts, they made no progress. (got)
 Although __________________________________________________
7. I’d rather my friends were optimistic. (bright)
 I am _____________________________________________________
8. My father and I often have the same opinions on politics. (ground)
 When it ___________________________________________________

9. It’s about time you started working hard. (cracking)
 I’d sooner _________________________________________________
10. Your empty promises won’t have any effect on her. (ice)
 The empty ________________________________________________


Describe the following graph.


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The following comment was printed recently in a local newspaper.

Much of what is taught in schools nowadays is a waste of students’ time.
Now your teacher has asked you to write a composition on this subject, with
reference to your own learning experiences.
In about 250 words write your composition.