Đề thi học sinh giỏi môn Tiếng Anh Lớp 12 - Mã đề 135 - Năm học 2015-2016 - Sở GD & ĐT Thái Bình

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Đề thi học sinh giỏi môn Tiếng Anh Lớp 12 - Mã đề 135 - Năm học 2015-2016 - Sở GD & ĐT Thái Bình
SỞ GIÁO DỤC VÀ ĐÀO TẠO
THÁI BÌNH
ĐỀ THI CHỌN HỌC SINH GIỎI LỚP 12 NĂM HỌC 2015-2016
Môn: TIẾNG ANH
Thời gian làm bài: 90 phút, không kể thời gian giao đề.
(Đề gồm 05 trang; Thí sinh làm phần trắc nghiệm vào Phiếu TLTN, Thí sinh làm phần viết vào giấy thi)
Mã đề: 135
SECTION A: MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS (16 POINTS)
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word whose underlined part differs from the other three in pronunciation in each of the following questions.
Question 1: 	A. allegedly	B. supposedly	C. confusedly	D. wickedly
Question 2: 	A. admiral	B. adventure	C. advocate	D. advent
Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word that differs from the rest in the position of the main stress in each of the following questions.
Question 3: 	A. extravagant	B. distinctively	C. fundamental	D. dilapidated
Question 4: 	A. mysterious	B. original	C. elaborate	D. necessary
Question 5: 	A. rental	B. canal	C. dental	D. sandals
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.
Question 6: Ann: “Where’s Polly?” 	John: “She is in her room ______.”
A. studying	B. is studying	C. studies	D. has studied
Question 7: ______Everglades is a large, low, wet region in the southern part of the US state of Florida.
A. The	B. θ	C. An	D. Some
Question 8: It is possible ______ may assist some trees in saving water in the winter.
A. to lose leaves	B. when leaves have lost	C. that the loss of leaves	D. the leaves are lost
Question 9: I called Jenny yesterday with a view ______ asking her about the project.
A. to	B. of	C. in	D. for
Question 10: Pam broke her arm in the accident. It would have been much worse if she ______her seat belt at that time.
A. hadn’t worn	B. hadn’t been for	C. hadn’t been wearing	D. had been wearing
Question 11: Having opened the bottle, ______ for everyone.
A. the drink was poured	B. Mike poured the drink
C. Mike pouring the drink	D. the drink was being poured
Question 12: He said there was nothing that happened, but I began to _____ when he kept beating about the bush.
A. get cold feet	B. smell a rat	C. keep an eye on	D. be off my head
Question 13: That he came up with all the ideas ______ a miracle to us.
A. were	B. was	C. to be	D. have been
Question 14: My father gave me ______ as a birthday present on my birthday.
A. a digital useful alarm clock	B. an alarm useful digital clock
C. a useful alarm digital clock	D. a useful digital alarm clock
Question 15: It is a serious operation for a woman as old as my grandmother. She's very frail. I hope she______.
A. comes round	B. gets away	C. puts through	D. pulls through
Question 16: Tim looks so frightened and upset. He ______ something terrible.
A. must experience	B. can have experienced
C. should have experienced	D. must have experienced
Question 17: I don't suppose anyone will volunteer, ______?
A. does he	B. do I	C. will they	D. won’t they
Question 18: The knee is _______ most other joints in the body because it cannot twist without injury.
A. to be damaged more than likely	B. more likely to be damaged than
C. likely to be more than damaged	D. more than likely to be damaged
Question 19: He became a millionaire by ______ of hard work and a considerable amount of luck.
A. dint	B. process	C. cause	D. effect
Question 20: Most whole milk undergoes homogenization, ______hot milk is pumped through valves to break up and permanently disperse the fat globules.
A. which process	B. a process in which	C. which is a process	D. a process
Question 21: He considers shares to be a good long- ______ investment.
A. length	B. time	C. term	D. age
Question 22: ______, the catfish is prized for its state.
A. With ugly look	B. As looking ugly	C. As it is looking ugly	D. Ugly looking as it is
Question 23: Lan: “Well, cats are very good at catching mice around the house.” 
 Mai: “______”
A. You are welcome.	B. Mind your words.
C. You can say that again.	D. Nothing more to say.
Question 24: Studies have shown that the elderly who are pet owners have lower blood pressure than ______ who live without pets.
A. elderly	B. do the elderly	C. for the elderly to do	D. to the elderly
Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the underline part that needs correcting.
Question 25: Ducks are less susceptible to infection than another types of poultry.
A. another	B. than	C. to	D. less
Question 26: Fiorello La Guadian made a speech to the United Nations Relief Administration, which he was the director, stating that Europe experienced prosperity after the World War II.
A. he	B. stating	C. which	D. made
Question 27: During our tour of the refinery, it was seen that both propane and gasoline were produced in large volumes.
A. the refinery	B. it was seen	C. and	D. in large volumes
Question 28: The Concord can fly across the Atlantic without re-fueling and carrying 11 tons of freight.
A. The	B. carrying	C. freight	D. across
Question 29: Televisions are now an every day feature of most households in the United States, and television viewing is the number one leisure activity.
A. an every day feature	B. leisure activity	C. television viewing	D. most households
Choose the word or phrase CLOSEST in meaning to the underlined part in each of the following sentences.
Question 30: Throughout history, the prevalent authority pattern in families has been patriarchy, in which males are in control.
A. extraordinary	B. strange	C. dominant	D. uncommon
Question 31: I’d rather staying in a hotel with all the amenities than camp in the woods.
A. conveniences	B. honors	C. privileges	D. expense
Question 32: Crime rates tend to fluctuate with the seasons, with much higher rates in the winter than in the summer.
A. accelerate	B. decrease	C. go up and down	D. stay the same
Choose the word or phrase OPPOSITE in meaning to the underlined part in each of the following sentences.
Question 33: There has been no discernible improvement in the noise levels since lorries were banned.
A. thin	B. significant	C. obvious	D. clear
Question 34: Affluent families find it easier to support their children financially.
A. impoverished	B. wealthy	C. well-off	D. prosperous
Read the following passage taken from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 8th, and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct word for each of the blanks from 35 to 44.
SPORT AND FITNESS
The British are very fond of sport, but many people prefer to watch ___(35)___ take part. Many go to watch football, cricket, etc. at the ground, but many more sit at home and watch sport on television. Most people today take relatively___(36)___. Over the last 30 or 40 years lifestyles have changed considerably and many people now travel even the shortest distances by car or bus. ___(37)___ exercise combined with eating too many ___(38)___ and sugary foods has meant that many people are becoming too fat. In recent years, however, there has been a ___(39)___ interest in fitness among young adults and many belong to a sports club or gym. In Britain most towns have an/a ___(40)___ football and cricket team, and people also have opportunities to play sports such as tennis and golf. Older people may play bowls. Some people go regularly to a sports center or leisure center. Some sports centers ___(41)___ classes in aerobics, step and keep-fit. Some people ___(42)___ regularly at a local gym and do weight training and circuit training. Others go running or jogging in their local area. For enthusiastic runners there are opportunities to take part in ___(43)___ runs, such as the London marathon. Other people keep themselves fit by walking or cycling. Many people go abroad on a skiing holiday each year. Membership of a sports club or gym can be expensive and not everyone can afford the subscription. Local sports centers are generally cheaper. Some companies now provide sports facilities ___(44)___ their employees or contribute to the cost of joining a gym.
Question 35: 	A. to	B. except for	C. than	D. rather than
Question 36: 	A. little general exercise	B. a few general exercises
	C. a little general exercise	D. few general exercises
Question 37: 	A. The lack of	B. Lack	C. The lack	D. Lack of
Question 38: 	A. fat	B. rich	C. fatty	D. richly
Question 39: 	A. planting	B. developing	C. becoming	D. growing
Question 40: 	A. professional	B. well-known	C. competent	D. amateur
Question 41: 	A. grow	B. propose	C. pass	D. arrange
Question 42: 	A. work out	B. full in	C. cough up	D. find out
Question 43: 	A. distance away	B. long-distance	C. short-distance	D. full distance
Question 44: 	A. to	B. for	C. with	D. about
Read the following passage taken from Baron’s The Leader In Test Preparation TOEFL iBT and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the questions from 45 to 54.
Tulips are Old World, rather than New World, plants, with the origins of the species lying in Central Asia. They became an integral part of the gardens of the Ottoman Empire from the sixteenth century onward, and, soon after, part of European life as well. Holland, in particular, became famous for its cultivation of the flower.
A tenuous line marked the advance of the tulip to the New World, where it was unknown in the wild. The first Dutch colonies in North America had been established in New Netherlands by the Dutch West India Company in 1624, and one individual who settled in New Amsterdam (today's Manhattan section of New York City) in 1642 described the flowers that bravely colonized the settlers' gardens. They were the same flowers seen in Dutch still-life paintings of the time: crown imperials, roses, carnations, and of course tulips. They flourished in Pennsylvania too, where in 1698 William Penn received a report of John Tateham's "Great and Stately Palace”, its garden full of tulips.
By 1760, Boston newspapers were advertising 50 different kinds of mixed tulip "roots”. But the length of the journey between Europe and North America created many difficulties. Thomas Hancock, an English settler, wrote thanking his plant supplier for a gift of some tulip bulbs from England, but his letter the following year grumbled that they were all dead.
Tulips arrived in Holland, Michigan, with a later wave of early nineteenth-century Dutch immigrants who quickly colonized the plains of Michigan. Together with many other Dutch settlements, such as the one at Pella, Iowa, they established a regular demand for European plants. The demand was bravely met by a new kind of tulip entrepreneur, the traveling salesperson. One Dutchman, Hendrick Van Der Schoot, spent six months in 1849 traveling through the United States taking orders for tulip bulbs. While tulip bulbs were traveling from Europe to the United States to satisfy the nostalgic longings of homesick English and Dutch settlers, North American plants were traveling in the opposite direction. In England, the enthusiasm for American plants was one reason why tulips dropped out of fashion in the gardens of the rich and famous.
Question 45: Which of the following questions does the passage mainly answer?
A. Where were the first Dutch colonies in North America located?
B. What is the difference between an Old World and a New World plant?
C. Why are tulips grown in many different parts of the world?
D. How did tulips become popular in North America?
Question 46: The word "integral" in line 2 is closest in meaning to ______.
A. interesting	B. overlooked	C. fundamental	D. ornamental
Question 47: The passage mentions that tulips were first found in which of the following regions?
A. Western Europe	B. India	C. Central Asia	D. North America
Question 48: The word "flourished" in line 8 is closest in meaning to ______.
A. were marketed	B. were discovered	C. thrived	D. combined
Question 49: The author mentions tulip growing in New Netherland, Pennsylvania and Michigan in order to illustrate how ______.
A. tulips grew progressively more popular in North America
B. imported tulips were considered more valuable than locally grown tulips
C. tulips were commonly passed as gifts from one family to another
D. attitudes toward tulips varied from one location to another
Question 50: The word "grumbled" in line 13 is closest in meaning to ______.
A. denied	B. warned	C. explained	D. complained
Question 51: The passage mentions that one reason English and Dutch settlers planted tulips in their gardens was that tulips ______.
A. were easy to grow	B. made them appear fashionable
C. had become readily available	D. reminded them of home
Question 52: The word "they" in line 17 refers to ______.
A. tulips	B. immigrants	C. plants	D. plains
Question 53: According to the passage, which of the following changes occurred in English gardens during the European settlement of North America?
A. They grew in size in order to provide enough plants to export to the New World.
B. They decreased in size on the estates of wealthy people.
C. They contained many new types of North American plants.
D. They contained a wider variety of tulips than ever before.
Question 54: The passage mentions which of the following as a problem associated with the importation of tulips into North America?
A. They were no longer fashionable by the time they arrived.
B. Settlers knew little about how to cultivate them.
C. Orders often took six months or longer to fill.
D. They often failed to survive the journey.
Read the following passage taken from Baron’s How to prepare for the TOEFL and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the questions from 55 to 64.
According to the controversial sunspot theory, great storms on the surface of the sun hurl streams of solar particles into the atmosphere, causing a shift in the weather on earth.
A typical sunspot consists of a dark center umbra surrounded by a lighter penumbra of light and dark threads extending out from the center like a spoke a wheel. Actually the sunspots are cooler than the rest of the photosphere, which may account for their color. Typically, the temperature in a sunspot umbra is about 4000 K.
Sunspots range in size from tiny granules to complex structures with areas stretching for billions of square miles. About 5% of the pots are large enough so that they can be seen without instruments: consequently, observations of sunspots have been recorded for several thousand years.
Sunspots have been observed in arrangements of one to more than one hundred spots, but they tend to occur in pairs. There is also a marked tendency for the two spots of a pair to have opposite magnetic field associated with any given sunspots is closely related to the spot’s size.
Although there is no theory that completely explains the nature and function of sunspots, several models attempt to relate the phenomenon to magnetic fields along the lines of longitude from the north and south poles of the sun.
Question 55: What is the author’s main purpose in the passage?
A. To argue for the existence of magnetic fields in sunspots
B. To describe the nature of sunspots
C. To propose a theory to explain sunspots
D. To compare the umbra and the penumbra
Question 56: The word controversial in line 1 is closest to ______.
A. open to debate	B. very complicated	C. widely accepted	D. just in traduce
Question 57: Solar particles are hurled into space by ______.
A. small rivers on the surface of the sun	B. underdetermined causes
C. changes the earth’s atmosphere	D. disturbances of wind
Question 58: The word particles in line 2 refers to ______.
A. gas explosions in the atmosphere	B. small pieces
C. liquid streams on the sun	D. light ray from the sun
Question 59: How can we describe matter from the sun that enters the earth’s atmosphere?
A. Very small	B. Very bright	C. Very hard	D. Very hot
Question 60: The sunspot theory is ______.
A. relatively new	B. widely accepted
C. subject to disagreement	D. not considered important
Question 61: The word they in line 7 refers to ______.
A. pots	B. miles	C. granules	D. Structures
Question 62: The word consequently in line 7 could best be replaced by ______.
A. Nevertheless	B. In this way	C. Without doubt	D. As a result
Question 63: In which configuration do sunspots usually occur?
A. In a configuration of two spots	B. In groups of several thousand spots
C. In one spot of varying size	D. In arrangements of one hundred or more spots
Question 64: How are sunspots explained?
A. Sunspots may be related to magnetic fields that follow longitudinal lines on the sun.
B. Sunspots are explained by storms that occur on the earth.
C. Sunspots have no theory or model to explain them.
D. Sunspots appear to be related to magnetic fields on the earth.
SECTION B: WRITING (4 POINTS)
Part I. Finish each of the following sentences in such a way that it means the same as the sentence printed before it. 
Question 65. I rarely sleep in the afternoon.
I’m not in 
Question 66. My grandfather had completely forgotten that he phoned me last night.
My grandfather didn’t have 
Question 67. My brother-in-law is the most exasperating person I’ve ever met.
I’ve yet ......................
Question 68. Tim spoke to his lawyer before signing the contract.
Tim didn’t ...
Question 69. His love increases with his admiration for her.
The more 
Part II. Students should have freedom to choose their own subjects in the National examination for Upper Secondary Education. Do you agree or disagree? Write a paragraph of about 140 words to support your answer. 
_____ THE END_____

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