Đề thi thử đại học môn Anh văn 2013 

Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word whose underlined part is pronounced differently from that of the rest ones

Question 1: A. amused                       B. supposed                 C. expressed                D. pleased

Question 2: A. chamber                                                     B. champion                                           C. change                                                  D. patient

Question 3: A. Valentine                                       B. imagine                                      C. discipline                                D. determine

Question 4: A. account                                                       B. south                                                      C. southern                                               D. amount

Question 5: A. appetite                                                       B. dynamite                                            C. termite                          D. opposite

Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct word or phrase for each of the blanks from 6- 15


There are different types of crime stories. First there are the “private eye” stories: The private eye is a professional investigator who (6) _________ into trouble with the police because they don’t want him to (7) _____ in their investigation. If it weren’t for the police, the private investigator thinks, he could (8) _____ a murder – any murder – in ten seconds flat. The cops are always dragging the professional investigator into the police station to (9) _______ him of having murdered somebody; just because he happened to be at the scene of the crime before anybody else got there. In other crime novels, an amateur detective may take the (10) _____ of the private investigator. Whether he is a mechanic or a lift operator, the amateur detective invariably breaks everything he is doing to go and find the murderer.

The “innocent bystander” crime story is different. An “innocent bystander” is somebody who has (11) _______ a crime. Usually, this is a murder, but it could be kidnapping or an armed (12) ______. He starts getting (13) _____ by big men in black overcoats who want to murder him. At some point in the story, the police could enter as well, and the innocent bystander (14) _______ a suspect. It all turns (15) ________  right when a beautiful woman, who has fallen in love with the innocent bystander, explains everything and clears up all the confusion.

Question 6: A. takes                                                                         B. lets                         C. starts                               D. gets

Question 7: A. complicate           B. interfere                                          C. involve                                                  D. introduce

Question 8: A. account                                                                    B. answer                                         C. solve                               D. figure

Question 9: A. accuse                                                                       B. blame                                           C. punish                           D. charge

Question 10: A. site                                                                             B. seat                                                C. role                                                          D. place

Question 11: A. reviewed             B. recognised                      C. inspected                                    D. witnessed

Question 12: A. theft                                                                         B. robbery                                        C. attempt                                                D. stealing

Question 13: A. run                                                                            B. driven                                           C. chased                          D. raced

Question 14: A. turns                                                                         B. believes                                        C. considers                                              D. becomes

Question 15: A. out                                                                            B. into                                                 C. away                             D. up

Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the sentence that is closest in meaning to each of the following questions

Question 16:  If it hadn’t been for his carelessness, we would have finished the work.

A. He was careless because he hadn’t finished the work.

B. If her were careful, we would finish the work.

C. If he had been more careful, we would have completed the work.

D. Because he wasn’t careless, we didn’t finish the work.

Question 17: The hostess made every effort to see that her guests got the food and drinks they wanted.

A. The hostess was reluctant to offer her guests food and drinks.

B. The hostess tried hard to please her guests.

C. The guests refused the food and drinks prepared by the hostess.

D. Neither the guests nor the hostess had food or drinks.

Question 18: Twice as many men as women are insurance agents. 

A. More men than women have insurance.

B. Male insurance agents outnumber female agents.

C. Women are twice as likely as men to have sold insurance.

D. Insurance is twice as difficult to sell to women as to men.

Question 19: Most people get fewer colds in the summer than in the winter.

A. A person is more likely to get a cold in the winter than in the summer.

B. More people have summer colds than winter colds.

C. People get colder in the summer than in the winter.

D. The winter is much colder than the summer.

Question 20: She decided not to go to the university, and worked as a cook instead.

A. Instead of working as a cook, she decided to go to the university.

B. In place of going to the university, she worked as a cook.

C. She preferred working as a cook to going to the university.

D. She worked as a cook because she liked it very much.

Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to show the underlined part that needs correction

Question 21: It was suggested that Pedro studies (A) the material more (B) thoroughly before attempting (C) to pass (D) the exam.

Question 22: All of (A) the mammals, dolphins are undoubtedly (B) among (C) the friendly (D) to human.

Question 23: The vaquero, an early (A) cowboy of the American southwest, worked (B) an area ranged (C) from California to (D) Texas.

Question 24: The Greenhouse effect has brought (A) about by huge (B) amounts (C) of CO2 in our (D) atmosphere.

Question 25:  Jane would (A) have joined a (B) music band if her parents allowed (C) her to (D).

Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.

Question 26: Jim: Thank you for a lovely evening.

                       Mary: _________________________.

A. You are welcome                B. Have a good day           C. Thanks                    D. Cheer!

Question 27: She was _______ she could not say anything.

A. so surprised at the news that                      B. such surprised at the news that

C. so surprised of the news that                     D. so that surprised for the news

Question 28: British and Australian people share the same language, but in other respects they are as different as ______.

A. cats and dogs                     B.  chalk and cheese           C. salt and pepper       D. here and there

Question 29: It’s essential that every student ______ the exam before attending the course.

A. passed                                B. passes                             C. would pass             D. pass

Question 30: _________ I recovered from the shock, he had disappeared __________ the corner

A. When/ at                             B. Before/ in               C. By the time/ round                         D. After/ to

Question 31: I decided to go to the library as soon as I ________.

A. finish what I did                                        B. would finish what I did

C.  finished what I did                                   D. finished what I was doing

Question 32: _______ in the street yesterday was very friendly.

A. The mounted police, who I saw                 B. The mounted police I saw whom

C.   Who is the mounted police I saw             D. The mounted police whom I saw

Question 33: Guests are requested to state their _______ for smoking or nonsmoking accommodation upon booking.

A. preference                                                                   B. likeness                                                                         C. care                                                         D. inclination

Question 34: Some parents feel dismayed because of their children’s ________.

A. behavior                             B. behave                                C. misbehaviors           D. behaviors

Question 35: I love chips, but the doctor advised me not to eat ______ food.
A. fried                                                                               B. baked                                                C. grilled                                 D. roast

Question 36: John felt a sharp ___________________  in his back.

A. injury                                                     B. wound                                                                          C. pain                                D. ache

Question 37: I’m sure the earth will have few resources left _________.

A. lastly                                                       B. in the end                                                                     C. at the end                                            D. at last

Question 38: The tomatoes we ate at their house were home – __________.

A. made                                                     B. produced                                                                     C. done                               D. grown

Question 39: Turn to page 24 to find out at a  _________  which courses are available to you.

A. look                                                                                 B. stare                                                        C. glance                            D. glimpse

Question 40: Veronica broke the school rules so many times that the headmistress finally had no alternative but to __________ her.

A. export                                                                            B. deport                                                    C. expel                              D. eject

Question 41: “Do you have valid license?” – ” ________ “

A. That’s sound good.            B. It’s OK.                              C. No, I’m not.           D. Yes, here.

Question 42: ‘The building’s nearly finished, isn’t it?” “Yes, but it’ll be ___________ we can move in.”

A. to much time till                                                     B. a long time before

C. hardly time when                                                  D. very soon that

Question 43: There is a strong movement supporting the abolition of the death ________.

A. condemnation                                 B. punishment                                                               C. penalty                                                 D. discipline

Question 44: My sister loves watching TV but I’m not really ________it: I much prefer reading a book.

A. up to                                                                               B. out of:                                                                         C. in                                                                 D. into

Question 45: Wolves were ___________ mournfully in the nearby forest.

A. barking                                                                         B. howling                  C. growling                               D. roaring

Question 46: He hates mobiles, but Lorna is really addicted ____________ hers: she won’t go anywhere without it.

A. at                                                                                      B. with                                                                              C. to                                         D. on

Question 47: “Would you bother if I had a look at your paper? – “________”
A. You’re welcome.                                                                B. Well, actually I’d rather you didn’t.

C. Oh, I didn’t realize it.                                                         D. That’s a good idea.

Question 48: I can’t say we’re friends. Actually, I don’t ___________ with him very well.

A. get up                                                                             B. get in                                                                          C. get by                                 D. get on

Question 49: With competition from cheap ________, the British coal industry is facing a serious ________.

A. imports/ crises                                                           B. imports/ crisis                                                             C. import/ crisis                                       D. import/ crises

Question 50: I think you need a jacket, there’s a __________ breeze blowing outside.

A. chilly                                                                               B. frosty                                                      C. frigid                                                       D. glacial

Read the passage and the questions or unfinished sentences. Then choose the answer – A, B, C, or D – that you think fits best.











A small but growing group of scholars, evolutionary psychologists, are beginning to sketch the contours of the human mind as designed by natural selection. Some of them even anticipate the coming of a field called “mismatch theory”, which would study maladies resulting from contrasts between the modern environment and the “ancestral environment”, the one we were designed for. There’s no shortage of such maladies to study. Rates of depression have been doubling in some industrial countries roughly every 10 years. Suicide is the third most common cause of death among young adults in North America, after car wrecks and homicides.

Evolutionary psychology is a long way from explaining all this with precision, but it is already shedding enough light to challenge some conventional wisdom. It suggests, for example, that the nostalgia for the nuclear family of the 1950s is in some ways misguided-that the model family of husband at work and wife at home is hardly a “natural” and healthful living arrangement, especially for wives. Moreover, the bygone life-styles that do look fairly natural in light of evolutionary psychology appear to have been eroded largely by capitalism. Perhaps the biggest surprise from evolutionary psychology is its depiction of the “animal” in us. Freud, and various thinkers since, saw “civilization” as an oppressive force that thwarts basic animal instincts and urges and transmutes them into psychopathology. However,  evolutionary psychology suggests that a larger threat to mental health may be the way civilization thwarts civility. There is a kinder, gentler side of human nature, and it seems increasingly to be a victim of repression in modern society.


Question 51: Which of the following is the main topic of the passage?

A. How evolutionary psychology manages modern society.

B. The problems of illness caused by modern society.

C. The importance of ancestral environment.

D. Evolutionary psychologists’ views on the nuclear family.

Question 52: The word “contours” is closest in meaning to ­­­­­________.

A. actions                                B. limits                                   C. structures                D. outlines

Question 53: According to the passage, the death of many young people in industrial countries is mainly caused by­­­­­ ________.

A. murder                                B. traffic accidents                 C. suicide                    D. depression

Question 54: The “one” refers to the ­­­­­________.

A. mismatch theory                                                     B. field

C. modern environment                                              D. ancestral environment

Question 55: It can be inferred from the passage that evolutionary psychologists dislike nostalgia for the 1950s because ____________.

A. It was an unhealthy time to live

B. the nuclear family provided an unsatisfactory lifestyle.

C. women who wished to go out to work were misguided.

D. family life was seen to be unnatural.

Question 56: The word “bygone” could be replaced by ________.

A. overlooked                         B. forgotten                            C. past                         D. original

Question 57: According to the passage Freud and other psychologists thought civilization __________.

A. showed that people have animal instincts              B. greatly improved people’s lives

C. encouraged people to use the basic instincts          D. caused madness in some people

Question 58: In this passage, the word “civility” is closet in meaning to _______.

A. courtesy                              B. politeness                            C. morality                  D. formality

Question 59: In the passage, evolutionary psychologists suggest that in modern society ________.

A. victims are always punished                                  B. people’s better natures are denied

C. repressed people are kind and gentle                     D. people suffer from repression

Question 60: Where in the passage does the author suggest a conflict between the ways of living?

A. lines 2-5                              B. lines 9-12                            C. lines 14-16              D. lines 18-20

Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the sentence that best combines each pair of sentences in the following questions.

Question 61: Although Jim is inexperienced, he is offered the job.

A. Jim is inexperienced. However, he is offered the job.

B. Jim is inexperienced. Therefore, he is offered the job.

C. Jim is inexperienced, so he is offered the job.

D. Jim is offered the job but he is inexperienced.

Question 62: One of Mr. Smith’s sons is an architect. He is very successful.

A. Mr. Smith’s son, who is an architect, is very successful. 

B. Mr. Smith’s son, an architect, is very successful.

C. Mr. Smith’s son who is an architect is very successful.

D. Mr. Smith’s son which is an architect is very successful.

Question 63: No one but the experts was able to realize that the painting was an imitation. It greatly resembled the original.

A. It was obvious that only a person with great talent could fake a painting so successfully.

B. It was hard for ordinary people to judge between the fake painting and the real one, but not for the experts.

C. It was almost impossible for amateurs to realize that the painting was not authentic, though the experts could judge it quite easily.

D. The painting looked so much like the authentic one that only the experts could tell it wasn’t genuine.

Question 64: The new restaurant looks good. However, it seems to have few customers.

A. In order to get more business, the new restaurant should improve its appearance.

B. The new restaurant would have more customers if it looked better.

C. If it had a few more customers, the new restaurant would look better.

D. In spite of its appearance, the new restaurant does not appear to attract much business.

Question 65: We chose to find a place for the night. We found the bad weather very inconvenient.

A. Bad weather was approaching, so we started to look for a place to stay.

B. The bad weather prevented us from driving any further.

C. Seeing that the bad weather had set in, we decided to find somewhere to spend the night. 

D. Because the climate was so severe, we were worried about what we’d do at night.

Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the underlined part in each of the following questions.

Question 66: The Games impressed sports enthusiasts with its spirit: solidarity, cooperation for peace and development.

A. had a favourable effect on                              B. amazed

C. interested                                                                                                                                                                 D. create strong reaction from

Question 67: “Please speak up a bit more, Jason. You’re hardly loud enough to be heard from the back”, the teacher said.

A. visible                                 B. audible                                C. edible                      D. eligible

Question 68: Some of the more time- consuming jobs can now be done by machines.

A. odd                                                                                 B. taking little time                                                        C. taking much time   D. not affected by time

Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word or phrase that is OPPOSITE in meaning to the underlined part in each of the following questions.
Question 69: You need to dress neatly and elegantly for the interview. The first impression is very important.

A. shabbily                                             B. formally                                           C. untidy                               D. comfortably

Question 70: Over the past few decades, despite periodic attempts to reign in spending, currencies in South America have become devalued by rampant inflation.
A. overcharged                                    B. revalued                                           C. reappraised                      D. overpriced

Read the passage and the questions or unfinished sentences. Then choose the answer – A, B, C, or D – that you think fits best.

In the 20th century, magazines have been a major growth area of popular publishing. Specialist magazines cater to every imaginable field and activity. In the United Kingdom, over 12,000 periodicals, magazines, bulletins, annuals, trade journals, and academic journals are published on a regular basis. There are some 40 women’s magazines and over 60 dealing with particular sports games, hobbies and pastimes. Although some US magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post, has succumbed to the competition of television many continue to have  enormous international circulations, The Reader’s Digest over 16 million, The National Geographic over 10 million. For many people, magazines have been the most available and widely used form of continuing education providing information about history, geography, literature, science, and the arts, as well as guidance on gardening, cooking, home decorating, financial management, psychology, even marriage and family life.

Until the rise of television, magazines were the most available form of cheap, convenient entertainment in the English-speaking world. Radio served a similar function, but it was more limited in what it could do. Magazines and television, however, both address the more powerful visual sense. During the third quarter of the 20th century, coincident with a dramatic rise in the popularity of television, many general-interest, especially illustrated magazines went out of business. The shift in attention of a mass audience from reading such magazines to watching television has been a major factor in this decline, but it is an implicit tribute from television to the older genre that its program are generally organized in a single format and content.

Question 71: The word “it” refers to _________.

A. television                            B. publishing                         C. entertainment            D. radio

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