Đề thi chọn học sinh giỏi lớp 12 THPT cấp thành phố (TP Hồ Chí Minh) môn Tiếng Anh năm học 2019-2020

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Đề này gồm 4 trang 

PART ONE. Multiple choice (20 pts) 

Choose the word or phrase (A, B, C, or D) that best completes the sentence. 

1. Unemployment _______ steadily since the huge increase of oil prices. 

A. rises B. has risen C. has been rising D. is rising 2. By this time next week, I _______ well have left for Sydney. 

A. can B. could C. should D. might as 3. _______ to be too many obstacles to stamping out conflicts between nations. 

A. It is thought B. There is thought C. There are thought D. They are thought 4. You know your hair really wants _______. 

A. to cut it B. to be cutting C. being cut D. cutting 5. My uncle has _______ of planting flowers. 

A. an extensive knowledge B. the extensive knowledge 

C. extensive knowledges D. the extensive knowledges 

6. That Masters course, _______ in 2015, is no longer taught at that college. 

A. on which I took B. that I took C. I took D. which I took 7. Peter was deported on account of his expired visa. He _______ it renewed. 

A. needn’t have had B. should have had C. must have had D. wouldn’t have had 8. The environmentalists suggest that cars _______ from the city centers. 

A. should banned B. may as well ban C. be banned D. had better to be banned 9. I wish young motorists _______ ride their bikes more carefully! 

A. might B. could C. would D. should 10. _______ turned the corner when one of the back wheels came off. 

A. No sooner had the vanB. Not until had the van 

C. Hardly had the van D. Not only had the van 

11. There’s always a lot of office work to _______ after the holiday. 

A. take over from B. get away with C. catch up with D. set out on 12. After he had finished his medical course, he _______ research into the causes of heart disease. A. did B. made C. took D. followed 13. The bank robber was described by the police _______ dark-haired and in his twenties. A. for B. as C. like D. with 

14. The students are carrying out their first project on drug _______. 

A. harassment B. affection C. addict D. abuse 15. A former policeman was _______ in many serious crimes. 

A. accused B. connected C. corrupted D. implicated 16. Vietnam is a country which is ethnically _______. 

A. alternative B. diverse C. different D. variable 17. What’s your _______ toward sex education? What are your pros and cons? 

A. idea B. vision C. reaction D. attitude 18. After my explanation, she still had a slightly _______ look on her face. 

A. surprising B. puzzled C. confusing D. interested 19. You are too clever _______ to have corrected the teacher like that. 

A. by far B. by half C. by yourself D. by and by 20. Her English has come on _______ this term. 

A. in leaps and bounds B. in all shapes and sizes 

C. way over the top D. at her wits’ end 

PART TWO. Word forms (40 pts) 

A. Use the correct form of the word given to fill in each blank. (20 pts) 

1. She has great _______ in medical matters. (expert) 

2. We need to keep an eye on what they see on the net because they are _______ teenagers. (impress) 3. His social _______ results in his being unable to make new friends. (inept) 


4. That shameful act of terrorism against _______ civilians should be condemned. (defend) 5. The conviction of an innocent man always provokes a public _______. (cry) 

6. Frankly, I was just _______ satisfied with your showing in the last training session. (pass) 7. Poor you! A(n) _______ school with no extra-curricular activities, no field trips. (cash) 8. That’s that! The terms of this agreement are _______. (negotiate) 

9. The trial ended in his _______ leading to the rolling of happy tears on his mother’s face. (quit) 10. It is cowardly of them to have _______ all responsibility for all the disaster they had caused. (claim) B. Put the words given in the correct blanks. You have to use their correct forms to make a meaningful  passage. There are two extra words that you cannot use. (20pts) 

force consider discriminate happy abort tolerate please bad immune wide involve resent Economic independence alone will not solve the myriad of problems facing women in the developing 

world. (11)_______ attitudes are deeply entrenched, and in most countries, boys are still valued much more highly than girls. In Bombay, out of 8000 (12)_______ performed after parents learned the fetus’s sex through amniocentesis, only one would have been a boy. Throughout the developing world, more boys than girls are (13)_______, and girls who are brought to hospitals are generally in (14)_______ condition than boys. Enrolment rates are (15)_______ lower for girls than for boys in primary school; the gap (16)_______ as they get older. 

Women who challenge the system may face risks. Those who get involved in grassroots projects often trigger (17)_______ among men. In Nepal, some men have (18)________ tried to prevent women from attending PRCW meetings or saving their own money. “Some men are so (19)_______ that they break open their wives’ piggy banks and spend their savings on drinks,” says one field officer. In extreme cases, women’s community (20)________ can be dangerous, even deadly. 


Read the passage and choose the best option (A, B, C or D) for each blank space. PASSAGE A (15 pts) 

Sally Ride became the first American (1)_______ astronaut in June 1983. She was accepted into the space program in 1978. For five years, Sally (2)_______ the difficult training course that prepared her to go into space on the shuttle Challenger. It took time to complete the (3)_______ program, and the space mission also took fearlessness, dedication and endurance. According to Sally, all the work was (4)_______ the moment the space shuttle took off. Sally, a mission specialist, was joined by four other astronauts (5)_______ mission commander Robert Crippen, pilot Frederick Hauck, mission specialist John Fabian, and the spacecraft’s doctor Norman Thagard. The mission (6)_______ 146 hours and did more than any earlier shuttle mission. It put two satellites into space, ran several experiments, and used a robot arm to launch and (7)_______ a satellite. Sally played an important (8)_______ when she helped to release the two (9)_______ satellites and ran several experiments. It was a successful and (10)_______ mission. The experiments went very well, the crew avoided space sickness, and Sally Ride proved that women have an important place in America’s space program. 

1. A. woman B. feminine C. womanly D. womanizing 2. A. came across B. ran over C. went through D. showed up 3. A. fatiguing B. fiendish C. exhausting D. demanding 4. A. worthy B. worthwhile C. worth D. trustworthy 5. A. including B. consisting C. comprising D. containing 6. A. spanned B. completed C. finished D. lasted 7. A. retrieve B. recover C. reverse D. return 8. A. role B. character C. part D. factor 9. A. communicative B. communications C. communication D. communicated 10. A. historical B. historian C. historic D. history-made PASSAGE B (15 pts) 

When people talk about the environment, they often focus on the planet’s natural spaces. However, 50% of the world’s population lives in cities and many (1)_______ want to live in more environmentally friendly places. Most big cities are (2)_______ and there is a lot of air (3)_______ from vehicles. 

In some cities, large groups of people in very poor neighborhoods share (4)_______ living conditions. In these neighborhoods, there are few (5)_______ for young people to find work and escape poverty, and this creates problems. 

Apart from social problems, most cities are not (6)_______ and they have a negative impact on the environment around them. The growth of cities destroys the (7)_______ of the local countryside and they use up all of the resources. 

Fortunately, however, governments are now looking for (8)_______ ways of developing cities. Some of them have had a (9)_______ of success and have persuaded residents to leave their cars at home and cycle or take  2

public transport to work. But there is still a lot of work to do. Imagine the (10)_______ of a green city that doesn’t damage the environment and where humans and wildlife live together. Will we ever see it? 1. A. commuters B. dwellers C. socialists D. settlers 2. A. congested B. blocked C. stuck D. locked 3. A. waste B. dust C. contamination D. pollutant 4. A. fierce B. harsh C. isolated D. intriguing 5. A. ways B. chance C. occasion D. opportunities 6. A. renewable B. sustainable C. dependable D. appreciable 7. A. biodiversity B. desalination C. resident D. reclamation 8. A. skeptical B. infeasible C. specialized D. alternative 9. A. reason B. little C. number D. grain 10. A. premonition B. prediction C. scenario D. future Fill in each of the blanks in the following passage with ONE suitable word. 

PASSAGE C (30 pts) 

Some theories of laughter emphasize (1)_______ ability to reduce tension and emotion. You have probably in a tense (2)_______ situation when someone suddenly made (3)_______ the right joke to defuse the mood and make (4)_______ laugh. Laughter seems to produce some beneficial biological responses, possibly stimulating the (5)_______ system or starting the flow of endorphins, the pain-killing (6)_______ in the brain. 

Other theories emphasize the cognitive components of humor. When you laugh at a problem, you are putting it in a (7)_______ perspective – seeing its silly aspects – and gaining (8)_______ over it. Having a (9)_______ of humor, however, is not the same as smiling all the time or “(10)_______ a on a happy face.” Many women, in particular, feel they have to smile, smile, smile, to put others at (11)_______, but often this social smile masks (12)_______ of insecurity and unhappiness. For (13)_______ to be effective in coping with stress, a person must (14)_______ use it in a stressful situation – seeing or inventing funny aspects of (15)_______ events and having the ability to laugh at them. 

PASSAGE D (30 pts) 

Like most companies in an (1)_______ globalized world, our firm does business with other firms abroad. Company cultures (2)_______ worldwide, and it is important for delegates from our company to recognize how company culture overseas might be different from our own. This document will give you a brief (3)_______ to company culture in the countries we associate with. 

South Korea 

South Korea is one of the world’s most successful economies, having seen five (4)_______ decades of high economic growth. When (5)_______ with adversity, South Koreans change direction quickly and (6)_______. Despite the frantic economic growth, South Korean society is (7)_______ very conservative and conformist due to the influence of Confucian (8)_______. Companies are hierarchical and regimented and ‘face’ is very much valued. Consequently, change can sometimes be slow and painful. Managers are paternalistic, authoritative figures who expect their (9)_______ to be carried out obediently and respectfully. In (10)_______, they give their subordinates support and help, not only in (11)_______ issues but in home issues as well. Group harmony is important, so South Koreans avoid confrontation and blame, (12)_______ among people of equal rank. Friendship is, (13)_______, vital to business success. The Korean saying 'make a friend first and a (14)_______ second' (15)_______ this up exactly. 

PART FOUR. Reading Comprehension (20 pts) 

Choose the item (A, B, C or D) that best completes the unfinished statement about the passage. What geologists call the Basin and Range Province in the United States roughly coincides in its northern portions with the geographic province known as the Great Basin. The Great Basin is surrounded on the west by the Sierra Nevada and on the east by the Rocky Mountains; it has no outlet to the sea. The prevailing winds in the Great Basin are from the west. Warm, moist air from the Pacific Ocean is forced upward as it crosses the Sierra Nevada. At the higher altitudes it cools and the moisture it carries is precipitated as rain or snow on the western slopes of the mountains. That which reaches the Basin is air wrung dry of moisture. What little water falls there as rain or snow, mostly in the winter months, evaporates on the broad, flat desert floors. It is, therefore, an  environment in which organism battle for survival. Along the rare watercourses, cottonwoods and willows eke  out a sparse existence. In the upland ranges, pinion pines and junipers struggle to hold their own. But the Great Basin has not always been so arid. Many of its dry, closed depressions were once filled with water. Owens Valley, Panamint Valley, and Death Valley were once a string of interconnected lakes. The two largest of the ancient lakes of the Great Britain were Lake Lahontan and Lake Bonneville. The Great Salt Lake is all that remains of the latter, and Pyramid Lake is one of the last briny remnants of the former. There seem to have been several periods within the last tens of thousands of years when water accumulated in these basins. The rise and fall of the lakes were undoubtedly linked to the advances and retreats 3

of the great ice sheets that covered much of the northern part of the North American continent during those times.  

Climatic changes during the Ice Ages sometimes brought cooler, wetter weather to mid-latitude deserts worldwide, including those of the Great Basin. The broken valleys of the Great Basin provided ready receptacles for this moisture. 

1. What is the geographical relationship between the Basin and Range Province and the Great Basin? (A) The Great Basin is west of the Basin and Range Province. 

(B) The Great Basin is larger than the Basin and Range Province. 

(C) The Great Basin is in the northern part of the Basin and Range Province. 

(D) The Great Basin is mountainous; the Basin and Range Province is flat desert. 

2. According to the passage, what does the Great Basin lack? 

(A) Snow (B) Dry air (C) Winds from the west (D) Access to the ocean 3. The word "prevailing" in line 3 is closest in meaning to _______ 

(A) most frequent (B) occasional (C) gentle (D) most dangerous 4. It can be inferred that the climate in the Great Basin is dry because 

(A) the weather patterns are so turbulent (B) the altitude prevents precipitation (C) the winds are not strong enough to carry moisture(D) precipitation falls in the nearby mountains 5. The word "it" in line 4 refers to _______ 

(A) Pacific Ocean (B) moist air (C) the west (D) the Great Basin 6. Why does the author mention “cottonwoods and willows” in line 8? 

(A) To demonstrate that certain trees require a lot of water 

(B) To give examples of trees that are able to survive in a difficult environment 

(C) To show the beauty of the landscape of the Great Basin 

(D) To assert that there are more living organisms in the Great Basin than there used to be 7. Why does the author mention Owens Valley, Panamint Valley, and Death Valley in the second paragraph? (A) To explain their geographical formation 

(B) To give examples of depressions that once contained water 

(C) To compare the characteristics of the valleys with the characteristics of the lakes 

(D) To explain what the Great Basin is like today 

8. The words "the former" in line 13 refer to _______ 

(A) Lake Bonneville (B) Lake Lahontan (C) the Great Salt Lake (D) Pyramid Lake 9. The word "accumulated" in line 19 is closest in meaning to 

(A) dried (B) flooded (C) collected (D) evaporated 10. According to the passage, the Ice Ages often brought about 

(A) desert formation (B) warmer climates (C) broken valleys (D) wetter weather 


Rewrite each sentence in such a way that it means almost the same as the one printed before it. Use the  word in brackets without making any change to it. 

1. The Beatles had their first hit record in 1962, and we all know their story from that time on. (history) 🡪 It was _______________________________________________________________ 2. Tourism must develop harmoniously with the environment. (harmony) 

🡪 It is essential _________________________________________________________ 3. Whenever we meet, he asks me the same questions. (keeps) 

🡪 Every _______________________________________________________________ 4. They didn’t realize their plan because they lacked support. (fallen) 

🡪 With some ___________________________________________________________ 5. After the accident, an ambulance took him to hospital. (hospitalized) 

🡪 He had an ___________________________________________________________ 6. The aim of the project is to reduce homelessness. (providing) 

🡪 The project is _________________________________________________________ 7. Doctors almost always take a patient’s temperature first. (place) 

🡪 It is standard _________________________________________________________ 8. Don’t mention it when we are with other people. (company) 

🡪 I’d rather ____________________________________________________________ 9. Your study is the most important thing now; anything else can wait. (precedence) 🡪 Your study should take _________________________________________________ 10. He was sacked only because he was inefficient. (off) 

🡪 To put it _____________________________________________________________ 4



PART ONE. Multiple choice (20 pts) 

(1 pt each correct answer) 

1. C. has been rising 

2. B. could 

3. C. There are thought 

4. D. cutting 

5. A. an extensive knowledge 6. D. which I took 

7. B. should have had 

PART TWO. Word Forms (40 pts) (2 pts each correct answer) 

8. C. be banned 

9. C. would 

10. C. Hardly had the van 11. C. catch up with 12. A. did 

13. B. as 

14. D. abuse 

15. D. implicated 

16. B. diverse 

17. D. attitude 

18. B. puzzled 

19. B. by half 

20. A. in leaps and bounds 

1. expertise 

2. impressionable 

3. ineptitude 

4. defenceless / defenseless 

5. outcry 

6. passably 

7. cash-strapped 

8. non-negotiable 

9. acquittal 

10. disclaimed 


(1.5 pts each correct answer) 

(11) discriminatory 

(12) abortions 

(13) immunized / immunised (14) worse 

(15) considerably 

(16) widens 

(17) resentment 

(18) forcibly 

(19) intolerant 

(20) involvement 

1. A. woman 

2. C. went through 

3. D. demanding 

4. B. worthwhile 

PASSAGE B (15 pts) 

(1.5 pts each correct answer) 

1. B. dwellers 

2. A. congested 

3. C. contamination 

4. B. harsh 

5. A. including 6. D. lasted 

7. A. retrieve 

8. C. part 

5. D. opportunities 6. B. sustainable 7. A. biodiversity 8. D. alternative 

9. B. communications 10. C. historic 

9. B. little 

10. C. scenario 

Fill in each of the blanks in the following passage with ONE suitable word. PASSAGE C (30 pts) (2 pts each correct answer) 

(1) its 

(2) group 

(3) exactly 

(4) everyone/body / others (5) immune 

(6) chemicals (7) new 

(8) control (9) sense 

(10) putting 

(11) ease 

(12) feelings (13) humor (14) actually (15) serious 

PASSAGE D (30 pts) (2 pts each correct answer) 4

(1) increasingly (2) vary 

(3) guide 

(4) consecutive 

(5) faced 

(6) effectively 

(7) still 

(8) values / philosophy 

(9) instructions / orders (10) return 

(11) work 

(12) especially 


(13) therefore (14) client (15) sums 

PART FOUR. Reading Comprehension (20 pts) 

(2 pts each correct answer) 

1. (C) The Great Basin is in the northern part of the Basin and Range Province. 

2. (D) Access to the ocean 

3. (A) most frequent 

4. (D) precipitation falls in the nearby mountains 

5. (B) moist air 

6. (B) To give examples of trees that are able to survive in a difficult environment 7. (B) To give examples of depressions that once contained water 

8. (B) Lake Lahontan 

9. (C) collected 

10. (D) wetter weather 


(3 pts each correct answer) 

1. It was in 1962 that the Beatles had their first hit record, and the rest is history. 

2. It is essential that tourism (should) develop in harmony with the environment. 

3. Every time we meet, he keeps asking me the same questions. 

4. With some support, their plan wouldn’t have fallen through. 

5. He had an accident and was hospitalized in an ambulance. 

6. The project is aimed at providing houses for the homeless. 

7. It is standard practice/procedure for doctors to take a patient’s temperature in the first place. 8. I’d rather you didn’t mention it when we are in company. 

9. Your study should take precedence over anything else now. 

10. To put it simply, he was laid off because he was inefficient / of his inefficiency. THE END