Đề thi chọn học sinh giỏi lớp 12 THPT cấp thành phố (TP Hồ Chí Minh) môn Tiếng Anh năm học 2021-2022

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Thời gian làm bài: 120 phút 


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. “I propose that the meeting _______.” 

A. should postpone B. be postponed C. has been postponed D. postpones 2. Sean had made a silly mistake, but he is lucky _______ a second chance. 

A. to be giving B. to be given C. to have been giving D. to have been given 3. Jeremy _______ wear glasses when she reads; she’s nearsighted. 

A. has to B. must C. can D. may 4. Don’t be so careless like that again. You could _______ have spoiled the party. A. surely B. possible C. well D. soon 5. Who was the receptionist _______ the phone at the time? 

A. answering B. was answering C. having answered D. to answer 6. Let’s go to the beach; it’s _______ to sit indoors. 

A. nice enough B. so nice C. too nice D. such nice 7. When we were in Athens, I bought a _______ statuette. 

A. white beautiful marble little B. marble beautiful little white 

C. beautiful marble little white D. beautiful little white marble 

8. Overexposure to the sun can produce _______ some toxic chemicals. 

A. more than damage to the skin B. more damage than to the skin C. more damage to the skin than D. damage more than to the skin 9. Oxygen and nutrients reach the body’s tissues _______ from the blood through the capillary wall. A. pass B. by passing C. to be passing D. have passed 10. Barely _______ the fire broke out. 

A. when the fuel pump exploded B. exploded the fuel pump when C. had the fuel pump exploded than D. did the fuel pump explode when 11. Electricity and gas supplies have been seriously _______ by the floods. 

A. alerted B. disrupted C. destroyed D. erupted 12. He was offered a deal _______ a multi-million-pound contract, a new car and a house in London. A. comprising B. holding C. having D. consisting 13. People often _______ darkness with mystery. 

A. relate B. connect C. associate D. resemble 14. The roar of the crowd _______ the music which was playing in the background. A. deafened B. muted C. cut D. drowned 15. The rubber is _______ to snap if you stretch it any more. 

A. liable B. prone C. probably D. due 16. You need to be able to _______ every small chance you have. 

A. take advantage of B. make fun of C. take effect of D. make allowance for 17. The sound quality was poor, so we couldn’t _______ appreciate the music. 

A. greatly B. easily C. properly D. widely 18. Ian Mills won the election _______ all the odds. 

A. despite B. against C. without D. below 19. Having _______ a lot of problems at work, my father came home tired but happy. A. broken into B. got through C. come up against D. brought round 20. The Piranha is a(n) _______ fish which is very dangerous for other creatures living around it. A. eaten-flesh B. flesh-eaten C. eating-flesh D. flesh-eating 

PART TWO. Word forms (40 pts) 

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

1. The Swedes are not alone in finding their language under pressure from the _______ spread of English.  (ubiquity) 

2. Why do we always talk about _______ duties; it merely suggests the idea of sex discrimination. (wife)

3. I am always a strong advocate of _______; all wars are wrong whatsoever. (pacify) 

4. Many folk songs are played to the _______ of traditional music instruments. (company) 5. Each of the functions of the body, even thinking, requires the _______ of energy. (expend) 6. Searching for alternative forms of energy does not _______ mean the abandonment of fossil fuels as an energy  source. (necessity) 

7. When _______ fear is out of proportion to any real danger, it is called a phobia. (occur) 8. Roger Federer is a(n) _______ champion of all times as a tennis player. (dispute) 

9. The _______ battle is between two of Vietnam’s retail giants. (take) 

10. The _______ staff all wish to join the union. You can have their names in the following list. (mention) 

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) 

progress slow stand up move land 

able mobile come access go ease It’s ironic that the very things that are supposed to provide access to the (11)_______ floors of buildings – stairs – often, in fact make them (12)_______. For many elderly people and others with limited (13)_______, getting upstairs can be a daily problem to be (13)_______. However, stairlifts have been helping people to solve that problem since they first appeared in the US in the 1930s. Designs have (15)_______ many changes over the years and stairlifts have become (16)_______ safer and (17)_______ easier to use. Most consist of a seat which moves along rails that run along the wall. 

The user controls how rapid the seat moves along the rails as it travels from the bottom of the stairs to the (18)_______ at the top. In today’s models, the (19)_______ is controlled by computers to give a smooth ride and the components are designed to (20)______ constant use. Many people have been given a new lease of life by the stairlift. 


Read the passage and choose the best option (A, B, C or D) for each blank space. PASSAGE A (30 pts) 

Windsor Castle dates back to Saxon times in the 9th century. The castle is situated above the north bank the River Thames. In 1070, William I the Conqueror developed the present (1)_______ and built the original fortress to (2)_______ London from enemy attacks, as it was only one day’s march from the city centre. Windsor Castle was (3)_______ to residential apartments for the monarchs and it is now the world’s oldest royal (4)_______. 

A tour of the castle is (5)_______ interesting, and one of the main (6)_______ is the famous dolls’ house (7)_______ for Queen Mary by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It took three years to (8)_______ and more than a thousand artists and craftsmen were (9)_______. The upper ward of the castle houses the royal library, which contains a (10)_______ collection of paintings by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. 

The State Apartments in Windsor Castle are used for ceremonial, state and official (11)_______. They have (12)_______ been restored after a fire in 1992, which destroyed more than a hundred rooms. Fortunately, most of the paintings, furniture and works of art were saved. It reopened in 1997 when the restoration of the (13)_______ area was successfully completed. Visiting Windsor Castle is like stepping (14)_______ in history, and visitors have often managed to catch a (15)_______ of the Royal Family, whose members still spend part of the year there. 

1. A. sight B. site C. district D. section 2. A. prevent B. ban C. stop D. protect 3. A. converted B. replaced C. substituted D. renovated 4. A. habitat B. residence C. area D. location 5. A. extremely B. fully C. totally D. entirely 6. A. facilities B. attractions C. locations D. sites 7. A. done B. provided C. supplied D. created 8. A. terminate B. end C. finalize D. complete 9. A. included B. involved C. invited D. informed 10. A. valueless B. priceless C. worthless D. invaluable 11. A. moments B. events C. happenings D. occasions 12. A. recently B. generally C. rarely D. originally 13. A. affected B. infected C. influenced D. infested 14. A. after B. further C. reverse D. back 15. A. glimpse B. glance C. notice D. sight

Fill in each of the blanks in the following passage with ONE suitable word. 

PASSAGE B (30 pts) 

Found in 1952, the Global Influenza (1)_______ and Response System, or GISRS, is (2)_______ 70 years of success as a worldwide network founded to protect people from the (3)_______ of influenza, reviewing its added value to other respiratory virus threats including COVID-19, and setting its (4)_______ to the future. 

“GISRS is a proven global network that has provided a first (5)_______ of defence against influenza for 70 years.” WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus  

Influenza is a serious global (6)_______ problem that impacts all countries: every year, there are an (7)_______ one billion cases of seasonal Influenza causing three to five million severe (8)_______ including up to 650.000 influenza-related respiratory (9)_______ globally. Moreover, new influenza viruses are constantly (10)_______ – these can cause (11)_______ that lead to widespread societal disruption and millions of deaths. 

Influenza viruses constantly (12)_______ into new variants and spread rapidly, similar to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. GISRS (13)_______ as a network of over 150 laboratories in 127 countries, areas or (14)_______ that continuously monitor influenza viruses and diseases globally. Millions of specimens are tested and (15)_______ of thousands of viruses are exchanged within GISRS every year. 

PASSAGE D (30 pts) 

The 2015 Paris Agreement 

COP26 (Conference of the Parties 26) is an opportunity to get the world on (16)_______ to meet the objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which was (17)_______ at COP21. The Paris Agreement represented an important (18)_______ in the climate change process because it was the first time there was a legal agreement (19)_______ countries together to act. Since then, 190 countries have (20)_______ the Paris Agreement. The goal is to keep global warming to (21)_______ below 2°C, ideally 1.5°C. To do this, countries need to reduce CO2 emissions as much and as fast as possible. However, time is running out. (22)_______ the Paris Agreement, not enough has been done to limit climate change or to manage its (23)_______ on people and the planet. 

What’s the plan now? 

The aim of the COP26 conference is to bring international (24)_______ together to make faster progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. The UN is asking the biggest CO2-(25)_______ countries to come to COP26 with ambitious (26)_______ to cut their emissions. The 2021 event has four goals, set by its (27)_______, the UK and Italy:  

- agreeing to more ambitious action to reduce carbon emissions 

- strengthening adaptation to the effects of climate change 

- making money available for climate action 

- improving the way countries work together on energy change, clean road (28)_______ and nature. COP26 brings together country leaders, experts and environmental campaigners to work on the biggest (29)_______ the world faces today. It is time for people to come together to (30)_______ ambitious and fast action against the climate crisis. 

PART FOUR. Reading Comprehension (20 pts) 

Choose the item (A, B, C or D) that best completes the unfinished statement about the passage. Often enough the craft worker’s place of employment in ancient Greece was set in rural isolation. Potters, for instance, found it convenient to locate their workshops near their source of clay, regardless of its relation to the center of settlement, At Corinth and Athens, however, two of the best-known potters’ quarters were situated on the cities’ outskirts, and potters and makers of terra-cotta figurines were also established well within the city of Athens itself. The techniques of pottery manufacture had evolved well before the Greek period, but marked stylistic developments occurred in shape and in decoration, for example, in the interplay of black and other glazes with the red surface of the fired pot. Athenian black-figure and red-figure decoration, which emphasized human figures rather than animal images, was adopted between 630 and 530 B.C.; its distinctive color and luster were the result of the skillful adjustments of the kiln’s temperature during an extended three-stage period if firing the clayware. Whether it was the potters or the vase-painters who initiated changes in firing is unclear; the functions of making and decorating were usually divided between them, but neither group can have been so specialized that they did not share in the concerns of the other. 

The broad utility of terra-cotta was such that workers in clay could generally afford to confine themselves to either decorated housewares like cooking pots and jars or building materials like roof tiles and drainpipes. Some sixth-and fifth-century B.C. Athenian pottery establishments are known to have concentrated on a limited range of fine ware, but a rural pottery establishment on the island of Tliasos produced many types of pottery and roof tiles too, presumably to meet local demand. Molds were used to create particular effects for some products, such as relief-decorated vessels and figurines; for other products such as roof tiles, which were needed in some quantity, they were used to facilitate mass production. There were also a number of poor-quality figurines and painted pots

produced in quantity by easy, inexpensive means- as numerous featureless statuettes and unattractive cases testify. 

1. The passage mainly discusses ancient Greek pottery and its 

(A) production techniques. (B) similarity to other crafts. 

(C) unusual materials. (D) resemblance to earlier pottery. 2. The phrase “regardless of” in paragraph 1 is closest in meaning to 

(A) as a result of (B) no matter what. (C) proud of. (D) according to. 3. It can be inferred from the passage that most pottery establishments in ancient Greece were situated (A) in city centers. (B) on the outskirts of cities. 

(C) where clay could be found. (D) near other potters’ workshops. 4. The word “marked” in paragraph 1 is closest in meaning to 

(A) original. (B) attractive. (C) noticeable. (D) patterned. 5. The word “confine” in paragraph 2 is closest in meaning to 

(A) adapt (B) train (C) restrict (D) organize 6. It can be inferred from the passage that terra-cotta had which of the following advantages: (A) It did not break during the firing process. (B) It was less expensive than other available materials. (C) Its surface had a lasting shine. (D) It could be used for many purposes. 7. The word “presumably” in paragraph 2 is closest in meaning to 

(A) frequently. (B) practically. (C) preferably. (D) probably. 8. The word “they” in paragraph 2 refers to 

(A) molds. (B) particular effects. (C) products. (D) vessels and figurines. 9. According to the passage, all of the following are true of ancient Greek potters and vase painters EXCEPT: (A) Their functions were so specialized that they lacked common concerns. 

(B) They sometimes produced inferior ware. 

(C) They produced pieces that had unusual color and shine. 

(D) They decorated many of their works with human images. 

10. The purpose of this passage is 

(A) to advertise. (B) to argue. (C) to cast doubt. (D) to inform. 


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. She was imprisoned for three months for being rude to the judge. (earned) 

🡪 Her rudeness_________________________________________________________ 2. Everyone is sure that he will beat his opponent in the round. (win) 

🡪 In all ________________________________________________________________ 3. Mike is not the only person who is good-looking in that family. (monopoly) 

🡪 Mike _______________________________________________________________ 4. A friend of ours fixed the car for us. (friends) 

🡪 We had______________________________________________________________ 5. The police have put barriers around the building because of a suspected bomb. (cordoned) 🡪 In view ______________________________________________________________ 6. I’d discuss the deal with Phil before making a decision. (mind) 

🡪 I’d have _____________________________________________________________ 7. The adverts look exactly the same as the articles in this magazine. (difference) 

🡪 It’s impossible ________________________________________________________ 8. Quang Hai has so much talent that many football clubs are interested in him. (footballer) 🡪 So _________________________________________________________________ 9. Getting a later train was our only option when we arrived at the station. (but) 

🡪 We arrived at the station only to __________________________________________ 10. We weren’t surprised by his success in the contest. (succeeded) 

🡪 It came ______________________________________________________________ THE END OF THE TEST


USE OF ENGLISH (1 pt each correct answer) 

1. B. be postponed 

2. D. to have been given 

3. A. has to 

4. A. surely 

5. A. answering 

6. C. too nice 

7. D. beautiful little white marble 

8. C. more damage to the skin than 9. B. by passing 

10. D. did the fuel pump explode when 

WORD FORMS (2 pts each correct answer) A.  

1. ubiquitous 

2. wifely 

3. pacifism 

4. accompaniment 

5. expenditure 

6. necessarily 

7. reocurring 

8. undisputed 

9. takeover 

10. undermentioned 

CLOZE TESTS (2 pts each correct answer) PASSAGE A 

11. B. disrupted 

12. A. comprising 

13. C. associate 

14. D. drowned 

15. A. liable 

16. A. take advantage of 17. C. properly 

18. B. against 

19. B. got through 

20. D. flesh-eating 


(11) upper / uppermost (12) inaccessible 

(13) mobility 

(14) overcome 

(15) undergone 

(16) progressively 

(17) easier 

(18) landing 

(19) movement 

(20) withstand 

1. B. site 

2. D. protect 3. A. converted 4. B. residence 5. A. extremely 


(1) Surveillance (2) celebrating (3) threat 

(4) sights 

(5) line 

6. B. attractions 7. D. created 8. D. complete 9. B. involved 10. B. priceless 

(6) health 

(7) estimated (8) cases 

(9) deaths 

(10) emerging 

11. B. events 12. A. recently 13. A. affected 14. D. back 

15. A. glimpse 

(11) pandemics (12) evolve 

(13) operates (14) territories (15) hundreds 

PASSAGE C (30 pts) (2 pts each correct answer) 

(16) track 

(17) signed (18) moment (19) bringing (20) joined 

(21) well 

(22) Despite (23) impact (24) leaders (25) emitting 

(26) plans 

(27) hosts 

(28) transport / transportation  (29) challenge 

(30) take

READING COMPREHENSION (2 pts each correct answer) 

1. (A) production techniques. 

2. (B) no matter what. 

3. (C) where clay could be found. 

4. (C) noticeable. 

5. (C) restrict. 

6. (D) It could be used for many purposes. 

7. (D) probably. 

8. (A) molds. 

9. (A) Their functions were so specialized that they lacked common concerns. 

10. (D) to inform. 

SENTENCE TRANSFORMATION (3 pts each correct answer) 

1. Her rudeness to the judge earned her three months’ / three-month imprisonment. 2. In all likelihood / probability, he will win against // have / claim a win over his opponent in the  next round. 

3. Mike does not have a / the monopoly on good looks in that family. 

4. We had our car fixed by one of our friends / one of our friends fix our car. 5. In view of a suspected bomb, the police have cordoned off the building. 

6. I’d have a discussion with Phil on / about the deal before making up my mind. 7. It’s impossible to tell the difference between the adverts and the articles in this magazine. 8. So talented as a footballer is Quang Hai // much talent does Quang Hai have as a footballer that many football clubs are interested in him. 

9. We arrived at the station only to find (that) we couldn’t but to get a later train. 10. It came as no surprise to us when he succeeded in the contest. 





4. Official answer is ‘C. well’ but this is incorrect, because only ‘could/may/might well + infinitive without to’ exist to  mention the future. If C is correct, then A is as well because they are both adverbs that can go between a modal  verb and a verb. 


2. ‘housewifely’ is also a correct answer. 

8. ‘indisputable’ is also a correct answer. 

11. ‘uppermost’ is also a correct answer. 



3. Official answer is ‘D. renovated’ but this is incorrect, because ‘renovate’ is followed by a noun, not the  preposition ‘to’. We have construction ‘be converted to / into something’. 


2. ‘marking’ is also a correct answer. 

7. ‘approximate’ is also a correct answer. 

8. ‘ones’ is also a correct answer. 

9. ‘fatalities’ is also a correct answer. 

12. ‘mutate’ is also a correct answer. 

13. ‘functions’ or ‘works’ are also correct answers. 

15. ‘tens’ is also a correct answer. 


17. ‘presented’ or ‘featured’ are also correct answers. 

18. ‘step’ is also a correct answer. 

20. ‘signed’ is also a correct answer. 

21. ‘far’ is also a correct answer. 

22. ‘Notwithstanding’ is also a correct answer. 

23. ‘effect’ is also a correct answer. 

26. ‘schemes’ is also a correct answer. 

29. ‘issue’ or ‘problem’ are also correct answers. 


1. ‘to the judge earned her three months in prison / imprisonment for three months.’ are also correct answers. One of the official answers is ‘to the judge earned a three-month imprisonment’ but this is incorrect, because  ‘imprisonment’ is uncountable. The word ‘a’ is unwanted here.  

2. ‘likelihood / probability, he will claim a win against his opponent in the next round’ are also correct answers. One of the official answers is ‘likelihood / probability, he will win over his opponent in the next round.’ but this is  incorrect, because ‘win over someone’ means ‘persuade someone’. The word ‘over’ is to be replaced with the word ‘against’. 

3. ‘does not have a / the monopoly on / in / of being good-looking / good looks in that family.’ are also correct  answers. 

4. the car fixed by one of our friends / one of our friends fix the car.’ are also correct answers. 5. ‘a suspected bomb, the building has been cordoned off by the police.’ is also a correct answer. 6. ‘a discussion on / about the deal with Phil before making up my mind / making my mind up / I make up my mind / I make my mind up.’ are also correct answers. 

7. ‘to tell any difference between the adverts and the articles in this magazine.’ is also a correct answer. 8. ‘talented a footballer is Quang Hai that many football clubs are interested in him.’ is also a correct answer. One of the official answers is ‘much talent does Quang Hai has as a footballer that many football clubs are  interested in him.’ but this is incorrect, because the infinitive ‘have’ follows the auxiliary ‘does’, not the third person  form ‘has’. 

9. ‘find out / realize (that) we had no choice / could not do anything but to get a later train.’ are also correct  answers.