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SỞ GIÁO DỤC& ĐÀO TẠO                           Độc lập - Tự do – Hạnh phúc
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                                 Khóa ngày 22 tháng 01 năm 2008
Đề chính thức                          Môn TIẾNG ANH
                Thời gian làm bài: 150 phút ( không kể thời gian giao đề )
( Đề gồm 4 trang )-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


  Question 1 : Listen to the passage then state whether the following sentences are TRUE or
FALSE. The passage will be read twice :

   1.   April Fool’s Day is only kept in Britain and the United States.
   2.   April Fool’s Day was started in the beginning of the 13 th century.
   3.   On April Fool’s Day, people tell others false things or play jokes to make them laugh.
   4.   April Fool’s Day is only played on April 1 st.

  Question 2 : Listen to the passage then pick out ONE best option ( A,B,C or D ) to
complete each sentence. The passage will be read twice :

   1. Most people are familiar with lotus because :
         A. it is the biggest water plant.
         B. it is planted in the Botanic Gardens.
         C. it is beautiful and useful.
         D. it is planted everywhere in the countryside.
   2. The lotus flower :
         A. is always pink.
         B. may have various colours when it is cultivated.
         C. is not used in Singapore.
         D. is less valuable than its edible products.
   3. Which kind of plant has its leaves floating on top of the water ?
         A. Water-lily                            B. Lotus
         C. Both of lotus and water-lily          D. none of them
   4. Which kind of plant has smaller flowers and less variety of colours ?
         A. Wild lotus                            B. Cultivated lotus
         C. Cultivated water-lily                 D. Wild water-lily


   Question 3 : Read the passage below then state whether the following sentences are TRUE
or FALSE :
                       TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS
Every nation and every country has its own customs and traditions. In Britain, traditions play a
more important part in the life of the people than in other countries.
Englishmen are proud of their traditions and carefully keep them up. It has been the law for
about three hundred years that all the theatres are closed on Sundays. No letters are delivered,
only a few Sunday papers are published.
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To this day, an English family prefers a house with a garden to a flat in a modern house with
central heating. English people like gardens. Sometimes the garden in front of the house is a
little square covered with cement painted green in imitation of grass and a box of flowers.
Holidays are especially rich in old traditions and are different in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and
England. Christmas is a great English national holiday, and in Scotland it is not kept at all,
except by clerks in banks; all the shops, mills and factories are working. But six days later, on
New Year’s Eve the Scotch begin to enjoy themselves. All the shops, mills and factories are
closed on New Year’s Day. People invite their friends to their houses and “ sit the Old Year
out and the New Year in”. When the clock begins to strike twelves, the head of the family goes
to the entrance door, opens it wide and holds it until the last stroke. Then he shuts the door. He
has let the Old Year out and the New Year in. Now greetings and small presents are offered.
A new national tradition was born in Britain. Every year, a large number of ancient motor-cars
and motor-cycles__ sometimes described as Old Crocks__drive from London to Brighton.
“Crocks” means something or someone who is “ crocked up”__broken down and in bad
condition. Englishmen keep up the old veterans. Veteran cars are those which were made
before the year 1904. Some cars look very funny,some are steered by a bar, like a boat. Some
cars are driven by steam-engines ( by boiling water and not by petrol ). This run from London
to Brighton is a colourful demonstration. People are dressed in the clothes of those times. The
cars start from Hyde Park only in the morning, the oldest cars are leading. It is not a race, and
most of the cars come to Brighton, which is sixty miles from London, only in the evening. This
demonstration takes place on the day of the announcement of the law in 1896 which said that a
man with a red flag must walk in front of every motor-car when it moved along the streets.
These were the early days of motor-cars and people were afraid of them.

   1. In Britain, traditions are very important in the life of people.
   2. Englishmen have always changed their traditions.
   3. English families prefer living in modern flats to in houses with gardens.
   4. Christmas is the biggest holiday in Scotland.
   5. People in Britain like celebrating “ sit the Old Year out and the New Year in”.
   6. A demonstration of ancient motor-cars and motor-cycles is held in England every year.
   7. This is a national race for ancient motor-cars and motor-cycles from London to
   8. On the early days of motor-cars, drivers had to wear red clothes when driving their cars.

Question 4 : These announcements appear at some places only. Match each announcement
( 1 – 8 ) with a proper place ( A – J ) where it usually appears :

             Announcements                                       Appearing places

        1.   No smoking – Inflamable !                A.    In a school-yard
        2.   Keep silent                              B.    On an airplane
        3.   Keep out of reach of children            C.    At a gas station
        4.   For over 18 years old only               D.   On the fence of a military base
        5.   No smoking – Fasten your seat belt       E.   On a box or bottle of medicine
        6.   Be aware of bears !                      F.   At the gate of a supermarket
        7.   Dangerous ! High voltage !               G.   In a hospital
        8.   No picture allowed                       H.   On electric posts
                                                      I.   At the entrance of forest
                                                      J.   At movie or cinema halls
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Question 5 : Fill in each numbered blank with ONE word chosen from the list below to
complete the meaning of the passage :

    Baked , single , rich , restaurants , besides , includes , leaves , they , children , favourite

                               BIRTHDAYS IN ENGLAND

Birthdays are celebrated with friends and family, and are usually geared towards children
although adults also enjoy celebrating their birthdays. A lot of people who have young…( 1 )...
no longer have birthday parties at home.Now they go to fast-food…( 2 )… like McDonald’s or
Wacky Warehouse because children’s playgrounds are there. Also …( 3 )…hold them in pubs
or community centers which can hold more guests.
Food served at these parties usually…( 4 )…a birthday cake, which is sometimes called
“ Fortune Telling Cake” because small charms are mixed into the batter before the cake is..
.( 5 )…These little objects all have symbolic meanings. For instance, a slice of cake with a coin
in it means you will be…( 6 )….Trifle, sausage rolls, cheese and pineapple on a stick, cocktail
sausages and sandwiches are other…( 7 )…party foods. Today’s popular birthday gifts might
be computer games like Nintendo, Sony or Sega…( 8 )…the traditional gifts of books or
clothing or money.


 Question 6 :

 1. Pick out ONE word that has the underlined syllable pronounced differently from the
    others in each case :
        a) sample , sugar , sale , soil , sun
        b) stripe , comprise , violent , dormitory , websibe
        c) ache , chemistry , mechanic , christmas , champagne
        d) closed , surfed , laughed , impressed , hiked

 2. Pick out ONE word that is of different kind or part of speech from the others in each
        a) painter , embroider , repairer , climber , watcher
        b) casual , baggy , design , fashion , publish
        c) crocodile , tiger , lion , fox , bear
        d) apple , orange , banana , vineyard , plumb

Question 7 : Write the verbs in the numbered brackets into its correct tense and form :

      Tam is a good student in English at a Lower Secondary School in Tien giang. Three
months ago, she…( 1.take part )…in an English exam for grade 9 students and …( 2.choose )
…as an excellent student…( 3.attend )…the Upper Secondary School in Singapore next
school-year. The exam…( 4.organize )…in Ho Chi Minh City for more than 50 students from
provinces in the South of Viet Nam. During the exam, she…( 5.have to )…do a lot of written
test, listening test, and especially an oral test. An Englishman…( 6.ask )…her many questions
and she answered him immediately. Her teacher at home…( 7. train )…her a lot on spoken
English, however, she felt a bit excited because she…( 8. never speak )…with a foreigner

Question 8 : Fill in each blank in these sentences with the suitable form of the words in
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        brackets :

   1. Tourists are pleased with________food of the South. ( region )
   2. These films are not good for children. There are lots of_______.( violent )
   3. Her uncle is a famous_________.( linguistics )
   4. The ________monument was built in the center of the city.( impress )
   5. These works have been________for many centuries.( collection )
   6. It is very hard for us to understand his explanation. It is________( logical )
   7. The boy was very______. He saved four of his friends from the strong flood.
      ( encourage )
   8. Presents were divided _______to all children. One bag of toys to every child. ( equal )

Question 9 : Rewrite these sentences, beginning with the words given in such a way that they
remain the same meaning as the old ones :

   1. The last time Henry smoked a cigarette was in 2005.
      Henry hasn’t……….
   2. Jack is stopped by the police because he passes the speed limit.
      If ………..
   3. Bill and Peter are too young to ride motor-cycles.
      Bill and Peter are not………..
   4. The flood was so high that they had to live on the roofs.
      It was such………..
   5. This winter is colder than the last winter.
      The last winter…………
   6. People all over the country have helped the poor people in the flood region.
      The poor people………
   7. It’s cold in the morning, so the children go to school in heavy clothes.
      Because of………..
   8. David has read a lot of books, however, he cannot find a good solution.

PART IV :WRITING ( 4.0 pts )

  Question 10 : Write a short passage of argument ( about 100- 120 words ) to persuade your
friends to go to school by bicycle. ( while some students like going to school by motor -cycle)

  Question 11 : Your classmates are having a discussion on “ What should we do to protect the
environment?”. Rewrite the conversation in about 15- 20 conversational exchanges.

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