Đề luyện thi Cao Đẳng - Đại Học - Đề số 26
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ĐỀ LUYỆN THI CAO ĐẲNG - ĐẠI HỌC - ĐỀ SỐ 26
I. Find the word that has its underlined part pronounced differently from the other three in each question
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eat ean each each
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etty end ental etty
II. Find the word with the stress pattern different form that of the other three words in each question.
III. Identify the one underlined word or phrase that must be changed in order for the sentence to be correct.
It wasn’t up to 1938 that Nigel could afford to take holidays abroad.
Food prices have raised so rapidly in the past few months that some families have been forced to alter their eating habits.
I was having a bath during the time, so I didn’t hear the doorbell.
We bought our tickets and five minutes after the train arrived.
Not until did I get home do I notice that I had the wrong umbrella.
According to Grandpa, people used to get dressed formally in his day.
Everyone was talking when he had come into the room.
The coach insists that the players do whatever it is necessary to win the game.
IV. From the four words phrased (A, B, C, or D), choose the one that best completes the sentence.
“Ted is so inconsiderate.”- What ___ you say that, George?”
___ I love swimming, my partner won’t go near the water.
It is often said that having rich parents is a ___ rather than a help.
Your career ___ will be much better if you go to university first.
“Tina is still looking for a decent flat.” – “How long ___ ?”
There were some very strong candidates for the job but none of them ___my expectations.
I really ___ that I didn’t try to find a quicker way – I wasted a lot of time.
“I don’t think he will admit to his fault.” – “I agree. It takes courage ___ the truth.”
You should make sure that you get all the money you are ___to.
Please indicate how useful you found the course on a ___ of one to five.
Many married women in the survey said they lacked time to ___ an interest.
I was scared ___ when I looked down from the top of the cliff.
Drug-taking is a crime which society simply cannot ___.
It should be safe to climb as long as you___ sensible precautions.
The picture didn’t come out because the ___ on my camera didn’t work.
It took him a long time to come to ___ with the fact that he was homeless.
“I haven’t heard from Hugo recently. Is he around?”
“Yes, but he’s thinking of doing ___ in the French Alps soon.”
The fire that broke out in the opera house has dealt a severe ___ to the performance of The Figaro, which was due next month.
Will it make any ___ to them if we deliver their equipment tomorrow?
She didn’t know who___ to for help
Mrs. Jackson was on the point of going out of her apartment when she was ___ short by a phone call from her husband.
Don’t forget to leave your___ address in case we have to send your mail to the new place.
“How’s Peter doing?” – “I don’t know. I ___ from him for months.”
We have been running ___ of fresh water, so be careful not to use it up completely before we get to another village.
It’s believed that the volcano is ___, but the seismologists suspect it might erupt one day.
Thanks for helping me. I’ll do the same for you in ___ sometime.
“Where’s Anne” – “She’s busy ___ the washing up.”
___ care of that necklace – it’s very valuable.
My father thinks the late sixties and early seventies was the greatest___ for popular music.
Don’t live on the main road unless you have good___ against noise.
Most of the birds ___ on small mammals
We keep the animals ___ until they are well enough to go back into the wild.
He claims___ fair treatment, which needn’t necessarily be true.
At the beginning of the working day the traffic ___ into the city centre.
No wonder she’s coughing – she smokes like a ___.
The hotel is situated next to an 18-hole golf___.
These jeans don’t ___ me any more; they’re too tight round the waist.
We need somebody who would effectively describe ___.
Although the teacher who was in the hall at that time tries___ nothing, I don’t think we should believe her.
She’s waiting to find out who her ___ will be in the next match.
Everybody was staring and laughing at her – she felt so ___.
V. Read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C, or D) best fits each space.
There’s extensive historical evidence that our ancestors may have witnessed a massive invasion of Unidentified Flying Objects (58) ___ on their territories. These extraterrestrials are (59) ___ to have come into (60) ___ with the ancient earthly populations and helped them (61) ___ numerous magnificent structures or even establish glamorous empires.
However, the present-day fascination with UFO was only (62) ___ by the first widely (63) American sighting in Idaho in 1947. Since that time, countless other close encounters have been reported both by slightly credible witnesses such as top-class pilots and less credible ones such as ordinary civilians. Thousands of people around the world maintain having come (64) ___ to the visitors from outer space or to have been (65) ___ for a scientific study inside their flying saucers. Although most of these accounts have been (66) ___ as fantasy or for ignoring the subject for too long. To many people, rejecting even the most inexplicable sightings or UFO encounters as luminous artificial balloons and satellites seems to be an irresponsible (68) ___. Most of us would prefer to believe that these extraterrestrial guests are arriving from some remote galaxies to (69) ___ a peaceful relationship and that the visitors’ attitude towards mankind isn’t so conciliatory and that their sole aim might be the unscrupulous annihilation of the terrestrial populations.
Doubtless, flying saucers still continue to be observed in many places of the world (71) ___ the imagination of UFO-maniacs. But, a large percentage of such sightings will remain (72) ___ explanation until more convincing evidence is supplied by the true experts.
VI. Read the passages and the questions or unfinished sentences. Then choose the answer –A, B, C, or D – that you think fits best.
THE MYSTERY OF THE MARY CELESTE
On 5 November 1872, an American vessel, the Mary Celeste, set out from New York with a cargo of industrial alcohol, bound for the Italian port of Genoa. A month after setting sail, Captain Benjamin Briggs and everyone else on board simply vanished, giving rise to the greatest maritime mystery of them all.
On 4 December, the Mary Celeste was sighted by Captain David Moor house of the Dei Gratia, about 600 miles west a small boarding party headed by Oliver Devein to investigate. The ship was deserted: Captain Briggs, his wife Sarah, their two-year-old daughter Sophia and the seven crew members, together with the lifeboat, had all disappeared.
What they left behind suggested they had abandoned ship in a great hurry. Only some navigation instruments and the ship’s official documents were taken. Everything else remained on board. Below decks, Devein and his team found bedding and floors soaked with rainwater, suggesting the ship and her crew had experienced severe weather since leaving port. In the hold they found flooding to a depth of about a meter. Serious, but not enough to threaten the ship’s survival, as Devein and his team then proved by sailing to Gibraltar, with high hopes of receiving substantial financial rewards.
On 13 December, the US naval Court of Investigation opened the case of the Mary Celeste and the legend began to take shape. Chief Investigator Sully Flood focused on some strange finds made aboard the abandoned ship: an axe-mark on one of the rails; reddish-brown stains on the deck and on Briggs’ sword.
These convinced Flood that the Del Gratia had not chanced upon the Mary Celeste at all, but that Captain Moor house must have taken the ship by force, believing it to carry a valuable cargo. Flood saw the axe mark and the bloodstains as obvious signs of a fight. He suggested that Moor house and his crew, having failed to find anything truly valuable, decided to sail the Mary Celeste back to Gibraltar to at least get some salvage money. However, this theory did not hold water, as tests showed that the stains were not blood at all and there was no evidence of a fight.
Then the ill-informed US Treasury’s Secretary William Richard blundered in with his own particular theory: the drunken crew, who had gone out of their minds after drinking from one of the barrels of industrial alcohol, murdered Briggs and his family. It was immediately clear to the inquiry team that they could not have done so. Industrial alcohol, usually called methanol, is used in solvents and lacquers and will not get you drunk. Instead, it makes you blind, then it kills you.
A far more sensible theory was presented by the leader of the original boarding party himself. Devein suggested that the crew might have become alarmed by the amount of water the Mary Celeste took on during a storm, and decided to abandon ship only to drown in their life boat. Yet Briggs was a highly experienced sailor, who would have known the amount of water they’d taken on wasn’t enough to threaten the ship.
After almost four months the investigation was closed, having found nothing suspicious enough to prevent Moor house and his crew from being awarded £1700 in salvage money, a small fraction of what they originally hoped they might get when they decided to sail the Mary Celeste to Gibraltar.
Since then there has been a flood of books and articles on the subject, all throwing hardly any light on the reasons for the crew’s abandonment. One of the more plausible suggestions focuses on the dangerous nature of the ship’s cargo. Methanol is poisonous, volatile and potentially explosive. Investigators found that one of the barrels of methanol had broken open, pointing to the possibility that the cargo was damaged during a storm and could have started to release fumes. Fearing an explosion, Briggs may have ordered immediate evacuation into the lifeboat, which they capsized during the storm.
But the puzzle of the Mary Celeste remains, as the ship was completely destroyed by fire in an insurance fraud 12 years after its crew disappeared, and not one piece of it was left for forensic analysis.
Why was Oliver Devea sent to investigate the Mary Cleste?
Why did Deveau and his team take the Mary Celeste to Gibraltar?
Investigator Solly Flood believe that ___.
Mary Celeste was crring a valuable cargo
Mary Celeste had set sail from Gibraltar
Mary Celeste’s occupants
What is meant by “this theory did not hold water” in paragraph 5?
What is the writer’s opinion of William Richard’s theory?
Who or what does “they” in paragraph 6 refer to?
What comment is made on recent theories regarding the Mary Celeste?
What is the purpose of this text?