Đề thi học sinh giỏi lớp 9 THCS tỉnh Lâm Đồng môn Tiếng Anh Năm học 2010 - 2011

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SỞ GIÁO DỤC & ĐÀO TẠO
LÂM ĐỒNG

KÌ THI CHỌN HỌC SINH GIỎI CẤP TỈNH
NĂM HỌC 2010- 2011

MÔN THI: TIẾNG ANH LỚP 9 - THCS
Thời gian:
150 phút (Không kể thời gian giao đề)

Ngày thi: 18/02/2011

SECTION I: LISTENING (3 points)

PART 1: You will hear five different people talking in five different situations. Choose the best answer A, B, or C: (1.5 points)

1- You hear a girl talking about a new film.
Why does she want to see it?
A. to understand better the novel it is based on
B. Because her friends have recommended it.
C. Because she likes action films.

2- You hear a woman talking about a car journey she made recently.
Where was the biggest traffic jam?
A. coming out of London               B. near the airport              C. getting off the motorway

3- You hear a girl talking about her favorite footballer.
Which team does he play for?
A. Arsenal              B. Liverpool              C. Birmingham

4- You hear a man booking theater tickets by phone.
How much will they cost altogether?
A. £ 73              B. £ 75              C. £ 78

5- You hear a radio advertisement for a museum.
What period does the special exhibition deal with?
A. the 1940s              B. the 1920s              C. the 1950s

PART 2: You will hear a tourist guide talking to a group of people about a trip to the countryside. For each question, fill in the missing information in the numbered space: (1.5 points)

SECTION II: LEXICO AND GRAMMAR (7 points)

PART 1: Choose the word or phrase that best completes each sentence below. Write your answer (A, B, C, or D) in the numbered box: (2 points)

1. She ____________ him of lying to her.
A. accused            B. blamed             C. threatened             D. criticized

2. Losing my job was a great shock, but I think I’m ______________it.
A. seeing to             B. putting up with             C. getting over             D. standing for

3. No one has to stay late this evening, ______________?
A. haven’t they             B. do they             C. have they             D. don’t they

4. My hands were so cold that I couldn’t______________ my coat buttons.
A. open             B. remove             C. put out             D. undo

5. Judo was __________developed in Japan in the late 19th century.
A. origin             B. original             C. originally             D. originated

6. His parents never allowed him ________________.
A. smoke             B. smoking             C. smoked             D. to smoke

7. The noise of the traffic prevented me ________________ going to sleep.
A. from             B. on             C. away             D. of

8. I wish you would tell me what I ____________do in this difficult situation.
A. shall             B. should             C. would             D. ought

9. It is _____________ that we have our hair cut at that hairdresser’s.
A. suggestion             B. suggesting             C. suggested             D. suggest

10. I ____________ if she manages to sell that motorbike.
A. will be surprised             B. am surprised             C. will surprise             D. surprising

PART 2: Write the correct FORM of each bracketed word in the numbered space provided in the numbered box: (2 points)

Diving Deeper

Free-diving is a new sport, and it’s extremely (1. danger) ________, which is perhaps why its (2.popular) __________is growing fast. Free –divers are attached to a line, and then they have to take one deep (3. breathe) __________, dive as deeply as they can and come up immediately.

The present record is 121 meters, held by the British diver, Tania Streeter. Tania trains very (4.careful) _________before each dive to build up her physical (5. fit) __________. She never dives until she is completely confident that she’s ready.

The danger is caused by the great (6. press) __________at those depths. ‘I think that safety procedures have to be very strict if we want to avoid accidents’, Tiana says. Tania feels that mental strength is also very important. She has an (7. emotion) ___________ response to water and feels very calm when she is under water. Tania’s greatest asset is her (8. able) ________to focus. ‘In free-diving there are no (9. compete) _______around you or cheering spectators to (10. courage) _______you. It’s a lonely sport’, says Tania.

PART 3: Put each verb in the numbered brackets into a suitable verb form. Write your answers in the numbered box: (2 points)

Dear Linda,

I’m sorry that I haven’t written to you for so long, but I (1. be) ________very busy lately. All last month I (2. have) __________ exams, and I haven’t done anything else but study for ages. Anyway, I (3. stop) ________ studying now, and I (4. wait) ________ for my exams results.

As you can see from the letter, I (5. change) ___________ my address and live in Croydon now. I (6. decide) _________ that I wanted a change from central London because it (7. become) _______ so expensive. A friend of mine told me about this flat, and I (8. move)________here about two months ago. When you come to London this summer, please visit me. I (9. stay) _______ here until the middle of August. Then I (10. go) _________ on holiday to Scotland.
Love,
Peter

SECTION III: READING (6 points)

PART 1: Read the following passage and choose the best answer to each of the questions. Write your answer (A,B,C, or D) in the numbered box: (2 points)

Reading to oneself is a modern activity which was almost unknown to the scholars of the classical and medieval worlds, while during the fifteenth century the term “reading” undoubtedly meant reading aloud. Only during the nineteenth century did silent reading become commonplace.

One should be wary, however, of assuming that silent reading came about simply because reading aloud is a distraction to others. Examination of factors related to the historical development of silent reading reveals that it became the usual mode of reading for most adult reading tasks mainly because the tasks themselves changed in character.

The last century saw a steady gradual increase in literacy, and thus in the number of readers. As readers increased, so the number of potential listeners declined, and thus there was some reduction in the need to read aloud. As reading for the benefit of listeners grew less common, so came the flourishing of reading as a private activity in such public places as libraries, railway carriages and offices, where reading aloud would cause distraction to other readers.

Towards the end of the century there was still considerable argument over whether books should be used for information or treated respectfully, and over whether the reading of material such as newspapers was in some way mentally weakening. Indeed this argument remains with us still in education. However, whatever its virtues, the old shared literacy culture had gone and was replaced by the printed mass media on the one hand and by books and periodicals for a specialized readership on the other.

By the end of the century students were being recommended to adopt attitudes to books and to use skills in reading them which were inappropriate, if not impossible, for the oral reader. The social, cultural, and technological changes in the century had greatly altered what the term “reading” implied.

1. Why was reading aloud common before the nineteenth century?
A. Silent reading had not been discovered.
B. There was few places available for private reading.
C. Few people could read for themselves.
D. People relied on reading for entertainment.

2. The development of silent reading during the nineteenth century indicated
A. a change in the status of literate people.
B. a change in the nature of reading.
C. an increase in the number of books.
D. an increase in the average age of readers.

3. Educationalists are still arguing about.
A. the importance of silent reading.
B. the amount of information yielded by books and newspapers.
C. the effects of reading on health.
D. the value of different types of reading material.

4. The emergence of the mass media and of specialized periodical showed that
A. standards of literacy had declined.
B. readers’ interests had diversified.
C. printing techniques had improved.
D. educationalists’ attitudes had changed.

5. What is the writer of this passage attempting to do?
A. explain how present- day reading habits developed
B. change people’s attitudes to reading
C. show how reading methods have improved
D. encourage the growth of reading

PART 2: Read the article about Freddy Adu. Choose the most suitable heading from the box (A-F) for each part of the article (1-5). There is one extra heading which you do not need to use. Write your answers in the numbered box. (2 points)

A. Life in a new country                B. Born to play soccer                   C. A popular teen
D. Just having fun                         E. Attractive offer                           F. A dream comes true

Freddy Adu: A successful teen

1. _____________
Are you one of the millions of people who love soccer? Perhaps you dream of being a famous soccer player yourself, watched by excited fans all over the world! For a young American soccer player named Freddy Adu, that dream came true. At just 14, Freddy started playing professionally for DC United, which made him the youngest professional athlete in modern team sports history.

2. _____________
How did Freddy Adu become one of the most exciting young soccer players in the world? A few years ago, he was just another kid in Ghana, kicking a ball around with his friends. But it wasn’t hard to see that he was born to play the game. His mother, Emelia, says he has been playing soccer since he could walk. Back home in Ghana, he played soccer against men three times his age.

3. _____________
Freddy’s career took off after his family moved to the USA. He was only years old then. Life wasn’t easy at first. As a single mother, Emelia worked long hours to support the family. Meanwhile, Freddy practiced his game on the school grounds. He was soon noticed by a local soccer coach, and became the best player on the team, playing with kids four or five years older than him.

4. _____________
Soon others started paying attention. When Freddy was 10, a team from Italy offered him $750,000 to play for them. But Emelia, who has always looked out for him, decided he was too young to accept. Freddy wasn’t very disappointed. He joined the Bradenton Academy, a US soccer program in Florida, and finished high school when he was 14. Shortly afterwards, he signed his contract with DC United and now, at the age of 17, earns half a million dollars a year doing what he loves.

5. _____________
Freddy says he’s just like any ordinary kid in many ways. He likes Playstation, and tries to look good for the girls. He thinks his mom is the best cook in the world. Like many other teens, his dream is to play in the World Cup and his favorite soccer players are Pele and Ronaldinho of Brazil. As a soccer star, he is having the time of his life. “I’m just having a blast,” he said. “ That was the goal all along. When you don’t enjoy yourself, it takes a lot out of it.”

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