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Read the following Terry Stevens reviews of four great science fictions films. For questions 110, choose
from the reviews AD. The reviews may be chosen more than once.
A 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

B Star Wars (1977)

One of the most controversial films of any genre, 2001: A It is almost impossible to argue against the inclusion of
Space Odyssey came from a collaboration between the Star Wars or its rather darker sequel Empire Strikes Back,
director, Stanley Kubrick, and the science fiction writer, in any list of top science fiction movies. Essentially
Arthur C Clarke. Its not an easy film to sum up. The plot westerns set in space, they cover the universal themes of
is mostly beside the point. It involves a government cover- good versus evil, while making the leading actors Harrison
up of something called the Monolith, and a Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher deliver lines of mindmalfunctioning computers efforts to preserve the integrity boggling absurdity on a regular basis. The epic saga
of a space mission. Almost independently of this are revolves around a battle between an authoritarian Empire
separate strands dealing with human evolution from led by the Emperor and his part-human, part-machine
prehistoric times to the space age. Many have attempted to henchman Darth Vader on one side, and a small group of
try and pin down this work with explanations about its rebels on the other. The emphasis, however, is not on
deeper significance and purpose, and to this day there are exploring deeper problems of the human condition. Nor,
heated exchanges about this. But such attempts at analysis unlike some film-makers, do the creators of Star Wars
may be missing the point. What stays in the mind is the trouble themselves with rooting their creations in the
impact the film has on the senses. Even its strongest critics normal laws of physics; the force-wielding Jedi fight with
never forget it. There are long stretches where very little theoretically impossible lightsabers and light-speed travel
happens, and for many the pace, or lack of it, is too much takes place in an implausible hyperspace. But the first
to bear, but at the same time it is visually astonishing and two Star Wars films have been the supreme blockbusters
has a soundtrack of often dissonant classical music played and paved the way in creating franchises for toys, games
so loud that it often interferes with what characters say. Its and replicas that no major science fiction film can do
visual style has probably had more lasting influence than without nowadays.
anything else about it. The incredible attention to physical
detail showed the way to other film-makers, and critics D Blade Runner (1982)
argue that despite modern computer graphics, some scenes Whether you prefer the original, rather theatrical release
have never been bettered.
with its bored-sounding narrator or the directors cut of a
few years later (without a narrator), Blade Runner is
C Alien (1979)
perennially placed in opinion polls among the top five
Alien is often remembered for the moment when an alien movies ever made in the genre. Directed by Ridley Scott,
creature bursts out through the chest of one of the crew who was broadly inspired by a Philip K Dick short story
members on the spaceship. This iconic moment has the called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the film
power to unnerve even the most cynical of contemporary revolves around Harrison Fords policeman, Rick
audiences. The film has a lot more to it than that however. Deckard, and his hunt for four cloned humans, known as
It is essentially an expertly made horror story set on board replicants, in an authoritarian city state some time in the
a spaceship. The alien life form which invades the future. Replicants, among them a fascinating character
spaceship is very sinister but it is made all the more so by played by Rutger Hauer, have been declared illegal and
the contrast with the portrayal of the ships crew. They are Deckard is a blade runner, a specialist in exterminating
a bunch of very average people who sit around eating them. Adding to the interest is the issue of whether
pizza, playing cards and getting bored. This contrast Deckard himself is a replicant. This is never clearly
between the crews very mundane existence and the sheer resolved in the film, but fans continue to disagree over this
awfulness of the alien is a very powerful one. Very point. When it first came out, the reception was muted, but
striking too is Sigourney Weavers portrayal of the it has grown in popularity and critics now lavish praise on
reluctant hero Ellen Ripley. She is a compelling screen it. It was ground-breaking in some ways, says one
presence in this movie and it established her as one of the prominent American writer on film, but what its really
top film actresses of her time.
about is something weve been interested in since the
beginning of history: What is it to be human? Who are we?
Where do we come from? Thats what makes it truly
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In which review does the writer


1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

compliment one of the leading actors on outstanding performance?


criticise some of the dialogues for making little sense?
mention that the film is often voted one of the best science fiction works in history?
regard the storyline as almost immaterial?
suggest that there is a fierce dissension as to what the film implies?

About which of the films is the following stated?


6. It is mooted that humans have always asked themselves.
7. Key features of the film are scientifically implausible.
8. One scene still astounds viewers today.
9. The special effects in it were ahead of its time.
10. The temperament of a leading character is disputed.
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct
word or phrase for each of the blanks from 11 to 20.
FINGERNAILS GROWING FASTER
Peoples fingernails and toenails, according to a recent study, are nowadays growing more quickly. Research
(11) _____ out at the University of North Carolina indicates that the speed at which human nails are growing
has increased by (12) _____ 25 per cent over the last 70 years. The results of the study show that the (13)
_____ human fingernail now grows about 3.5 mm a month, (14) _____ just 3 mm seven decades ago.
Toenail growth, (15) _____ only about 2 mm per month, was also up on the figure (16) _____ in a similar
survey done 70 years ago.
Researchers (17) _____ the rapid increase down to changes in lifestyle, particularly the greater
awareness of the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet. This, they point out, is in (18) _____
with similar trends in the height and weight of present-day adults. Interestingly, it appears that nails have a
(19) _____ to grow fastest in warmer conditions, with the quickest growth rate among young people, and
men. The fastest-growing nail is on the middle finger, while that on the little finger is (20) _____ the
slowest, at only a fraction over 3 mm each month.
11. A.
12. A.
13. A.
14. A.
15. A.
16. A.
17. A.
18. A.
19. A.
20. A.

carried
few
average
comparative with
although
achieved
set
alignment
propensity
by far and away

B.
B.
B.
B.
B.
B.
B.
B.
B.
B.

studied
some
common
on comparing to
despite
arrived
say
harmony
proclivity
in so far as

C.
C.
C.
C.
C.
C.
C.
C.
C.
C.

taken
circa
medium
comparable to
however
concluded
put
line
predilection
few and far between

D.
D.
D.
D.
D.
D.
D.
D.
D.
D.

worked
near to
standard
by comparison with
nevertheless
obtained
write
compliance
predisposition
far from

Read the following text from an article in the sports section of a newspaper and mark the letter A, B, C or D
on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the questions from 21 to 25.
The Olympic Games have demonstrated Catalan pride, Greek history and Australian culture to the world,
but the Beijing Games will be a more cosmic harbinger of where the world is going in the next century or
three. Take pollution, for example. During try-outs recently, a stinging mass of what could be vaguely
described as air covered Beijing, much to the chagrin of the proud organisers. We usually encounter doom
and gloom before every Olympics, fears of terrorism or gridlock, but this time it is the dark cloud of
pollution. Beijing will ban specified vehicles on certain days, but with millions of car s in Beijing, how will
people get around? By buses, authorities say. New Yorkers who have been doused with bus exhaust in our
narrow canyons may already be laughing derisively. Good luck with that.
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Yet there is a tremendous upside to these Games: the exposure to modern China, including the Olympic
architecture. Next summer there will be swimming finals in Beijing's National Aquatics Centre. Next door is
the main Olympic stadium, nicknamed the Birds Nest because of the steel twig-like prongs woven together.
To promote traditional feng shui balance between fire and water, the venues were placed side by side.
China Is Near. This 1967 Italian film shows China as a symbol of the mysterious, the powerful, the
future looming over everybody. Lately, that title has been looping across the movie screen of my mind. As
the most populous nation in the world, China is using these Games to build and advertise itself to the world.
Everybody who has been to Beijing says the Chinese will be excellent hosts, providing water, food,
accommodations, language skills and entertainment. This is too important to botch.
21. What is the main point of the first paragraph?
A. Each host country has a theme to their Olympics.
B. Pollution will be a problem during the Beijing games.
C. The Beijing Games will be an indication of where the world is headed.
D. The organisers are satisfied with how plans for the Beijing Games are going.
22. What is the doom and gloom concern about the Beijing games?
A. gridlock
B. pollution
C. terrorism
D. traffic
23. What does the author feel would be the reaction of New Yorkers about using buses instead of cars?
A. congratulatory
B. dismay
C. hilarity
D. sarcasm
24. Why are the swimming pools next to the stadium?
A. It assists fire prevention.
C. It exhibits their unusual architecture.
B. It displays harmony.
D. It shows they are interconnected.
25. Why does the film China is Near seem important to the author?
A. China has the worlds largest population.
C. China is shown to be hostile.
B. China is both enigmatic and strong.
D. China will be a good Olympic host.
Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word that differs from the rest in the
position of the main stress in each of the following questions.
26. A.
27. A.
28. A.
29. A.
30. A.

reindeer
retrospective
catafalque
psychokinesis
uninterrupted

B.
B.
B.
B.
B.

commandeer
retrovirus
picturesque
self-analysis
reinterpreted

C.
C.
C.
C.
C.

profiteer
retrofit
Mozambique
misdiagnosis
non-interference

D.
D.
D.
D.
D.

scrutineer
retrograde
statuesque
autohypnosis
T-intersection

Read the following text from an article in a science magazine and mark the letter A, B, C or D on your
answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the questions from 31 to 35.
Two species of the tiniest rodent are attracting considerable attention from the scientific community. It is
emerging that there are two types of very different male voles: the attentive, faithful prairie vole and the Don
Juan of voles, the meadow vole. The difference between the two that is currently engaging scientists lies not
so much in their species as in a single gene governing the brain's hormone chemistry. With less than five
percent of all mammals being monogamous, prairie voles are unusual for their kind. The males choose only
one female, protecting both her and their young, and helping to raise them to adulthood. Their cousin species
is more mainstream, having several mates and disregarding any responsibility towards their offspring.
The difference between such closely related species appears to be a hormone called vasopressin. Where
vasopressin receptors are present in the brain in large numbers, they facilitate pair-bonding. By implanting
additional receptors in meadow voles, scientists found that their behaviour changed and they became more
like their home-loving cousins. It is suggested that vasopressin acts as a reward system and is stimulated by
contact with a regular partner, thus promoting monogamy. There are also implications for human beings, not
so much in terms of fidelity, though of course there is ample demand for this, but more for the development
of social skills. One extreme case where social skills are highly underdeveloped is autism. It may be that
lack of vasopressin or its receptors could lead to social stimulus being ignored or misunderstood. It seems
that even the humble vole may help shed light on some of the most complex of human behaviour.
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31. What is interesting scientists about voles?


A. New types of male voles are emerging.
C. There is genetic variance in male voles.
B. The species has two different types of male.
D. They are the smallest species of mammal.
32. What does the writer say about the behaviour of male meadow voles?
A. They are like most male mammals.
C. They mostly choose to have one mate.
B. They are unusually protective of their young.
D. They pay no attention to their mates.
33. What can be inferred about male prairie voles?
A. Scientists implanted receptors in their brain.
C. Their brain is highly sensitive to vasopressin.
B. Scientists were able to change their behaviour.
D. Their brain produces more hormones.
34. What could be the main function of vasopressin for people, according to the text?
A. It could be used to reward them.
C. It could improve their social skills.
B. It could help them stay at home more.
D. It could make them more faithful to their wives.
35. How has studying the vole helped increase understanding of autism?
A. It demonstrates why autistic people are not monogamous.
B. It explains why autistic people lack vasopressin receptors.
C. It gives a reason for autistic people not understanding social stimuli.
D. It shows how autistic people do not have well developed social skills.
Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the following
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36. Many an environmentalist, in addition to many economists, _____ that if oil supplies _____ in the near
future, we would find it hard to fulfil our energy needs.
A. believe / were running out
C. believes / were to run out
B. believed / had run out
D. believing / would run out
37. The storyline of Tuyet Nhiet Doi was excellent, but the acting was _____ weak.
A. absolutely
B. completely
C. extremely
D. utterly
38. Hong Nhung demonstrated the extraordinary range of her musical talent through great masterpieces,
_____ Doa Hoa Vo Thuong and Nho Mua Thu Ha Noi, originally published in 1973 and 1993, _____.
A. that is / respectively
C. which are / retrospectively
B. there are / in retrospect
D. which is / respectfully
39. My granddaughter has _____ the sweater I knitted for her only five months ago.
A. gone in for
B. got away with
C. got through to
D. grown out of
40. She has decided not to go to the airport _____ she presumes she wont be able to arrive early enough for
the plane.
A. at that
B. in that
C. in which
D. on which
41. I dont know what our guests will be wanting to do this weekend. Well have to _____.
A. be out on our ear
B. bend our ears about it C. play it by ear
D. turn a deaf ear to it
42. Whats wrong with John? He is behaving _____.
A. erratically in the class this morning
C. inappropriately this morning in the class
B. in the class improperly this morning
D. this morning in the class irrationally
43. Toms controversial new research has brought him back into the public _____.
A. floodlights
B. footlights
C. limelight
D. lowlight
44. He stands _____ of passing the exam.
A. a chance as good as other ones
C. as good a chance as everyone
B. as a good chance as each one
D. so good a chance as anyone
45. When taking the exam, make sure you _____ the same amount of time to each question.
A. allocate
B. appoint
C. disperse
D. distribute
46. Mr Trung asked me to tell you that he would like _____ by last Friday at the earliest.
A. to have submitted your assignments
C. your assignments have been submitted
B. you have submitted your assignments
D. your submitted assignments
47. _____ everyone from the office was at the wedding reception.
A. Entirely
B. Practically
C. Principally
D. Utterly
48. The primary form of language is speech, the importance of the written language _____.
A. all the same
B. mind you
C. notwithstanding
D. though
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49. Im afraid I cant help you. I am completely _____ astrophysics.


A. disinterested in
B. ignorant about
C. unaware of
D. unfamiliar to
50. The parents left a phone number with the baby-sitter in case a problem _____ with the children.
A. happens to occur
B. occur
C. should happen to occur D. would occur
51. Can you _____ this financial problem?
A. be light on
B. light upon
C. make light of
D. shed light on
52. _____ more about her current financial situations, you would be in a better position to judge her.
A. Had you understood
C. Were you to have understood
B. Should you understand
D. Were you to understand
53. His team scored a _____ victory over their opponents.
A. broad
B. mere
C. narrow
D. near
54. When I borrowed his book, he was angry as if _____ the most precious thing in this world.
A. having been stolen
C. robbed of
B. he had been robbed from
D. to have been stolen of
55. The border in this region is _____ and many refugees have simply walked across.
A. impermeable
B. irresistible
C. leaky
D. porous
56. I was just disappointed that she _____ I tried to hurt her.
A. had better think
C. was advisable to think
B. should think
D. would be better off thinking
57. She is _____ in the gold smuggling trade.
A. accused of having directly involved
C. claimed that she has directly been involved
B. alleged to have had direct complicity
D. persuaded that she has been directly complicit
58. The UN demanded _____ from Vietnamese Eastern waters.
A. all Chinese troops that they should withdraw
C. of all Chinese troops that they withdraw
B. all Chinese troops to withdraw
D. that all Chinese troops be of withdrawing
59. Mary expected to be promoted to manager but she was _____.
A. looked down on
B. looked over
C. passed down to
D. passed over
60. According to VTV3s statistics, over half the population _____ have watched the final battle of The
Voice Kids last night.
A. can
B. should
C. will
D. would
61. The rooms had been just cleaned and looked _____.
A. safe and sound
B. short and sweet
C. spick and span
D. spit and polish
62. Its high time we, 50 students of 9D1, _____.
A. didnt outstay our welcome
C. each bade the other farewell
B. didnt overstay our welcome
D. one bade another farewell
63. In the _____ event of fire, please use the emergency exits.
A. unforeseen
B. unlikely
C. unseen
D. untimely
64. _____ were in the deepest valley to know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
A. If you only
B. Only if you
C. Only you if
D. You only if
65. The police _____ a reconstruction at the scene of the crime.
A. endeavoured
B. envisaged
C. pitched
D. staged
66. He has collected dozens of signed CDs depicting My Tam in her _____.
A. heyday
B. peak
C. pinnacle
D. summit
67. I wish you _____ up a fuss about such a minor mistake!
A. didnt beat
B. hadnt taken
C. wouldnt kick
D. wouldnt made
68. That he starts talking about one topic and then goes _____ confuses us.
A. against the grain
B. off at a tangent
C. to great lengths
D. to pieces
69. Police officers in many countries are not authorised to _____ arms.
A. bear
B. keep
C. preserve
D. retain
70. The lining of this jacket provides excellent heat _____.
A. amplification
B. constriction
C. insulation
D. padding
71. The judge sustained the objection and ordered the jury to _____ the witnesss last statement.
A. disregard
B. neglect
C. overlook
D. undertake
72. We need to _____ out a few problems before launching the product on the market.
A. flatten
B. iron
C. smother
D. squeeze
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73. She passed the advanced high school entrance exam, _____.
A. about which she has a chip in her shoulder
C. which is a feather in her cap
B. of which the fur begins to fly
D. which ruffles her feathers
74. Theres nothing worse than having to go to places where there are _____ of tourists.
A. bunches
B. bundles
C. herds
D. hordes
75. The college _____ held a reunion twenty years after graduating.
A. faculty
B. campus
C. alumni
D. induction
Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word whose underlined part is pronounced
differently from that of the rest in each of the following questions.
76. A.
77. A.
78. A.
79. A.
80. A.

UNLEADED
IRRESISTIBLE
PERTURB
MONTAGE
OVERARCHING

B.
B.
B.
B.
B.

OVERZEALOUS
INCONSISTENCY
FLASHBULB
MIRAGE
ASYNCHRONOUS

C.
C.
C.
C.
C.

BUREAUCRATIC
PERSISTENT
SUCCUMB
MASSAGE
ARCHIVE

D.
D.
D.
D.
D.

TREACHEROUS
SUBSISTENCE
OVERDUB
MORTGAGE
UP-ANCHOR

Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct
word for each of the blanks from 81 to 90.
STUNT WOMAN FOR A DAY
Lara Croft, the heroine in Tomb Raider, flies through the air and performs a range of impressive movements.
Somehow, the film-makers make it look easy. The Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, who plays Lara Croft,
actually did most of the stunts herself, which is quite a rare phenomenon nowadays, (81) _____ computergenerated graphics and professional stunt people. (82) _____, I (83) _____ the idea of becoming a stunt
woman myself, but I found the years of training I thought it would entail (84) _____. So, I was thrilled to
hear about a new stunt school where anyone could (85) _____.
Last Saturday, three friends and I, all wearing stretchy fabric, made our way to the RealAction Stunt
Academy. Inside it looked like a (86) _____ between a childrens playground and a work of modern art,
with trampolines, foam blocks and soft mats. Training began with a trampoline session designed to help us
(87) _____ how to fall safely. Our first real challenge, the instructor then explained, involved jumping off a
high platform and grabbing a trapeze bar in mid-air. I suddenly felt (88) _____. The sight of a safety net
helped me (89) _____ the worst of my fears, however, and by the end of the day I had got through the
trapeze challenge, learned how to fall down stairs safely and climbed a huge wall. We gave ourselves a
deserved (90) _____ of applause after the final stunt, but I know Ill never be Lara Croft.
81. A.
82. A.
83. A.
84. A.
85. A.
86. A.
87. A.
88. A.
89. A.
90. A.

inasmuch as
At once
aspired to
cooling-off
lean over backwards
blend
run down
a war of nerves
weigh down
roll

B.
B.
B.
B.
B.
B.
B.
B.
B.
B.

notwithstanding
At a time
was infatuated with
telling-off
make a go of it
stew
shape up
dead and buried
make mincemeat of
turn

C.
C.
C.
C.
C.
C.
C.
C.
C.
C.

seeing as
At all times
hankered for
off-putting
make a stab at it
cross
suss out
frozen stiff
prevail over
circle

D.
D.
D.
D.
D.
D.
D.
D.
D.
D.

what with
At times
was taken with
offshoring
take it on yourself
combination
think through
scared witless
come to grips with
round

Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to show the underlined part that needs correction.
91. When hypothesising about the trails that all humans have come to share, scientists must be
A
B
acutely aware that these traits have been evolving by an aggregate of 25% over thousands of generations.
C
D

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92. The award bestowed, the critics guild sang the praises of the head writer, claiming that as for the
A
B
television series, consistently more intelligent and provocative than anything on the air is her writing.
C
D
93. In the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the papers from all the involved national security agencies
A
B
were doubtlessly scattered throughout the executive branch.
C
D
94. Barely had the patrons been led through the museum by a woman who they took to be the curator than it
A
B
C
dawned on them that their tour guide was actually the owner of the museum.
D
95. In as far as he is abashedly patriotism, no doubt has Bob Hope been long deemed truly heroic by many
A
B
C
D
members of the military.
96. Lest complications associated with traditional open-heart surgery is irreducible, and with a view
A
to shortening recovery time, the surgical method of inserting the value including making a small incision
B
C
between the ribs is carried out.
D
97. Much to Professor Mocans morally opposed capital punishment, he has also discovered a great deal of
A
B
C
evidence suggesting that they deterred violent crimes.
D
98. Since the Raiders so dominated their opponents in the first seven games, many local sports journalists
A
were very outright in their views that they would go undefeated, but after several key players sustained
B
C
serious injuries, the press became way less buoyant.
D
99. The Russian army was able to quell the aggressive rebellion with unmatched efficiency, so were its
A
B
C
virtue of size and superior technological advances.
D
100. Phillipss decision to unduly delay the vote until after his re-election was definitely, I for one believe,
A
B
C
owing to him reasoning that either accepting or rejecting the proposal was going to upset some
political faction deeply.
D
Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the sentence that is closest in meaning to the
sentence printed in italics.
101. Im fed up with that programme; Ive watched it many times.
A. On watching that programme time after time, I begin to pall on it.
B. That programme begins to wane; Ive watched it once too often.
C. That programme is on the wane; manys the time that Ive watched it.
D. When watched again and again, the programme begins to pall on me.
102. Apart from the composition, I thought this test was easier than the previous one.
A. I found no difficulty to do this test except the composition.
B. I took this test easier than the previous one aside from the composition.
C. The previous test was nowhere near as easy as this one save the composition.
D. This test was nothing like as easy as the previous one bar the composition.

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103. I take it for granted that youve checked your facts carefully.
A. I assume that your facts have been taken for granted.
B. I take it as given that your facts have been read between the lines.
C. I take it as read that youve looked through your facts.
D. My take on the situation is that youve looked through your facts.
104. We were just about to leave and things went wrong.
A. Our departure being imminent, problems cropped up.
B. Problems sprang up when our departure was impending.
C. We were on impending departure in less than no time and problems arose.
D. We were on the brink of departing in next to no time and things didnt go according to plan.
105. The way he tells the story has made me very curious to hear the rest of it, not the story itself.
A. It is the way he tells the story that Ive gotten wind of the rest of it.
B. The way he tells the story it is that has whetted my appetite for the rest of it.
C. What has happened is that the way he tells the story has made me get wind of the rest of it.
D. What the way he tells the story has done is whet my appetite for the rest of it.
106. He is going places.
A. He is about to be on peoples good books.
C. He is going to catch people by storm.
B. He is bound to fly high.
D. He is making himself a household name.
107. Students at high school are not allowed to go into the Rainbow Disco.
A. High-school students are not made allowances to go into the Rainbow Disco.
B. Into the Rainbow Disco go high-school students who are disallowed.
C. The Rainbow Disco is beyond the bounds of possibility for high-school students.
D. The Rainbow Disco is off-limits to high-school students.
108. I will only be satisfied if the manager apologies fully.
A. I will only receive a full apology from the manager if satisfied.
B. Little short of a full apology from the manager will satisfy me.
C. Only when receiving a full apology from the manager I will be satisfied.
D. What will make me satisfied is receiving a full apology from the manager.
109. His treatment of children is unacceptable.
A. Beneath contempt are the children he treats.
B. It is his treatment that is held in contempt by children.
C. It is not cricket of him to treat the children like that.
D. What his treatment of children is is beyond the pale.
110. Another trip to Europe this year is touch and go.
A. Theres no denying that well take another trip to Europe this year.
B. Theres no point in travelling to Europe again this year.
C. Theres no question of us travelling to Europe one more time this year.
D. Theres no telling whether well take another trip to Europe this year.

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A. Complete the passage below by writing one word in each gap.

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Processing information is a quality unique (1) __________ the human brain and one which (2) __________
human beings from their animal relatives. The way in which different types of data is processed (3)
__________ according to its content. Using sophisticated new technology, scientists are discovering how the
brain conducts (4) __________ upon receiving emotionally charged information.
It (5) __________ us that the two hemispheres of the brain have different functions when responding to
emotional input. The left side decodes the literal meaning, while the right side assesses the tone of the
message, (6) __________ known as prosody. By measuring the velocity of blood flow to brain tissue,
scientists were able to see which areas required more supply of oxygen and glucose, (7) __________ for
brain activity. Increased blood flow implies increased demand, (8) __________ increased mental activity in
these areas. When tested subjects (9) __________ on the meaning of a statement, blood flow increased
significantly to the left side of the brain. When they were asked about the emotion (10) __________, it was
both the left and right sides (11) __________ received an increase in velocity, implying that meaning and
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This new understanding is of (12) __________ important for victims of brain damage (13) __________
by accidents or strokes. It can help explain why some experience difficulties (14) __________ literal
meaning with the emotional content of a message, which can lead to series misunderstandings. By
identifying which areas are (15) __________ responsible for these functions, doctors hope that future
research will lead them to ways to effect repairs.
B. Use the word given in capitals at the end of each sentence to form a word that fits in the space.

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1. Although she gained fame for creating the lead role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sutton Foster got her
first Broadway credits in the early 1990s as a(n) __________ in Les Miserables.
STUDY
2. Before the first day of class, teachers should be able to think up quite a few efficacious __________ to
get to know their students and help them loosen up.
BREAK
3. China is legally required to __________ Vietnam for any loss to the Eastern waters.
DAMAGE
4. If you want to buy a house, you should try and find suitable __________ in the Mua Ban.
CLASS
5. Not being able to stretch to the Advanced English courses, she might as well have __________ one
lesson a week, to which the teacher turned a blind eye, luckily.
LOAD
6. One of the factors that makes Frozen a resounding success, winning an Oscar for Best Animated Feature
Film of the Year, is the utilising celebrity __________, especially by Idina Menzel (from Glee) and
Kristen Bell (from Gossip Girl).
VOICE
7. The articles have been well worded, __________ for the ordinary reader some of the more difficult
references in Shakespeares plays.
LUCID
8. The school published a long list of names in the morning, but it wasnt until later that they requested the
__________ students report to principal.
MENTION
9. To be revised next month, the current edition of Advanced Word Formation Booklet by blogchuyenanh
is still such a resourceful and __________ guide for English majors.
PUT
10. Tourists and many Vietnamese __________ in France have taken to Trocadero Square near the Eiffel to
protest Chinas illegal deployment of a giant oil rig to Vietnamese Eastern waters.
PATRIOT
C. Use the word given in capitals in the margin to form a word that fits in the gap.
BREAK
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About 1,000 parents were asked if they agreed with (6) __________ views on typical
teenage behaviour and lifestyles in the early years of the 21st century. In the analysis of
responses it was found that, while teenagers regarded weekends as a time of
(7) __________, most parents considered them a time for study or family
(8) __________. However, the contention that its useful to have a teenager because of
their seemingly (9) __________ ability to know how the TV and computers work was a
point that almost everyone (10) __________ to.

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Those people who fear that three decades of significant technological (1) __________ have
produced a generation of (2) __________ and unhelpful Internet addicts will be
(3) __________ by a survey showing that some teenagers are better trained than they ever
were, domestically speaking. Nearly 60% of parents said that their teenagers were
(4) __________ at looking after themselves, agreeing with the statement that My
son/daughter can organise a meal and cook it. Those parents with children aged 1418,
were most likely to be in agreement with this. The aim of the survey was to
(5) __________ the attitude of parents towards their teenagers.

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D. Finish each of the following sentences in such a way that it means exactly the same as the sentence
printed before it.

1. Lady Gaga is easily the most celebrated singer Ive ever known.
Ive yet ___________________________________________________________ singer as Lady Gaga.
2. He didnt know it but his colleagues blamed the accident on him.
Unbeknownst ________________________________________________ accountable for the accident.
3. The assistants are on e-mail; otherwise theyd never have received the news when expected.
The assistants, ___________________________________________________________________ dot.
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4. It would be much better for you to keep up to date with the latest changes.
Youd be far _______________________________________________________ of the latest changes.
5. Rio succeeds in making a serious point while at the same time being hysterically funny.
Not _________________________________________________________________________ stitches.
6. Sales just failed to reach their target.
Sales just fell ______________________________________________________________ anticipated.
7. They tried but didnt succeed in redeeming their sins.
In _____________________________________________________________________ for their sins.
8. No matter what they did, they werent able to explain why she disappeared.
Try ______________________________________________________________________ in mystery.
9. We have had very little equipment and even the bit we did have wasnt of a good enough standard.
What _________________________________________________________________________ mark.
10. She stood up as straight as she could and looked down on us disdainfully.
She drew ___________________________________________________________________ contempt.

E. For each of the sentences below, write a new sentence as similar as possible in meaning to the original
sentence, but using the word given. This word must not be altered in any way.

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1. The director is extremely proud that he always takes notice of his employees complaints.
EAR
The director takes ____________________________________________________________ complain.
2. Dont worry! Im going to do what I promised, he said.
INTENT
He reassured ___________________________________________________________________ goods.
3. I really dont want to employ anyone with so few qualifications.
LOATH
Im _______________________________________________________________________ qualified.
4. Personally speaking, his position in the civil service is far from high-ranking.
LOWLY
So ______________________________________________________________________ civil service.
5. The article focused on how his latest novel wasnt anything like as good as his previous one.
PAR
The article shone ____________________________________________________________ whatever.
F. Write an essay in answer to the following question. You must write at least 200 words.
Some people believe that there are more advantages to learning foreign languages at primary school age
than at secondary school level. To what extent do you agree with this opinion?

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