I. Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the best answer for each question:
We first learn about loving and caring relationships from our families. Family is defined as a domestic group of people with some degree of kinship - whether through blood, marriage, or adoption. Ideally, each child is nurtured, respected, and grows up to care for others and develop strong and healthy relationships. This does not mean that it is always easy to make and keep friends; it just means that we share the goal of having strong relationships.
"Family" includes your siblings and parents, as well as relatives who you may not interact with every day, such as your cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and stepparents. These are probably the people you are closest to and with whom you spend the most time. Having healthy relationships with your family members is both important and difficult.
Families in the 21st century come in all shapes and sizes: traditional, single parent, blended (more than one family together in the same house), and gay and lesbian parents -just to name a few. No matter the "type" of family you have, there are going to be highs and lows - good times and bad. Many times, however, families become blocked in their relationships by hurt, anger, mistrust, and confusion. These are natural and normal, and few families do not have at least a few experiences with them. The worst time for most families, is during a divorce. By making a few simple changes in the way we look at the world and deal with other people, it is possible to create happier, more stable relationships. Families need to be units of mutual caring and support; they can be sources of lifelong strength for all individuals.
(Adapted from http://www.pamf.org)
What is the main idea of the passage?
Ideally, each child is nurtured, respected, and grows up________?
What does the word "These" in paragraph 3 refer to:
Which of the following is closest in meaning to "siblings" in paragraph 2:
According to the passage, which example below is probably NOT TRUE about the definition of family?
II. 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 others:
III. Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the most suitable response to complete each of the following exchanges:
Marry and Janet are at the dancing club.
Marry: "You are a great dancer. I wish I could do half as well as you."
Janet: "_______. I'm an awful dancer."
Hoa and Laura are talking about their volunteer work.
Hoa: "Thank you very much for helping the disadvantaged children here."
IV. Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word(s) CLOSEST in meaning to the underlined word(s) in each of the following questions:
Her style of dress was conservative. She never wears items that are too tight, short or low-cut.
There has been a hot debate among the scientists relating to the pros and cons of using robotic probes to study distant objects in space.
V. Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct word or phrase that best fits each of the numbered blanks:
In the early twentieth century, an American woman named Emily Post wrote a book on etiquette. This book explained the proper behavior Americans should follow in many different social (12) ______, from birthday parties to funerals. But in modern society, it is not simply to know the proper rules for behavior in your own country. It is necessary for people (13) ______ work or travel abroad to understand the rules of etiquette in other cultures as well.
Cultural (14) _______ can be found in such simple processes as giving or receiving a gift. In Western cultures, a gift can be given to the receiver with relatively little ceremony. When a gift is offered, the receiver usually takes the gift and expresses his or her thanks. (15) ______, in some Asian countries, the act of gift-giving may appear confusing to Westerners. In Chinese culture, both the giver and receiver understand that the receiver will typically refuse to take the gift several times before he or she finally accepts it. In addition, to (16) _______respect for the receiver, it is common in several Asian cultures to use both hands when offering a gift to another person.
(Source: Reading Advantage by Casey Malarcher)
VI. Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word(s) OPPOSITE in meaning to the underlined word(s) in each of the following questions:
This restaurant was highly recommended for good service, delicious food and kind-hearted boss.
Vietnamese have a strong sense of hospitality and feel embarrassed if they cannot show their guests full respect by preparing for their interval.
VII. Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the sentence that is CLOSEST in meaning to each of the following questions:
Despite his early retirement, he found no peace in life.
"Why don't you participate in the volunteer work in summer?", said Sophie.
He visited London three years ago.
VIII. Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the questions:
It is an undeniable fact that a woman's place was once in the home. In the past, women were merely required to fulfill the role of mother and housewife. Today, this situation has changed tremendously. If a woman possesses the attributes and qualities of her male counterpart, she will definitely be given equal opportunities in the career world without much bias. Therefore, women began to make the scene and, eventually, there was a steady flow of women leaving their homes. A certain vacuum or emptiness was thus created in the households. No more could the husbands turn to their wives after a hard day's work. Society marveled at the ability of women, but it also suffered at the realization of the important role that women play in their homes. Should women be allowed to work after marriage then? The answer is undoubtedly positive although this issue is highly debatable in terms of the nature of the professions involved. If a woman pursues her career but is at the same time able to care for her home and children, one simply cannot find any reason why she should not be allowed to do so.
A woman's influence is greatly needed in the home, on the children. What a child needs most is his mother's care because how the child is molded depends greatly on her. It is a real pity that women who leave their homes solely in search of a career seldom give a thought to this. The children, being helpless and dependent creatures, may have nobody to turn to at home, except servants or relatives. With the mother's back only after a hard day's toil, the children surely do not get much attention.
Whether a woman should continue to work after marriage would depend on the nature of her profession. It is a waste of resources if women, after seeking higher education, immediately abandon their careers after matrimony. A woman's effort can also contribute to the well- being and development of society. In the Malaysian context, a teacher is only required to work a five-day week with term holidays every now and then. Moreover, she is in school for only half of the day. The other half of the day can be devoted to her home. A teacher, besides educating the society, can fulfill the role of both mother and housewife. There are many other careers like those of nurses, clerks and typists where women can fulfill the double role.
Nevertheless, there are many professions which would not be advisable for women to indulge in after marriage. A public relations officer spends almost three-quarters of her time in her career. She has heavy tasks to shoulder which might require her to entertain others till odd hours at night. Women who venture into the business world should think twice before plunging into it. It would be beyond their means to fulfill two demanding roles at the same time.
As it is, a woman's most important responsibility still lies in her home. Without her around in the house, one just cannot bear to think of the consequences. Unless and until she can fulfill the basic role of a housewife and mother, she should not make a career her sole responsibility.
The word "marveled" in paragraph 1 could be best replaced by ______.
According to the passage, what job is NOT suitable for women after getting married?
Which of the following about women is NOT true in paragraph 1?
Why should a businesswoman have the second thought before starting her career?
The word "this" in paragraph 2 refers to _______.
What is the best title of the passage?
The word "matrimony" in paragraph 3 is closest in meaning to _______.
Which can be inferred from the last paragraph?
IX. Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct sentence that best combines each pair of sentences in the following questions:
George graduated with a good degree. However, he joined the ranks of the unemployed.
Electronic devices are bad for your eyes. Their radiation is very harmful.
X. Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions:
Both husband and wife should be responsible ________doing the household chores.
They ________ enthusiastically when their teacher_______ in.
Gestures such as waving and handshaking are ________forms of communication.
His brother refuses to even listen to anyone else's point of view. He is very _______.
I finally ______the cold that I had had all week.
Some people are concerned with physical _______when choosing a wife or husband.
Everyone likes him, _____?
If I ______ it was a formal party, I wouldn't have worn my old jeans and a jumper.
_______ his physical disability, he managed to finish the course with good results.
Mr. Park Hang Seo, a Korean coach, is considered a big _____in Vietnam football.
I deeply regret _______ to her so severely last night. She was badly hurt.
Why don't you _______ these photos into your computer, because then you would have your own digital copies.
_______ in large quantities in the Middle East, oil became known as black gold because of the large profit it brought.
Mark Zuckerberg's enormous success has taken a lot of hard work and _______.
XI. Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word which is stressed differently from the rest:
XII. Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the underlined word or phrase in each sentence that needs correcting:
Jane's friends insist that she will stay at their house when she visits Toronto next weekend.
The woman is famous not only for her beauty, intelligent but also for her hardworking.
Most people consider it women's responsible to take care of children and do housework.