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BỘ GIÁO DỤC VÀ ĐÀO TẠO 
ĐỀ CHÍNH THỨC 
(Đề thi có 06 trang) 
ĐỀ THI TUYỂN SINH ĐẠI HỌC NĂM 2009 
Môn: TIẾNG ANH; Khối: D 
Thời gian làm bài: 90 phút, không kể thời gian phát đề 
 Mã đề thi 318 
Họ, tên thí sinh:.......................................................................... 
Số báo danh:............................................................................ 
ĐỀ THI GỒM 80 CÂU (TỪ QUESTION 1 ĐẾN QUESTION 80) 
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 from 1 to 10. 
Very few people in the modern world obtain their food supply by hunting and gathering in the 
natural environment surrounding their homes. This method of harvesting from nature’s provision is the 
oldest known subsistence strategy and has been practised for at least the last two million years. It was, 
indeed, the only way to obtain food until rudimentary farming and the domestication of wild animals 
were introduced about 10,000 years ago. 
Because hunter-gatherers have fared poorly in comparison with their agricultural cousins, their 
numbers have dwindled, and they have been forced to live in marginal environments, such as deserts 
and arctic wastelands. In higher latitudes, the shorter growing seasons have restricted the availability 
of plant life. Such conditions have caused a greater dependence on hunting, and on fishing along the 
coasts and waterways. The abundance of vegetation in the lower latitudes of the tropics, on the other 
hand, has provided a greater opportunity for gathering a variety of plants. In short, the environmental 
differences have restricted the diet and have limited possibilities for the development of subsistence 
societies. 
Contemporary hunter-gatherers may help us understand our prehistoric ancestors. We know from 
the observation of modern hunter-gatherers in both Africa and Alaska that a society based on hunting 
and gathering must be very mobile. While the entire community camps in a central location, a smaller 
party harvests the food within a reasonable distance from the camp. When the food in the area has 
become exhausted, the community moves on to exploit another site. We also notice seasonal 
migration patterns evolving for most hunter-gatherers, along with a strict division of labor between 
the sexes. These patterns of behavior may be similar to those practised by mankind during the 
Paleolithic Period. 
Question 1: The word “domestication” in the first paragraph mostly means ______. 
A. making wild animals used to living with and working for humans 
B. teaching animals to do a particular job or activity in the home 
C. adapting animals to suit a new working environment 
D. hatching and raising new species of wild animals in the home 
Question 2: According to the passage, subsistence societies depend mainly on ______. 
A. hunter-gatherers’ tools B. farming methods 
C. nature’s provision D. agricultural products 
Question 3: The word “marginal” in the second paragraph is closest in meaning to “______”. 
A. suburban B. forgotten C. abandoned D. disadvantaged 
Question 4: In the lower latitudes of the tropics, hunter-gatherers ______. 
A. can free themselves from hunting B. live along the coasts and waterways for fishing 
C. have better food gathering from nature D. harvest shorter seasonal crops 
Question 5: According to the passage, studies of contemporary subsistence societies can provide a 
______. 
A. further understanding of prehistoric times 
B. deeper insight into the dry-land farming 
C. broader vision of prehistoric natural environments 
D. further understanding of modern subsistence societies 
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Question 6: The word “conditions” in the second paragraph refers to ______. 
A. the situations in which hunter-gatherers can grow some crops 
B. the situations in which hunter-gatherers hardly find anything to eat 
C. the places where plenty of animals and fish can be found 
D. the environments where it is not favorable for vegetation to grow 
Question 7: A typical feature of both modern and prehistoric hunter-gatherers is that ______. 
A. they live in the forests for all their life 
B. they often change their living places 
C. they don’t have a strong sense of community 
D. they don’t have a healthy and balanced diet 
Question 8: According to the passage, which of the following is NOT mentioned? 
A. The environmental differences produce no effect on subsistence societies. 
B. Hunting or fishing develops where there are no or short growing seasons. 
C. Harvesting from the natural environment had existed long before farming was taken up. 
D. The number of hunter-gatherers decreases where farming is convenient. 
Question 9: According to the author, most contemporary and prehistoric hunter-gatherers share 
______. 
A. some restricted daily rules B. some methods of production 
C. only the way of duty division D. some patterns of behavior 
Question 10: Which of the following would serve as the best title of the passage? 
A. Evolution of Humans’ Farming Methods B. Hunter-gatherers: Always on the Move 
C. Hunter-gatherers and Subsistence Societies D. A Brief History of Subsistence Farming 
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. 
Question 11: A. supervisor B. dictionary C. agriculture D. catastrophe 
Question 12: A. convenient B. significant C. traditional D. fashionable 
Question 13: A. innocent B. initial C. abnormal D. impatient 
Question 14: A. mosquito B. elephant C. buffalo D. dinosaur 
Question 15: A. protect B. compose C. settle D. relate 
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 16 to 25. 
Some time ago, scientists began experiments to find out (16)______ it would be possible to set up 
a “village” under the sea. A special room was built and lowered (17)______ the water of Port Sudan 
in the Red Sea. For 29 days, five men lived (18)______ a depth of 40 feet. At a (19)______ lower 
level, another two divers stayed for a week in a smaller “house”. On returning to the surface, the men 
said that they had experienced no difficulty in breathing and had (20)______ many interesting 
scientific observations. The captain of the party, Commander Cousteau, spoke of the possibility of 
(21)______ the seabed. He said that some permanent stations were to be set up under the sea, and 
some undersea farms would provide food for the growing population of the world. 
The divers in both “houses” spent most of their time (22)______ the bottom of the sea. On four 
occasions, they went down to 360 feet and observed many extraordinary (23)______ of the marine 
life, some of which had never been seen before. During their stay, Commander Cousteau and his 
divers reached a depth of 1,000 feet and witnessed a gathering of an immense (24)______ of crabs 
which numbered, perhaps, hundreds of millions. They also found out that it was (25)______ to move 
rapidly in the water in a special vessel known as a “diving saucer”. 
Question 16: A. whether B. how C. which D. what 
Question 17: A. down B. into C. underneath D. below 
Question 18: A. from B. on C. at D. in 
Question 19: A. some B. much C. any D. more 
Question 20: A. exercised B. made C. caught D. done 
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Question 21: A. implanting B. growing C. transplanting D. cultivating 
Question 22: A. exploring B. inquiring C. enquiring D. imploring 
Question 23: A. breeds B. castes C. systems D. forms 
Question 24: A. school B. flock C. pack D. herd 
Question 25: A. capable B. able C. hardly D. possible 
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the 
following questions. 
Question 26: Through an ______, your letter was left unanswered. 
A. overtone B. oversight C. overcharge D. overtime 
Question 27: – “How do you like your steak done?” 
 – “ ______.” 
A. Well done B. Very much C. Very little D. I don’t like it much 
Question 28: “How many times have I told you ______ football in the street?” 
A. not to have played B. not to play C. do not play D. not playing 
Question 29: It is very important for a firm or a company to keep ______ the changes in the market. 
A. pace of B. touch with C. track about D. up with 
Question 30: I won’t change my mind ______ what you say. 
A. whether B. although C. no matter D. because 
Question 31: John: “Do you think that we should use public transportation to protect our 
environment?” 
 Laura: “______” 
A. There’s no doubt about it. B. Well, that’s very surprising. 
C. Of course not. You bet! D. Yes, it’s an absurd idea. 
Question 32: They didn’t find ______ in a foreign country. 
A. it to live easy B. it easy live C. it easy to live D. easy to live 
Question 33: There was nothing they could do ______ leave the car at the roadside where it had 
broken down. 
A. instead of B. than C. but D. unless 
Question 34: The forecast has revealed that the world’s reserves of fossil fuel will have ______ by 
2015. 
A. caught up B. run out C. taken over D. used off 
Question 35: – “Don’t fail to send your parents my regards.” 
 – “______.” 
A. Thanks, I will B. Good idea, thanks C. It’s my pleasure D. You’re welcome 
Question 36: Jane ______ law for four years now at Harvard. 
A. is studying B. studies C. studied D. has been studying 
Question 37: Lora: “Your new blouse looks gorgeous, Helen!” 
 Helen: “______.” 
A. Thanks, I bought it at Macy’s B. You can say that again 
C. I’d rather not D. It’s up to you 
Question 38: We couldn’t fly ______ because all the tickets had been sold out. 
A. economical B. economics C. economy D. economic 
Question 39: There should be an international law against ______. 
A. reforestation B. afforestation C. deforestation D. forestry 
Question 40: My mother told me to ______ for an electrician when her fan was out of order. 
A. turn B. rent C. write D. send 
Question 41: “Don’t worry. I have ______ tire at the back of my car.” 
A. other B. another C. others D. the other 
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Question 42: Only when you grow up ______ the truth. 
A. do you know B. will you know C. you know D. you will know 
Question 43: – “Mum, I’ve got 600 on the TOEFL test.” 
 – “______” 
A. Good job! B. Oh, hard luck! C. Good way! D. You are right. 
Question 44: She had to hand in her notice ______ advance when she decided to leave the job. 
A. with B. from C. in D. to 
Question 45: – “Should we bring a lot of money on the trip?” 
 – “Yes. ______ we decide to stay longer.” 
A. In case B. So that C. Though D. Because 
Question 46: ______ he arrived at the bus stop when the bus came. 
A. No sooner had B. No longer has C. Not until had D. Hardly had 
Question 47: Susan’s doctor insists ______ for a few days. 
A. her to rest B. that she rest C. her resting D. that she is resting 
Question 48: The United States consists of fifty states, ______ has its own government. 
A. each of which B. each of that C. hence each D. they each 
Question 49: He ______ to the doctor after the accident, but he continued to play instead. 
A. didn’t have to go B. must have gone C. couldn’t go D. should have gone 
Question 50: John paid $2 for his meal, ______ he had thought it would cost. 
A. not so many as B. less as C. not as much D. not so much as 
Question 51: “I’d rather you______ home now.” 
A. gone B. going C. went D. go 
Question 52: “Buy me a newspaper on your way back, ______?” 
A. will you B. don’t you C. can’t you D. do you 
Question 53: “This library card will give you free access ______ the Internet eight hours a day.” 
A. on B. to C. in D. from 
Question 54: The kitchen ______ dirty because she has just cleaned it. 
A. may be B. mustn’t be C. can’t be D. should be 
Question 55: “Please, will you just tidy your room, and stop ______ excuses!” 
A. having B. making C. doing D. taking 
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 from 56 to 65. 
Probably the most famous film commenting on the twentieth-century technology is Modern Times, 
made in 1936. Charlie Chaplin was motivated to make the film by a reporter who, while interviewing 
him, happened to describe the working conditions in industrial Detroit. Chaplin was told that healthy 
young farm boys were lured to the city to work on automotive assembly lines. Within four or five 
years, these young men’s health was destroyed by the stress of work in the factories. 
The film opens with a shot of a mass of sheep making their way down a crowded ramp. 
Abruptly, the film shifts to a scene of factory workers jostling one another on their way to a 
factory. However, the rather bitter note of criticism in the implied comparison is not sustained. It is 
replaced by a gentle note of satire. Chaplin prefers to entertain rather than lecture. 
Scenes of factory interiors account for only about one-third of Modern Times, but they contain 
some of the most pointed social commentary as well as the most comic situations. No one who has 
seen the film can ever forget Chaplin vainly trying to keep pace with the fast-moving conveyor belt, 
almost losing his mind in the process. Another popular scene involves an automatic feeding machine 
brought to the assembly line so that workers need not interrupt their labor to eat. The feeding machine 
malfunctions, hurling food at Chaplin, who is strapped in his position on the assembly line and cannot 
escape. This serves to illustrate people’s utter helplessness in the face of machines that are meant to 
serve their basic needs. 
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Clearly, Modern Times has its faults, but it remains the best film treating technology within a 
social context. It does not offer a radical social message, but it does accurately reflect the sentiment of 
many who feel they are victims of an over-mechanised world. 
Question 56: According to the passage, Chaplin got the idea for Modern Times from ______. 
A. fieldwork B. a conversation C. a newspaper D. a movie 
Question 57: The young farm boys went to the city because they were ______. 
A. promised better accommodation B. attracted by the prospect of a better life 
C. forced to leave their sheep farm D. driven out of their sheep farm 
Question 58: The phrase “jostling one another” in the third paragraph is closest in meaning to 
“______”. 
A. jogging side by side B. hurrying up together 
C. pushing one another D. running against each other 
Question 59: According to the passage, the opening scene of the film is intended ______. 
A. to produce a tacit association B. to introduce the main characters of the film 
C. to give the setting for the entire plot later D. to reveal the situation of the factory workers 
Question 60: The word “vainly” in the fourth paragraph is closest in meaning to “______”. 
A. effortlessly B. recklessly C. carelessly D. hopelessly 
Question 61: The word “This” in the fourth paragraph refers to ______. 
A. the scene of an assembly line in operation 
B. the malfunction of the twentieth-century technology 
C. the scene of the malfunction of the feeding machine 
D. the situation of young workers in a factory 
Question 62: According to the author, about two-thirds of Modern Times ______. 
A. is rather discouraging B. was shot outside a factory 
C. is more critical than the rest D. entertains the audience most 
Question 63: The author refers to all of the following notions to describe Modern Times EXCEPT 
“______”. 
A. criticism B. entertainment C. satire D. revolution 
Question 64: Which of the following statements is NOT true according to the passage? 
A. The working conditions in the car factories of the 1930s were very stressful. 
B. Modern Times depicts the over-mechanised world from a social viewpoint. 
C. The author does not consider Modern Times as a perfect film. 
D. In Modern Times, the factory workers’ basic needs are well met. 
Question 65: The passage was written to ______. 
A. explain Chaplin’s style of acting B. discuss the disadvantages of technology 
C. review one of Chaplin’s popular films D. criticize the factory system of the 1930s 
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to show the underlined part that needs 
correction. 
Question 66: Bill was about average in performance in comparison with other students in his class. 
 A B C D 
Question 67: The media have produced live covering of Michael Jackson’s fans around the world 
 A B C 
 mourning for him. 
 D 
Question 68: Although smokers are aware that smoking is harmful to their health, they can’t get rid it. 
 A B C D 
Question 69: Even though the extremely bad weather in the mountains, the climbers decided 
 A B 
not to cancel their climb. 
 C D 
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Question 70: Found in the 12th century, Oxford University ranks among the world’s oldest universities. 
 A B C D 
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. 
Question 71: He talked about nothing except the weather. 
A. He talked about everything including the weather. 
B. His sole topic of conversation was the weather. 
C. He had nothing to say about the weather. 
D. He said that he had no interest in the weather. 
Question 72: Peter had very little money but managed to make ends meet. 
A. Peter could hardly live on little money. 
B. Peter found it hard to live on very little money. 
C. Having little money, Peter couldn’t make ends meet. 
D. Peter got by on very little money. 
Question 73: The film didn’t come up to my expectations. 
A. The film was as good as I expected. B. The film fell short of my expectations. 
C. I expected the film to end more abruptly. D. I expected the film to be more boring. 
Question 74: It doesn’t matter to them which film they go to. 
A. Whatever films are shown, they never see. 
B. They don’t mind which film they go to. 
C. Which film they go to matters more than the cost. 
D. They don’t care about the cost of the films they see. 
Question 75: He survived the operation thanks to the skilful surgeon. 
A. Though the surgeon was skilful, he couldn’t survive the operation. 
B. He survived because he was a skilful surgeon. 
C. He wouldn’t have survived the operation without the skilful surgeon. 
D. There was no skilful surgeon, so he died. 
Question 76: James was the last to know about the change of schedule. 
A. The last thing James knew was the change of schedule. 
B. Among the last people informed of the change of schedule was James. 
C. Everyone had heard about the change of schedule before James did. 
D. At last James was able to know about the change of schedule. 
Question 77: There’s no point in persuading Jane to change her mind. 
A. It’s useless to persuade Jane to change her mind. 
B. It’s possible for us to persuade Jane to change her mind. 
C. Jane will change her mind though she doesn’t want to. 
D. No one wants Jane to change her mind because it’s pointless. 
Question 78: She said, “John, I’ll show you round my city when you’re here.” 
A. She organized a trip round her city for John. B. She promised to show John round her city. 
C. She made a trip round her city with John. D. She planned to show John round her city. 
Question 79: “Please don’t drive so fast, Tom,” said Lisa. 
A. Lisa grumbled to Tom about driving slowly. 
B. Lisa complained about Tom’s driving too fast. 
C. Lisa insisted on Tom’s driving on. 
D. Lisa pleaded with Tom not to drive too fast. 
Question 80: “Why don’t you reply to the President’s offer

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