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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reading-Comprehension-Lesson 07

Đọc hiểuTOEFL - Bài 7

Đọc đoạn văn sau và trả lời các câu hỏi:

May 7, 1840, was the birthday of one of the most famous Russian composers of the nineteenth century Peter Illich Tchaikovsky. The son of a mining inspector, Tchaikovsky studied music as a child and later studied composition at the St.Petersburg Conservatory. His greatest 5 period of productivity occurred between 1876 and 1890, during which time he enjoyed the patronage of Madame von Meck, a woman he never met, who gave him a living stipend of about $1,000.00 a year. Madame von Meck later terminated her friendship with Tchaikovsky, as well as his living allowance, when she, herself, was facing financial 10 difficulties. It was during the time of Madame von Meck's patronage, however, that Tchaikovsky created the music for which he is most famous, including the music for the ballets of Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. Tchaikovsky's music, well known for its rich melodic and sometimes melancholy passages, was one of the first that brought 15 serious dramatic music to dance. Before this, little attention had been given to the music behind the dance. Tchaikovsky died on November 6, 1893, ostensibly of cholera, though there are now some scholars who argue that he committed suicide.
1. With what topic is the passage primarily concerned?




2. Tchaikovsky's father was most probably




3. Which of the following is closest in meaning to the word "productivity" in line 5?




4. In line 6, the phrase "enjoyed the patronage of" probably means




5. Which of the following could best replace the word "terminated" in line 8?





6. According to the passage, all of the following describe Madame von Meck EXCEPT:




7. Where in the passage does the author mention Tchaikovsky's influence on dance?




8. According to the passage, for what is Tchaikovsky's music most well known?




9. According to the passage, "Swan Lake" and "The Sleeping Beauty" are




10. Which of the following is NOT mentioned in the passage?




11. Which of the following is closest in meaning to the word "behind" as used in line 16?




12. In line 17, the word "ostensibly" could be best replaced by





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Sounds of English (Phát âm)

The sounds in "heed" and "hid"

The sounds in "head" and "hate"

The sounds in "hot" and "hat"

The sounds of in "hoot" and "hood"

The sounds in "hoot" and "hut"

The sounds in "hoed" and "hoot"

The sounds in "ought" and "hot"

The sounds in "oy!", "how" and "height"

Reduced Vowel Sounds

The sounds in "bat" and "pat"

Nasal sounds

The sounds in English

The sounds in "did" and "ted"

r and l sounds in English

The sounds in "sit" and "zit"

The sounds in "fed" and "vittles"

The sounds in "git" and "kit"

Word Final Fricatives - Voiced and Unvoiced

The sound in "hat"

The sound in "wit"

The sounds in "chip" and "jet"

The sound in "yet"

The sounds in "ship" and "measure"

Voiced and Unvoiced

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Reading-Comprehension-Lesson 06

Đọc hiểu TOEFL - Bài 6

Đọc đoạn văn sau và trả lời các câu hỏi:
Surrealism was a movement in graphic art and literature that was founded in Paris, in 1924, by Andr Breton. Inspired by another movement in art called Dadaism, the Surrealist movement has been one of the most influential art movements in the 20th century. It eventually 5 had a worldwide audience, flourishing notably in the United States during World War II. Surrealism focused on the role of the unconscious in the creative process. In a nihilistic protest, it rejected all aspects of Western culture. Surrealist writers, such as Aragon and Soupalt, believed in directly transcribing onto paper anything their 10 unconscious mind wished them to. They never altered or revised what they wrote because that would have interfered with the purity of their creation. Surrealist painters, a group that included such famous names as Miro, Dali, and Ernst, displayed a wide variety of style and content. Though Breton was the founder of this movement, his 15 strong leadership style brought about dissent, which resulted in several of the painters officially breaking away from the movement.
1. With what topic is this passage primarily concerned?




2. As used in line 1, which of the following is the closest in meaning to the phrase"a movement"?




3. Which of the following is closest in meaning to the word "inspired" in line 2?




4. Why does the author mention Dadaism?




5. What does "it" refer to in line 7?




6. The word "altered" in line 10 means




7. Which of the following is closest to the meaning of "purity" in line 11?




8. According to the passage, all of the following are true of Surrealism EXCEPT?




9. The word "displayed" in line 13 is closest in meaning to which of the following?




10. The word "dissent" in line 15 is closest inmeaning to which of the following?




11. The phrase "breaking away" in line 16 means




12. Which of the following statements is best supported by this passage?






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Sounds of English (Phát âm)

The sounds in "heed" and "hid"

The sounds in "head" and "hate"

The sounds in "hot" and "hat"

The sounds of in "hoot" and "hood"

The sounds in "hoot" and "hut"

The sounds in "hoed" and "hoot"

The sounds in "ought" and "hot"

The sounds in "oy!", "how" and "height"

Reduced Vowel Sounds

The sounds in "bat" and "pat"

Nasal sounds

The sounds in English

The sounds in "did" and "ted"

r and l sounds in English

The sounds in "sit" and "zit"

The sounds in "fed" and "vittles"

The sounds in "git" and "kit"

Word Final Fricatives - Voiced and Unvoiced

The sound in "hat"

The sound in "wit"

The sounds in "chip" and "jet"

The sound in "yet"

The sounds in "ship" and "measure"

Voiced and Unvoiced

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Reading-Comprehension-Lesson 05

Đọc hiểu TOEFL - Bài 5

Đọc đoạn văn sau và trả lời các câu hỏi:
Langston Hughes was one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. He was born in Joplin, Missouri, and moved to Cleveland at the age of fourteen. Several years later he spent one year in Mexico before attending Columbia University in New York. For a few 5 years after that he roamed the world as a seaman, visiting ports around the world and writing some poetry. He returned to the United States and attended Lincoln University, where he won the Witter Bynner Prize for undergraduate poetry. After graduating in 1928, he traveled to Spain and to Russia with the help of a Guggenheim fellowship. 10 His novels include Not Without Laughter (1930) and The Big Sea (1940). He wrote an autobiography in 1956 and also published several collections of poetry. The collections include The Weary Blues (1926), The Dream Keeper (1932), Shakespeare in Harlem (1942), Fields of Wonder (1947), One Way 15 Ticket (1947), and Selected Poems (1959). A man of many talents, Hughes was also a lyricist, librettist, and a journalist. As an older man in the 1960s he spent much of his time collecting poems from Africa and from African-Americans to popularize black writers. Hughes is one of the most accomplished writers in American 20 literary history, and he is seen as one of the artistic leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, the period when a neighborhood that was predominantly black produced a flood of great literature, music, and other art forms depicting daily city life for African-Americans.
1. What is the main topic of this passage?




2. Where was Langston Hughes born?




3. The word "roamed" as used in line 5 is closest in meaning to which of the following?




4. As used in line 5, which of the following words could best replace the word "ports"?




5. To which of the following movements might "Shakespeare in Harlem" refer to?




6. What provided Hughes with assistance for his travel to Spain and Russia?




7. The word "talents" in line 16 could be be replaced by which of the following?




8. According to the author, what did Hughes do during the later years of his life?




9. Which of the following could best replace the word "accomplished" as used in line 19?




10. The author uses the word "flood" in line 22 to refer to




11. Which of the following can best substitute for the word "depicting" in line 23?




12. According to the passage, Langston Hughes was all of the following EXCEPT






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Sounds of English (Phát âm)

The sounds in "heed" and "hid"

The sounds in "head" and "hate"

The sounds in "hot" and "hat"

The sounds of in "hoot" and "hood"

The sounds in "hoot" and "hut"

The sounds in "hoed" and "hoot"

The sounds in "ought" and "hot"

The sounds in "oy!", "how" and "height"

Reduced Vowel Sounds

The sounds in "bat" and "pat"

Nasal sounds

The sounds in English

The sounds in "did" and "ted"

r and l sounds in English

The sounds in "sit" and "zit"

The sounds in "fed" and "vittles"

The sounds in "git" and "kit"

Word Final Fricatives - Voiced and Unvoiced

The sound in "hat"

The sound in "wit"

The sounds in "chip" and "jet"

The sound in "yet"

The sounds in "ship" and "measure"

Voiced and Unvoiced

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Reading-Comprehension-Lesson 04

Đọc hiểu TOEFL - Bài 4

Đọc đoạn văn sau và trả lời các câu hỏi:
A pilot cannot fly a plane by sight alone. In many conditions, suchas flying at night and landing in dense fog, a pilot must use radar,an alternative way of navigating. Since human eyes are not very goodat determining speeds of approaching objects, radar can show a pilot5 how fast nearby planes are moving.The basic principle of radar is exemplified by what happens when oneshouts in a cave. The echo of the sounds against the walls helpsa person determine the size of the cave. With radar, however, the10 waves are radio waves instead of sound waves. Radio waves travelat the speed of light, about 300,000 kilometers in one second. Aradar set sends out a short burst of radiation waves. Then it receivesthe echoes produced when the waves bounce off objects. By determiningthe time it takes for the echoes to return to the radar set, a trained15 technician can determine the distance between the radar set and otherobjects. The word "radar," in fact, gets its name from the term "radiodetection and ranging." "Ranging" is the term for detection of thedistance between an object and the radar set. Besides being of criticalimportance to pilots, radar is essential for air traffic control,20 tracking ships at sea, and for tracking weather systems and storms.
1. What is the main topic of this passage?




2. In line 2, the word "dense" could be replaced by




3. According to the passage, what can radar detect besides location of objects?




4. The word "shouts" in line 8 is most similar in meaning to which of the following?




5. Which of the following words best describes the tone of this passage?




6. The phrase "a burst" in line 13 is closest in meaning in which of the following?




7. The word "it" in line 13 refers to which of the following?




8. Which of the following could best replace the word "bounce" in line 13?




9. Which type of waves does radar use?




10. The word "tracking" in line 20 is closest in meaning to which of the following?




11. Which of the following would most likely be the topic of the next paragraph?




12. What might be inferred about radar?






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Sounds of English (Phát âm)

The sounds in "heed" and "hid"

The sounds in "head" and "hate"

The sounds in "hot" and "hat"

The sounds of in "hoot" and "hood"

The sounds in "hoot" and "hut"

The sounds in "hoed" and "hoot"

The sounds in "ought" and "hot"

The sounds in "oy!", "how" and "height"

Reduced Vowel Sounds

The sounds in "bat" and "pat"

Nasal sounds

The sounds in English

The sounds in "did" and "ted"

r and l sounds in English

The sounds in "sit" and "zit"

The sounds in "fed" and "vittles"

The sounds in "git" and "kit"

Word Final Fricatives - Voiced and Unvoiced

The sound in "hat"

The sound in "wit"

The sounds in "chip" and "jet"

The sound in "yet"

The sounds in "ship" and "measure"

Voiced and Unvoiced

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