ข้อสอบภาษาอังกฤษสำหรับสอบเข้า ม.4

Part 1: Dialogue (Items 1-5)
Instructions: For each question, select the best answer from among the choices given.

1. Dialogue 1
Woman: I am going to tell that neighbor of mine to turn down that music once and for all.

Man: I see why you are angry. But I’ve always found that the polite route is the most effective.

What does the man mean?
2. Dialogue 2

Woman: Sorry I didn’t see you on the news.

Man: Yeah. And it’s unlikely they are going to rebroadcast it anytime soon.

What does the man imply?
Questions 3-5

Instructions: Read the conversation between two drama students, and then answer the questions that follow.

Woman: Have you heard? A new academic dean will be installed this week, and it seems that he already has a lot of new ideas.

Man: Oh yeah, campus radio announced that he’s starting a new internship program. Students will actually get a chance to join local opera companies on their productions.

Woman: That sounds intriguing. I wonder how he got the idea?

Man: Well, it seems he set up a similar program in another university and he feels that practical experience is an important addition to the artistic training in the theater.

Woman: You mean we’ll get course credit for watching the opera companies rehearse?

Man: We’ll get course credit all right, but we’ll have to earn it by working hard with the company.

Woman: If I decided to participate, who would decide what job I’d get?

Man: First, you have to be a theater major to join the program, but the program coordinator would try to match students’ interests with jobs wherever possible. And guess what? One or two music majors might be selected to perform with the company.

Woman: What? You mean stand up in front of hundreds of people and sing? I like acting, but can’t imagine myself taking on an operatic role!

3. Why was the new program started?
4. What will the students involved in the new program do?
5. What is required of students participating in the program?
Part 2: Vocabulary (Items 6-10)

Instructions: Choose the word or pair of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

6. The debate between Ron and Victor was __________ yet __________; in other words, it was heated but not rude.
7. Arctic animals have adapted to the cold, Arctic climate in exceptional ways, but humans have __________ them in one respect: the ability to use fire.
8. Because the accused persisted in explaining his actions through an absurd story, he __________ his own __________, creating difficulties for lawyers trying to clear his name.
9. Stress can weaken defenses and __________ the onset of illness, but small amounts of stress may have the opposite effect and __________ the body.
10. Best known for her children’s books, Beatrix Potter was also one of the first naturalists to observe that a lichen results from __________, an interdependent relationship between two different organisms.
Part 3: Sentence Completion (Items 11-15)
Instructions: Select the option that produces the best sentence when inserted in the space provided.

11. The brochure promised that the tour would enable travelers to expand their horizons, have fun, and _______________.
12. Plants of the onion family, including onions, leeks, scallions, and garlic, _______________ bright flowers.
13. Before being appointed secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009, retired general Eric K. Shinseki _______________ as army chief of staff from 1999 until 2003.
14. At the botanical gardens, _______________.
15. When you develop an immunity to mosquito bites, _______________.
Part 4: Error Detection (Items 16-20)
Instructions: Select the one underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence grammatically correct.

16. (A) Thinking that customers might (B) prefer jade earrings (C) to those made of turquoise, the jeweler (D) placing them in (E) the front of the window display.
17. Tourists (A) which want (B) to explore the (C) forested areas of the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary in India (D) must ride elephants (E) to do so.
18. In 1919 Alice Hamilton, by then a (A) leading expert on lead poisoning (B) and one of only a handful of industrial safety (C) specialist, (D) was invited (E) to teach at Harvard.
19. (A) Because unforeseen (B) changes to the league rules, the games (C) scheduled to be played (D) at the end of this month (E) will be postponed until after our new season starts.
20. (A) Although the freeway (B) system in the city is (C) quite complex, traffic usually (D) moves speedy (E) even during rush hours.
Part 5: Reading Comprehension (Items 21-30)
Instructions: For each of the following questions, select the best answer from among the choices given.

        I gave up the violin when I left school. In the twenty years since, I have come to understand as a listener what I never did as an ordinary player—that the members of the violin family (especially the violin itself, the viola, and the cello) are indisputably the kings of all the instruments.The violin, even though so simple, can both express and inspire every emotion imaginable, imitating the braying of a donkey or delivering a tune of heart-rending beauty. Lyrical and expressive, or harsh and violent, it is the master of adaptability, only the human voice can match it. By comparison, the piano’s eighty-odd notes a semitone apart may make it a mechanical wonder of polyphony, but where is the ability to thrill with almost imperceptible changes in pitch or volume? As for the other members of the orchestra —woodwind, brass, percussion—the very names of these suggest the lack of tonal range.

        Not only do the violin and its sister instruments dominate the orchestra, there remains no question of who is their most famous maker—perhaps the most renowned craftsman in history. From Melbourne to Milwaukee, the bus driver will ask you, as you struggle with your violin Case, “Is that a Stradivarius?” His reputation for excellence is ubiquitous.

        IThis reputation stems from the players themselves. To anyone, but most of all those lucky enough to perform on them, Strads are far more than just instruments. They are works of art, bringing together utility and aesthetics in a way that no other object can quite match. The British cellist Steven Isserlis borrows his Stradivarius from the Nippon Music Foundation: “My heart leaps every day when I take it out of the case. Its beautiful color glows.”

        Maxim Vengerov, a Russian who is probably the most admired of the younger generation of violinists, is even more direct about his relationship with his Strad: “It is a marriage.” The violin is such a feminine instrument that the metaphor seems almost inescapable, at least for men. Women are more likely to regard their violins as an extension of themselves. One friend told me this is why she does not use a shoulder-rest. The German virtuosa Anne-Sophie Mutter rests her Stradivarius on her bare shoulder: even clothes are too great a barrier. The exception only seems to prove the rule. When the young Soviet violinist Viktoria Mullova took a taxi across the border from Finland into Sweden in 1983, she left her government-owned Strad on the hotel-room bed. As a result her KGB* minders wasted valuable hours on the assumption that she could not possibly be defecting.

        Finally, there is the most obvious and concrete way in which violinists put a value on their instruments. Vengerov’s Strad—the Kreutzer—set an auction record of $1.6 million when it was bought for him in 1998. Even that figure is put in the shade by private deals. Scarcity and the need for age have combined to drive a seemingly unstoppable rise in the prices of string instruments. What other profession faces a situation where the tools of its trade have become so expensive as to be almost unobtainable? Every maker has his price—the violin says something about its player’s status, even before bow is put to string—but none commands more respect than Antonio Stradivari.

        Fame, beauty, history, value, the peculiar devotion that Strads inspire: it is a strong mix. And it all results from their most remarkable characteristic. More than 250 years after his death, Stradivari’s violins and cellos remain the best in the world. On song and in the right hands they are magnificent, projecting glorious tone to the back of the largest concert hall. A violinist who is attuned to his Strad, and knows that it will do everything required of it, can relax into playing, confident that he will not have to force to be heard. Strads are the ultimate insult to the vanity of the modern age: science does not have all the answers; Renaissance technology still cannot be bettered.

*The KGB was the national security agency of the Soviet Union that monitored dissent and controlled the activities of Soviet citizens, even entertainers on tour.

21. The passage is best described as _______________.
22. Which best describes the effect of the question in lines 12-14 (“but ... volume”)?
23. Which best describes the role of lines 17-23 in presenting the author’s argument?
24. Which best describes how “the players themselves” (line 24) determine the reputation of Stradivarius violins?
25. In lines 32-47, the author refers to Vengerov, Mutter, and Mullova to _______________.
26. Which hypothetical statement by a violinist who plays a Stradivarius would most directly support the point made in lines 37-41 (“Women ... barrier”)?
27. Why does the author consider Mullova an “exception” (line 41) to the rule?
28. In line 61, the author uses a list (“Fame ... devotion”) primarily to
29. In lines 70-72 (“Strads ... bettered”), the author characterizes the spirit of the modern age as being _______________.
30. The author’s point of view in the passage is that of _______________.
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