Bộ Đề Thi Mẫu Đọc Hiểu Tiếng Anh B1 B2 VSTEP - ĐỌC HIỂU PART 3 - Đề số 5

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Question 21-30
You should spend about 15 minutes on this task.

   In April 1870, an art exhibit opened in Paris featuring famous and priceless works of art. However, at the time, no one knew that these paintings would one day be considered masterpieces. The paintings and the painters were virtually unknown at the time and would remain that way for several years.

   In the nineteenth century, French art was dominated by the Academy of Fine Arts Every year the academy held an art show called Le Salon. In 1863, the Academy rejected one of the paintings of Edouard Manet. Manet and a group of other independent artists organized their own show, which they called Salon des Refuses (Salon of the Rejected) opened on April 15,1874. A newspaper critic named Louis Leroy visited the gallery and was not pleased with what he saw. Impression: Sunset one painting of boats in a harbor at dawn by Claude Monet particularly enraged him, Leroy wrote that this piece, and in fact most of the pieces in the show, looked like "impressions" - a term for a preliminary, unfinished sketch made before a painting is done. Leroy's newspaper review was jokingly called "The Exhibition of the Impressionists." Within a few years of Leroy's review, the term Impressionists had clearly stuck, not as a term of derision but as a badge of honor, and a new movement was born.

   The Impressionist movement included the French painters Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Rencir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, and the American painter Mary Cassatt. The techniques and standards employed within the Impressionist movement varied widely, and though the artists shared a core of values, the real glue which bound the movement together was its spirit of rebellion and independence. This spirit is clear when you compare Impressionist paintings with traditional French paintings of the time. Traditional painters tended to paint rather serious scenes from history and mythology. Many Impressionist paintings feature pleasant scenes of urban life, celebrating the leisure time that the Industrial Revolution had won for the middle class, as shown in Renoir's luminous painting Luncheon of the Boating Party. Renoir once said that paintings should be"... likable, joyous, and pretty." He said, "There are enough unpleasant things in this world. We don't have to paint them as well."

   The Impressionists delighted in painting landscapes (except for Edgar Degas, who preferred painting indoor scenes, and Mary Cassatt, who mainly painted portraits of mothers and children). (A) Traditional painters, too, painted landscapes, but their landscapes tended to be somber and dark. [B] The Impressionists' landscapes sparkle with light. [C] Impressionists insisted that their works be "true to nature." [D] When they painted landscapes, they carried their paints and canvases outdoors in order to capture the ever-changing light. Traditional painters generally made preliminary sketches outside but worked on the paintings themselves in their studios.

   "Classic" Impressionist paintings are often easy to spot because of the techniques used by the painters. For example, colors should be dropped pure on the canvas instead of getting mixed on the palette and most Impressionists mixed their paints as little as possible. The traditional technique at the time was to make sketches or outlines of the subject before painting them. Unlike traditional painters, Impressionists applied one layer of paint on top of the last one without waiting for the paint to dry. These techniques created paintings that seemed strange and unfinished to the general public when they were first painted, but are much loved in our time.

21. The word 'virtually' in the passage is closest in meaning to the word

A. almost

B. infinitely

C. seemingly

D. forever

22. What is true about the art show Salon des Refuses?

A. It was more popular with visitors and critics than the "Le Salon" show

B. It made the painters and paintings shown there instantly successful.

C. Its organizers refused to display paintings by Edouard Manet.

D. It featured famous paintings by painters of a new movement.

23. Why did Louis Leroy use the term "Impressionists"?

A. because he thought that these artists only got a quick impression of what they painted.

B. because he thought that all the paintings at the show looked like unfinished drawings.

C. because he thought that the name would help those artists become famous.

D. because he thought that the painting Impression: Sunset was the best painting at the show.

24. What best paraphrases the following sentence in paragraph 3

The techniques and standards employed within the Impressionist movement varied widely, and though the artists shared a core of values, the real glue which bound the movement together was its spirit of rebellion and independence.

A. The core of values shared by the Impressionists was the most important connection between them.

B. Although there were artistic differences among the Impressionists, they were united by an independent spirit and shared values.

C. At first the Impressionist movement was held together by a shared set of techniques and standards, but in time they rebelled against these core values.

D. Although the Impressionists' values differed, their techniques and standards helped create a strong, independent spirit.

25. Renoir's painting Luncheon of the Boating Party is an example of

A. an industrial scene

B. a study of some urban buildings

C. a picture of people enjoying their leisure time

D. a traditional French painting

26. What did the painters Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt have in common?

A. They both painted portraits of children and mothers.

B. Neither of them was originally from France.

C. Neither of them was primarily interested in landscapes.

D. They both preferred painting unpleasant scenes.

27. When traditional painters worked on landscape paintings, they

A. studied the ever-changing light

B. did not make any preliminary sketches

C. never left their studios

D. sketched outdoors but painted indoors

28. In which space (marked A, B, C and D in the passage) will the following sentence fit?

This play of light can be seen in Claude Monet's paintings Water Lilies, Green Harmony, and The Bridge at Argenteuil.

A. [A]

B. [B]

C. [C]

D. [D]

29. The word 'spot' in paragraph 6 is closest in meaning to

A. paint

B. identify

C. admire

D. ignore

30. The phrase 'the last one' in the passage refers to

A. an artist

B. a painting

C. a brush stroke

D. a layer of paint

3. Đáp án

  21. A

  22. D

  23. B

  24. B

  25. C

  26. C

  27. D

  28. C

  29. B

  30. D

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