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Watch a baby between six and nine moths old, and you will observe the basic concepts of geometry being learned. Once the baby has mastered the idea that space is three-dimensional, it reaches out and begins grasping various kinds of objects. It is then, from perhaps nine 5 to fifteen months, that the concepts of sets and numbers are formed. So far, so good. But now ominous development takes place. The nerve fibers in the brain insulate themselves in such a way that the baby begins to hear sounds very precisely. Soon it picks up language, and it is then brought into direct communication with adults. From 10 this point on, it is usually downhill all the way for mathematics, because the child now become exposed to all the nonsense words and beliefs of the community into which it has been so unfortunate as to have been born. Nature, having done very well by the child to this point, having permitted it the luxury of thinking for itself 15 for eighteen months, now abandons it to the arbitrary conventions and beliefs of society. But at least the child known something of geometry and numbers, and it will always retain some memory of the early halcyon days, no matter what vicissitudes it may suffer later on. The main reservoir of mathematical talent in any society is thus 20 possessed by children who are about two years old. children who have just learned to speak fluently.
1. What does the passage mainly discuss ?
2. According to the passage, which of the following actives would teach a baby about geometry ?
3. According to the author, at what age does a child probably begin to learn about sets and number ?
4. The use of the word "ominous" in line 6 shows that the author believes the child's
5. The passage support which of the following conclusions ?
6. The author's attitude toward early childhood education can best be described as somewhat