SSCE ENGLISH LANGUAGE 2019
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Objective Test Section 1
In each of the following sentences, there is one underlined word and one gap. From the list of words lettered A to D, choose the one that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentence.
1. Though my mother was convinced about the success of the business, her manager remained ________________ *
The underlined word here is convinced
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2. Judgement should always be in favour of the innocent and not the ________________________ *
The underlined word here is innocent
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3. Layi is quite reliable but his sister is ______________ *
The underlined word here is reliable
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4. The gullible and not the ___________ usually fall prey totricksters. *
The underlined word here is gullible
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5. Tom's humility contrasts with his brother's __________ *
The underlined word here is humility
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6. The life of man appears long but in reality it is _____________ *
The underlined word here is long
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7. In the interest of peace, it is better to dialogue than to be ___________ *
The underlined word here is dialogue
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8. All the wealth amassed by a greedy father is often ____________ by undisciplined children. *
The underlined word here is amassed
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9. Many people find cod liver oil disgusting but soldiers find it ___________ *
The underlined word is disgusting
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10. The arrival of the riot police at our campus ___________ thetension rather than mitigate it. *
The underlined word is mitigate
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Section 2
From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that best completes each of the following sentences.
11. Investigations revealed that the senior students ___________ the juniors to throw stones at the Principal's car. *
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12. The Supreme Court _________________ the ruling of the lower court. *
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13. The board has _______ the film because it contains some nude scenes. *
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14. Many young graduates have __________ to the West in search of greener pastures. *
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15. The Committee let her go because they considered her explanation ________ *
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16. The company has paid dividends to its __________ *
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17. Within one year, that country has __________ its currency five times. *
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18. The man was arrested because he ___________ in the repayment of the loan. *
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19. Many members of political parties ___________ to opposing parties just before elections. *
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20. The boy must have ________________ the disease from the school. *
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Section 3
After each of the following sentences, a list of possible interpretations is given. Choose the interpretation that is most appropriate for each sentence.
21. The class captain got cold feet when he was asked to lead the protest. This means that the class captain became *
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22. Street traders often try to palm their customers off with faulty goods. This means that street traders *
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23. He has broken new ground in cancer treatement with his drug. This means that he has *
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24. The Principal stood her ground even when the students revolted. This means that the Principal *
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25. Looking after young children can tax one's patience. This means that looking after children *
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26. When the show was about to begin, we were still at sixes and sevens. This means that we were. *
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27. My aunt's rough driving could make one tear one's hair out. This means that her driving could make one *
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28. We never expected that Father would read you the riot act. This means that our father *
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29. You will certainly break his heart if you tell him that. This means that telling him would *
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30. He is at a crossroads of his life. This means that it is time for him to *
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Section 4
From the words lettered A to D below each of the following sentences, choose the word or group of words that
is nearest in meaning to the underlined word as it is used in the sentence.
31. Amina is fond of making derogatory remarks about her brother *
The underlined word here is derogatory
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32. His jail terms are to run concurrently *
The underlined word here is concurrently
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33. Here’s a man who comes from a background of entertainment *
The underlined word here is background
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34. She has always been grateful that you save her from kidnappers *
The underlined word here is grateful
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35. The whole place was in turmoil when we got there *
The underlined word is turmoil
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36. Charles’ concern for Anna is affected *
The underlined word is affected
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37. Corporal punishment is meant to be a deterrent to indiscipline *
The underlined word is deterrent
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38. The new bank is fast becoming insolvent *
The underlined word is insolvent
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39. He did all he could to defend his master *
The underlined word here is Defend
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40. I hope the Principal would be gracious enough to forgive us *
The underlined word here is gracious
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SECTION 5
From the words or group of words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.
41. You have no excuse __________ late *
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42. My phone is superior ___________ yours *
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43. You will surely help me with my work, __________________? *
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44. The trader tried to cash in __________ the customer's ignorance. *
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45. She hates _______ waiting *
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46. He took his share and gave them ____________ *
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47. It is advisable to mind your own business and not ____________ *
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48. Mike was very glad _____________ that he had won the lottery *
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49. Mr. Kwesi bought ___________ *
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50. Don’t let Jack bully you, stand up _________ him *
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51. The culprits _________ when we entered the courtroom *
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52. The students had no choice ___________ to do as they had been commanded *
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53. My submission _______ by the council at the moment *
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54. If she had known, she wouldn’t have come, _________? *
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55. Last week’s assignment was ________ for me *
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56. Could you please __________ a receipt for my purchase? *
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57. This is an improvement _________ the last report *
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58. You can apply if you agree ______________ their terms *
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59. When we were in boarding school, my parents usually came to check _________ us every week *
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60. It is I who ___________ to blame for the lapses *
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61. The holiday came to an end all _______ soon *
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62. The research was carried out __________ a sample population *
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63. Though _______ by opposition from his own supporters, the Chairman pressed ahead with his plans *
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64. To avoid trouble, it is best to say very ___________ on the case *
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65. He offered no explanation, ___________ apology *
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66. Our school will __________ one-hundred and twenty students this year *
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67. At the last minute, Amidu _________ of the plan *
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68. We need to __________ for lost ground *
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69. Blood is usually screened _____ transfusion *
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70. I believe he’ll be arrested __________ *
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Section 6
In the following passage, the numbered gaps indicate missing words. Against each number in the list below the passage, four options are given in columns lettered A to D. Choose the word that is the most suitable to fill the numbered gaps in the passage.
A Note to Screen-reader Users
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A separate text box has been allocated to the passage along with the numbered gaps, so that the reading flows as it should. The list of option groupings for the numbers, with each number occupying its own text box, has been placed after the passage.
The Passage Begins
The day of the great tournament arrived and
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trooped into the stadium in their thousands. Meanwhile, the home team had arrived and was in the
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The visiting team was late. With both teams now around, the referee
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his whistle and the two teams emerged from the tunnel and walked onto the pitch. The referee, his assistants and the players stood still while the national anthems of both countries were being played. After this, the captains of both teams came forward for the
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The home team won, they then exchanged
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At exactly 4.30pm, the referee signalled for the start of the match. The supporters were singing and dancing in the
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Both teams played very well but
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a lot of chances. After playing for forty-five minutes, the referee stopped the match for the half-time break. During this brief break, the
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of both teams came out to warm themselves up.
When the match resumed, the home team now played better. A
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from the half-back at the opponent's goal was
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into the net. There was a thunderous shout from the crowd. The match continued till the ninetieth minute. The result at the end of the match was 1-0. The home team had won.


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