SSCE ENGLISH LANGUAGE 2018
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. Binetou's inquisitiveness is in sharp contrast with her sister's ______
The underlined word is Inquisitiveness
2. Though at first it appeared an insignificant idea it turned out to be quite ________.
The underlined word is insignificant
3. After grasping the fundamental aspects of his job, kwesi had to cope with more _____ procedure.
The underline word is fundamental
4. The youth prefer discussing contemporary issues to ____ ones.
The underlined word is contemporary
5. As erroneous as it might sound, the headmaster was quite______.
The underlined word is erroneous
6. Halima likes to dwell on trivial, rather than _____ matter
The underlined word is trivial
7. We all know that bola is insolent whereas ade is ______
The underlined word is insolent
8. few days after Musa's _____, his sister longed for his departure
The Underlined word is Departure
9. Algebra seems complicated, but with Practice becomes _____
The underlined word is complicated.
10. Mrs. Agide is unassuming whereas her twin sister is ____
The underlined word is Unassuming
From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that completes each of the following sentences.
11. At Christmas, employees of the Sugar Factory m huge _____
12. The exposed milk in that container has turned _____
13. Not all activists champion _____ causes
14. The Mayor gave a glowing _____ at the funeral of the city’s only curator.
15. At the end of _____ the National Anthem is played on our radio station
16. The defence counsel was unable to convince the _____ of John's innocence
17. Unfortunately, corruption is the _____ of most African countries
18. The _____ results proved that the patient had hepatitis
19. The new book has beautiful _____ which make it attractive
20. Their marriage was finally _____ after years of hostility
In each of the following sentences, a list of possible intercalations is given. Choose the interpretation that is most appropriate for each sentence.
21. Can you imagine Oka behaving as if he has all the knowledge in the world? This means that Oka
A. does not really know everything
B. knows so much more than we think
C. is admired by everybody.
D. respects other people
22. Akin is too full of himself. This means that Akin
A. talks too much
B. eats too much
C. is too proud
D. is quite annoying
23. She slogged her guts out for the examination. This means that she
A. failed the examination despite working had for it
B. passed the examination despite not working hard
C. used unfair means to face the examination
D. really worked very' hard for the examination
24. I admire modou: very few people can stomach all adaeze's insults. This means
A. Tolerated adaeze insult
B. Was a weakling
C. Had no answer to adaeze insult
D. Did the right thing by remaining silent
25. After months of battling with stroke, he is now a shadow of his former self. This means that he
A. is now frail
B. is vulnerable
C. is hopeless
D. has almost recovered
26. Kura, you can't be too careful when dealing with Wang. This means that Kura
A. has no reason to be suspicious of Wang
B. can fully rely on Wang
C. has to be very careful in his relationship with Wang
D. may feel free in the company of Wang
27. Don't tell me another cock and bull story. This means that the speaker does not want to
A. be further baffled
B. hear the same old story
C. hear another drab story
D. be further deceived
28. Had he confessed much earlier, she would have trusted him. This means that he
A. had confessed earlier on but he wasn’t trusted
B. had confessed much earlier on, and he was trusted
C. hadn’t confessed much earlier on, and he was trusted
D. hadn’t confessed earlier on. and he wasn’t trusted
29. Kola: You really worked had to win the case. Didia: You don’t know the half of it. This means that
A. it wasn’t as difficult as Kola had thought
B. Kola’s statement wasn’t actually correct
C. it was even more difficult than Kola could imagine
D. winning the case didn't mean much to Kola
30. Femi is too clever by half. This means that Femi
A. displays his cleverness in an annoying way
B. is not as clever as he thinks
C. pleases everyone he meets
D. hides how clever he really is
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 underline word as it is used in the sentence.
31. He was such a brilliant footballer
The underlined word is brilliant.
A. An inspired
B. An intelligent
C. A dazzling
D. A skillful.
32. The politician is a fluent speaker
The underlined word is fluent
A. An eloquent
B. A superficial.
C. An insightful
33. Everyone has the urge to succeed in life.
The underlined word is Urge
34. When he heard the gunshot, he ran into a thick forest.
The underlined word is thick
35. That was a timely intervention.
The underlined word is timely
36. David is not only hardworking but also scrupulous.
The underlined word is scrupulous
37. We really have to be careful because the situation is rather tricky.
The underlined word is tricky
38. think that his essay is impeccable.
The underlined word is impeccable
39. There has been a marked change in her study habit.
The underlined word is marked
40. He was directed to write the letter.
The underlined word is directed
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. Every one of the students _____ to be excited about the excursion.
A. Was seeming
B. Is seeming
42. We should assist the poor, _____?
A. shall we?
B. isn’t it?
C. shouldn’t we?
D. we shouldn’t
43. Either he or you _____ to clean up the mess.
44. If Musa had woken up earlier, he _____ breakfast.
A. would not have missed
B. ought not to miss
C. shall have missed
D. may have missed
45. He would rather appeal the decision _____ defeat
A. instead of accepting
B. than accepting
C. than accept
D. than accepts
46. The student complained that he _____ the teacher
A. was not hearing
B. could not hear
C. does not hear
D. is not hearing
47. My brother _____ in Lagos for the past ten years.
A. is living
C. will have lived
D. has been living
48. I am totally disappointed _____ such poor grades
49. He is a doctor but he dabbles _____ politics now and then
50. _____ arrived before the manager
A. Neither he nor I
B. Neither me nor he
C. Either I nor him
D. Neither me nor him
51. The evening was rounded _____ with a dance
52. I _____ have done the dishes but I haven’t had the time
53. I have heard all _____ you said.
54. Life in the city is _____ challenging for the lazy.
A. too much
B. so much
C. very much
D. much too
55. It is always _____ that get the blame
56. He spends a _____ deal of his time studying
57. I guess he holds _____ sensitive position in the company
A. some kind
B. many kind of
C. some kind of
D. many kind
58. He always gives _____ for coming late to school
A. one excuse or another
B. one excuse or the other
C. some excuse or another
D. some excuse or the other
59. _____ you turn down the voluem of the radio? I am trying to read!
60. I know it's a secret, so I _____ tel anyone
61. At the last minute, Amidu backed _____ of the plan
62. He _____ be very handsome but I don’t like him.
63. During her early days in school, she ____ study for hours.
64. He _____ this morning in a dazzling white shirt.
A. turned off
B. turned in
C. turned by
D. turned out
65. The police have ________ a warning to all residents of the area
A. put on
B. put in
C. put off
D. put out
66. My parents taught me a lot of lessons, most of _____________ are difficult to forget.
67. Sani _____________ on a banana peel and fell down
C. had slid
D. was sliding
68. I look forward to ____________ from you.
C. be hearing
D. have heard
69. I have made remarkable progress _____________ learning French
70. The beans have not been properly __________________
A. on grind
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.
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An entrepreneur is a person who organises and manages any business enterprise, or one who combines the other factors of
to start a business and make a profit. He possesses considerable initiative and is willing to take
An entrepreneur can be a farmer, a dressmaker, a factory owner, a wholesaler or a
More often than not, it is best for an entrepreneur to start a business from scratch rather than
in or buy an existing business. One advantage is that he would be independent and not become a
or get to inherit
some bad debt.
of a good entrepreneur must include hard work, innovation and creativity. He must be well-informed and confident to make worthwhile decisions. As it takes a great deal of energy, time and money to operate one's own business, entrepreneurs must seek to possess good managerial
in order to manage their business successfully.
But how useful is the entrepreneur to the society? He is an innovator who develops new
and services to make life easier and more comfortable. He plans, organises, directs and
his business activities effectively, thus minimizing waste of limited
and enhancing productivity. Also, he creates employment and contributes to the generation of revenue for the government by paying taxes.
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