SSCE ENGLISH LANGUAGE 2020
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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. A guest should not make derogatory remarks about what he is offered by his host but _________ statements *
The word underlined is Derogatory
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2. The audience applauded the last speaker, but the first was _____________ *
The word underlined is Applauded
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3. The commander said that raw recruits could not dislodge the enemies; he needed ________ men *
The word underlined is Raw
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4. John gave a fictitious account of the incident, but his son’s account was _________ *
The word underlined is Fictitious
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5. While the refuse dump smelled fetid, the orchard exuded a ______________ smell *
The word underlined is Fetid
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6. Only some of the accused were acquitted; the rest were _____________ *
The word underlined is acquitted
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7. The principal chastised Ben for his use of coarse language and advised him to emulate his sister’s __________ behaviour *
The word underlined is Coarse
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8. It would have been my pleasure to accept your invitation but I have to _______ it because of a previous engagement *
The word underlined is Accept
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9. Older people are expected to be ____________ where youths are green *
The word underlined is Green
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10. I accidentally stepped on my brother but he told mommy I did it _____________ *
The word underlined is Accidentally
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Section 2
From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that completes each of the following sentences.
11. The runner was ______________ at fifteen seconds at the end of the race *
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12. The appellate court has __________ the decision of the lower court *
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13. The defeated boxer left the ring looking extremely _______________ *
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14. There is an election _____________ pending against the senator *
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15. The manager was not in when Addo called, so he left his __________ card *
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16. Coming from the kitchen was the sweet _________ of Mommy’s soup. *
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17. There is a need to raise teacher’s salary in order to boost their ______________________ *
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18. The librarian has not entered the new books in the ___________________ *
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19. The textbook is very costly; I cannot __________ it to my students *
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20. The weather is too hot; I need some water to ____________ my thirst *
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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. My grandmother once told me that old habits die hard. This means that old habits are *
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22. If you ask him to sing, he will do it at the drop of a hat. This means that he will sing *
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23. The man has lost a lot and he only keeps up appearances by driving a big car. This means that the man *
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24. The game was tough but our team lost by a whisker. This means that our team lost by *
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25. When the result was announced, it was discovered that Bimbo and Pam were neck and neck. This means that Bimbo and Pam *
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26. The old woman’s birthday was marked by her children with pomp. This means that the birthday was *
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27. When the man was accused of stealing the money, nobody raised an eyebrow. This means that nobody was *
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28. People do not often rely on men who allow their exalted position to go their head. This means that people shun those who *
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29. The manager hit the roof when he was presented with the estimate for the new project. This means that the manager *
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30. When he received the news that he had lost the election, he did not bat an eyelid. This means that he *
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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 underline word as it is used in the sentence.
31. The boy was reluctant to carry out the order of his senior. *
The word underlined is Reluctant
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32. Dr. Azeez declined the offer to chair the meeting. *
The word underline is Declined
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33. The match came to an abrupt end when the rain started. *
The word underlined is Abrupt
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34. The boy came through the window' as stealthily as he could. *
The word underlined is Stealthily
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35. Bimbo was satisfied with the result she got. *
The word underlined is Satisfied
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36. It is absurd that people find it difficult to be honest. *
The word underlined is Absurd
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37. Even a mediocre student can pass that test *
The word underlined is Mediocre
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38. We called the carpenter to repair the broken door *
The word underlined is Repair
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39. Mrs. Okpala gave the drunk a contemptuous look *
The word underlined is Contemptuous
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40. The Vice-Chancellor's speech at the occasion was misconstrued *
The word underlined is Misconstrued
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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 complete each of the following sentences.
41. The soldiers lay ____________ the town to arrest the terrorists. *
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42. Power has not been restored _____________ many parts of the town. *
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43. We got to the hall after the play _____________ started. *
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44. The woman said the maid should _____________________ all the plates before going to bed. *
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45. John, would you mind lifting the box? _______________ *
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46. It was a long poem, but she had learnt it ______________________ *
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47. Let’s begin all over again, __________________? *
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48. Something must be wrong with the school driver, he is ___________ today. *
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49. What I admire about our football team is that they love _______________ *
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50. This is the teacher ________________ told me the answer. *
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51. Mary shouldn’t have disobeyed the teacher, _______________? *
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52. She woundered if the water was not ________________ hot for drinking. *
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53. I told him not to play ________ fire. *
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54. We enjoyed ourselves ______________ much at the party. *
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55. You will need to commit the formula ____________ memory *
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56. The ushers told the people to _______________ their shoes before they enter the hall. *
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57. That book is neither _____________ *
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58. The boy vomited a lot on the journey, the doctor told us he suffered from _______________ *
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59. The man gave the girl a ___________________ fountain pen. *
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60. I realized that I ______________ you before. *
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61. The boy had been warned not to _____________________ the money given to him. *
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62. The police officer was sacked because he gave ____________ the command's secret. *
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63. He bought a new set of _________ television *
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64. The newspaper reported that _________________ everybody died in the accident. *
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65. He isn't coming here, _______________? *
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66. __________ are often quite caring. *
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67. A spoilt child is usually prone _____________ laziness. *
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68. We do not accept the punishment ______________ the boy. *
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69. The tean practised intensely for weeks before the match ____________ it lost. *
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70. You cannot come between my friend and ______________ *
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Section 6
In the following passage, the numbered gaps indicate nissing 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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Passage Begins
Hardly a day passed without news of terrible accidents on our roads. Most of the time, these are caused jy the ignorance and
(--71--)
of drivers. Beside the ignoance of the drivers, most of the vehicles that ply our roads are not
(--72--).
Vehicles are supposed to be tested annually before certificates are issued. However, vehicle owners are issued with these certificates even when their vehicles have not been properly
(--73--).
Most of the drivers do not have valid driver's
(--74--).
There are driving schools with qualified
(--75--)
to prepare prospective drivers. After a period of training, the prospective drivers are made to go through a road test.
It is only when they pass this test that they are
(--76--)
to drive. Some drivers never even had a learner's
(--77--)
when they were learning to drive. Consequently, they have no knowledge of
(--78--)
rules. They are ignorant of what speed
(--79--)
means. To them, 100 kilometres per hour may mean minimum speed allowed. Little wonder the
(--80--)
on our roads.

End of Passage
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