SSCE ENGLISH LANGUAGE 2020
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
2. The audience applauded the last speaker, but the first was _____________
The word underlined is Applauded
3. The commander said that raw recruits could not dislodge the enemies; he needed ________ men
The word underlined is Raw
4. John gave a fictitious account of the incident, but his son’s account was _________
The word underlined is Fictitious
5. While the refuse dump smelled fetid, the orchard exuded a ______________ smell
The word underlined is Fetid
6. Only some of the accused were acquitted; the rest were _____________
The word underlined is acquitted
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
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
9. Older people are expected to be ____________ where youths are green
The word underlined is Green
10. I accidentally stepped on my brother but he told mommy I did it _____________
The word underlined is Accidentally
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
12. The appellate court has __________ the decision of the lower court
13. The defeated boxer left the ring looking extremely _______________
14. There is an election _____________ pending against the senator
15. The manager was not in when Addo called, so he left his __________ card
16. Coming from the kitchen was the sweet _________ of Mommy’s soup.
17. There is a need to raise teacher’s salary in order to boost their ______________________
18. The librarian has not entered the new books in the ___________________
19. The textbook is very costly; I cannot __________ it to my students
20. The weather is too hot; I need some water to ____________ my thirst
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
A. easily corrected
B. difficult to change
D. forever changing
22. If you ask him to sing, he will do it at the drop of a hat. This means that he will sing
23. The man has lost a lot and he only keeps up appearances by driving a big car. This means that the man
A. intends to work harder
B. pretends that all is well
C. wants everybody to see him
D. wants to please his people
24. The game was tough but our team lost by a whisker. This means that our team lost by
B. a wide margin
C. not preparing well
D. a narrow margin
25. When the result was announced, it was discovered that Bimbo and Pam were neck and neck. This means that Bimbo and Pam
A. had almost the same result
B. failed badly
C. had equal result
D. passed well
26. The old woman’s birthday was marked by her children with pomp. This means that the birthday was
A. greatly celebrated
B. remembered fondly
C. widely advertised
D. filmed and played back
27. When the man was accused of stealing the money, nobody raised an eyebrow. This means that nobody was
28. People do not often rely on men who allow their exalted position to go their head. This means that people shun those who
A. are highly placed
B. are conceited because of their position
C. are rude because of their position
D. do not do their work
29. The manager hit the roof when he was presented with the estimate for the new project. This means that the manager
A. mobilised the workers
B. became very angry
C. became very suspicious
D. cancelled the project
30. When he received the news that he had lost the election, he did not bat an eyelid. This means that he
A. expected to lose the election
B. stood perfectly still
C. was shocked to have lost the election
D. showed no feelings
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
32. Dr. Azeez declined the offer to chair the meeting.
The word underline is Declined
33. The match came to an abrupt end when the rain started.
The word underlined is Abrupt
34. The boy came through the window' as stealthily as he could.
The word underlined is Stealthily
35. Bimbo was satisfied with the result she got.
The word underlined is Satisfied
36. It is absurd that people find it difficult to be honest.
The word underlined is Absurd
37. Even a mediocre student can pass that test
The word underlined is Mediocre
38. We called the carpenter to repair the broken door
The word underlined is Repair
39. Mrs. Okpala gave the drunk a contemptuous look
The word underlined is Contemptuous
40. The Vice-Chancellor's speech at the occasion was misconstrued
The word underlined is Misconstrued
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.
A. siege on
B. siege to
C. siege with
D. siege by
42. Power has not been restored _____________ many parts of the town.
43. We got to the hall after the play _____________ started.
44. The woman said the maid should _____________________ all the plates before going to bed.
A. wash out
B. Wash up
C. Wash off
D. Wash away
45. John, would you mind lifting the box? _______________
A. Yes, I do
B. No, I wouldn't
C. Yes, I wouldn't
D. No, I don't
46. It was a long poem, but she had learnt it ______________________
A. from memory
B. To memory
C. By heart
D. to heart
47. Let’s begin all over again, __________________?
A. may we
B. shall we
C. Can we
D. Must we
48. Something must be wrong with the school driver, he is ___________ today.
A. rather driving carelessly
B. carelessly driving rather
C. driving rather carelessly
D. rather carelessly driving
49. What I admire about our football team is that they love _______________
B. one another
C. the other
50. This is the teacher ________________ told me the answer.
A. whom I said
B. who I said
C. who I said he
D. I said that he
51. Mary shouldn’t have disobeyed the teacher, _______________?
A. should she
B. didn't she
C. did she
D. could she
52. She woundered if the water was not ________________ hot for drinking.
53. I told him not to play ________ fire.
54. We enjoyed ourselves ______________ much at the party.
55. You will need to commit the formula ____________ memory
56. The ushers told the people to _______________ their shoes before they enter the hall.
A. put off
B. put out
C. take off
D. take out
57. That book is neither _____________
A. his or yours
B. his not yours
C. his nor yours
D. his own nor yours
58. The boy vomited a lot on the journey, the doctor told us he suffered from _______________
A. travel sickness
B. travelling sickness
C. travel sicknesses
D. traveller sickness
59. The man gave the girl a ___________________ fountain pen.
A. small new blue
B. blue small new
C. blue new small
D. new small blue
60. I realized that I ______________ you before.
A. had met
C. have met
61. The boy had been warned not to _____________________ the money given to him.
62. The police officer was sacked because he gave ____________ the command's secret.
63. He bought a new set of _________ television
64. The newspaper reported that _________________ everybody died in the accident.
65. He isn't coming here, _______________?
A. is he
B. isn't he
C. doesn't he
D. does he
66. __________ are often quite caring.
67. A spoilt child is usually prone _____________ laziness.
68. We do not accept the punishment ______________ the boy.
A. meted to
B. meted on
C. meted out to
D. meted in to
69. The tean practised intensely for weeks before the match ____________ it lost.
A. still yet
70. You cannot come between my friend and ______________
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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Hardly a day passed without news of terrible accidents on our roads. Most of the time, these are caused jy the ignorance and
of drivers. Beside the ignoance of the drivers, most of the vehicles that ply our roads are not
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
Most of the drivers do not have valid driver's
There are driving schools with qualified
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
to drive. Some drivers never even had a learner's
when they were learning to drive. Consequently, they have no knowledge of
rules. They are ignorant of what speed
means. To them, 100 kilometres per hour may mean minimum speed allowed. Little wonder the
on our roads.
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