2001 BECE English Questions – Lexis and structure

Choose from the alternatives A to D the one which is nearest in meaning to the underlined words in each sentence.

12. The director was humiliated when the theft was detected in his ministry.

A. angered
B. cautioned
C. discouraged
D. disgraced

13. Nortey was industrious so he was duly rewarded.

A. intelligent
B. hardworking
C. careful
D. courageous

14. Born and bred in an affluent home, he never experienced any hardships in life.

A. respectable
B. religious
C. happy
D. rich

15. Dazzled by the bright headlights of the approaching vehicle, our driver drove into the bush.

A. disturbed
B. worried
C. blinded
D. discouraged

16. He gave a precise definition of the word.

A. learned
B. hasty
C. accurate
D. short


In each of the following sentences a group of words has been underlined. Choose from the alternatives lettered A to D the one that best explains the underlined words.

17. After serving ten years in prison he returned home under a cloud.

A. in dull weather
B. very depressed
C. in disgrace
D. very secretly

18. His father’s death, which was a bolt from the blue, greatly affected his education

A. a disastrous event
B. complete surprise
C. a mournful affair
D. a blessing in disguise

19. Kofi Mensah found it difficult to do away with his habits. This means that Kofi Mensah could not………. his bad habits.

A. continue
B. hide
C. stop
D. talk about

20. Many people dislike Abugri because he enjoys blowing his own trumpet. This means that Abugri is……….

A. boastful
B. greedy
C. disrespectful
D. shameful

21. When Susan was caught stealing money, she shed crocodile tears.

A. pretended she was sorry
B. was annoyed
C. was embarrassed
D. cried like a crocodile


From the alternatives lettered A to D choose the one which is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word in each sentence.

22. The health officer advised the people not to contaminate the water any further.

A. fetch
B. store
C. purify
D. use

23. Theresa wanted to know the arrival time of the plane.

A. scheme
B. routine
C. departure
D. boarding

24. I must consent to this proposal.

A. ignore
B. question
C. disagree
D. react to

25. Yesterday my cousin looked very depressed.

A. contented
B. active
C. surprised
D. happy

26. The level of the river subsided after the floods.

A. outflow
B. ascended
C. enlarged
D. rose


From the alternatives lettered A to D, choose the one which most suitably completes each sentence.

27. I suggest that they………. the piano instead.

A. are playing
B. play
C. playing
D. will play

28. ……….frankly, I hate the idea.

A. Speak
B. Spoken
C. To speak
D. For speaking

29. I think we………. Kwesi’s offer.

A. better taking
B. had better taken
C. had better take
D. better to take

30. ………. the arable land was under cultivation.

A. Most of
B. Many of
C. More of
D. Much of

31. In attempting to control to control us, the headmaster gave……….a great deal of trouble.

A. themselves
B. himself
C. ourselves
D. yourself

32. Do you believe in witches?

A. Yes, I don’t
B. No I won’t
C. Yes I won’t
D. No, I don’t

33. Aba insisted that Adjoa……….to the party.

A. to have come
B. has come
C. to come
D. should come

34. Esi: I felt rather tired yesterday. Efua: Yes……….

A. I did too
B. so I did
C. so did I
D. I didn’t

35. The students complained that there was………. sugar in their tea.

A. plenty
B. few
C. little
D. small

36. One of the duties of the police is to………. traffic.

A. lead
B. regulate
C. direct
D. move

37. He decided to………. the entrance examination again.

A. have sat
B. sit
C. be sitting
D. have been sitting

38. We won the school debate……….?

A. hadn’t we
B. isn’t it
C. couldn’t we
D. didn’t we

39. The plumber turned the pipe so hard that it……….

A. will break
B. breaks
C. had broken
D. broke

40. He was introduced………. the directors by his co-worker.

A. by
B. to
C. through
D. from


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