2002 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. James was so wicked that all his mates abhorred him.

A. dismissed
B. beat
C. hated
D. ignored

13. The students listened to the headmaster with rapt attention.

A. true
B. equal
C. undivided
D. single

14. Sam was appointed the office boy because of his faithfulness.

A. honesty
B. cleverness
C. punctuality
D. neatness

15. We were taught that banks give credit to needy businesspersons.

A. installments
B. debits
C. transfers
D. loans

16. Most men normally do not wear costly jewelry.

A. good
B. expensive
C. shiny
D. new


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. The wall clock in the assembly hall is a white elephant. This means that the clock.

A. does not work accurately
B. is very big
C. does not work any longer
D. is very strong

18. His clothes are always out of date. This means that his clothes are……….

A. torn
B. too tight
C. faded
D. old-fashioned

19. When it comes to honesty, Kweku is the odd one out. This means that Kweku

A. is always absent
B. does not tell the truth
C. does not behave normally
D. is very tricky

20. I stopped going out with Joe because he is light-fingered. This means that Joe is a

A. lazy person
B. liar
C. thief
D. dishonest friend

21. The manager’s strange behaviour made the workers smell a rat. This means that the workers became……….

A. rude
B. discouraged
C. disappointed
D. suspicious


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. My former headmaster has consented to be my referee.

A. promised
B. planned
C. decided
D. refused

23. The suspect was guilty.

A. free
B. innocent
C. discharged
D. imprisoned

24. When school starts the national flag is hoisted.

A. lowered
B. dropped
C. saluted
D. hung

25. We could see that mother was very proud of her dark complexion.

A. natural
B. clean
C. fair
D. attractive

26. That car needs a hard push in order to start.

A. drag
B. tow
C. force
D. pull

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

27. The doctor advised the patient to stay away……….alcohol.

A. for
B. on
C. from
D. with

28. You have not paid your fees, ……….?

A. will you
B. won’t you
C. hadn’t you
D. have you

29. His pair of trousers……….torn.

A. is
B. are
C. have
D. has

30. I prefer honey……….sugar.

A. to
B. are
C. from
D. for

31. If it rains I ……….my crops.

A. have planted
B. had planted
C. will have planted
D. shall plant

32. I can………. time for my homework.

A. find enough easily
B. find easily enough
C. easily enough find
D. easily find enough

33. Have you heard the national anthem………. in your language?

A. sing
B. sung
C. sang
D. sings

34. This bag is………. heavy for a child to carry.

A. so
B. very
C. too
D. much

35. ………. you dislike the girl, you shouldn’t beat her.

A. Even if
B. Since
C. As
D. Of course

36. Ghana is over forty years, therefore she ……….of age.

A. came
B. comes
C. has come
D. is coming

37. To be a teenager is indeed great ……….?

A. isn’t it
B. aren’t you
C. it is
D. does it

38. Alf and Pat look so identical that it is difficult to pick the………. of the two.

A. oldest
B. old
C. elder
D. eldest

39. Uncle Ebo brought a carpenter who easily climbed………. the roof to repair the leakage.

A. into
B. on
C. at
D. onto

40. Bola is the………. beautiful of the three girls.

A. more
B. most
C. much
D. better


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