2003 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. Abass was not selected to play because he had little stamina.

A. love
B. potential
C. endurance
D. skill

13. The town was deserted after the war.

A. destroyed
B. built
C. quiet
D. abandoned

14. The police interrogated the suspect at the police station

A. warned
B. questioned
C. detained
D. beat

15. John was impressed with Joana’s gift.

A. moved
B. deceived
C. calmed
D. pleased

16. Most doctors are cautious in treating patients.

A. careful
B. good
C. experienced
D. friendly


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 chairman was disturbed because only fifteen members turned up for the meeting. This means that fifteen members………. the meeting.

A. attended
B. avoided
C. postponed
D. disturbed

18. Tony held his tongue for an hour before speaking. This means that Tony

A. was angry
B. was happy
C. smile for a while
D. kept quiet

19. Jones will let the cat out of the bag if he is invited. This means he will

A. cause trouble.
B. confuse everybody.
C. reveal the secret.
D. release the cat.

20. The PTA Chairman cleared the air about the increase in dues. This means that he

A. explained why there was an increase.
B. announced the increase.
C. published the increase in the papers.
D. was sorry about the increase.

21. Charles Taylor’s shot missed its target by a hair’s breadth. This means that

A. he shot wide.
B. the goal was disallowed.
C. he nearly scored a goal.
D. the keeper caught the ball.


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. Applying cocoa butter to the skin makes it smooth.

A. soft
B. rough
C. warm
D. dark

23. Do not despise poor people because you are rich.

A. cheat
B. avoid
C. admire
D. annoy

24. Hearing is an involuntary action.

A. difficult
B. slow
C. quick
D. intentional

25. Iddrisu swore that he would rather be a spendthrift than a

A. miser
B. pauper
C. weakling
D. thief

26. Our friends gave us a cordial welcome.

A. plain
B. hostile
C. calm
D. steady


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

27. The youth are advised to abstain………. sex.

A. in
B. on
C. from
D. through

28. Daddy writes beautifully………. he?

A. would
B. wouldn’t
C. doesn’t
D. didn’t

29. Bulky goods are transported………. sea.

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

30. Life Skills………. my favourite subject when I was in school.

A. has been
B. were
C. was
D. have been

31. ‘Will you mind if I borrowed your book?’

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

32. ‘Has Sister Edith………. her glass of water this evening?’

A. drunk
B. drink
C. drinks
D. drank

33. If my uncle had come, I………. have had some money.

A. may
B. will
C. shall
D. would

34. Newspapers are………. magazines.

A. cheap as
B. cheaper than
C. cheapest of
D. cheap than

35. I have discovered a new………. rhyme.

A. children
B. childrens’
C. children’s
D. childrens

36. I told mum I………. take my breakfast later.

A. will
B. can
C. would
D. shall

37. The final match was played………. three and five o’clock in the afternoon.

A. by
B. toward
C. from
D. between

38. The girl told her mother that she………. from church.

A. comes
B. had come
C. has come
D. has been coming

39. ………. I joined the class late I could pass the examination.

A. Since
B. As
C. Despite
D. Although

40. The book was………. difficult to read.

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


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