2001 ANSWERED QUESTIONS – Essays

Answer one question only from this section. (The composition should contain at least 200 words).

1. Write a letter to your pen pal telling him why you like your school.

This is an informal letter. Please follow the guidelines/ hints given here.


2. Write a letter to the head teacher of your school complaining about at least two bad things your teachers do in the school.

What is required is a letter with a formal formal tone and structure. Check out the guidelines for writing formal letters here.


Answer one question only from this section. (The composition should contain at least 200 words).

3. You are a speaker in a school debate on the topic “Boys should not help in the kitchen.” Write your speech for or against the motion.

Revise the guideposts for writing debate essays.


4. You suddenly woke up when you heard someone shouting “Help! Help!” Describe what you saw when you rushed out.

This question demands an imaginative or creative essay. We have given guidelines for penning creative stories here.


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2001 ANSWERED 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

D

13. Nortey was industrious so he was duly rewarded.

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

B

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

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

D

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

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

C

16. He gave a precise definition of the word.

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

C


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

C

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

B

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

C

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

A

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

A


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

C

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

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

C

24. I must consent to this proposal.

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

C

25. Yesterday my cousin looked very depressed.

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

D

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

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

D


From the alternative lettered A to D, 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

B

28. ……….frankly, I hate the idea.

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

C

29. I think we………. Kwesi’s offer.

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

C

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

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

A

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

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

B

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

D

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

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

D

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

C

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

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

C

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

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

B

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

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

B

38. We won the school debate……….?

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

D

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

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

D

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

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

B


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2001 ANSWERED QUESTIONS – Comprehension

Comprehension Passage 1

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

There stood an enormous tree in the centre of the town. Its big branches and dense foliage gave shelter in all weather and so it had become a natural meeting place. Benches round the base of its huge trunk so that the elders of the town might sit in comfort and gossip or talk about serious affairs of the town. This particular morning, three old men were resting on one of the benches. They had chosen the side which overlooks the road entering the town. From there they could see the market, the lorry park and the main street.

As they watched, a large bus drove into the lorry park. It was surrounded immediately by a jostling crowd. Those who wished to travel hurried forward and food sellers rushed from all sides struggling to sell their wares. In the general uproar which followed, new passengers tried to get into the bus, whilst those who had reached their destination tried to alight. Others who were not willing to risk losing their seats stood blocking the doorway or leaned out of the bus windows as they bargained with the food sellers.

1. According to the passage the elders sit under the tree to……….

A. travel outside
B. buy and sell
C. discuss matters
D. drink palm wine

Answer: C

2. Which of the following could the old men not see from where they sat?

A. the benches
B. the market
C. the lorry
D. the main street

A

3. Uproar in the passage means

A. fight
B. movement
C. selling
D. confusion

D

4. Some people in the bus tried to alight because they wanted to……….

A. buy things
B. gossip
C. rest
D. go home

D

5. Some of the passengers blocked the way because they……….

A. did not like the food sellers
B. did not want to lose their seats
C. wanted to stop the new passengers
D. wanted to see the old men

B


Comprehension Passage 2

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

As I stood by a street in Accra that late afternoon watching people rushing home from work, I felt very safe. My sense of security came from the fact that Ghanaians are generally kind and hospitable people, particularly to strangers. Although I had just arrived from my village, I was a Ghanaian and in my own capital I should not fear anything.

Just then, I felt a firm grip on my arm from behind. I did not feel threatened; rather I was relieved. I thought an old schoolmate must have spotted me, James Cudjoe, and decided to play our old game on me. How welcome! The good old days are here again.

I turned to look at the fellow in the face but the more I turned to my left the faster he moved to my right as he tightened his grip on my wrist watch. Suddenly he let go of my arm and bolted. I saw him varnish into the thick crowd. Certainly, this was not how to welcome a friend. People of the city are surely very strange!

Totally confused, I made my way towards the lorry park to leave for my brother’s house. In the gathering darkness, I tried to find out what time it was. To my utter surprise, I discovered that my wrist watch was gone. The rascal had made away with it. It was hardly new, not even expensive, yet the rogue found it worth stealing.

6. The writer thought he was safe in Accra because……….

A. he saw people rushing home from work
B. he had just arrived from his village.
C. Ghanaians would welcome him.
D. Ghanaians are famous for their kindness.

Answer: D

7. Spotted in the passage means

A. looked at
B. recognized
C. marked
D. pointed at

B

8. The writer turned to his left because he wanted to……….

A. see the person behind
B. keep his wrist watch safe
C. welcome his old friend
D. play with his schoolmate.

A

9. According to the passage, the fellow grabbed Cudjoe’s arm because……….

A. he wanted to embrace
B. they were mates
C. he wanted to steal the watch
D. they stood together

C

10. Rogue in the passage refers to……….

A. a worker
B. the schoolmate
C. the thief
D. a citizen

C

11. Which of the following is not true according to the passage?

A. People in Accra are strange
B. People in Accra are classmate
C. There are thieves in Accra
D. Workers in Accra return home in the evening.

B


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2004 BECE English Questions – Essays

Answer one question only from this section. (The composition should contain at least 200 words). 

Credit will be given for clarity of expression and orderly presentation of material.

1. Your teacher has selected a programme for your senior secondary school course. Write a letter to him explaining why you prefer a different one.

2. With the consent of your parents, write a letter inviting your friend to spend part of the long vacation with you.


Answer one question only from this section. (The composition should contain at least 200 words).

Credit will be given for clarity of expression and orderly presentation of material.

3. Describe an interesting function you attended recently.

4. You Would you like to attend a girls’, a boys’ or a mixed school. Give at least three reasons for your choice.


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