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


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 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


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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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


3. Uproar in the passage means

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


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

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


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


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


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.


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


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

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


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.



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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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2004 BECE English Questions – Lexis and structure

Choose from the alternatives lettered A to D the one which is nearest in meaning to the underlined word or expression in each sentence.

11. Mary’s mother is confident that her daughter will win a prize.

A. anxious
B. proud
C. certain
D. determined

12. The troops retreated when they were attacked

A. escaped
B. scattered
C. fought
D. withdrew

13. Our teacher advised us to be courteous always.

A. punctual
B. mannerly
C. hard-working
D. kind

14. All latecomers were promptly punished.

A. immediately
B. mercilessly
C. roughly
D. severely

15. We should all learn to restrain our anger.

A. avoid
B. control
C. apply
D. delay

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

16. The two brothers are always quarreling: they never see eye to eye. This means they do not……….each other.

A. agree with
B. admire
C. respect
D. trust

17. You must be off your head if you really believe that the moon is a huge cake. This means that you must be……….

A. crazy
B. joking
C. unintelligent
D. dreaming

18. Amale does not earn much, but she has some money put by. This means Amale has some money……….

A. to live on
B. for charity
C. saved for the future
D. to pay her children ‘s fees.

19. Several passengers were killed in the accident, but the driver escaped by the skin of his teeth. This means that the driver……….

A. missed death narrowly
B. lost all his teeth
C. ran into the bush
D. had only a scratch on his skin.

20. When the armed robbers could no longer fight the police, they gave in. this means the armed robbers……….

A. Fled
B. surrendered
C. shot themselves
D. cried for help

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

21. The prefect was commended for his good work.

A. admired
B. promoted
C. rejected
D. rebuked

22. The teacher’s stern looks helped maintain discipline in the class.

A. proud
B. indifferent
C. friendly
D. concerned

23. Our Assemblyman had declined our invitations to talk to us.

A. registered
B. denied
C. rejected
D. accepted

24. Though her friend asked for some water, Divine callously drank all of it.

A. mercifully
B. greedily
C. playfully
D. intentionally

25. Rain makes the soil moist for planting

A. fertile
B. loose
C. solid
D. dry

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

26. The students can go home when they………. the work

A. had finished
B. finished
C. finish
D. will finished

27. Most people are not kind to animals, ……….?

A. weren’t it
B. isn’t it
C. wasn’t
D. are they

28. Afua………. her clothes on the line to dry.

A. hung
B. folder
C. hang
D. stretched

29. Kwesi went to school after he………. his teeth

A. had brushed
B. has brushed
C. brushing
D. brushed

30. Kate is the………. pupil in her class.

A. well-behaved
B. more-behaved
C. very well-behaved
D. most well-behaved

31. A bag of money, with some documents………. stolen from the car.

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

32. It is necessary sometimes to resort………. violence.

A. through
B. to
C. into
D. with

33. Clara understood all………. her teacher taught.

A. what
B. which
C. that
D. this

34. Ali agrees that the rice project is………. good

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

35. Charles does not expect………. his teacher today.

A. seeing
B. having seen
C. being seen
D. to see

36. Kweku thinks that life is difficult………. you are old.

A. if
B. while
C. when
D. as

37. Many countries………. the world use English.

A. across
B. inside
C. by
D. on

38. Do you like this dress? I made………. myself.

A. for
B. that
C. which
D. it

39. Ashanti Goldfields is the………. of gold.

A. nation‘s produce largest
B. largest nation‘s producer
C. producer nation’s largest
D. nation‘s largest producer

40. Neither Kwesi nor Yaw………. there when I got to the house.

A. are
B. is
C. was
D. were

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