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BECE Past Questions & Answers – 1990 (English)



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Read the following passages carefully and answer the questions which follow


It was an English lesson and our classroom was quiet. The blackboard was covered with sentences on „if‟
clauses and we went through such different forms as:

1. If he comes, I shall be happy;
2. If you abused him, he would beat you;
3. Amo could have won the race if he had trained harder

We all found it difficult to understand the formula for each sentence. We had problems with the tenses but as our final examinations were so near we really had to master them. We were, however, interrupted by the
noise of a bucket and heavy footsteps on the veranda. Then Mr Odumba‟s big head came round the door.

Sorry to interrupt, he told our teacher. We all looked up, highly pleased at the welcomed interruption. Who knows, Mr Odumba might fall down again and what could be more pleasing than that in the middle of a difficult lesson?
„Can I have a word with you alone, please?‟ Mr Odumba asked our teacher who followed him to the veranda. Mr Odumba, looking uncomfortable, took a deep breath and said that some pawpaw he had marked in the morning had been stolen from his garden.
Finally, he asked our teacher, „would you mind if I went round to find out which of your pupils‟ hands
smell of pawpaw?

1. The classroom was quiet because the pupils …………..
A. wanted the lesson to end quickly
B. did not understand the lesson
C. were preparing for their final examination
D. had stolen some pawpaw

E. had heard that Mr Odumba had fallen down.

2. Mr Odumba came to the school ………..
A. because he wanted to beat one of the pupils
B. to search for those who had stolen his pawpaw
C. to return the bucket to the school
D. to converse with one of the teachers
E. to learn about “if” clauses

3. How did Mr Odumba‟s visit to the school affect the pupils?
A. They were frightened
B. He disturbed them
C. They were happy
D. They felt sorry for him
E. They were ashamed

4. Which of the following statements is not true according to the passage?
A. The pupils were weak in grammar
B. Mr. Odumba fell down once
C. The lesson was not understood
D. The pupils‟ hands smelt of pawpaw
E. Mr Odumba kept a garden

5. Mr Odumba‟s big head came round the door. This means Mr Odumba‟s head
A. appeared at the entrance
B. hit the door
C. blocked the entrance
D. pushed the door open
E. turned round at the door

6. The expression, Can I have a word with you? means, let me …….
A. help you teach
B. teach you a word
C. give you something
D. have my pawpaw back
E. speak to you


Have you ever watched two dogs fighting? The scene is both interesting and terrifying. I once watched two dogs, Whisky and Sandy fighting. Whisky was a brown dog with white hair round his eyes. This made him look very fearful. He was often running after lizards and barking at strange things and visitors. Sandy, on the other hand, was a black dog with white legs and face. He was gentle and friendly to both adults and children.

When the fight started, everybody thought Sandy would be no match for Whisky. Whisky was the first to attack. He jumped up with his fore-legs raised, mouth wide open and gripped the back of Sandy‟s neck with his sharp teeth. Sandy went down with Whisky on top of him. Sandy played it cool as if he did not feel any pain. The spectators believed the more aggressive Whisky had won the fight.
Suddenly, the tide turned. Sandy got hold of one of Whisky‟s hind legs and bit hard as if breaking a bone. Whisky felt the pain and as he opened his mouth to yelp, Sandy broke free.
As Whisky was about to attack again Sandy jumped on his back and held his throat. Down he went on his back. The crowd then cheered, Sandy! San-dy!! San-dy!!!
Feeling very proud, Sandy released Whisky and he ran away with his tail between his legs. Sandy had
won the fight.

7. According to the passage when one comes across two dogs fighting, one ………..
A. becomes both attracted and frightened
B. must run away from them
C. must hit their necks with a stick
D. must shout to separate them
E. becomes both sorry and happy.

8. The spectators thought Whisky had won the fight because he ………..
A. had once attacked and defeated a lizard
B. knew how to fight
C. was able to jump higher than Sandy
D. pushed Sandy to the ground
E. showed his sharp teeth

9. Whisky was defeated because Sandy ………
A. had the support of the crowd
B. bit his legs
C. held his throat D. turned the tide E. attacked first

10. Sandy played it cool means that Sandy ……..
A. enjoyed the fight
B. felt very cold
C. did not bark
D. remained undisturbed
E. stopped fighting

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