SECTION A COMPREHENSION
Read the following passages carefully and answer the questions which follow
Once, in the world of animals, there was a great famine and the animals were dying. For about three months, Tortoise and his family had eaten very little. Tortoise‟s body rattled in his empty shell as he walked. One day as he thought of a way to get food, his throat began to itch.
He would go to the next village where he had heard there was still some food. He would steal some for himself and his family. He took the bush path and arrived at the village after sunset. The people were preparing their meals and the smell made his mouth water.
How would he get this food? Not far away from him was the village playground where there was a big hollow log leaning against a tree. This log was the drum used to summon the villagers for very important announcements. When he reached the tree he decided to climb it so that he could see the village better. Unfortunately, as he was climbing, he fell because he was very weak and hungry. His shell hit the drum, sending out a loud „kpom! kpom! noise.
When they heard this noise, the villagers ran to the playground, believing they had been called, thereby leaving the food cooking in their homes.
Very quickly Tortoise disappeared into a nearby bush and ran to the village. He filled his empty shell with as much of the food as he could carry and returned home.
1. There was famine means that A. all the animals died B. food was scarce
C. there were no farmers
D. food was not cold
2. Which of the following statements is true?
A. Tortoise had not eaten for three months
B. The villagers gave food to Tortoise C. Tortoise got food from his own farm D. Tortoise stole the villagers‟ food.
3. Tortoise arrived at the nearby village
A. at sunset
B. in the night
C. at dawn
D. in the afternoon
4. The villagers went to the playground because
A. they wanted to find out who made the noise
B. they wanted to hear an announcement
C. Tortoise had fallen
D. the drum had fallen
5. The villagers did not see Tortoise at the playground because he
A. ate fast
B. hid in the drum C. stole their food D. hid in the bush
In the centre of the town, the town clock chimed two o‟clock. In an abandoned house on the outskirts of the town an owl hooted as if to signal to Sergeant Abora and Constable Abaidoo to wake up from slumber. They had patrolled the town for hours and were heavy with sleep. The night was very dark and so cold that in spite of his thick overcoat, the Sergeant‟s teeth were chattering. He was about to speak when he heard a faint sound down the road that led to the town. Abaidoo also picked the sound. Both listened attentively and realized that a late traveller was coming up the road. They took cover behind two opposing trees. As he reached where Abaidoo was hiding, the traveller stumbled over what looked like the root of a tree.
Then Constable Abaidoo quickly flashed his torchlight and bawled out, „Stop or I shoot!‟ Abora‟s gun was also held in readiness. The traveller who carried a heavy load on his left shoulder panicked, dropping his cutlass in the process.
„Who are you? Where are you from? What‟s in your bag? Speak out or I shoot! We‟ve got you at last!‟ Abora exclaimed.
Trembling with fear and stammering for words the traveller gave his name as Nsiah. He was returning from
Fosa with a bag of plantain and cassava.
But his cutlass and bag, both dripping with blood, gave him away. After a search the police found a human head and triumphantly marched him to the police station.
6. Abora‟s teeth chattered because
A. he had a toothache B. the night was cold C. he wore a cloak
D. the owl hooted
7. From the beginning the police knew where the traveller was when
A. he made a noise B. the blood dripped C. he stammered
D. the torchlight flashed
8. Sergeant Abora and Corporal Abaidoo hid themselves in order to
A. keep warm
B. avoid being seen C. load their guns D. have some sleep
9. Th e police arrested the late traveller
A. behind the trees
B. near the police station
C. in the centre of the town
D. near the town
10. „… gave him away‟ in the passage means
A. frightened him
B. warned him C. exposed him D. disgraced him
Choose from the alternatives lettered A to D the one which is nearest in meaning to the underlined word in
11. Mary‟s mother is confident that her daughter will win a prize.
12. The troops retreated when they were attacked.
A. escaped B. scattered C. fought
13. Our teacher advised us to be courteous always.
14. All latecomers were promptly punished.
A. immediately B. mercilessly C. roughly
15. We should all learn to restrain our anger.
A. avoid B. control C. apply
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.
16. The two brothers are always quarrelling; they never see eye to eye. This means they do not ……….each
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
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
C. shot themselves
D. cried for help
From the list of words lettered A to D, choose the one that 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.
23. Our Assemblyman has declined our invitation to talk to us.
B. denied C. rejected D. accepted
24. Though her friend asked for some water, Divine callously drank all of it.
25. Rain makes the soil moist for planting
A. fertile B. loose C. solid
From the alternatives lettered 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
D. will finish
27. Most people are not kind to animals, ……………?
A. weren‟t they
B. isn‟t it
C. wasn‟t it
D. are they
28. Afua ………….her clothes on the line to dry.
A. hung B. folded C. hang
29. Kwesi went to school after he …………his teeth.
A. had brushed B. has brushed C. brushing
30. Kate is the …………..pupil in her class.
B. more well-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.
33. Clara understood all ……………her teacher taught.
A. what B. which C. that
34. Ali agrees that the rice project is …………..good
35. Charles does not expect ………….his teacher today.
B. having seen C. being seen D. to see
36. Kweku thinks that life is difficult ………….you are old.
B. while C. when D. as
37. Many countries ………….the world use English
38. Do you like this dress? I made …………….myself.
39. Ashanti Goldfields is the ………………of gold
A. nation‟s producer 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.
CLICK TO VIEW ANSWERS TO OBJECTIVES
1. B. food was scarce
2. D. Tortoise stole the villagers‟ food.
3. B. in the night
4. B. they wanted to hear an announcement
5. D. hid in the bush
6. B. the night was cold
7. A. he made a noise
8. B. avoid being seen
9. D. near the town
10. C. exposed him
11. C. certain
12. D. withdrew
13. B. mannerly
14. A. immediately
15. B. control
16. A. agree with
17. A. crazy
18. C. saved for the future
19. A. missed death narrowly
20. B. surrendered
21. D. rebuked
22. C. friendly
23. D. accepted
24. A. mercifully
25. D. dry
26. C. finish
27. D. are they
28. A. hung
29. A. had brushed
30. D. most well-behaved
31. C. was
32. B. to
33. C. that
34. D. very
35. D. to see
36. C. when
37. A. across
38. D. it
39. D. nation‟s largest producer
40. C. was