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BECE Past Questions & Answers – 2007 (English)

April 2007


45 minutes


Read the following passages carefully and answer the questions which follow


“Help! Help! Fire!” This and other noises like the banging of doors and crunching footsteps woke Barimah up. “Something must be done,” he exclaimed to his wife Fosua who was already awake. He dressed up quickly, opened the door and went out advising his wife not to leave the house.

It was pitch dark outside; the only light came from the flaming house of Agya Atta. By the time Barimah got there, the house was truly in flames and people had gathered around busily and frantically pouring water and sand on the flames. They were doing everything they could to put out the fire.

Meanwhile, they had managed to rescue a few things from the fire. These Barimah caused to be packed and taken to his house to prevent them from being looted. He then took Agya Atta‟s wife and children to his house and quickly returned to fight the flames.

Araba had won the hearts of many people by her good deeds and kindness. It was therefore sad to see her lose her property, as well as the house she and Agya Atta had toiled to build.

1. Barimah asked Fosua to stay indoors because A. people were running helter-skelter. B. there was a terrible noise.
C. he suspected danger outside. D. the place was very dark.

2. What did Barimah find immediately he went out?
A. Araba fighting the flames
B. People packing things
C. People shouting
D. Agya Atta‟s house burning

3. … put out in the passage means
A. control
B. extinguish
C. reduce
D. destroy

4. From the passage we can infer that the Barimahs and the Agya Attas are
A. classmates
B. good neighbours
C. in-laws
D. age mates

5. People sympathized with Araba because she
A. had been left by her husband. B. toiled with her husband.
C. was a good woman.
D. was sad.


Many smokers ignore the warning about the dangers of smoking although there is a national campaign against the habit. The United Nations has set aside a day to be observed against the killer habit.

The story is told of a young man who became addicted to smoking. In no time, he developed smoking- related diseases and died miserably, leaving behind his wife and children in poverty.

Research shows that the smoker is far more likely to suffer, if not die of major diseases like lung cancer and heart failure, than a non-smoker.

It is generally known that smoking during pregnancy is undesirable. Women who smoke produce underweight babies. They are also likely to miscarry, have still-born babies or lose them after birth. If such children survive and attend school, they do not perform well.

What is most annoying about smoking is the risk to passive smokers. Non-smokers breathing in smoke
from other people‟s cigarettes, pipes and cigars stand the risk of contracting the diseases that harm smokers.

If smokers knew how non-smokers feel about them, they would give up the habit. The smoker is regarded by many as a social misfit – one who does not consider the welfare of others but his own interest in smoking, no matter where he.

6. Wh at has society done about smoking? It has
A. sent smokers to court.
B. given medical treatment to smokers.
C. ignored it.

D. opposed it.

7. According to the passage, which of the following is caused by smoking?
A. Malaria
B. Measles
C. Cancer of the lungs
D. Tuberculosis

8. Which of the following is true about pregnant women who smoke? They
A. are likely to give birth to dead babies
B. are not able to breastfeed C. are likely to have twins D. lose weight

9. Passive smokers are those who
A. befriend smokers
B. are addicted to smoking
C. do not smoke at all
D. inhale smoke from smokers‟ cigarettes

10. According to the passage, smokers are
A. fearless B. selfish C. proud
D. disrespectful


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

11. Senyo tried in vain to stop his friend from stealing the kitten.
A. hard
B. timidly
C. angrily
D. unsuccessfully

12. With hard work we can overcome any problem.
A. get
B. avoid C. stop D. solve

13. Th e meal is delicious.
A. fine
B. tasty
C. sweet
D. nutritious

14. The audience applauded the actors at the end of the play.
A. booed
B. invited
C. rewarded
D. cheered

15. Jasper lamented the loss of his pet.
A. regretted
B. mourned
C. remembered
D. discovered


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. John is always light-hearted in spite of his problems. This means that in spite of his problems John is always
A. careless
B. cheerful
C. cool
D. proud

17. After that accident Ayorkor has really gone through the mill. This means Ayorkor has
A. changed her lifestyle
B. become wiser
C. suffered a lot
D. received some money

18. Moro felt very much at home at his friends‟s house. This means that Moro
A. knew his friend‟s house
B. was comfortable and relaxed
C. was disappointed
D. lived with his friend.

19. The students were all ears during the programme. This means that the students

A. answered questions. B. looked closely.
C. closed their ears. D. listened intently

20. It took our new prefect two months before he could find his feet. This means that it took the prefect two months before he
A. knew everybody B. became confident C. won a prize
D. became popular


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 Member of Parliament is very generous; he has done much for his people.
A. honourable
B. proud
C. talkative
D. unkind

22. If you are indolent, you will not pass the examination.
A. hardworking
B. rude
C. careless
D. honest

23. When asked about the theft, Kwame said he was guilty.
A. surprised
B. afraid
C. absent
D. innocent

24. Handle the glass with care; it is fragile.
A. rigid
B. beautiful
C. unbreakable
D. new

25. Some of our customs are old-fashioned.
A. modern

B. attractive C. interesting D. funny


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

26. Of all the Brown children, Ato is ……….
A. the short
B. the shorter C. the shortest D. short

27. Amma was so frightened ………….she fainted.
A. so
B. as
C. then
D. that

28. Aberewa has ………friends who often visit her.
A. few B. much C. a little D. a few

29. Kofi is the boy to …………..I gave the pen.
A. whose B. which C. whom D. who

30. You are tired, ………….?
A. aren‟t you B. don‟t you C. isn‟t it
D. not so

31. He said that he …………come.
A. will
B. would
C. has
D. have

32. When Daddy arrived, Mummy ………..finished cooking.
A. has B. had C. have
D. having

33. He was …………tired that he couldn‟t finish the race.
A. much
B. too
C. so
D. very

34. The farmer was ………by a poisonous snake.
A. bitten B. beaten C. bit
D. beat

35. You have put too ………sugar in the porridge.
A. many B. much C. few D. small

36. Yaw is a ………………..
A. handsome, tall man B. handsome man tall C. tall, handsome man D. man, tall, handsome

37. I am …………to walking to school everyday.
A. using B. uses C. use
D. used

38. The mechanic succeeded ……………the generator.
A at repairing B. in repairing C. to repair
D. with repairing

39. If I ………………with my grandmother, I would have enjoyed village life.
A. had lived

B. have lived
C. have been living
D. am living

40. Atia has given ………….smoking.
A. off B. out C. up D. in





1. C. he suspected danger outside

2. D. Agya Atta‟s house burning

3. B. extinguish

4. B. good neighbours

5. C. was a good woman

6. D. opposed it.

7. C. Cancer of the lungs

8. A. are likely to give birth to dead babies

9. D. inhale smoke from smokers‟ cigarettes

10. B. selfish

11. D. unsuccessfully

12. D. solve

13. B. tasty

14. D. cheered

15. B. mourned

16. B. cheerful

17. C. suffered a lot

18. B. was comfortable and relaxed

19. D. listened intently

20. B. became confident

21. D. unkind

22. A. hardworking

23. D. innocent

24. C. unbreakable

25. A. modern

26. C. the shortest

27. D. that

28. A. few

29. C. whom

30. A. aren‟t you

31. B. would

32. B. had

33. C. so

34. A. bitten

35. B. much

36. C. tall, handsome man

37. D. used

38. A at repairing

39. A. had lived

40. C. up

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