ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1
SECTION A COMPREHENSION
Read the following passages carefully and answer the questions which follow
Since the building of the District Hospital at Kpota, there had sprung up some residential structures around the hospital. One particular cluster of houses took the fancy of Mr. Akpaloo, who told himself that if ever he wanted to build a house, it would be like one of those.
When Mr Akpaloo thought he was ready to put up his own building, one of the things he did was to look for the plan of the house that he so admired. He went to the office of Dr. Agbetor, the Hospital Administrator to ask for it. Dr. Agbetor explained that those houses in which Mr. Akpaloo was interested had actually been built by Dr. Grant who still had the blueprint of the structure. Obviously, the person to see was Dr. Grant.
Mr. Akpaloo went and saw Dr. Grant in his magnificent house at Tokoe. The latter explained that it was not prudent to give out the plan that had been specifically designed for those projects. However, he advised Mr. Akpaloo to go to the site and see the caretaker who would show him the rooms. Mr Akpaloo could then make a sketch of the building.
To the site Mr. Akpaloo went. When he arrived, the caretaker took him round. What had looked like a two- bedroom house from afar, was at close quarters, a four-bedroom affair. The difference that distance can make!
1. When were the residential structures built at Kpota?
A. When the hospital was begun.
B. Long before the hospital was started. C. After the hospital had been built.
D. They were built together with the hospital.
2. Dr. Grant did not give the plan to Mr Akpaloo because
A. the houses belonged to him.
B. Mr Akpaloo can make a design for himself. C. it was not a wise thing to do.
D. the caretaker had the plan.
3. What did Mr. Akpaloo do when he was ready to build a house? He
A. made a sketch of the building
B. sent a plan to Dr. Grant
C. looked for the plan of the house
D. made sure he had enough money
4. The word magnificent means
A. massive B. beautiful C. good
5. … One particular cluster of houses took the fancy of Mr. Akpaloo ….. This means Mr. Akpaloo
A. laughed at the houses
B. was confused by the houses C. found the house attractive D. detested the houses
One day a poor fishermen went fishing and caught nothing. He was just about to go home when he felt the net suddenly grow heavy. He thought he had caught a large fish. But when he dragged it ashore, he found only a heavy copper pot sealed with lead. He took it and feeling sure it contained something valuable, he took his knife, cut the lead top and turned it upside down. For a moment nothing came out; and then it started to smoke, and this smoke slowly rose right up to the sky like a thick fog. It suddenly turned into a huge genie.
„Bow down‟ said the genie „and let me kill you‟.
„Why?‟ asked the fisherman. „Have you forgotten that I set you free?‟
„Yes, but I have sworn to kill you‟, said the genie. „I‟m a spirit that rebelled against the Creator, and to punish me he shut me up in this copper pot. During the first century of my captivity, I swore to make anyone who freed me rich. During my second century, I swore I would grant him any three things. But after these centuries, in anger I swore to kill my liberator without mercy‟.
„Well, die I must‟, said the fisherman, „but swear that you really were in that pot. It is too small to hold even your little finger. Unless I see it, I shall not believe it.‟
„See then and believe‟ said the genie.
He slowly changed back into smoke and entered the pot. The fishermen immediately put back the lead cover and threw it into the sea.
6. According to the passage, the fisherman caught
A. a pot of gold
B. a lead pot C. a big fish D. no fish
7. What is the genie?
A. A big fish
B. A copper pot
D. A spirit
8. The word captivity in the passage, means
9. How many times did the genie swear?
C. Three times
D. Four times
10. According to the passage, the
A. fisherman freed himself
B. fisherman killed the genie
C. genie made many people rich
D. genie saved the fisherman from troubles
Choose from the alternatives lettered A to D the one which is nearest in meaning to the underlined word in
11. Ama was persuaded by her brother to change her course.
12. The talented footballer scored three goals.
A. trained B. serious C. gifted
13. Araba was saddened because she failed to win the beauty contest.
A. furious B. amazed C. excited
14. Charles behaved in an unruly manner towards his teacher.
A. impolite B. strange C. indecent D. wicked
15. My mother is very enthusiastic about my success.
B. frank C. aware D. hopeful
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 accused died without clearing his name. This means, the man did not
A. prove his innocence
B. erase his name
C. make a will
D. prove his case
17. The teacher advised us to go over our work before submitting them. This means the teacher asked us to
……….our work. A. rewrite
18. You don‟t have to be so high and mighty about your own opinion. This means
A. positive B. confused C. strong
19. Mr. Ala urged Peter and Paul to mend their fences. This means Peter and Paul should
A. repair their broken fences
B. make peace
C. be careful
D. defend themselves
20. He was asked not to attend the party but he turned a deaf ear to the advice. This means that he ……..the advice.
A. did not hear
B. laugh at
C. was angry at
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. Everyone knows Musa to be very generous.
A. stingy B. selfish C. strict
22. The headmaster rebuked the students who came in late.
A. admitted B. praised C. admired
23. Naa answered the questions with confidence.
24. Judges are expected to be impartial.
25. Our father advised us not to exalt ourselves.
From the alternatives lettered A to D, choose the one which most suitably completes each sentence.
26. I promised my parents that I ……..study very hard.
A. would B. should C. will
27. If Kofi ………me, I would have helped him.
A. had asked
C. has asked
28. Let‟s leave now, Akosua, ………….?
A. may we B. can we C. must we D. shall we
29. Adjo is …………young to marry.
30. Give that book of ………….to Mansah.
A. their B. yours C. my
31. ……………the warning of the weatherman, the fishermen went to sea.
A. In spite of
B. Apart from C. In case of D. Instead of
32. We‟ve been living here …………2001.
B. by C. in D. for
33. Kofi told the court that he had met the suspect two days…………
B. ago C. now D. then
34. Kwame has been accused …………stealing the money.
A. with B. for C. of
35. This is the man …………I met at the bus stop.
B. whose C. whom D. which
36. My friend is good ………….English.
A. on B. at C. for
37. I hear the programme was interesting; I wish I ……..there.
A. am B. were C. was
D. have been
38. Our pastor is now the ……….senior of the pastors in the church.
A. much B. more C. most D. far
39. I prefer oranges ………….mangoes.
40. I hope the team ……………..perform better next year.
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1
1. C. After the hospital had been built.
2. C. it was not a wise thing to do
3. C. looked for the plan of the house
4. B. beautiful
5. C. found the houses attractive
6. D. no fish
7. D. A spirit
8. C. imprisonment
9. C. Three times
10. A. fisherman freed himself
11. A. convinced
12. C. gifted
13. D. sorrowful
14. A. impolite
15. D. hopeful
16. A. prove his innocence
17. D. review
18. D. arrogant
19. B. make peace
20. D. ignored
21. A. stingy
22. B. praised
23. D. uncertainty
24. A. biased
25. A. humble
26. A. would
27. A. had asked
28. D. shall we
29. C. too
30. B. yours
31. A. In spite of
32. A. since
33. B. ago
34. C. of
35. C. whom
36. B. at
37. B. were
38. C. most
39. A. to
40. B. will