BECE Past Questions & Answers – 2011 (English)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1

OBJECTIVE TEST
45 minutes

PART A
LEXIS AND STRUCTURE

SECTION A

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

1. The jury acquitted the man …………murder.
A. from
B. of C. on D. with

2. Ama‟s essay is superior ……………that of Adzo.
A. from B. over C. than D. to

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4. I cannot tell you …………
A. what about the story is B. what about is the story C. what is the story about D. what the story is about

5. That troublesome friend of ………is here again.

A. he B. him C. his
D. himself

6. I told you to leave my office, …….I?
A. aren‟t B. didn‟t C. don‟t D. wasn‟t

7. Kofi travelled five days ……….
A. ago
B. hence C. now D. since

8. Kwame‟s uncle, with his three friends, ………coming home tomorrow.
A. are
B. is
C. were
D. would be

9. I am afraid I cannot make you ……….
A. in B. on C. out D. up

10. The plane takes ……….at noon.
A. from
B. of C. off D. to

11. Please, can I have ………….salt in my soup?
A. little more B. a few more C. a little more D. few more

12. I wish I …………my friend next week.
A. can visit
B. am visiting
C. shall visit

D. could visit

13. By September 2007, I …………….school for nine years.
A. had attended
B. have attended
C. have been attending
D. shall have attended

14. ……………….Aso runs short of money, what would she do?
A. If
B. In case C. Should D. Were

15. Human beings will not live forever, ………………?
A. will they
B. isn‟t it
C. does it
D. shall they

16. I saw Esi ……………a new pair of shoes.
A. bought
B. buy C. buys D. to buy

17. Let us have a cup of tea, ……………?
A. do we
B. shall we
C. should we
D. would we

SECTION B

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

18. The headteacher‟s arrival in the classroom was sudden.
A. quick
B. strange
C. unexpected
D. unusual

19. It is rude to talk loudly in the presence of elderly people.
A. impolite B. incorrect C. improper D. unwise

20. The pupils grumbled about the assignment.
A. bothered
B. complained
C. talked
D. questioned

21. The victim could not identify the thief.
A. discover
B. find
C. know
D. recognize

22. Armed robbery is a very risky undertaking.
A. dangerous
B. dreadful
C. unacceptable
D. uncertain

SECTION C

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 group of words.

23. For all his brilliance, Kofi could not solve the problem. This means that Kofi failed to solve the problem
A. as he was clever enough
B. even though he was clever
C. as he was too clever
D. for he was still clever

24. The manager‟s decision on the matter is cut and dried. This means that the manager‟s decision is
A. clear
B. simple
C. unchangeable
D. unknown

25. Abla made an ass of herself at the party. This means that Abla behaved
A. foolishly
B. shamefully
C. uncontrollably
D. unpleasantly

26. In spite of his boasting, Mensah proved to a chicken-hearted fellow. This means that Mensah was
A. cowardly
B. mean C. stupid D. weak

27. Efua can always talk her way out of trouble. This means that Efua
A. is troublesome
B. can defend herself
C. can avoid trouble
D. is talkative

SECTION D

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

28. My friends welcomed my suggestion.
A. changed B. discussed C. disliked D. rejected

29. Unlike his sister, Ackah is stingy.
A. friendly B. generous C. selfless
D. sympathetic

30. Serwa‟s dress was decent.
A. dirty
B. old
C. shabby
D. ugly

31. It is compulsory for all pupils to be in school uniform for the ceremony.
A. considerate

B. optional
C. unnecessary
D. expected

32. Aminata is boastful about her beauty.
A. careless B. humble C. modest
D. uneasy

PART B

LITERATURE

33. A metaphor achieves the same effect as a/an ……………
A. alliteration B. metonymy C. paradox
D. simile

34. One of the following gives a clue to a character‟s nature:
A. what he thinks
B. how he feels
C. what he says
D. how he moves about

Read the following extract carefully and answer Questions 35 and 36

The fair breeze blew; the white foam flew, The furrow followed free;
We were the first that burst
Into the silent sea

35. The dominant sound device used in the extract is
A. alliteration
B. onomatopoeia
C. pun
D. rhyme

36. The device in the extract helps to express the
A. silence of the sea
B. smoothness of the movement

C. whiteness of the foam
D. fairness of the weather

37. A good novel or play both entertains and
A. condemns B. preaches C. teaches
D. warns

38. A character that develops in a play or novel in the course of the work is known as
A. complete
B. flat
C. round
D. sound

39. Which of the following best help(s) to develop the plot of a novel or play?
A. Characters
B. Literary devices
C. Setting
D. Style

40. A lyric is usually fairly short and
A. tells a short story
B. praises a dead person
C. expresses thoughts and feelings
D. is sung to send a child to sleep




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ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1

SOLUTIONS

OBJECTIVE TEST

1. B. of

2. D. to

3. D. were

4. D. what the story is about

5. C. his

6. B. didn‟t

7. A. ago

8. B. is

9. C. out

10. C. off

11. C. a little more

12. D. could visit

13. A. had attended

14. A. If

15. A. will they

16. B. buy

17. B. shall we

18. C. unexpected

19. A. impolite

20. B. complained

21. D. recognize

22.
A.
dangerous

23.
B.
even though he was clever

24.
C.
unchangeable

25.
A.
foolishly

26.
A.
cowardly

27.
B.
can defend herself

28.
D.
rejected

29.
B.
generous

30.
C.
shabby

31.
B.
optional

32.
C.
modest

33.
D.
simile

34.
A.
what he thinks

35.
A.
alliteration

36.
B.
smoothness of the movement

37.
C.
teaches

38.
C.
round

39.
A.
Characters

40.
C.
expresses thoughts and feelings