BECE Past Questions & Answers – 2014 (English)

June 2014

Objective Test
45 minutes



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

1. The students were hostile ……….the lazy teacher.
A. on
B. to
C. from
D. with

2. The ………….met at the mess.
A. commander-in-chief
B. commander-in-chiefs
C. commanders-in-chief
D. commanders-in-chiefs

3. The workers are demonstrating ……………
A. at
B. on
C. upon
D. against

4. …………….failed the examination, Doris was dismissed from the school.
A. Having
B. In having
C. On having
D. To having

5. The building he bought ……………..millions of cedis.
A. cost
B. costs
C. costed
D. costing

6. The dresses are …………..
A. you
B. your’s
C. our’s
D. ours

7. We shall invite him when he ……………..from America.
A. will return
B. had returned
C. returns
D. returned

8. The students were congratulated ……………..their brilliant performance.
A. by
B. on
C. with
D. about

9. By this time next year, I ……………
A. will leave
B. would leave
C. might leave
D. will have left

10. Isn’t that girl ……………..old to play with toys?
A. as
B. so
C. too
D. very

11. You usually come to school early, ………….?
A. can you
B. will you
C. aren’t you
D. don’t you

12. I am …………….faithfully.
A. your
B. yours’
C. yours
D. your’s

13. No sooner had we arrived ……….he came back from work.
A. than
B. then
C. when
D. before

14. Kofi and Ama love …………..
A. another
B. theirselves
C. each other
D. one another

15. It’s no good ………….to him.
A. to be talking
B. talked
C. talking
D. about talking

16. Since our last meeting, I ……………ill.
A. am
B. was
C. had been
D. have been

17. I was ………….tired that I couldn’t go any further.
A. so
B. too
C. much
D. very

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

18. The elders were advised not to meddle in chieftaincy affairs.
A. indulge
B. intrude
C. interfere
D. intervene

19. The accountant corrected all the mistakes made by the Chief Executive.
A. refused
B. erased
C. nullified
D. rectified

20. Elorm’s decision was superb
A. right
B. good
C. excellent
D. wonderful

21. The students complained that the rules were too rigid.
A. strong
B. hard
C. strict
D. bad

22. The new headmaster met the staff and made his maiden speech.
A. first
B. fresh
C. official
D. original

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. The student was caught red-handed breaking the louvers. This means that the student was caught
A. while committing the offence
B. with blood on his hands
C. before the act
D. after the act

24. We knew it was a cock and bull story. This means that the story was
A. difficult to believe
B. about a cock and a bull
C. real
D. false

25. The thieves were armed to the teeth when they entered the house. This means that the thieves were
A. well trained
B. experienced
C. fully armed
D. violent

26. Mr. Abban instructed his wife to keep an eye on their daughter. This means that their daughter should be
A. pampered
B. disciplined
C. controlled properly
D. watched closely

27. The president hit the nail on the head when he complained that most of the ministers were corrupt.
A. the exact truth
B. in detail
C. harshly
D. clearly

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. The man was disgraced in public.
A. respected
B. honoured
C. welcomed
D. accepted

29. Akosua accepted the offer.
A. disliked
B. declined
C. withdrew
D. ignored

30. Food is abundant in the rural areas.
A. scarce
B. less
C. few
D. cheap

31. Doctors have withdrawn their services.
A. hidden
B. registered
C. offered
D. displayed

32. By our constitution, it is obligatory to vote.
A. good
B. necessary
C. optional
D. right


From the list of words lettered A to D, choose the one that correctly answers the questions or completes the sentence.

33. Which of the following is not an example of oral literature?
A. Myth
B. Folktale
C. Proverb
D. Melodrama

34. The dominant idea in a literary work constitutes its …………..
A. plot
B. theme
C. diction
D. structure

35. The expression “The world is a stage.” is an example of ……….
A. metonymy
B. simile
C. personification
D. metaphor

36. A genre is ……………..
A. any kind of poetry
B. another name for prose
C. a subdivision of drama
D. any of the three forms of literature

Read the following extract carefully and answer questions 37 and 38

Sweet sensation rises in pressure
Tiny legs kick with pleasure
Sleep comes gently and strong
Sleep whispers softly and strong

37. The device used in “Sleep comes gently and strong” is ……………
A. irony
B. hyperbole
C. euphemism
D. personification

38. The rhyme scheme of the stanza is ………….
A. abba
B. bbaa
C. aabb
D. abab

Read the following extract carefully and answer questions 39 and 40

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

39. The main sound device used in the stanza is …………..
A. pun
B. rhyme
C. alliteration
D. onomatopoeia

40. The device helps to express …………….
A. the silence of the sea
B. the whiteness of the foam
C. the fairness of the weather
D. the smoothness of the movement


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1. B. to
2. C. commanders-in-chief
3. D. against
4. A. Having
5. B. costs
6. D. ours
7. C. returns
8. B. on
9. D. will have left
10. C. too
11. D. don’t you
12. C. yours
13. A. than
14. C. each other
15. C. talking
16. D. have been
17. A. so
18. C. interfere
19. D. rectified
20. C. excellent
21. C. strict
22. A. first
23. A. while committing the offence
24. A. false
25. C. fully armed
26. D. watched closely
27. A. the exact truth
28. B. honoured
29. B. declined
30. A. scarce
31. C. offered
32. C. optional
33. D. melodrama
34. B. theme
35. D. metaphor
36. D. any of the three forms of literature
37. D. personification
38. C. aabb
39. C. alliteration
40. D the smoothness of the movement