BECE 2010 English Language Past Question Paper One

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


Our teacher was late for school because he ……..a flat tyre.

  • A: had
  • B: will have
  • C: is having
  • D: has

We had dinner at a Chinese restaurant where I ………….fried chicken.

  • A: am enjoying
  • B: will enjoy
  • C: enjoyed
  • D: would enjoy

Ama’s father asked her to choose …………John and William.

  • A: among
  • B: from
  • C: with
  • D: between

Willie has malaria and is not ………..enough to go to school.

  • A: good
  • B: well
  • C: fine
  • D: free

The school band …………two days a week.

  • A: practise
  • B: are practicing
  • C: practises
  • D: were practising

Philomena ………passed the examination if she had tried harder.

  • A: could have
  • B: will have
  • C: may have
  • D: could

The law was passed according to strict legal ………….

  • A: cases
  • B: principles
  • C: rules
  • D: issues

The book, as well as several others, ………..interesting reading.

  • A: makes
  • B: are to make
  • C: are making
  • D: make

……………….. Joe scored the first goal, he was injured in the process.

  • A: But
  • B: Nevertheless
  • C: Although
  • D: Furthermore

Neither Kojo nor his friend ……… the issue clearly.

  • A: understands
  • B: have understood
  • C: understand
  • D: is understanding

The ………..centre is located on the hill.

  • A: womens’
  • B: woman
  • C: womans’
  • D: women’s

One of the cows …………from the herd.

  • A: has strayed
  • B: have strayed
  • C: have been strayed
  • D: has been strayed

At the party, the guests placed an order for a large…………of drinks.

  • A: count
  • B: total
  • C: quantity
  • D: sum

The hall was so small that it could …………contain all of us.

  • A: rarely
  • B: comfortably
  • C: conveniently
  • D: hardly

If I were a manager, I …………satisfy my customers.

  • A: will
  • B: shall
  • C: would
  • D: must
Choose from the alternatives lettered A to D the one which is nearest in meaning to the underlined word in each sentence


Florence performs creditably in all examinations.

  • A: fairly
  • B: well
  • C: graciously
  • D: good

The choir sang some melodious songs at the function.

  • A: loud
  • B: pleasant
  • C: soft
  • D: musical

Jane is always immaculately dressed.

  • A: modestly
  • B: correctly
  • C: neatly
  • D: scantily

The village was enveloped in a thick fog.

  • A: built
  • B: put
  • C: shaped
  • D: covered

The inquisitive stranger asked many questions.

  • A: curious
  • B: pompous
  • C: intelligent
  • D: cowardly
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.


Whenever Kweku goes to Kumasi, he puts up with his uncle. This means that Kweku ……….

  • A: helps
  • B: stays with
  • C: converses with
  • D: avoids

I glanced over the papers as I walked home. This means that I quickly ……….the papers.

  • A: wrote
  • B: analysed
  • C: saw
  • D: read

The woman entered the room to find her daughter with her eyes glued to the television. This means that her daughter was …………the television.

  • A: smiling at
  • B: dismantling
  • C: intently watching
  • D: cleaning

Kojo was dragged to the farm like a lamb to the slaughter. This means that Kojo was dragged …….

  • A: with difficulty
  • B: without resistance
  • C: with a lamb on his shoulder
  • D: without anything on him

The bully was ordered to leave his younger brother alone. This means that the bully was told …….

  • A: not to accompany him anywhere
  • B: to accompany him everywhere
  • C: not to disturb him
  • D: to teach him well
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


Some of the guests at the party were rude.

  • A: courteous
  • B: bold
  • C: friendly
  • D: shy

The lawyer supported his argument with copious evidence.

  • A: inconsistent
  • B: scanty
  • C: bad
  • D: unconvincing

If you want to be believed, you must be objective.

  • A: subjective
  • B: positive
  • C: active
  • D: emotive

In all boarding schools, going out in the night is prohibited.

  • A: advised
  • B: ignored
  • C: permitted
  • D: admitted

The surest way to avoid defeat is to strive for …….

  • A: position
  • B: victory
  • C: knowledge
  • D: ability

Suddenly the sky became dark and there was a rainstorm.

  • A: Continuously
  • B: Gradually
  • C: Heavily
  • D: Immediately

The athlete looked dejected at the end of the race.

  • A: angry
  • B: calm
  • C: strong
  • D: excited
Read the following extract carefully and answer Questions 33 to 36
‘Young lady, you are like… The moon that walks beautifully across the sky, An eagle feather worn by a husband


The extract is an example of …………….

  • A: prose
  • B: poetry
  • C: drama
  • D: dialogue

The extract is about ……………

  • A: a mirror
  • B: an eagle feather
  • C: the moon
  • D: a beautiful young lady

“The moon that walks beautifully across the sky” is an example of

  • A: metaphor
  • B: hyperbole
  • C: alliteration
  • D: personification

“Young lady, you are like … An eagle feather worn by a husband” The above extract is an example of

  • A: simile
  • B: metaphor
  • C: alliteration
  • D: assonance

The writer of a poem is called

  • A: a novelist
  • B: a poet
  • C: a playwright
  • D: an actor

“The potter puts the pots in the pans” is an example of

  • A: metaphor
  • B: simile
  • C: alliteration
  • D: personification
“Twinkle, twinkle, little star How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky”


The rhyme scheme of the above verse is

  • A: abab
  • B: aabc
  • C: abcc
  • D: aabb

“Afua Bonsu is the apple of my eye”. This is an example of

  • A: metaphor
  • B: simile
  • C: alliteration
  • D: personification

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