BECE 2010 English Language Past Question Paper Two
Write a letter to your father asking permission to join your school mates who are going on an excursion.
Write an article for publication in a local newspaper on the topic:
Every school should have a library.
Write a short story illustrating the saying:
“All that glitters is not gold.”
BELOW ARE SOME GUIDELINES THAT IF EMPLOYED AND REMEMBERED SHOULD AID THE STUDENT CONSTRUCT A GOOD ESSAY.
TOPIC SENTENCE : Main Concept Of The Paragraph
THESIS STATEMENT: Clear And Coherent Statement That Answers The Question Posed.
SUPPORTING EVIDENCE: Evidence That Supports The Concept In The Thesis Statement.
PAPER FORMAT AND GRAMMAR: The Essay Should Have A Beginning Middle And An End. It Should Also Utilize
Proper Grammar Including Punctuation, Spelling Subject And Verb Usage.
Read the following passage carefully and answer all the questions which follow
When I was about eleven years old, I was unable to stay at one place for long; I was always on the move.
Many people thought and said I was troublesome. Prominent among those who described me as such was my aunt, Araba Oboshea.
Aunt Araba was particularly mean. She would sit on her stool under the gum tree in front of the house and wait for
me to return from wherever I had gone. As soon as I arrived she would call me and, without asking me any question
or telling me anything, take my left ear between the forefinger and the thumb of her right hand and give my ear a silent,
violent and painful twist. I cannot describe the pain I endured. She would do the same to my right ear.
She explained that she was paying for my absence that I had sold to her! Aunt Araba would continue to twist both ears
of mine simultaneously with her forefingers and thumbs.
I would scream silently, gritting my teeth so that I could not utter any sound because of pain. That way I was spared the
next stage of being given countless strokes of any stick she could lay hands on. One strange thing about Aunt Araba
was that she would never hit me with her hands.
Aunt Araba went on treating me this way because she could hardly understand why I was always on the move. I could also
not have the courage to explain why it was so because I was afraid of her and
began to hate her.
One Thursday evening when I was going through my usual ordeal, an elderly man, Agya Manu who usually visited her
appeared on the scene. He pleaded with her to leave me, and asked for the reason for such punishment.
After he had been told of my “sin”, Agya Manu, who knew me very well, explained to my auntie that I was always on the move
not because I was in any bad company, but because I was favourite for any errand. I had been running several errands for him
and many other people. Agya Manu then advised me not to spend all my time running errands for others but rather, do all my
duties at home.
a) What was the writer’s behaviour when he was about eleven years old?
b) … I was always on the move.
What is the meaning of this expression?
c) From the passage, what is the character of Aunt Araba?
d) Why did Aunt Araba keep punishing the writer
e) How did Agya Manu rescue the writer
f) For each of the following words, give one word or phrase which means the same:
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