BECE 2011 English Language Past Question Paper One

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


The jury acquitted the man …………murder.

  • A: from
  • B: of
  • C: on
  • D: with

Ama’s essay is superior ……………that of Adzo.

  • A: from
  • B: over
  • C: than
  • D: to

I would study hard for the examination if I ……

  • A: am
  • B: be
  • C: was
  • D: were

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

That troublesome friend of ………is here again.

  • A: he
  • B: him
  • C: his
  • D: himself

I told you to leave my office, …….I?

  • A: aren’t
  • B: didn’t
  • C: don’t
  • D: wasn’t

Kofi travelled five days ……….

  • A: ago
  • B: hence
  • C: now
  • D: since

Kwame’s uncle, with his three friends, ………coming home tomorrow.

  • A: are
  • B: is
  • C: were
  • D: would be

I am afraid I cannot make you ……….

  • A: in
  • B: on
  • C: out
  • D: up

The plane takes ……….at noon.

  • A: from
  • B: of
  • C: off
  • D: to

Please, can I have ………….salt in my soup?

  • A: little more
  • B: a few more
  • C: a little more
  • D: few more

I wish I …………my friend next week.

  • A: can visit
  • B: am visiting
  • C: shall visit
  • D: could visit

By September 2007, I …………….school for nine years.

  • A: had attended
  • B: have attended
  • C: have been attending
  • D: shall have attended

……………….Aso runs short of money, what would she do?

  • A: If
  • B: In case
  • C: Should
  • D: Were

Human beings will not live forever, ………………?

  • A: will they
  • B: isn’t it
  • C: does it
  • D: shall they

I saw Esi ……………a new pair of shoes.

  • A: bought
  • B: buy
  • C: buys
  • D: to buy

Let us have a cup of tea, ……………?

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


The headteacher’s arrival in the classroom was sudden.

  • A: quick
  • B: strange
  • C: unexpected
  • D: Unusual

It is rude to talk loudly in the presence of elderly people.

  • A: impolite
  • B: incorrect
  • C: improper
  • D: unwise

The pupils grumbled about the assignment.

  • A: bothered
  • B: complained
  • C: talked
  • D: questioned

The victim could not identify the thief.

  • A: discover
  • B: find
  • C: know
  • D: recognize

Armed robbery is a very risky undertaking.

  • A: dangerous
  • B: dreadful
  • C: unacceptable
  • D: uncertain
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.


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

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

Abla made an ass of herself at the party. This means that Abla behaved

  • A: foolishly
  • B: shamefully
  • C: uncontrollably
  • D: unpleasantly

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

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
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


My friends welcomed my suggestion.

  • A: changed
  • B: discussed
  • C: disliked
  • D: rejected

Unlike his sister, Ackah is stingy.

  • A: friendly
  • B: generous
  • C: selfless
  • D: sympathetic

Serwa’s dress was decent.

  • A: dirty
  • B: old
  • C: shabby
  • D: ugly

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

  • A: considerate
  • B: optional
  • C: unnecessary
  • D: expected

Aminata is boastful about her beauty.

  • A: careless
  • B: humble
  • C: modest
  • D: uneasy

A metaphor achieves the same effect as a/an ……………

  • A: alliteration.
  • B: metonymy.
  • C: paradox.
  • D: simile.

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


The dominant sound device used in the extract is

  • A: alliteration.
  • B: onomatopoeia.
  • C: pun.
  • D: rhyme.

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.

A good novel or play both entertains and

  • A: condemns.
  • B: preaches.
  • C: teaches.
  • D: warns.

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

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

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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