BECE 2012 English Language Past Question Paper Two



Write a letter to the Member of Parliament of your constituency, telling him / her about the rise in armed robbery in your area.
Suggest at least two ways to check it.


Write a story which ends with the sentence: We arrived just in time to save the situation


Your father has received the “National Best Farmer’s Award”. Write a letter to your brother who is outside the country, describing the ceremony


? 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

Cholera is a very dangerous disease which can kill many people within a short time. Indeed, it has ruined several
communities particularly in developing countries. It must therefore be prevented at all costs.
The disease is generally spread by germs which thrive in filthy and unhygienic areas. There could be an outbreak of
cholera when drinking water becomes polluted by floods after a downpour. Human carriers also cause the disease to spread
from place to place. For example, a person carrying the cholera germs would vomit or pass frequent stools.
Flies would then carry the germs on their hairy legs and deposit them on exposed food

or in water. When a person eats this contaminated food or drinks the polluted water, he or she is likely to contract
the disease within a few days. The person would go about spreading the disease unknowingly.
On the whole, the main symptoms of cholera are severe diarrhoea and vomiting, which may result in loss of weight.
The stool tends to be watery. As a lot of fluid is lost from the body, the patient quickly becomes dehydrated, thin
and weak. The rapid loss of body fluid can soon result in death, unless the lost fluid is replaced immediately.

The first thing for the patient to do is to replenish as much fluid as is lost by taking, from time to time, boiled
water which has been allowed to cool and mixed with salt and sugar. Then, he should seek medical attention.

(a) Where do cholera germs usually breed?

(b) Mention the two main carriers of cholera germs.

(c) (i) State the two signs of cholera
(ii) Give one effect of the disease.

(d) What advice does the writer give to the cholera patient?

(e) Explain the following expressions in your own words:
(i) it has ruined several communities;
(ii) at all costs;
(iii) after a downpour.

(f) For each of the following words, give another word or phrase that means the same and can fit into the passage:
(i) thrive
(ii) deposit
(iii) rapid
(iv) replenish
(v) seek

(a) The attitude of the people present before the contest

Resentment or Disapproval or Dislike or Despise or Hostile or Unfriendly or Antagonistic or Unsympathetic or Unsupportive
or wanted him to fail
or opposed to Ananse

(b) Why Ananse shook the cup
To make the hot water cool faster.

(c) The three tricks Ananse used to show he was in pain
(i) he frowned
(ii) he closed his left eye leaving the right eye shining brightly
(iii) he let his left hand drop loosely by his side

(d) (i) Why Ananse turned the cup upside down
To prove that he had really drunk all the water
To show that the cup was really empty

(ii) The mood of Nana Apo and Queen Amola in the end
They were sorrowful or sad or distressed or unhappy or displeased or disappointed.

(e) (i) Ananse ‘kept a cool head’
Ananse remained calm / composed / unruffled / undisturbed / unperturbed.

(ii) ‘all was gone’

The water was finished.
There was no water left.

(iii) ‘The impossible had happened’
The unexpected had happened
The highly unlikely event had taken place.
The unthinkable had come about.
Something that no one ever thought would occur had occurred

(f) (i) grabbed – gripped or clutched or grasped or firmly held or took or held or seized or took hold of

(ii) barked – shouted or exclaimed or screamed or spoke loudly or yelled or snapped or retorted or replied angrily or answered quickly or responded sharply

(iii) deliberately – intentionally or consciously or on purpose or knowingly

(iv) Eventually – in the end or in the long run or ultimately or finally or at last or at long last or lastly.

(v) pretty – beautiful or good-looking or attractive or fine-looking or striking or lovely or nice or charming.

End Of Paper

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