BECE 2014 English Language Past Question Paper One

sECTION A
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 ……………..management.

  • 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 ……………..school.

  • 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
SECTION B
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
SECTION C 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
SECTION D
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

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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