BECE 2015 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

Ntim’s careless driving resulted …………… a fatal road accident.

  • A: in
  • B: to
  • C: into
  • D: with
2

Abibatu takes ………….. her mother in many ways.

  • A: by
  • B: on
  • C: up
  • D: after
3

Araba goes to school ………….. foot.

  • A: by
  • B: in
  • C: on
  • D: with
4

The doctor advised the patient to abstain …………. smoking

  • A: by
  • B: from
  • C: upon
  • D: with
5

The relationship …………. group A and group B is cordial.

  • A: of
  • B: with
  • C: among
  • D: between
6

Edwin prefers fish ……………meat.

  • A: to
  • B: for
  • C: from
  • D: than
7

His neighbor complained that the radio was ………..loud.

  • A: far
  • B: too
  • C: much
  • D: enough
8

The white horse is ………..than the black one.

  • A: the faster
  • B: very faster
  • C: much the faster
  • D: very much faster
9

I …………him; then I changed my mind.

  • A: had told
  • B: have told
  • C: am telling
  • D: was going to tell
10

By the end of the day, I ………….the house.

  • A: shall paint
  • B: shall be painting
  • C: shall have painted
  • D: shall have been painting
11

You are a member of the society, …………..?

  • A: isn’t it
  • B: are you
  • C: aren’t you
  • D: weren’t you
12

Our captain is not a very reliable person, …………….?

  • A: is he
  • B: isn’t he
  • C: does he
  • D: doesn’t he
13

You have been to Lagos, ………………?

  • A: did you
  • B: have you
  • C: didn’t you
  • D: haven’t you
14

Joseph is the …………in the class.

  • A: cleverer
  • B: cleverest
  • C: more clever
  • D: very clever
15

The triplets love ……………very much

  • A: each other
  • B: themselves
  • C: theirselves
  • D: one another
16

…………….the watch is old, it is still working.

  • A: Since
  • B: Besides
  • C: Although
  • D: However
17

The students set …………..early on their journey.

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

If you are a true friend you will not disclose a secret.

  • A: give
  • B: show
  • C: display
  • D: reveal
19

As John waited for the interview, he was very nervous.

  • A: sad
  • B: afraid
  • C: alarmed
  • D: uneasy
20

Patricia was satisfied with the results of the examination.

  • A: pleased
  • B: convinced
  • C: pampered
  • D: encouraged
21

The attitude of the gateman was very hostile.

  • A: harsh
  • B: strange
  • C: abusive
  • D: unfriendly
22

It was not his intention to hurt his younger brother.

  • A: aim
  • B: decision
  • C: interest
  • D: ambition
SECTION C
In each of the following sentences a group of words has been underlinedChoose from the alternatives lettered A to D the one that best explains the underlined group of words.

23

Ibrahim registered for the course at the eleventh hour. This means that Ibrahim registered

  • A: at eleven o’clock
  • B: a few hours before closing time
  • C: during eleven hours of registration
  • D: when it was almost too late
24

Bob lives within a stone’s throw of the Jubilee Park. This means that Bob

  • A: travels on a stony road
  • B: lives in a hut in the park
  • C: lives very close to the park
  • D: often throws stone at the park
25

When James heard the sound of gun-shots, his hair stood on end. This means that James

  • A: was worried
  • B: started crying
  • C: was frightened
  • D: became inactive
26

Mary has gone to cheer up her friend This means that Mary has gone to

  • A: shout at her
  • B: give her gifts
  • C: tell her stories
  • D: make her happy
27

The teacher’s abrupt question threw the pupil off balance. This means that the pupil was

  • A: hurt
  • B: annoyed
  • C: worried
  • D: confused.
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

While the majority voted for a change, the …………were against any change.

  • A: rivals
  • B: members
  • C: minority
  • D: opposition
29

Imported rice is expensive these days.

  • A: free
  • B: cheap
  • C: tasty
  • D: scarce
30

The student was condemned for his poor work.

  • A: cheered
  • B: praised
  • C: rewarded
  • D: recommended
31

Although he had applied for a permanent post, he was only given a ………one.

  • A: useful
  • B: boring
  • C: labouring
  • D: temporary
32

Some people pay much attention to their physical needs.

  • A: basic
  • B: moral
  • C: financial
  • D: spiritual
From the list of words lettered A to D, choose the one that correctly answers each question or completes the sentence

33

33. A comedy is a play that

  • A: ends sadly
  • B: ends happily
  • C: condemns society
  • D: preaches honesty
34

The main female character in a play is the …………..

  • A: hero
  • B: chorus
  • C: heroine
  • D: persona
35

Expressions that appeal to the senses are collectively called ………..

  • A: irony
  • B: devices
  • C: pictures
  • D: imagery
36

The purpose of a comic relief is to ……………

  • A: reduce tension
  • B: teach a moral lesson
  • C: set a moral standard
  • D: compound a character’s problems
37

A play is better enjoyed when ………..

  • A: acted
  • B: read
  • C: discussed
  • D: memorised
38

A narrative poem usually ……………

  • A: praises actions
  • B: tells a story
  • C: mourns the dead
  • D: condemns actions
Read the following extract below and answer Questions 39 and 40
“So fair art thou my bonnie lass
So deep in love am I
And I will love thee still my dear Till all the sea gang dry ”

39

The last line is a/an ………..

  • A: litotes
  • B: hyperbole
  • C: euphemism
  • D: understatement
40

The rhyme scheme of the stanza is ………….

  • A: abcd
  • B: abca
  • C: abcb
  • D: abba

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