BECE 2016 English Language Past Question Paper One

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

1

He is …………….poor that he cannot pay his bills.

  • A: so
  • B: too
  • C: very
  • D: rather
2

You will be late …………..you hurry.

  • A: if
  • B: or
  • C: unless
  • D: while
3

Aminu has been absent from class ……………..one month.

  • A: in
  • B: for
  • C: from
  • D: since
4

Many people have been invited, but ……………..will be employed.

  • A: few
  • B: a few
  • C: little
  • D: a little
5

The teacher told the girl he had received …………of the two exercises.

  • A: all
  • B: any
  • C: none
  • D: neither
6

My father has bought a …………..car

  • A: private brand new
  • B: new brand private
  • C: private new brand
  • D: brand new private
7

Mama is never ………..ready for anything.

  • A: so
  • B: ever
  • C: even
  • D: rather
8

Akua was …………..that she won four prizes.

  • A: a girl so brilliant
  • B: a so brilliant girl
  • C: so brilliant a girl
  • D: a brilliant so girl
9

Before he entered the classroom, we ……….the chalkboard.

  • A: cleaned
  • B: have cleaned
  • C: had cleaned
  • D: are cleaning
10

I have forgotten all …………my friend told me.

  • A: this
  • B: that
  • C: what
  • D: which
11

The supervisor will ask the ………….to come and repair the pipe in the bath room.

  • A: mason
  • B: repairer
  • C: plumber
  • D: lumber
12

The stone fell into the river with a loud ………………

  • A: bang
  • B: crash
  • C: noise
  • D: splash
13

Aggie got …………mark for French in the examination.

  • A: bad
  • B: worse
  • C: the worse
  • D: the worst
14

We won the school debating contest, …………we?

  • A: hadn’t
  • B: didn’t
  • C: couldn’t
  • D: did
15

Kwame looks very handsome, …………..?

  • A: isn’t he
  • B: isn’t it
  • C: doesn’t he
  • D: does he
16

Nana Yaa was suffering ……………measles.

  • A: by
  • B: with
  • C: from
  • D: through
17

The suspect was charged …………….pickpocketing.

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

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

One essential item for making local soap is soda ash.

  • A: correct
  • B: main
  • C: real
  • D: important
19

Pupils are to read the instructions carefully.

  • A: notices
  • B: demands
  • C: commands
  • D: directives
20

The dog saw its image in the water.

  • A: nature
  • B: condition
  • C: reflection
  • D: attraction
21

We shall have the final rehearsal for the play tonight

  • A: meeting
  • B: practice
  • C: trial
  • D: preparation
22

My mother is skilled in domestic affairs

  • A: local
  • B: internal
  • C: everyday
  • D: household

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

Akweley was taken aback on seeing a stranger in her room. This means Akweley was very

  • A: angry
  • B: afraid
  • C: confused
  • D: surprised
24

The employees saw eye to eye with their manager. This means that the employees

  • A: agreed completely with him
  • B: were very close to him
  • C: rarely saw him
  • D: greatly respected him
25

The priest was in high spirits during the sermon. This means that he was

  • A: content
  • B: cheerful
  • C: spiritual
  • D: annoyed
26

The opponents decided to bury the hatchet . This means that they decided to

  • A: make peace
  • B: bury their guns
  • C: hold discussions
  • D: suspend the fighting
27

The headmaster took the students’ version of the theft with a pinch of salt.

  • A: believed the students’ version.
  • B: doubted the students’ version.
  • C: accepted the students’ version.
  • D: ignored the students’ version.

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 judge acquitted four of the accused but …………….the rest.

  • A: convicted
  • B: discharged
  • C: cautioned
  • D: rebuked
29

It pays to be courteous rather than being …………..

  • A: rude
  • B: wicked
  • C: disobedient
  • D: boastful
30

Drivers who do not drive with care are sometimes charged with ………….

  • A: speeding
  • B: drunkenness
  • C: disobedience
  • D: recklessness
31

King David was the heir to the throne while the brother was the ……………..

  • A: usurper
  • B: successor
  • C: claimant
  • D: descendant
32

The secretary intentionally hid the documents but the clerk …………burnt them.

  • A: willingly
  • B: hastily
  • C: mistakenly
  • D: carelessly

PART B LITERATURE
From the list of words lettered A to D, choose the one that correctly answers each question or completes the sentence

33

 A poem of six lines is called a/an …………..

  • A: octave
  • B: opera
  • C: sextet
  • D: sonnet

Read the following extract below and answer Questions 34 to 38
“The sudden change in the weather frightened Araba. The bright orange colour of the sunset sky had quickly turned dull as the grey clouds gathered, rumbling, dark and angry. The booming voice of thunder was intimidating. Lightning flashed shards of light from his formidable torch. Araba was a cornered rat. How would she get home if the worst happened?”

34

The atmosphere is ……………..

  • A: cheerful
  • B: friendly
  • C: frightening
  • D: undaunting
35

The state of the weather is emphasized by the word ………….

  • A: angry
  • B: cloud
  • C: flashed
  • D: grey
36

‘Lightning flashed …light from …..torch.’ is an example of …………

  • A: alliteration
  • B: ellipsis
  • C: parallelism
  • D: personification
37

What is being referred to by the question, ‘How would she ……..happened?’

  • A: Current calm
  • B: Imminent rain
  • C: Latent sky
  • D: Rumbling clouds
38

The extract is …………

  • A: drama
  • B: poetry
  • C: prose
  • D: story
39

One special feature of prose is the ………….

  • A: paragraph
  • B: stanza
  • C: stage direction
  • D: rhyme
40

The work of the novelist is in ………….

  • A: drama
  • B: poetry
  • C: prose
  • D: verse

End Of Paper

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