National/State Common Entrance Examination Practice Tests – English Studies Set 1

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When did the tortoise hide the bone?

A. A day before the race
B. The night after the race
C. Few hours before the race
D. On the appointed day
E. Two days before the race


The other animals laughed at the tortoise because ______

A. he carried a heavy fresh bone.
B. he could not reach the final point.
C. he ran faster than the dog.
D. he was far behind the dog when the race started.
E. the dog had won the race.


Why did the dog leave the bush forever?

A. He loved the town.
B. He wanted to live with men.
C. He was banished by the other animals.
D. He was put to shame before his fellow animals.
E. The bone had cost him the bet.


The most suitable title for this passage is ______

A. A Contest between the Tortoise and the Dog.
B. An Invitation of the Dog.
C. The Danger of a Large Piece of Bone.
D. The Great Challenge.
E. The Victory of the Dog in the Race.


The expression ‘as tiny as specks of dust’ is an example of ______

A. idiom.     B. irony.      C. metaphor.      D. proverb.      E. simile.


Which of the following statement is not true according to the passage?

A. All seeds arc as tiny as specks of dust.
B. All seeds are protected by a strong coat.
C. Most seeds are produced from flowers.
D. Some seeds are edible.
E. You need magnifying glasses to see some seeds.


According to the writer, what protect seeds during the dry season?

A. Coats     B. Flowers     C. Fruits     D. Pines     E. Plants


According to the passage, when do seeds germinate?

A. Dry season      B. Harmattan period      C. Hot season     D. Rainy season    E. Warm period



Choose from the options lettered A —E, the one that is nearest in meaning to the word in italics

Olu visits us often.

A. frequently     B. irregularly     C. occasionally    D. randomly     E. rarely


He assisted me in lifting the heavy load.

A. encouraged     B. guided     C. helped     D. joined     E. led


The teachers monitored the students’ academic performance.

A. commended     B. determined     C. recorded    D. supervised    E. supported


The room was untidy.

A. clean     B. colourful     C. dirty     D. smelling     E. sparking


The baby was abandoned by its mother.

A. dumped     B. embraced     C. helped     D. rejected     E. rescued



Choose from the options lettered A – E, the one that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word/expression in italics

John is a habitual late corner.

A. a normal     B. a perpetual      C. a regular      D. an occasional    E. an unrepentant


The teacher told the pupils that the assignment was compulsory.

A. important     B. mandatory     C. necessary     D. obligatory    E. optional


She rejected the gift from her father.

A. accepted     B. discarded     C. dumped     D. examined    E. refused


The family has moved out of Yola.

A. evacuated to     B. left for    C. moved to     D. remained in     E. transferred to


Amina is quite inquisitive.

A. anxious    B. curious    C. indifferent    D. insolent    E. intelligent


Chike ____ away the rubbish in the refuse bin.

A. had threw    B. has throw    C. has throwing    D. has thrown    E. have thrown


She _____ handball when she was young.

A. has played     B. is playing     C. play     D. played     E. plays


He loves traveling, ____ he?

A. does     B. doesn’t     C. don’t     D. isn’t     E. wasn’t


The prefix, ______ can be added to “possible” to form a new word.

A. il-     B. im-     C. in-     D. re-     E. un-


The test is difficult, ______ it?

A. does      B. is     C. isn’t      D. was      E. wasn’t


He has houses in Lagos _____ Abuja.

A. also     B. and     C. nor     D. or     E. with


The child danced to the ____ of the music

A. rhythm     B. rhythym     C. rideem     D. riethym     E. rythm


Binta has a ____ wristwatch.

A. small gold fine      B. small fine gold     C. gold fine small      D. fine small gold     E. gold small fine


He rode the bicycle ____ two hours.

A. at     B. between     C. by     D. for    E. on


The thieves came in _____ the bathroom window.

A. by      B. on      C. through      D. under      E. with


The thieves came in _____ the bathroom window.

A. by      B. on      C. through      D. under      E. with


One of the boys ____ sick.

A. are      B. has being      C. have been      D. is      E. were


Active voice: The dog chased the thief.
Passive voice: The thief _____ chased by the dog.

A. had been      B. has been      C. have been      D. is being      E. was


Daniel is the ______ of the pupils in our class.

A. more smarter     B. most smartest     C. smart     D. smarter     E. smartest


The four boys shared the banana among ______

A. himself.      B. ourselves.      C. theirselves.      D. themself.      E. themselves.


If one studies hard, ______ will surely pass.

A. it      B. one      C. site      D. we      E. you


Active voice: Bala grows tomatoes.
Passive voice: Tomatoes ____ grown by Bala.

A. are     B. had      C. is      D. is being      E. was


The common _____ of malaria is fever.

A. sympthon      B. smptom      C. symptom      D synptom      E. synpton


I can’t see _____ mango in the fridge.

A. a few      B. any      C. more      D. much      E. some

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