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Read the passages below carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate of the options lettered A-E


PASSAGE 1

There were once two good friends who were neighbours. One of them was very tall and thin and the other was very short and fat.

One fine day they went for a walk in the forest. Suddenly, they saw a wild pig in the path. The two friends were terrified and ran back along the path out of the forest. The wild pig started to chase them. He had nearly caught up with them when the thin man jumped up and climbed a tall tree. The fat man was too fat to climb after his friend. Now he was even more frightened.

His friend had left him all alone and he could not run any more. Then he remembered an old tale that wild pigs do not’ eat dead men. So he lay on his back and pretended to be dead. Up came the pig and sniffed all around the fat man. He sniffed loudly into his ear. The fat man did not move. At last the wild pig decided the man was really dead and sadly went away into the forest.

The fat man sat up sweating all over from fear. His friend climbed down from the tree from which he had seen everything. ‘That was a lucky escape!” he said.

Culled from The Hunter and the Hen by Oladele Taiwo

The two friends were _______

A. brothers.
B. Farmers.
C. hunters.
D. neighbours.
E. tourists.


The two friends saw a wild pig while ______


A. climbing a tall tree.
B. playing.
C. skeping.
D. taking a walk.
E. working in the bush


Another word that can replace terrified as used in the passage could be ____

A. cheered.
B. comforted.
C. consoled.
D. frightened.
E. reassured.


According to the passage, the thin man escaped from the pig by ______

A. crying for help.
B. jumping and climbing a tree.
C. pretending to be dead.
D. remembering an old tale.
E. running out of the forest.


Which of these statements is not true according to the passage?

A. The pig sniffed loudly into the fat man’s ear.
B. There was a wild pig.
C. There were three friends.
D. ‘they went for a walk in the forest.
E. Wild pigs do not eat dead men.



Read the passages below carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate of the options lettered A-E

PASSAGE II

Once upon a time, there lived a boy called Toro. Toro was born with one eye which made him look strange. Wherever he went, people laughed at him and called him a monster.

One day, when there was hunger in the land, Toro decided to leave home in search of food for himself because his parents did not care for him. So while he was gone, nobody missed him. Toro journeyed through several lands, villages and towns until he stopped in a town called “Blind Town”.

In this town, he discovered that the land was fertile with fruit trees bearing ripe fruits wasting away: and the people were all blind. They could not do anything for themselves, but sit down calling and crying out for help and alms from travellers passing by day and night. He felt pity for them and gathered them for a meeting where he suggested that, because they were blind, they needed people that could see to lead them. They all agreed it was a great idea and begged him to become their king not knowing that he was even a boy. Toro accepted and told them he would return to his village quickly to bring his people.

When Toro got to his village, he narrated all that happened and the people, including his parents were ashamed and begged him for forgiveness. Toro forgave them and took them back to “Blind Town” where he became the one-eyed king who ruled the people with great kindness.

According to the passage, Toro was called a monster because he ______

A. had no parents.
B. had one eye.
C. resembled a monster.
D. was a blind boy.
E. was a king.


Why did Toro leave home? Toro left home because he was

A. blind.
B. called a monster.
C. hungry.
D. loved.
E. sad.


The town was called “Blind Town” because the _____

A. fruits were ripe.
B. fruits were wasting away.
C. land was fertile.
D. people could not see.
E. people were beggars


Toro was made king because he _______

A. could see.
B. had one eye.
C. needed to be a leader.
D. was blind too.
E. was just a boy.


Why were Toro’s people and parents ashamed of themselves? They were ashamed because they _____

A. did not care for him.
B. wanted a king.
C. wanted to go to “Blind Town”.
D. were blind.
E. were monsters.



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

He took us to the summit of the hill.

A. base
B. bottom
C. cliff
D. middle
E. peak


He instructed them to clean the bathroom.

A. directed
B. forced
C. guided
D. persuaded
E. supervised


The new policy is beneficial to our school.

A. charitable
B. destructive
C. harmful
D. pleasant
E. useful.


Who among them is the most beautiful?

A. most dangerous    B. most handsome    C. most notorious    D. prettiest    E. ugliest


The man always keeps the shop neat.

A. clean    B. dirty    C. dry    D. rough    E. smooth



Choose from the options lettered A-E, the one that is most nearly apposite in meaning to the word in italics.

He had many supporters in the last election.

A. agents    B. enemies   C. Followers    D. friends    E. opponents


The arts master destroyed all recent paintings in the art gallery.

A. ancient    B. current    C. fresh    D. irrelevant    E. modem


He was released yesterday by the police.

A. bailed
B. detained
C. freed
D. interrogated
E. restricted


He was given a standing ovation during the concert.

A. applause
B. condemnation
C. rebuff
D. rejection
E. support


The bank has so many debtors.

A. borrowers
B. creditors
C. investors
D. lenders
E. workers



Complete the statement with the most appropriate of the options lettered A-E

The story is _____ strange for us to believe.

A. much
B. so
C. that
D. too
E. very





My father is the ______ of our school,

A. preneipul
B. princepal
C. principal
D. pritcipel
E. principle


The head teacher _________ the class teacher are absent.

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


The hunter _______ a big antelope yesterday.

A. has killed
B. is killing
C. kill
D. killed
E. kills


This banana should be shared _______ five of you.

A. against
B. among
C. between
D. to
E. with


The woman added a ______ quantity of salt to the soup.

A. few
B. little
C. many
D. much
E. small


The teacher taught the pupils to always stand _____ the road side.

A. at
B. by
C. in
D. of
E. on


This is the boy _____ scored the first goal.

A. which
B. who
C. whom
D. who’s
E. whose


My mother treated our guest _______ a sumptuous meal yesterday.

A. by
B. for
C. over
D. to
E. with


Neither the headteacher _____ the teacher was found guilty.

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


Uzochi _______ to church every Sunday.

A. go
B. goes
C. is going
D. was going
E. went
You are a member of this team, _______ you?

A. are
B. aren’t
C. did
D. were
E. weren’t


The two boys were advised to help ________

A. each other.
B. one another
C. theirself  
D. theirselves
E. themselves


Tochukwu and Shehu _____  in primary three two years ago.

A. are
B. have been
C. is
D. was
E. were


She is the _____ of the two sisters.

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


My father complained that Audu _____ his hands into his pockets.

A. has thrusted
B. have thrusted
C. thrust
D thrusted
E. thrusting


He complained that the car was ______ expensive.

A. more
B. most
C. much
D. quite
E. so


The fence is _____ high that no one can climb it.

A. much
B. quite
C. so
D. too
E. very


The ______ will he held tomorrow.

A. celeberation
B. celebration
C. celleberetion
D. cellebration
E. cellebretion


______ I see her for a few minutes?

A. Can
B. Could
C. Shall
D. Should
E. Would

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