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The officer was expecting to be ……………… by his boss, but he was censured.

A. questioned     B. praised     C. decorated     D. guided

The honour that was conferred on the general has been ………………..

A. withdrawn    B. confirmed    C. rejected    D. destroyed

The modest young man was rewarded while his ……………. brother was punished.

A. intelligent    B. handsome    C. conceited    D. wicked

Young people are known for their ……….. which contrasts with the composure of adults.

A. ability    B. instability    C. activity    D. credibility

It is a fact that pride is a less admirable quality than …………..

A. humility     B. honesty    C. affection    D. tenderness

It is obvious that many people prefer affluence to ……………………

A. scarcity    B. thrift    C. waste    D. poverty

While some workers felt that the terms were amicable others thought that they were …………

A. strange     B. disagreeable     C. bad     D. hostile

Now that the people of this community are living in comfort, I don’t think they will want to go back to their days of ………….

A. disappointment     B. hardship     C. strife    D. starvation

False witnesses castigate rather than ……………….. the accused.

A. expose      B. appease     C. punish     D. exonerate

Some teachers dissuade students from studying Mathematics, but others …………. them.

A. motivate     B. lure     C. instruct     D. reward



From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that best completes the sentence below:

After assuring the authorities that he would not escape, the prisoner was released on …………..

A. suspension     B. record     C. parole     D. probation

A judge is required to …………. justice fairly.

A. defer    B. dispense    C. define    D. dispel

The disease was …………………. by the doctors as pneumonia.

A. diagnosed     B. prescribed     C. construed     D. decided

The court granted an ………………… against the eviction of the tenant.

A. adjournment    B. injunction     C. indictment     D. adjudication

He was given a certificate of ……………….. in English.

A. efficacy     B. efficiency     C. proficiency     D. sufficiency

The ……………… years of a child’s life mould his character.

A. restrained     B. constructive     C. conflicting     D. formative

He bore his troubles with …………………..

A. leniency     B. preference     C. discretion     D. patience

Public money should be used only for ………………. purposes.

A. legitimate     B. discreet     C. legal     D. executive

The truth of the evidence is ……………

A. irreversible     B. irrefutable     C. irreparable     D. irretrievable

As a millionaire, he lives in …………

A. prudence     B. affluence     C. frugality     D. abundance



After the sentence below, a list of possible interpretations is given. Choose the interpretation that you consider most appropriate for the sentence.

On hearing the news, he flew off the handle. This means that he _______

A. changed his decision      B. ran away.     C. felt very disappointed.     D. became very angrily.

John’s money was barely enough to keep the wolf from the door. This means that

A. John had killed a wolf
B. the money was just sufficient
C. the situation was desperate.
D. John spent money lavishly.

He was given the boot by the chairman. This means that he was

A. offered a pair of boots     B. promoted     C. sacked     D. sent to buy boots

Since he left home, he has been ting to find his feet. This means that he _____

A. has been suffering a lot.
B. lost his pair of Shoes.
C. has forgotten about his relatives.
D. has been trying to get used to his new situation

He finds it difficult to put up with her behaviour. This means that he finds it difficult to ____

A. tolerate her behaviour.
B. understand her behaviour.
C. determine her behaviour
D. consider her behaviour

The government troops extended the Olive branch to the rebels. This means that the government troops _______

A. had reached a critical stage.
B. killed a lot of rebels.
C. were ready for peace.
D. defended their territory bravely

At the last minute he had cold feet. This means that he ______

A. suddenly fell ill.      B. became nervous     C. lost his imagination     D. rejected the offer

He was advised to pull himself together. This means that he was advised to ______

A. keep his plans secret.
B. change his mind.
C. control himself.
D. keep the matter to himself

He was sad to learn that his friend had gone round the bend. This means that his friend had ______

A. gone overseas.      B. gone mad.     C. lost his job.     D. been very ill.

The young man quickly paid his debt to save his face. This means that the young man ____

A. wanted to avoid disgrace.
B. did not want to be slapped.
C. wanted to preserve his looks.
D. did not want to be a debtor



From the words lettered A to D below the sentence, choose the word or group of word that is nearest in meaning to the underlined word as it is used in the sentence.

Modou is endowed with great potential.

A. enlightened      B. provided     C. gifted     D. inspired

Collaboration is essential to the success of the team.

A. desired      B. indispensable     C. effective     D. appropriate

I really wish to assure you that we now have a reliable leader.

A. dependable     B. realistic      C. sensible      D. resolute

This is a chance of a life time.

A. an advantage      B. a privilege      C. an opportunity      D. a possibility

Children often behave badly out of ignorance.

A. illiteracy      B. inexperience      C. unfamiliarity      D. simplicity

She lived a virtuous life.

A. modest     B. brave     C. normal     D. righteous

Olu insisted on his freedom to choose his career.

A. wish      B. independence      C. ability      D. right

Hindering justice may earn you a fine.

A. Impeding      B. Retarding      C. Stopping      D. Delaying

The professor’s explanation of the point was very lucid.

A. long      B. clear      C. prompt.      D. complicated

The luminous hands of the clock attracted the baby.

A. bright      B. colourful      C. glaring      D. beautiful



From the word or group of words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes the sentence.

That utterance is quite unlike you, please, come ………………. it!

A. through      B. of      C off      D. against

If I ……………. enough money, I would buy a car.

A. had      B. have had      C. had had      D. have

He should take …………… the appointment next week

A. in      B. up      C. on      D. to

In trying to escape, the thief ran ……………… the police.

A. upon     B. by     C. into     D. through

I have always counted ……………… his friendship.

A. in     B. to      C. with      D. on

The caller was told to …………… the line.

A. hold off      B. hold up      C. hold on      D. hold

The coach ………….. him to have scored a goal.

A. was expecting      B. expected      C. had expected     D. has expected

After eating all the mangoes, he shouldn’t complain of stomach ache, …………?

A. isn’t it     B. would he      C. should he      D. should it

Mary did her best ………… failed to reach the pass mark.

A. but      B. however      C. so      D. and

The authorities have shown no signs of giving ………………. to their demands.

A. off     B. away     C. over     D. in

We must hurry now for there is not ………….. time left.

A. some     B. much     C. plenty     D. any

Those properties are ………………. sale.

A. up for      B. upon      C. out for      D. down on

I have always preferred unripe plantain …………….. yam.

A. to      B. than      C. from      D. for

Give it to Aminata, it is ………………………..

A. her     B. their     C. yours     D. hers

Please, don’t speak evil ……………. the dead.

A. to     B. of     C. on     D. for

My brother was about ………………. his house when I arrived.

A. to leaving     B. to have left     C. to leave     D. to be leaving

Neither Jack nor Jill …………… there yesterday.

A. are      B. were      C. is      D. was

I have ………………………..completed the task.

A. more and less      B. more or less      C. more than less      D. more but less

After two hours of continuous work, the group broke ……………… lunch.

A. with      B. from      C. for      D. to

He finally hit …………………. the idea of travelling abroad.

A. out      B. at      C. on      D. up

The standard of education has gone …………………..

A. out      B. down      C. off      D. by

The council appointed a …………………..committee to look into the matter.

A. five-men      B. five-men’s      C. five-man      D. five-man’s

After the quarrel, he made it ………………… to his friend.

A. in      B. out      C. on      D. up

The task is ………………. for us to undertake.

A. much too difficult     B. too much difficult     C. more too difficult     D. quite too difficult

I will always stand ………………….. him.

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

We arrived just …………… time for the grand opening.

A. by      B. about      C. before      D. in

Bakary can lift this heavy log, ………………?

A. isn’t it      B. can’t he      C. does he      D. doesn’t he

The President’s speech ………………. yesterday at 8.00 p.m.

A. is broadcast     B. is being broadcast     C. has been broadcast     D. was broadcast

It is such a bad place …………………….. I will never dream of going there again.

A. thus      B. therefore      C. that     D. then

We will leave ……………….. you are ready.

A. as when      B. whenever      C. as ever      D. soon as



The life of a professional sportsman is always hectic. Consider his typical day. As soon as he wakes up in the morning, he jumps out of bed hurriedly and wears his ------—.

A. jumpsuit      B. tracksuit      C. swimsuit      D. shell suit

Promptly, he goes out to ——- for an hour or so, covering a few miles. However, on some other days, he might choose to practise with the skipping ---—at home. (2 marks)

A. trot, cord      B. skip, string      C. jog, rope      D. jump, twine

Having completed whichever one it is, he goes in for a shower and dresses for the day’s training —---—.

A. practice      B. sessions      C. regime      D. rehearsal

This phase varies according to his specialty. If he is a boxer, he goes into the —- —to deal with the punching bag and later with a sparring partner, usually under the watchful —--— of his coach. (2 marks)

A. stadium, custody     B. gymnasium, supervision     C. sports club, command     D. sports centre, charge

If he is a sprinter, he engages in continuous practice, —--— his performance with a stopwatch.

A. calculating      B. gauging      C. timing      D. assessing

If he is in football, netball, volley ball, or lawn tennis, he can best practise with others while the coach watches, calling attention to specific skills and —---- not well mastered: In most cases, training lasts virtually the better part of a day, and often ends in discussions where certain technicalities are ironed out.

A. techniques      B. systems      C. methods      D. procedures

Now, when medals are ______ , most people who just watch actions on the television hardly realize what it takes to become a star.

A. achieved      B. secured      C. won      D. lifted

When all the —--—- are considered and the high risks taken into account, one would realize that a star is worth the millions he earns.

A. struggles     B. pains      C. hurts     D. rigours

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