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[UTME Use of English Diagnostic Tests - Set 1,Comprehension]


Comprehension - 25 marks

Passage I
By 1910, the motor car was plainly conquering the highway. The private car was now part of every rich man’s establishment, although its price made it as yet an impossible luxury for most of the middle class. But for the adventuresome youth, there was the motor cycle, a fearsome invention producing accidents and ear-splitting noises.

Already, the dignified carriages and smart ponytraps were beginning to disappear from the roads, and coachmen and grooms, unless mechanically minded, were finding it more difficult to make a living.

The roads, which had gone to sleep since the coming of the railway, now awoke to feverish activity. Cars and motorcycles dashed along them at speeds which rivalled those of the express trains, and the lorry began to appear. Therefore, the road system was compelled to adapt itself to a volume and speed of traffic for which it had never been intended. Its complete adaptation was impossible; but the road surface was easily transformed and during the early years of the century, the dustiness and greasiness of the highways were lessened by tar-spraying. To widen and straighten the roads and get rid of blind corners and every steep gradient were tasks which had scarcely been tackled before 1914.

The situation was worst of all in towns where not only was any large scheme of road widening usually out of the question, but also where crowding and danger were all too frequently increased by the short-sighted eagerness of town authorities in laying down tramlines.

Yet it was not only the road system that was in need of readjustment; the nervous system of those who used and dwelt by the roads suffered. The noises caused by the conversion of the roads into speedways called for a corresponding tightening up of the nerves, and, especially in the towns, the pedestrian who wished to preserve life and limb was compelled to keep his attention continually on the stretch, to practice himself in estimates of the speed of approaching vehicles and to run or jump for his life if he ventured off the pavement.

1. One of the following statements can be deduced from the passage.

A. People no longer used trains with the advent of cars and lorries.
B. Significant improvement occurred in road transport since the advent of motor cars, lorries and motor cycles.
C. Human society was static without the express speed of cars and motor cycles.
D. Society would be better off without the chaotic volume and speed of motor cars, lorries and motor cycles.

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2. From the passage, it is obvious that ______

A. motor cars were mere luxuries which any people tried desperately to acquire.
B. the motor car was invented before the express trains.
C. the train was the fastest means of transport before the motor car and the lorry.
D. the motor car and the lorry came to displace the train traffic.

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The writer seems to suggest that _____

A. the roads that existed were dormant.
B. coachmen and grooms were not mechanically minded.
C. there were no roads before the advent of cars and motor cycles and so people had to be mechanically minded.
D. the volume and speed of traffic on the roads increased with advent of cars, motor cycles and lorries.

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The writer uses the expression unless mechanically minded to refer to _____

A. coachmen and grooms adaptable to the new technology.
B. coachmen and grooms who chose to become mechanics.
C. town authorities laying down tramlines.
D. those amenable to change and development

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The statement: By 1910, the motor car was plainly conquering the highway means that ________

A. by 1910, many people knew how to drive motor cars.
B. the motor car was invented in 1910.
C. highway codes for motor cars came into effect by 1910.
D. by 1910, motor cars became a common sight on the highways

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Passage II
The passage below has gaps numbered 6 to 15. Immediately following each gap, four options are provided. Choose the most appropriate option for each gap.

Before any detailed analysis begins, the first thing to do with the raw data is to check through the field record books and questionnaires for any …6… [A. records B. events C. odds D. mistakes]

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inconsistencies and incompleteness. In some cases, it may be possible to correct any discovered shortcomings. When it is not possible to carry out these …7… [A. plans B. possibilities C. corrections D. expectations]

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a visit to the field may even be necessary. It should however be realized that it is not very often that a revisit is possible. In most scientific …8…
[A. experiments B. data C. conclusion D. questionnaires]

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such revisits are clearly impossible. This is true of many surveys too. A road traffic survey …9… [A. conducted B. experimented C. classified D. precoded]

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to find out the amount and frequency of daily traffic between two towns cannot be expected to be …10… [A. reproducible B. undertaken C. observed D. produced].

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There is no way of going back to check whether the number of vehicles reported for any particular hour is correct or not. With open-ended questions, the …11…
[A. methods B responses C. errors D. conclusions]

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have to be classified into relatively small number of groups. The process of classifying answers and of sometimes identifying them by number and letter is called …12… [A. recording B. recoding C. encoding D. coding].

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When close-ended questions are used, it is possible to code all the possible answers before they are actually received. This is called …13… [A. precoding B. coding C. coding D. recoding].

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What is done, a check through the answers for proper classification, numbering and letterings is still called for at this stage. This whole process of checking through questionnaires and notebooks is called … 14… [A. editing B. posting C. listing D. auditing].

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Collected data will eventually have to be used in drawing …15… [A. references B. examples C. conclusions D. analogies] and writing a report about the population from which it came.

Adapted from Rachel Carson: The Advent of the Motor Car.

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17. The NDE man appears to be a spectator in the flurry of activities around him because ______

A. he is moving rapidly through a long dark tunnel.
B. his new ‘body’ would not allow him to participate.
C. he can only watch as the events unfold.
D. he is now a dead man.

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18. According to the passage, scientific evidence has made it possible ______

A. for the dead to return and tell their experiences.
B. to make conjectures about what happens after death.
C. to know a little about what happens in the world of the dead.
D. for one to experience the sensation of dying and living again.

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19. A suitable title for the passage is _______

A. A Glimpse into the World of the Dead.
B. The sensation of Death and the Afterlife.
C. Research into the Lives of the Dead.
D. Visions of an Afterlife

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The expression as he reaches the point of greatest physical distress as used in the passage, means, when ________

A. the man’s system finally collapses.
B. his condition seems to get worse.
C. his doctor is ready to pronounce him dead.
D. the sick man finally stops breathing

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Passage IV
The emergence of a standard dialect produces the phenomenon known as ‘accent’ which is quite different from dialect. In the process of learning a foreign language, it is normal to transfer the patterns of an indigenous language to those of the foreign language.

With time, however, those of form, and most of those of orthography and phonology gradually get eliminated. This is because these can easily be identified and corrected. They are easy to correct because, they do not involve patterns of muscular movement. It is also necessary to correct them because otherwise they could seriously impair intelligibility. With phonetic patterns, on the other hand, there is a great deal of intelligibility tolerance because muscular patterns are involved, thus making corrections difficult when observed.

Besides, phonetic patterns do not impair intelligibility much. Hence, the transference of phonetic habits from one language to another is both easier to tolerate and more difficult to avoid than transference at the lexico-grammatical level. It follows that a speaker who is learning a second dialect does so with an accent since the muscles of his speech organs would have crystallized in response to the phonetics of his native language which he learnt first.

The speaker therefore speaks the second dialect with the phonetic features of his native dialect. The learning of a standard language is simply the learning of a second dialect – that which has been standardized. Members of a language community control at least two dialects and use both dialects in different situations. In the rural areas, the native dialect is used in most situations since there is less movement. Therefore, rural dwellers tend to be parochial and maintain the homogeneity of their dialect. In the urban community, on the other hand, there is more demand on the standard dialect than on the rural one.

This is because people from different regions converge here. In order to ensure mutual intelligibility resulting from the pressure of communication, a great deal of demand is made on the standard dialect which now becomes the lingua franca amongst them.

21. The word those, as used in the passage, refers to ______

A. forms of orthography and phonology.
B. patterns of an indigenous language.
C. foreign languages.
D. indigenous languages.

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22. Phonetic patterns allow for intelligibility tolerance because ______

A. they are involved and difficult to avoid.
B. they involve muscular patterns which later crystallize.
C. they give rise to the phenomenon of accent which is easy to tolerate.
D. transference is both difficult to avoid and easy to tolerate.

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23. According to the passage, _____

A. a lingua franca is the consequence of a standard dialect.
B. a foreign language produces the transference of the correct patterns of dialect features.
C. mutual intelligibility is the consequence of the pressure of communication.
D. speech organs are shaped by indigenous languages.

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An appropriate title for this passage is _______

A. The Quest for a Lingua Franca.
B. The emergence of a Standard Language.
C. The Phenomenon of Accent.
D. Members of a Language Community.

[Comprehension]


Members of a language community control at least two dialects because

A. there is little demand for the indigenous dialects.
B. the convergence of people from disparate regions results in the pressure of
communication
C. they want a lingua franca which is produced by mutual intelligibility.
D. they are made up of both rural and urban dwellers.

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Lexis and Structure - 25 marks


(a) Synonyms
In each of questions 26 to 30, choose the option nearest in meaning to the word(s) or phrase in Italics.

26. I cannot understand why Ali should serve in that moribund administration.

A. oppressive    B. prodigal    C. crumbling    D. purposeless

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28. The coalescence of the groups created additional problems.

A. proscription    B. fighting    C. disbandment    D. union

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29. As the triumphant rebels were returning to their base, they met with a serious reverse.

A. a defeat    B. an enemy    C. an army    D. a victory

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30. The village girl wore sumptuous clothes.

A. faded-looking    B. cheap    C. expensive    D. loose-fitting

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(b) Antonyms

In each of questions 31 to 35, choose the option opposite in meaning to the word(s) or phrase in italics.

31. The lecture seemed interminable.

A. unending    B. boring    C . interesting    D. brief

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32. Had I known about their plan much earlier, I would have nipped it in the bud.

A. stopped it    B. initiated it    C. squashed it    D. promoted it

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33. What a harmless thought he has!

A. pernicious    B. pertinent    C. pleasant    D. perfect

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34. The town was all agog at his unexpected return.

A. on fire    B. excited    C. unexcited    D. surprised

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35. The teacher taught the rudiments of Chemistry to the first grade.

A. elements    B. theories    C. fundamentals    D. basics

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(c) Sentence Interpretation

In each of questions 36 to 40, select the option that best explains the information conveyed in the sentence.

36. Oche’s chief idiosyncrasy is a passion for pounded yam.

A. Oche’s chief hates pounded yam.
B. Oche hates pounded yam.
C. Oche has a penchant for pounded yam.
D. Oche’s chief likes pounded yam.

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37. You must not attend the end-of-year party

A. It is not necessary that you attend the party.
B. It is necessary that you do not attend the party.
C. You do not have to decide whether to attend the party or not.
D. You have to decide whether to attend the party or not.

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38. The man reasoned that there ought to be a limit to sycophancy.

A. There can be no favour beyond a reasonable point.
B. Sycophants need not talk all the time.
C. People should know when not to use flattery.
D. Sycophants should know when to grant people’s requests.

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39. Adawo is an imp.

A. Adawo behaves queerly.
B. Adawo behaves decently.
C. Adawo behaves differently.
D. Adawo behaves badly.

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40. The solution lies in choosing between various negative alternatives.

A. The solution can be found in one of the negative options.
B. The solution lies in choosing between the positive and the negative.
C. The solutions are many.
D. The solution is a negative one

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(c) Sentence Completion
In each of questions 41 to 50, fill each gap with the most appropriate option from the list provided.

41. I do not think any sane person would have acted in such a ______ manner.

A. rational    B. composed    C. secret    D. cruel

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42. Neither Agbo nor his parents _______ the meetings now.

A. attended     B. attend    C. has attended    D. attends

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43. Modern dancing has become rather scientific and so requires ______

A. bizarre costuming     
B. some choreographic skill
C. immense instrumentation
D. a rapping voice

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44. Had he considered his public image carefully, he ______ for his
opponent in the election.

A. might have stood aside
B. would have stepped aside
C. should have stepped down
D. would have stood down

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45. The government which _____ recruiting ______ workers suddenly stopped doing so.

A. are/its     B. was/its     C. is/their     D. were/their

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46. Of course we all saw the culprit ______ and hit the man on the head.

A. approached    B. approaching     C. approach    D. approaches

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47. A child that shows mature characteristics at an early age may be described as _______

A. preconceived     B. premature     C. ingenuous     D. precocious

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48. The Company Director showed the contractor a ______ of the proposed office complex.

A. prototype    B. photograph    C. microfilm    D. photocopy

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49. ________ you come early to the new house, clean up my flat.

A. While    B. By chance    C. Should    D. Should in case

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50. This imposing edifice ________ a fortune to build.

A. had costed    B. have cost    C. costed    D. cost

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Oral Forms

In each of questions 51 to 54, choose the word that does not have the same vowel sound as the others.

51.  A. toil     B. rejoice     C. enjoy     D. log

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52. A. key B. wind C. even D. people

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53. A. granite B. die C. rice D. fight

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54. A. bale B. saint C. plait D. gate

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In each of questions 55 to 58, choose from the options the word that has the same consonant sound as the one represented by the letter(s) underlined.

55. Church

A. feature    B. chauffeur    C. ocean    D. machine

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56. Sure

A. cheer    B. cheap    C. charlatan    D. church

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57. Past

A. wrestle    B. preached    C. castle    D. pasture

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58. Thank

A. though    B. thought    C. Thames    D. Thomas

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In each of questions 59 to 60, the word in capital letters has an emphatic stress. Choose the option that best fits the expression in the sentence.

59. YOUR sister should come with us tomorrow.

A. Should your brother come with us tomorrow?
B. Should our brother come with us tomorrow?
C. Should Ado’s sister come with us tomorrow?
D. Should my sister come with us tomorrow?

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