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Read the following passages carefully and answer the questions that follow.
The best acceptable definition of history is that it is a record of the past actions of mankind, based on surviving evidence, It is this evidence that the historian employs to chronicle and correlate events, by which he arrives at conclusions which he believes to be valid. Hence, the historian is referred to as an interpreter of the development of mankind.
It should be understood that there is more than one way of treating the past. For example, in trying to deal with the revolutions in Nigeria, past and present, the historian may describe the events in a narrative order. Or, he may choose to concentrate on analysis of the general causes, comparing their stages of evolution with the patterns of revolution in other countries.
The historian does not seek to attain the same kind of results as the scientist, who can verify his conclusions by repeating his experiment under controlled conditions. Whilst he also attempt to classify the phenomena, the historian is more likely to consider event in terms of their uniqueness.
Added to this is the fact that history is concerned, fundamentally, with the lives and actions of men, and as such, the historian's search for causes is bound to be relatively subjective, as compared to that by the scientist. In essence, however, historians are agreed and insist that history should be written as scientifically as possible and that the evidence should be analyzed with the same objective attitude employed by the scientist when he examines certain phenomena of nature.
1. According to the passage, a historian should try to examine a material ?
History could be defined as
a record of the evolution of a country
a record of development of mankind
a record of the present actions of mankind based on surviving evidence
a record of the past action of mankind based on surviving evidence
From the apex of the Niger Delta southwards, dry land, overgrown with dense forests still virginal in various spots, gives way to seasonally inundated zones. Here, sweet water swamps with strands of raffia palms gradually merge into tidal swamps of brackish ooze, where mud skippers thrive under the arching roots of mangroves. The Niger, fingering through a thousand creeks, meet the sea in a dozen estuaries. Strong rives currents drifts and mud across the river mouths, scaling tern again and again to navigation.
6. Where do mudskippers thrive?
in the creeks
in the swamps
in the mangroves
in the roots
LEXIS AND STRUCTURE
In each of the following sentences, there in one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered a - e choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word underlined and which will appropriately fill the gap in the sentence (11-15)
11. Athletes wishing to get rid of their ___________ and get more energy should take more exercise
From the list of words lettered a - e below each of the sentences, choose the one which is nearest in meaning to the underline word as it is used in the sentences (16-20)
16. The examiner said that the candidate's performance in the examination was not good enough
The footballers went back to their camp sullenly
In each of the following questions 21-25, fill each gap with the appropriate option from the list. Following exercises express different times by using different tenses.
From the natives suggested, choose any one that best suits each context
21. More ___________ . to your elbow as you campaign for press freedom
"When he was turned over, his eyeballs stared upward in amazement and horror, His mouth was locked torn wide: his trousers soaked with blood, were torn open, and exposed to the cold, white air of morning the thick hairs of his groin, mattered together, black and rust red, and the wound that seemed to be throbbing still".
1. This passage achieves realism through the
present continuous tense
the long sentence
the past tense
If I can fasten but one cup upon him with that which he had drunk tonight already. He'll be as full of quarrel and offences as my young mistress dog..... Shakespeare, Othello
28. From the statement above it can be inferred that the speaker is
That that is why wwe must acc - c- cept the uni- versal d - d dome, b - b - because ththere is no d - d - d direction. The b - b - bridge is the d- d - dome of religion and b - b - bridges d - ddon'tjjjust g - g - go from hhhere to the there; a bridge also faces backwards".
Wole Soyinka, The Interpreters
29. The idiolectical feature of the character's speech is the
Repetition of consonant sounds
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
Duplication of consonant sound clusters
Multiplication of dipthongs
I am alone
And the murmur of my lips
Carry song and tears homewards
From a plain away from home
"Okogbule Wonodi, Lament for Shola"
The poet-persona here expresses a feeling of