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1.

Comprehension

Read the following passages carefully and answer the questions that follow.

Passage I

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.

question

1. According to the passage, a historian should try to examine a material ?

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A.

scientifically

B.

subjectively

C.

accurately

D.

objectively


2.
According to the passage, one of the duties of a historian is
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A. to predict the future
B. to analyse the past and future
C. to explain the significance of past events
D. to interpret the development of mankind

3.
The scientist tends to be more reliable than historian because
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A. he works in a laboratory
B. he is better qualified
C. he can crosschecked his result several time
D. he has more time to work at his Experiments

4.
Flow can history be scientifically recorded?
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A. by examining available evidence and analyzing unusual occurrences
B. by falsifying and fabricating available facts
C. by speculating on what was and ought to have been
D. by concealing some of the evidence

5.

History could be defined as

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A.

a record of the evolution of a country

B.

a record of development of mankind

C.

a record of the present actions of mankind based on surviving evidence

D.

a record of the past action of mankind based on surviving evidence


6.

Passage 2

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.

question

6. Where do mudskippers thrive?

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A.

in the creeks

B.

in the swamps

C.

in the mangroves

D.

in the roots


7.
Fingering through as used in the passage means
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A. cutting across
B. passing through
C. cutting between
D. passing between

8.
According to the passage, how would you describe a seasonally inundated zone?
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A. a zone always covered with mud
B. a zone always covered with shallow water
C. a zone under water at certain times of the year
D. a zone subject to heavy rain every season

9.
Where does the Niger meet the sea?
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A. in the creeks
B. in the Delta
C. in the swamps
D. in the forest

10.
What is brackish ooze?
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A. a strong river current
B. a mixture of fresh water and mud
C. a mixture of fresh water and salt water
D. fresh and clean water

11.

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

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A.

fat

B.

oxygen

C.

lethargy

D.

trainers

E.

espots


12.
A metal will expand when it is heated and When it cools ___________
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A. shorten
B. lesser
C. contract
D. congeal
E. curtail

13.
The political aspirant asked the villagers to support him and not to ________ his authority in any way
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A. deny
B. undermine
C. defy
D. despite
E. attack

14.
She was a very proficient hairdresser but had little aptitude for sewing in which she was _______
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A. new
B. unskilled
C. unlearned
D. ignorant
E. awkward

15.
If you do not accept the offer of a job in the Secretariat within the next one week, we shall assume you ___________ It
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A. denied
B. refused
C. deprived
D. left
E. lost

16.

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

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A.

failure

B.

achievement

C.

success

D.

presentation

E.

marks


17.
After finishing the 800 meters race, he fell asleep from exhaustion
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A. weakness
B. fatigue
C. overwork
D. eagerness
E. sloth

18.
Last night there was a very fierce rain Storm
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A. raging
B. storming
C. angry
D. violent
E. ferocious.

19.
After Warn, on our way to Benin, we passed through a dense forest
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A. crowded
B. close
C. thick
D. heavy
E. wooded

20.

The footballers went back to their camp sullenly

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A.

cheekily

B.

quickly

C.

stubbornly

D.

resentfully

E.

silently


21.

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

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A.

energy

B.

power

C.

effort

D.

grease

E.

kinetic


22.
Sir, I'm not lying about the matter, I know nothing of it, if I knew
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A. I must tell you
B. I can-tell you
C. I would tell you
D. I shall tell you

23.
The editor was not happy that the Nigeria press was hemmed
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A. up
B. across
C. in
D. over
E. sideway

24.
A child that shows mature characteristics at an early age may be described as
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A. precocious
B. premature
C. ingenuous
D. preconceived

25.
That is a very terrible woman; everyday she makes a lot of noise about one thing or the other. I'm not surprised, that's what her sisters ________ ___________ . too .
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A. are used to doing
B. do
C. always used to do
D. are doing

26.

"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

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A.

present continuous tense

B.

simple words

C.

the long sentence

D.

the past tense


27.
Earth has not anything to show more fair Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty This city now doth, like garment, wear The beauty of the morning It is suggested in these lines that
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A. The beauty of the morning gains from the beauty of the city
B. The beauty of the city gains from the beauty of the morning
C. The beauty of the city and the beauty of the morning are unrelated.
D. There is no beauty on earth

28.

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

.
A.

Disobedient

B.

Quarrelsome

C.

A drunkard

D.

the speaker


29.

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

.
A.

Repetition of consonant sounds

B.

Repetition of initial consonant sounds

C.

Duplication of consonant sound clusters

D.

Multiplication of dipthongs


30.
As virtuous men pass wildly away, And higher to their souls, to go, Whilst some of their sad friends do say, The breadth goes now, and some say "No". The tone of this poem is generally
.
A. Appreciative
B. Serious
C. Imaginative
D. Conversational

31.

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

.
A.

Love

B.

Anger

C.

Nostalgia

D.

Sorrow


32.
One rhyme scheme typical of the English sonnet is
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A. Abba abba cde cde
B. Abba abba cde dce
C. Abab cdcd efef gg
D. Abcd babb cde cc

33.
Farce thrives on
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A. Big events
B. promotion
C. Absurdity
D. incident

34.
A short witty statement is an
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A. Epistle
B. Eulogy
C. Epigram
D. Anecdote

35.
In a narration, the first person is
.
A. The author
B. A participant
C. The publisher
D. An observer

36.
A literary device that creates a mental picture of a situation is
.
A. Imagery
B. Symbolism
C. Flashback
D. Epilogue

37.
Periphrasis in poetic diction is marked by
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A. Circumlocution
B. Irony
C. Proverb
D. Parable

38.
A deliberate imitation of a literary style with the intention to ridicule is
.
A. Lampoon
B. Prosody
C. Pun
D. Parody

39.
What happened to Tess at the end of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'urbervilles
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A. She is executed for committing murder
B. She got married to Angel Clare
C. She got married to Alec D'urbervilles
D. She gave birth to a baby boy

40.
Taxi Driver in Timothy Wangusa's "A Taxi driver on his Death "can be interpreted as a metaphor describing:
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A. a careful driver
B. a ruthless dictator
C. a drunkard
D. a careless man

41.
The tone in Dennis Brutus' "A Troubador I Traverse "can be described as:
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A. defiant
B. submissive
C. regretful
D. arrogant

42.
Naett in Leopold e Sedar Senghor's "1 will Pronounce your Name" refers to:
.
A. South Africa
B. A woman
C. A man
D. Black Africa

43.
Cloud I, early sequestered from my tribe, Free a lead - tethered scribe". The above lines from J.P. Clark's "Agbor Dancer" suggest that the person is:
.
A. One with his tribe
B. Alienated from his tribe
C. One of the dancers
D. One of the drummers

44.
The name of the author of "We Must Learn to Fly" is:
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A. Dennis Brutus
B. Leopold Sedar Senghor
C. Odia Ofeimun
D. Wole Soyinka

45.
One of the following is a characteristic of a novel:
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A. it is written only in dialogues
B. it adopts the poetic form
C. it is written mainly in prose
D. it employs phrases and sentences

46.
The Law protecting works of art from unlawful reproduction is called:
.
A. plagiarism
B. illegal photocopying
C. authorization
D. copywright

47.
The play hamlet may be described as a tragedy of:
.
A. belief in ghosts
B. marital infidelity
C. indecision and procrastination
D. inordinate love of father by son

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