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1.
Choose the word that is most nearly opposite in the meaning to the underlined word or group of words that will fill in the sentence.

At first we found life in the town very exciting but soon it became rather _______
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A. tiring
B. disturbing
C. burdensome
D. boring

2.
Suleiman's reason for becoming a Muslim in the novel is because Islam brings sense of ______?
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A. radicalism and aggression
B. boldness and awareness
C. kindness and truthfulness
D. purpose and discipline
Explanation.
In chapter 30, Suleiman was resolute about tracing his roots and finally finding his identity amongst his people in Africa and in the religion, Islam

3.
Select the option that best explain the information conveyed in the sentence

The man's Achilles' heel is women ________
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A. His weakness is women
B. His strength is women
C. He fights women
D. He respects women
Explanation.
The phase 'Achilles heel' means a small problem or weakness in a person or system that can result in failure. The phrase has it origin traced to the legend of Achilles, that tells the talk of Achilles, how he was dipped into the river styx by his mother, That is in order to make him in vulnerable. His heel wasn't covered by the water and he was later killed by a narrow wound to his heel.

4.
Choose the most appropriate stress pattern from the options below

Constitution
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A. CON—sti—tu—tion
B. con—STI—tu—tion
C. con—sti—TU—tion
D. con—sti—tu—TION

5.
Choose the option that has the same consonant as the one represented by the letter(s) underlined

clash
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A. sharp
B. cheap
C. leisure
D. school

6.
Choose the option that has the same consonant as the one represented by the letter(s) underlined

who
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A. vehicle
B. khaki
C. rhyme
D. hammer

7.
Choose the option to which the given sentence relates

My Boss has an amiable DISPOSITION
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A. Does your boss have an amiable disposition
B. Does my boss have an unfriendly disposition
C. Does my colleague have an amiable disposition?
D. Does my boss have an amiable complexion?
Explanation.
Still going by the rule when answering questions on emphatic stress, the option that doesn't have the emphasized word. In this case 'DISPOSITION' is the emphasized word on the only option without it is option D

8.

Choose the most appropriate stress pattern from the options below

palatable

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A.

PALatable

B.

palAtable

C.

palaTAble

D.

palataBLE


9.
Choose the interpretation that you consider most appropriate for each sentence.

Despite their newness on the job, the workers were remunerated rather handsomely. This means that _________?
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A. the salaries were poor
B. those paid were handsome in appearance
C. the salaries were attractive
D. workers were paid by handsome accountants
Explanation.
The word 'remunerate' as used in the sentence means paid for services rendered or work done, while the word 'handsomely' means to a large degree, substantially and also connotes attractiveness

10.
Choose the option opposite in meaning to the word or phrase in italics

The chairman is Parsimonious
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A. Avaricious
B. thrifty
C. treacherous
D. accustomed
Explanation.
The word Parsimonious means very unwilling to spend money or use resources. On the other hand 'Generous is the opposite', meaning to give more of something especially money
From the above meaning of each words of option, generous best describes the opposite of parsimonious, as every other option is synonymous to parsimonious

11.
Choose the interpretation that you consider most appropriate for each sentence.

Now that Michael has become rich, Nancy has begun to make much of him. This means __________
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A. now values Michael
B. now gets a lot of money from Michael
C. only recently married Michael
D. no longer wants to leave Michael

12.
Tayo opted to remain in Nigeria because he had a duty to serve his
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A. students
B. wife
C. friends
D. brothers
Explanation.
In chapter 24, Tayo mentioned his student as one major reason why he wasn't open to the demand from his wife, Miriam, to leave the country

13.
Choose the option nearest in meaning to the word or phrase in italics

This event was a watershed in the company
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A. landmark
B. blot
C. publicity
D. stain
Explanation.
The question has the word watershed italicized. The word means an event or perfect marking a turning point in a situation. It is synonymous to the word landmark which means an event or discovering marking an important stage or turning point in something

14.
choose the best option that best completes the gap(s)

Snakes and ladders always______me happy these days
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A. makes
B. make
C. made
D. making
Explanation.
According to the pluralia tantrums law of concord; whenever a pluralia tantrum appears, it must be followed by a singular verb. Pluralia tantrum are nouns that appear in plural forms, some of these words have finals, while some do not e.g Mathematics, economics, Darts, Snakes and ladders e.t.c.

15.
Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

I really like working in that office: I find the — very friendly
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A. condition
B. atmosphere
C. air
D. situation
Explanation.
Means the pervading tone or mood of a place, situation, or creative work.

16.
Choose the option opposite in meaning to the underlined word

The delegates found it better to resort to consultation rather than __________
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A. conflict
B. confrontation
C. reconciliation
D. consent
Explanation.
Consultation means the action or process of formally consulting or discussing.
A serious disagreement or argument

17.
Choose the best option that best completes the gap(s)

The delegates were given_____
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A. a two hour break
B. a two-hour break
C. a two-hours break
D. a two hours break

18.
Choose the option nearest to the statement

My brother's drunkenness often got on my nerves. This means
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A. disgraced him
B. made him ill
C. made me angry
D. offended me

19.
In the Novel "Independence" Tayo wrote a biography of ______?
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A. Arthur Richardson
B. Lord Lugard
C. Obafemi Awolowo
D. Nnamidi Azikiw
Explanation.
In chapter 27, Tayo's biography of Lord Lugard became his new success

20.
From the options given, Choose the option that is opposite in meaning to the underlined word.

This house which was sealed off years ago has now been —
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A. re-opened
B. rebuilt
C. re-roofed
D. restored
Explanation.
Sealed off means to prevent people from entering a building

21.
In the book "Independence" Tayo's uncle, Kayode, wanted to study Engineering in _______?
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A. Britain
B. U.S.A
C. France
D. Germany
Explanation.
In chapter sixteen, Tayo's uncle, Kayode, revealed to him that he was considering studying engineering at the Insitute du Petrole in France

22.
Choose the most appropriate stress pattern from the options. The stressed are written in capital letters

Judiciary
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A. judiCIAry
B. judiciaRY
C. JUdiciary
D. juDIciary
Explanation.
|ju|DI|cia|ry|

23.
From the options, choose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word

He is quite an outspoken young man but his father is_____?
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A. humorous
B. sober
C. taciturn
D. silent
Explanation.
Outspoken means to be direct and open in speech and expression.
To be reserved or uncommunicative in speech and expression

24.
In the book "Independence" Wearing woolens, lamb cardigans, extra socks, gloves and Balliol scarf signified that Tayo was _______?
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A. Cold
B. Going to a party
C. sick
D. walking in the rain
Explanation.
Clothings, gloves, cardigans and extra socks are outfits worn during winter when the temperature is low, cold

25.
The number of workers have increased steadily each year means _________
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A. have increased steadily
B. steadily have increased
C. have been increasing steadily
D. has increased steadily

26.
From the options, choose the word nearest in meaning to the underline word

By working hard, Benjamin outshone his elder brother instead of being ________
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A. overshadowed
B. defeated
C. demoted
D. submerged
Explanation.
Outshone means to be much better than someone.
To bring one down to a lower position

27.
Choose the option opposite in meaning to the word or phrase in italics

The students received a mild reproof from the teacher
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A. exhortation
B. opposition
C. commendation
D. appropriation
Explanation.
This answer was chosen because it is opposite to the word italicized in the question; reproof which means an expression of criticism, blame.
From the above meaning of the other options, it is obvious that non-fits for the opposite of the word 'reproof'. Commendation means an official or a formal praise

28.
Choose the option nearest in meaning to the word or phrase in italics

Aisha impelled to the party
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A. compelled
B. accompained
C. authority
D. finance
Explanation.
The words 'impel and compel' are synonymous impel means drive, force or urge someone to do something while compel means force or oblige someone to do something.

29.
When you ____ an opponent's point in a debate, you must do so politely
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A. refute
B. rebuke
C. reject
D. refuse

30.
Choose the options that have the same consonant as the ones represented by the letter(s) underlined

leisure
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A. sure
B. ledger
C. treasure
D. judge

31.
Choose the most appropriate stress pattern from the options.

The stressed are written in capital letters
departmental
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A. DEpartmental
B. dePARTmental
C. departMENtal
D. departmenTAL
Explanation.
de|part|MEN|tal

32.
choose the option opposite in meaning to the word or phrase in italics

They come here on bootless errand
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A. worthwhile
B. vain
C. delusive
D. intended
Explanation.
The word bootless means ineffectual, useless of a task or undertaking, while the answer worthwhile means worth the time, effort spent
Bootless explains that the errand was useless while worthwhile explains it was the effort, which is also synonymous to the word useful

33.
Choose the option to which the given sentence relates

Aderonke STATED she had a right to her privacy
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A. Did Omowunmi state she had a right to her privacy?
B. Did Aderonke lament she had a right to her privacy?
C. Did Aderonke state she had a right to her openness?
D. did Aderonke state she had a right to his privacy

34.
Select the option that best explain the information conveyed in the sentence

The painting was beautifully faked
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A. The painting was a good deceptive replica
B. The painting was well-framed and displayed
C. The painting was deceptively decorated
D. The painting was carefully designed
Explanation.
The painting being beautifully faced could also be described as a good deceptive replica, which means there is almost no difference in the fake painting and the original.

35.
Choose the best option that best completes the gap(s)

The crops the farmer planted will be ____ in three months time.
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A. sold
B. weeded
C. uprooted
D. harvested

36.
Choose the best option that best completes the gap(s)

Garba acquiesced______their decision
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A. for
B. on
C. in
D. by
Explanation.
The preposition 'in' is used to indicate interest or feeling

37.
Select the option that best explain the information conveyed in the sentence

The letter was being written by the principal
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A. The letter had been written by the principal
B. The principal was writing the letter
C. The principal wanted to write the letter
D. The principal wrote the letter
Explanation.
When the word 'being' is used in a past continuous tense, as it is in the above question, it means the action is happening sow or was happening before, in or continual manner, just like in the answer, the principal was writing the letter

38.
Select the option that best explain the information conveyed in the sentence

Advising Olu to break his bad habit is like knocking your head against a brick wall
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A. It is making a fool of you
B. It is trying the impossible
C. It is making him your enemy
D. It is asking him to beat you
Explanation.
It is trying the impossible
The idiomatic expression 'knocking your hand against a brick wall' means to attempt continuously and fruitlessly to accomplish some task or achieve some goal that is or seems ultimately hopeless, more like it is impossible

39.
Choose the best option that best completes the gap(s)

_____a good boy, he was given a prize
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A. To being
B. Been
C. Being
D. To been
Explanation.
"Being" can be used as a gerund, a word that acts like a noun and looks like a verb.Being is the verb, boy is the noun.

40.
Choose the option nearest in meaning to the word or phrase in italics

The children received gifts from doting parents
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A. nagging
B. loving
C. humble
D. Docile
Explanation.
The word doting was italicized in the question . It means to be extremely and uncritically fond to someone, to love dearly while loving means feeling or showing love and affection

41.
Fill in the Gap

The press will no longer be free when the new government starts to — newspapers
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A. censure
B. edit
C. publish
D. censor
Explanation.
To officially suppress an unacceptable part of a book, film, news, etc.

42.
In the novel "Independence" Tayo lied to Vanassa that Christine was his ______?
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A. sister
B. niece
C. aunt
D. cousin
Explanation.
In chapter Nine, Tayo was showing Vanessa his collection of photographs when Christines popped out and then he lied about her being his cousin.

43.
Choose the best option that best completes the gap(s)

The_____event takes place every two years
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A. bienial
B. biannual
C. biennal
D. biannual
Explanation.
Biannual means an event taking place every two years

44.
Fill in the Gap

Mr Collins does not allow his name to be published in connection with the philanthropy because he _____ publicity
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A. wields
B. lacks
C. detests
D. defines

45.
The first time Paul met Ngozi, her beauty caught his eye. This means that _________
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A. Ngozi admired Paul
B. Paul recognized Ngozi.
C. Ngozi attracted Paul.
D. Paul surprised Ngozi

46.
From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that has the same consonant sound(s)

Strange
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A. vague
B. mirage
C. logic
D. legume
Explanation.
The consonant sound is |dz| which has the same sound with logic

47.
This question is based on S. L. Manyika's IN DEFENCE

According to Tayo the two major problems of Nigeria were
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A. tribalism and religion
B. politics and culture
C. bribery and corruption
D. greed and mismanagement
Explanation.
Chapter Twenty-one (21) of the book gave a narrative about how Tayo had been writing about the problems of Nigeria and how he believed that greed and mismanagement were the root causes of the problems.

48.
The government has decided to freeze student's grants. This means that government intends to
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A. reduce grants meant for students
B. resume paying grants to students
C. make students repay the grants
D. stop paying grants to students

49.
Choose the option nearest in meaning to the word or phrase in italics

This case is within the jurisdiction of the council
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A. record
B. prohibition
C. authority
D. finance
Explanation.
'Jurisdiction' the italicized word in the question means the official power to make legal decision and judgement while authority, the answer, is synonymous in that it means the power or right to give orders, make decisions

50.
Choose the option nearest in meaning to the word underlined

One of the twins was as daring as the other was ______
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A. morose
B. timid
C. secretive
D. rational
Explanation.
Daring means to be audaciously bold or adventurous.
Timid means Lack of boldness

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