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1.

COMPREHENSION

Read the passage below carefully and answer the questions that follow.

 PASSAGE I

     If, once in a lifetime, you see a blue moon, don’t think your eyes are playing tricks on you. It’s caused by dust in our upper atmosphere; ice crystals are what make you see rings round the moon.

     Over the centuries, magical powers have been attributed to the moon. It has been said to bring on lunacy, affect the growth of plants, eyes of cats, spots of panthers, functions of women and activities of ghosts. France once had a law against cutting timber except during a waning moon. The moon, and toa lesser degree the sun, does cause the ocean tides because of their gravitational pull. But a common mistake of primitive people is to think that everything timed in the same rhythm as the moon is caused by it.

     All the moon gazing, probing and measuring has never solved the big problem: its origin. One theory is that it began as a planet, got too near the more massive earth, was ‘captured’ and turned into a satellite. Another is that the latter theory is true, scientists say, there would be two clues: the moon would consist of lighter material than the earth, and the earth would be left with a scar. As a matter of fact, the moon does weigh less. And the Pacific Ocean does have a scarlike bottom of basaltic rocks instead of the granite rocks usually found near the earth’s surface.

     But the assumption that, if man can get to the moon, he’ll find the answer is unfounded. Man has been on the earth hundreds of thousands of years without determining the earth’s origin. Scientists, of course, will never give up either quest.

     Indeed, for thousands of years the moon has worked a spell of fascination over all the people on its near neighbour, the earth. The ancient worshipped this lamp in the sky and speculated about it endlessly. Modern astronomers continue to explore its mysteries almost every night of the year, and with reason.

     Ages ago, before artificial light was known, it was important as illumination at night. As everyone knows, the moon has no light of its own; it shines with the cold reflection of the distant sun, but actually the moon is a poor satellite with ‘earth light’ sixty times as bright as the best moonlight. That’s why we sometimes see the whole moon faintly when the sun is lighting up only a narrow crescent.


1.     The phrase near neighbour, as used in the passage, shows that

.
A.

moonlight generally shares many characteristics with ‘earth light’

B.

the earth is nearer to the moon than to the sun

C.

the earth actually shares boundaries with the moon.

D.

Moonlight shines brighter on the earth’s surface than perhaps elsewhere.


2.
The passage suggests that a blue moon is a
.
A. rare phenomenon
B. regular event
C. trick of the moon
D. life-long opportunity

3.

The sentence over the centuries, magical powers have been attributed to the moon suggests that

.
A.

people perform magic with the moon

B.

it is a common belief that the moon has magical powers

C.

the moon actually possesses magical powers.

D.

D. The moon reflects magical powers from the sun’s rays


4.

The expression either quest refers to the origin of

.
A.

the moon or the earth

B.

neither the moon nor the earth

C.

the moon

D.

the earth.


5.
A suitable title for the passage is
.
A. The Magical Powers of the Moon
B. Facts about the Moon
C. The Lunar Cycle
D. Moon-Gazing.

6.

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. 

6.     Capitalism is an economic system which is founded on the principle of free enterprise and the private ownership of the means of production and distribution. The …6… 

.
A.

attorneys

B.

determiners

C.

antagonists

D.

protagonists


7.

of capitalism claim that its essential characteristic is economic …7…

.
A.

freedom

B.

manoeuvring

C.

manipulation

D.

exploitation


8.

The producer is free to produce whatever goods he ..8…

.
A.

manufactures ;

B.

buys ;

C.

sells ;

D.

fancies ;


9.

but the …9…

.
A.

consumer

B.

customer

C.

marketer

D.

controller


10.

is equally free to buy what he wants. There is a market mechanism under this system which brings the producer and consumer together and tends to equate the supplies of the one to the demands of the other, and …10…

.
A.

neutralize

B.

decide

C.

harmonize

D.

settle


11.

the whims and caprice of both. It is this same …11…

.
A.

controlling

B.

production

C.

operational

D.

market


12.

mechanism which determines what prices the consumers pay to the producers, as well as what share the total …12…

.
A.

profit

B.

output

C.

dividends

D.

interest


13.

, in cash or kind, goes to each of the four recognized … 13…

.
A.

factors

B.

methods

C.

managers

D.

agents


14.

of production-land, labour, capital and organization. It is further claimed for this system that every person is capable of watching his or her own interest, and that whatever injustice is done by the …14…

.
A.

pricing

B.

buyers and sellers

C.

managers

D.

operations


15.

of the market mechanism, this mechanism tends to bring about a state of …15… between the producers and the consumers.

.
A.

equilibrium

B.

equidistance

C.

opprobrium

D.

conflict


16.

Read passages III and IV carefully and answer the questions that follow. 

PASSAGE III

     We knew early in our life that the atmosphere in our home was different from that in many other homes, where husbands and wives quarrel and where there was drunkenness, laziness or indifference – things we never saw in our family. We chafed and grumbled at the strictness of my father’s regime. We went to hide whenever we broke the rules too visibly. We knew, nevertheless, that our parents wanted good things for us. Some of these, such as the insistence on our going to school and never missing a day, we accepted readily enough, although, like most other children, we occasionally yielded to the temptation to play truant. However, in other cases such as their effort to keep us out of contact with the difficult life – the drinking and fighting and beer-brewing and gambling – their failure was inevitable. They could not keep us insulated. By the time we moved about, we were already seeing things with their eyes and judging things by the standards we had absorbed from them.

     It was borne in on me and my brother at a very early age that our father was an uncommon man. For one thing, in most African families, work around the home was women’s work. So we were vastly impressed by the fact that whenever my mother was away, my father could and did do all her jobs – cooking, cleaning and looking after us. We lived in this way in a community in which housework was regarded as being beneath male dignity. Even in families which, like ours, produced boy after boy – our sister came fifth – it simply meant that the mother carried a greater and greater burden of work. In our family, nevertheless, the boys did girl’s work and my father did it with us.

     One of the prime chores of life in the family was fetching water from the pump down the street, some two hundred metres from our door. Since the pump was not unlocked until six in the morning and there was always crowding, a system had developed whereby you got out before dawn, placed your twenty-litre tin in line, and then went home, returning later to take your place. Often, of course, tins would be moved back in line and others moved ahead. This could be corrected if none of those in front were too big a challenge.

     When taps were substituted for the pumps, the first one installed was nearly a kilometre away from our house and we had to make the treck with the water tins balanced on our heads -- and indignity because this was the way girls, not proud males, carried their burdens. All the children in the neibghbourhood knew we did women’s work and I can still hear their derisive laughter. We did our jobs doggedly, that notwithstanding, because our father and mother expected it of us. Out of choice our father did everything we did, including fetching water on the occasion, and commanded us by sheer force of his example.


16.     By describing his father as an uncommon man, the writer means that he is

.
A.

amenable

B.

remarkable

C.

strict

D.

kind


17.
Which of the following describes the father’s role in the family?
.
A. Being too hard on the children.
B. Usurping his wife’s role in the family.
C. Serving the children.
D. Leading by example.

18.

The word atmosphere, as used in the first paragraph ofthe passage, means

.
A.

pattern

B.

disposition

C.

preference

D.

unity


19.
Which of the following statements captures the family’s approach to housework?
.
A. No job was reserved for anyone on the basis of gender.
B. Their mother did the cooking and cleaning willingly.
C. The boys were not allowed to do girls work.
D. The water needed was provided by everyone.

20.
A suitable title for the passage is
.
A. A Village Life
B. The Unusual Parent
C. The Problem of Water
D. An Experience in Early life.

21.

PASSAGE IV

     A Wolf, seeing a Lamb drinking from a river, wanted to find a pretext for devouring him. He stood higher up the stream and accused the lamb of muddying the water so that he could not drink. The lamb said that he drank only with tip of his tongue, and that in any case he was standing lower down the river, and could not possibly disturb the water higher up. When this excuse failed him, the wolf said: ‘Well, last year you insulted my father.’ ‘I wasn’t even born then,’ replied the lamb.

    ‘You are good at finding answers, ‘said the wolf, ‘but what do you mean by taking up so much of the path where I am walking? The lamb, frightened at the wolf’s angry tone and terrible aspect, told him, with all due submission, that he could not conceive how his walking on such a wide path could occasion him inconvenience. ‘What!’ exclaimed the wolf, seemingly in great anger and indignation. ‘You are as impudent as your father who seized me by the throat last year, and caused me to be kept in a cage for three months.’

     ‘If you will believe me,’ said the lamb, ‘my parents are poor simple creatures who live entirely by green stuff; we are none of us hunters of your species.’ ‘Ah! I see it’s no use talking to you, ‘said the wolf, drawing up close to him. ‘It runs in the blood of your family to hate us wolves, and therefore, as we have come so conveniently together, I’ll just pay off a few of your forefathers’ scores before we part. ‘So saying, he leapt at the lamb from behind and garroted him.

21.     The charges levelled against the lamb are

.
A.

pollution, insolence, obstruction and aggression.

B.

exuberance, pollution, wickedness and stubbornness

C.

garrulity, loquacity, pride and arrogance

D.

greed, wandering, insolence and disrespect.


22.
From the way the story ended, it can be concluded that the
.
A. wolf and the lamb parted amicably
B. lamb did not survive the encounter
C. wolf had encountered the lamb’s parents
D. lamb offended the wolf quite seriously.

23.
Which of the following aptly describes the moral of the story?
.
A. No matter how highly placed he is in society, the unmindful lawbreaker will always meet his nemesis.
B. The law is weak in defence of the poor against the rich and mighty.
C. The sins of the forefathers are visited upon the children no matter how long it takes.
D. If you have made up your mind to hang your dog, any rope will do for the purpose.

24.

The expression when this excuse failed him suggests that the

.
A.

lamb was prepared for the charges levelled against him

B.

wolf was uncertain of the charges levelled against the lamb

C.

wolf only made up the charges levelled against the lamb

D.

lamb was more intelligent than the wolf.


25.

The expression angry tone and terrible aspect refers to the wolf’s

.
A.

towering size and thunderous voice

B.

harsh voice and menacing posture

C.

sonorous voice and overbearing attitude

D.

loud voice and fretting movement.


26.

LEXIS, STRUCTURE AND ORAL FORMS

 In each of questions 26 and 27, choose the option that has the same vowel sound as the one represented by the letter(s) underlined.

26.     bear

.
A.

rare

B.

fear

C.

beer

D.

steer


27.

nine

.
A.

click

B.

gill

C.

pint

D.

pin


28.

In each of the questions 28 and 29, choose the appropriate stress pattern from the options. The syllables are written in capital letters.

28.     expostulate

.
A.

exPOStulate

B.

exposTUlate

C.

expostuLATE

D.

EXpostulate


29.
sufficiency
.
A. sufficienCY
B. suffiCIENcy
C. sufFIciency
D. SUFficiency

30.

In each of questions 30 to 54, choose the option that best completes the gap(s)

30.     He isn’t coming home, is he? …....., he isn’t.

.
A.

No

B.

Why

C.

Yes

D.

Now


31.
The poor widow who could not buy the clothes was seen ……. her wool into…….. yesterday.
.
A. making/tailoring
B. to spin/ yards
C. spinning/yarn
D. to spill/clothes

32.
…… his illness,Muhammad could not come to school.
.
A. Referring to
B. With reference to
C. Due to
D. Owning to

33.
You may not have heard the last word on the matter, ……. ?
.
A. have you
B. may you have
C. haven’t you
D. mayn’t have you

34.
Agbo says he is not afraid of …
.
A. no one
B. nothing
C. nobody
D. anybody

35.
The city… as a federal capital only …... the last twenty years.
.
A. existed/over
B. has existed/for
C. was existing/from
D. is existing in

36.
He not only looked after the children when their parents died, ……. sponsored their education to university.
.
A. also he
B. also
C. but also
D. but he

37.
After so many trials, the experiment…….
.
A. paid up
B. paid off
C. paid out
D. paid for

38.
His supporters rallied round him in moments of…
.
A. criticism
B. disillusionment
C. acrimony
D. crisis

39.
One needs to exemplify or …….. the aspect of the subject being discussed.
.
A. declare
B. demonstrate
C. satisfy
D. supply

40.
Actually, he forgot the one to……. the job was given.
.
A. whomever
B. who
C. whoever
D. whom

41.
The police claim that a number of stolen cars ……. recovered.
.
A. is being
B. has being
C. have been
D. has been

42.
The storm…….. havoc on several buildings in the village.
.
A. did
B. wrecked
C. made
D. wreaked

43.
People dislike Mariam because she is…….
.
A. trickful
B. tricky
C. a tricker
D. trickish

44.
The chairman refused to shake ……. with the secretary.
.
A. hands.
B. his hand
C. hand
D. his hands

45.
Ali goes to the stadium regularly, but he……. to the church for months.
.
A. didn’t go
B. hasn’t been
C. haven’t been
D. hadn’t been

46.
No teacher of honour would subject his student to any form of …….
.
A. harrassment
B. harrasment
C. harassement
D. harassment

47.
The interpreter was wrong because he gave the
.
A. unilateral
B. literary
C. literal
D. lateral

48.
Each of the houses…… a new look.
.
A. have got
B. has
C. have
D. were given

49.
The reporter said that the Honourable Speaker……. impeached.
.
A. is to be
B. will have been
C. might have been
D. may have being

50.
It is ……. responsibility to look after their parents in old age.
.
A. their’s
B. theirs’
C. theirs
D. their

51.
I shall find time for my …… when I get …… with this difficult assignment.
.
A. pastime/through
B. pass-time/over
C. passtime/through
D. past-time/over

52.
All God’s prophets were given the great ……. to preach salvation to people.
.
A. commition
B. comission
C. commission
D. commision

53.
Each producer is able to place a price on his product by considering its…
.
A. assessment
B. choice
C. judgement
D. worth

54.
The minister addressed the workers to boost their……
.
A. mural
B. morale
C. morality
D. moral

55.

In each of questions 55 to 57, choose the option that has the same consonant sound as the one presented by the letter(s) underlined.

55.      caused

.
A.

realized

B.

frost

C.

released

D.

chanced


56.

mischief

.
A.

champagne

B.

Christmas

C.

brochure

D.

ritual


57.

Judge

.
A.

pleasure

B.

camouflage

C.

spinach

D.

gear


58.

In each of questions 58 and 59, the word in capital letters has the emphatic stress. Choose the option to which the given sentence relates.

58. The student BOUGHT the book.

.
A.

Who bought the book?

B.

What did the student buy?

C.

How will the student get the book?

D.

Did the student steal the book?


59.
The teacher wants MY pen.
.
A. Does the teacher want your ruler?
B. Who wants my pen?
C. Does the teacher want his pen?
D. What does the teacher want?

60.

In each of questions 60 to 64, select the option that best explains the information conveyed in the sentence. Each question carries 2 marks.

60.     The investigators stated clearly that they had reached a dead end in their scrutiny of suspects in the murder case.

.
A.

The end had come for the suspects in the murder case.

B.

There was no further progress in the investigation of the murder suspects.

C.

The investigators did not know what to do with suspects’ murder.

D.

The investigators had evidence to sentence the suspects to death in the end.


61.
In many countries, democracy is ostensibly being practiced.
.
A. Many countries have effective democracy.
B. Democracy is indeed being practiced in many countries.
C. Democracy is apparently practiced in many countries.
D. Many countries have democracy in practise.

62.
Adamu’s father is a key figure in that ministry.
.
A. Adamu’s father’s position is essential in the ministry.
B. The ministry trusts Adamu’s father as a central figure.
C. Adamu’s father is a figurehead in the ministry.
D. Adamu’s father keeps the key to the ministry.

63.
Everyone was ready to play the devil’s advocate in the impeachment controversy.
.
A. Everyone was willing to fight for the defenceless citizens no matter the consequences.
B. Everyone was willing to defend an unpopular point of view concerning the impeachment.
C. Everyone was willing to speak against the impeachment to encourage discussion on it.
D. Everyone was willing to be an evil genius in the controversy.

64.
The government warns that drink-driving is punishableunder the law.
.
A. A drunkard driving can be punished.
B. Drinking and driving is an offence.
C. Driving while drinking is an offence.
D. Driving while drunk is an offence.

65.

 In each of questions 65 and 66, choose the option that has a different stress pattern from the others.

.
A.

result

B.

ratify

C.

taxi

D.

famous


66.

choose the option that has a different stress pattern from the others.

.
A.

orthopaedic

B.

secondment

C.

photographic

D.

oriental


67.

In each of questions 67 and 68, choose the option that has a different vowel sound from the others.In each of questions 67 and 68, choose the option that has a different vowel sound from the others.

.
A.

pot

B.

hall

C.

water

D.

altar


68.

choose the option that has a different vowel sound from the others.

.
A.

tout

B.

foe

C.

foul

D.

owl


69.

In each of questions 69 to 83, choose the option nearest in meaning to the word or phrase in italics.

69.     The presence of the captain makes the sailors ill at ease.

.
A.

impatient

B.

easily ill

C.

uncomfortable

D.

sickly


70.
Ibro shows enough liberality with his meager income.
.
A. insensitivity
B. prodigality
C. frugality
D. generosity

71.
It is a misnomer to call three thousand naira a living wage.
.
A. a wrong description
B. an incontrovertible assertion
C. an appropriate term
D. a mishmash

72.
The press described the efforts of the government in pejorative terms.
.
A. superlative
B. palpable
C. critical
D. contemptible.

73.
The town was in such a turmoil that the dance was called off.
.
A. state of darkness
B. state of confusion
C. rainy state
D. mourning state

74.
The festivals create in the people a feeling of pride in their cultural heritage.
.
A. legacy
B. possession
C. history
D. heirloom

75.
Okonkwo manages his household with a heavy hand.
.
A. using the cane on every occasion
B. without tolerating weaknesses
C. like a powerful dictator.
D. like a heavyweight champion.

76.
In spite of constant financial support from his father, Udenyi treats his studies with considerable levity.
.
A. lassitude
B. wastefulness
C. enthusiasm
D. seriousness

77.
The school’s badge is the insignia of office for all the prefects in the school.
.
A. seal
B. recognition
C. power
D. symbol

78.
Funnily enough, the priest prayed for the robber who shot him.
.
A. timidly
B. fearlessly
C. unexpectedly
D. disappointingly

79.
The mottled skin of a person with HIV indicates an advanced stage of its development.
.
A. pimply
B. scaly
C. brown
D. spotted

80.
The prosecutor was fully able to substantiate the charge.
.
A. expatiate on
B. weaken
C. prove
D. dismiss

81.
The manager’s knowledge of the strike is of the utmost importance
.
A. basic
B. genuine
C. standard
D. paramount

82.
There has been a downturn in the affairs of the company.
.
A. a turn-around
B. a massive increase
C. a decline
D. little progress.

83.
His plans boomeranged on him.
.
A. catapulted
B. backfired
C. fell
D. bounced.

84.

In each of questions 84 and 85, choose the option that has the stress on the first syllable.

.
A.

condemn

B.

intact

C.

afternoon

D.

bachelor


85.

choose the option that has the stress on the first syllable.

.
A.

impossible

B.

criticism

C.

eleven

D.

circulation


86.

In each of questions 86 to 100, choose the option opposite in meaning to the word or phrase in italics.

86.     The noise of the fans unnerved the star player.

.
A.

calmed

B.

confused

C.

refreshed

D.

helped


87.
We found a shady place for the display.
.
A. an enclosed
B. a stuffy
C. an open
D. an unsafe

88.
The player writhed in pain after the fall
.
A. cried out
B. remained still
C. walked out
D. shook violently

89.
The ship was imperilled by high winds.
.
A. saved
B. deceived
C. destroyed
D. piloted

90.
The team got an ecstatic welcome from the crowd.
.
A. a joyous
B. an unexpected
C. an expected
D. a cold

91.
Sailors are unusually dauntless in their exploits.
.
A. excited
B. ruthless
C. frightened
D. selfless

92.
Beauty queens sometimes wear outlandish dresses.
.
A. familiar
B. flashy
C. beautiful
D. attractive

93.
My father’s presentation was rather casual.
.
A. divisive
B. vital
C. informal
D. formal

94.
The Flying Eagles put up a plucky defence against their opponents
.
A. weak
B. Strong
C. careless
D. tactful

95.
The journalist said he was working freelance.
.
A. satisfactorily
B. without a pay
C. dependently
D. tirelessly

96.
The injured man is determined to get back at his assailant.
.
A. visit
B. forgive
C. identify
D. attack

97.
The dictator wanted tractable men in his cabinet.
.
A. tough
B. intelligent
C. unruly
D. reliable

98.
After the war, the victors became increasingly vindictive
.
A. treacherous
B. arrogant
C. vociferous
D. friendly

99.
The potency of the drug has been acknowledged.
.
A. action
B. inefficacy
C. power
D. loss

100.
The man who scared the girl was a bit deranged.
.
A. crazy
B. amorous
C. dangerous
D. sane

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