ENGLISH LANGUAGE APRIL 2012 ( BECE )

PART A
LEXIS AND STRUCTURE
SECTION A

From the alternatives lettered A to D, choose the one which most suitably completes each sentence

1. Two people perished ................the spot.

2. Oyo fell ill .................measles

3. The doctor gave ........................to the patient

4. All girls were supposed to wear .....................during the Speech Day.

5. 'I think you know ..................already', said the host to all the participants.

6. The girls asserted that both tennis racquets were

7. Children usually take ...............their parents in appearance

8. We haven't had ................rice to eat this week.

9. The chief praised the ..................during the students demonstration.

10. When the lights went off I ............my supper

11. The doctor said she ...............if she had not kept strictly to her diet.

12. We saw the plane ..................for Kumasi

13. There are many big houses in our area, .............?

14. Your have cut the grass, .................?

15. The new airport ..................next year.

16. Walking in the rain is not good, ...................?

17. Go over your work carefully, ................. you?

SECTION B
Choose from the alternatives lettered A to D the one which is nearest in meaning to the underlined word in each sentence.

18. About fifty houses were demolished to make way for the new road.

19. The headmaster took drastic action against the culprits.

20. It was forecast that there would be floods this year.

21. Many people revered the old man for his charity to the poor.

22. When they reached the frontier, the customs officer stopped the car.

SECTION C
In each of the following sentences a group of words has been underlined. Choose from the alternatives lettered A to D the one that best explains the underlined group of words.

23. Awuni normally feels at home in my house. This means that Awuni ................in my house.

24. The students were advised to stop building castles in the air. This mean that the students should

25. The chief told his linguist not to beat about the bush. This means that the linguist must

26. Immediately Ekuba's mother left the house, she let the cat out of the bag. This means that Ekuba

27. The teacher poured cold water on Sena's suggestion. This means that the teacher

SECTION D
From the list of words lettered A to D, choose the one that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word underlined in each sentence

28. He had applied for a permanent job.

29. He has a violent temper

30. His position made him humble

31. That is a genuine painting

32. The soldier climbed the mountain carefully

PART B
LITERATURE

From the options lettered A to D, choose the one that correctly answers the questions or completes the sentence

33. The main idea in a novel or play is the ...................

34. The three main forms of literature are prose, drama and ...........

Read the following stanza and answer questions 35 and 36

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away.
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

35. Time in the stanza is being used as .......................

36. The rhyme scheme of the stanza is ................

37. The place and time of the action of a play or novel is its ...............

38. One of the following helps best to create interest in a work of art:

39. The main function of imagery in literature is to make readers / listeners ................

40. A character is a play that opposes the hero or heroine is the ..............