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Use of English Language 1999

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Instructions - USE OF ENGLISH
Please read the following instructions carefully:                                         
1)  There are one hundred questions in this test paper and you are expected to attempt all.
 2)  The maximum time allowed for this test is 90 minutes.
 3)  If you do not have instant idea of a question, you can skip it. Later, you can re-attempt the skipped question when you have attempted others.
 4.  Upon answering your perceived simple questions, you can review any question(s) you had earlier skipped by scrolling up or down or by clicking on the short-cut page icon. After review, click on the finish button that would be activated immediately. Clicking on the finish button would give you the opportunity to submit and move to the next subject.
 5)  Repeat Step 4 above for every subject.
 6)  In the event of exhausting the allowed time, the system will end the test for you automatically and present your raw score which may later be subjected to standardization.
 Note
i)Questions are supplied upon clicking on the start button below. As soon as the questions are supplied, the timer will start reading immediately in descending order.
ii)In case of a repeated practice attempt, the candidate is advised to answer the questions different from the one picked at the last practice. For instance, if during your last attempt, you answered 2001 questions, you should use questions drawn from other years in the next attempt.
Time limit: 1 hour 30 mins

Read passages, I, II and III carefully and answer the questions that follow. Each question carries 3 marks.
Passage I
     In many places in the world today, the poor are getting poorer while the rich are getting richer, and the programmes of development planning and foreign aid appear to be unable to reverse this trend. Nearly all the developing countries have a modern sector, where the patterns of living and working are similar to those in developed countries. But they also have a non-modern sector, where the patterns of living and working are not only unsatisfactory, but in many cases are getting worse.
     What is the typical condition of the poor in developing countries? Their work opportunities are so limited that they cannot work their way out of their situation. They are underemployed, or totally unemployed; when they do find occasional work, their productivity is extremely low. Some of them have land, but often too little land. Many have no land, and no prospect of ever getting any. There is no hope for them in the rural areas and so, they drift into the big cities. But there is no work for them in the big cities either – and of courses no housing. All the same, they flock into the cities because their chances of finding some work appear to be greater there than in the villages – where they are nil. Rural unemployment, then, produces mass-migration into the cities; rural unemployment becomes urban unemployment.
     The problem can be stated quite simply: what can be done to promote economic growth outside the big cities, in the small towns and villages, which still contain 80 to 90% of the total population? The primary need is workplaces, literally million of workplaces.
              [Ray Williams: Panorama].
The gap between the rich and the poor widens because there
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Question 2

Amina said she married a doting husband
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Question 3

The expression ‘work their way out of their situation’ means
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Question 4


Migration to the city among villagers is caused by
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Question 5

Underemployment among the villagers refers to
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Question 6

Where are the rich getting richer and the poor poorer?
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Passage II
     If present trends continue, the world would face a major crisis by the end of this century: insufficient cheap, convenient energy. For without such energy, industrial production will fall, agricultural output will drop, transport will be restricted, and standard of living in developed countries will plummet. At present, almost all our energy comes from fossil fuels. The earth’s reserves of fossil fuels have been formed from organic matter subjected to enormous heat and pressure for millions of years. But such reserves are finite. Because power demand is increasing very rapidly, fossil fuels will be exhausted within a relatively short time. We can estimate the amount of recoverable fuel under the surface of the earth and we know the rate at which it is being extracted. Fairly simple calculations can therefore determine its remaining life. If present trends continue, gas and oil reserves will be exhausted by the middle of the 21st century – about 70 years from now. Similar estimates for coal and wood reserves suggest a projected supply of 250-300 years. Of course, long before fossil fuels are exhausted, demand will greatly exceed supply.
     For too many years, the world has consumed fossil fuels with little thought for the future. In fact, world energy consumption increased almost 600% between 1900 and 1965 and it is projected to increase by another 450% between 1965 and the year 2000. Crude oil has been pumped out of the ground for about 100 years, but over half of it has been consumed in the past 18 years. Coal has been mined for over 800 years, but over a half of it has been extracted in the past 37 years. In sum, most of the world’s consumption of energy from fossil fuels throughout history, has taken place within living memory.
              [Ray Williams: Panorama].
The expression, standard of living in developed countries will plummet, means
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Question 8


The writer warns that the world could
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Question 9

Fossil fuels as used in the passage include
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Question 10

The writer seems to suggest that developed nations should
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Question 11

scription of the world energy situation, we may conclude that
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Question 12

Passage III
     When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the
American declaration of Independence that ‘all men are created equal’, he was not seeking to describe men’s endowments, but their political and legal rights. He was not saying that men do not differ from one another in the powers and dimensions of their bodies, minds and characters. He was asserting that, despite variations and differences, they all possessed the right to equal political and legal treatment. We must, however, ask of what real value are political and legal equality to a man who has no bread to eat, no clothes to wear, no roof to shelter him, no chance to earn a livelihood? What we understand as a democratic society must provide for its citizen’s minimum status as a member of that society, that keeps him from becoming a beggar, outcast or outlaw and that offers him some protection in his deprivation, losses and fears.
          In our time, the nations of the democratic world have installed elaborate systems of social security and welfare, ranging from compensation for industrial accidents to subsidized housing, unemployment insurance, old age pensions, psychiatric care and national health services. It is encouraging that the democratic nations are making a serious effort to provide against the characteristic losses and disasters of human life.
          The evolving status of the negro in America is attracting the attention of the champions of equality. Much has been written on the wrongs, injustices and inequalities of the coloured citizen of the USA and much remains to be said, because the history of this struggle for human rights is still unfolding.
                                  [John Coghlan].
 A suitable title for the passage is
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Question 13

One of the social services provided by democratic nations is
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Question 14

According to the passage, a democratic nation is one which
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Question 15

It could be deduced from the passage that
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Question 16

From the passage, it is obvious that
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Passage IV
The passage below has gaps numbered 16 to 25. Immediately following each gap, four options are provided. Choose the most appropriate for each gap. Each question carries 2 marks.

Publishing is a fast growing business in Nigeria and there are therefore, many publishing houses all over the country. When …
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Question 18

is submitted by an author, the publisher sends it to …to know if it is actually publishable.
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Question 19

This step is important because the publisher wants to make sure that the book catches the …when it is eventually published.
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Question 20

In a good publishing house, there is …
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Question 21

section which is concerned with …the manuscript and correcting both the spelling and typing errors.
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Question 22

After this, manuscript is …
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Question 23

in readiness for …
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Question 24

The printed …
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Question 25

are then stored in the warehouse and a few of them may be sent to the author as …copies
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Question 26

Since it is not just the aim of the publisher to offset the cost of production but also to make some gains, there is a strong marketing division which promotes sales. A certain percentage of the cover price of the book is paid to the author as …
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Question 27

Lexis and Structure
(Questions 26-95 carry 1 mark each).
In each of questions 26 to 28, choose the word that does not have the same vowel sound as the others.
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Question 28

choose the word that does not have the same vowel sound as the others.
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Question 29

choose the word that does not have the same vowel sound as the others.
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Question 30

In each of questions 29 to 31, choose from the options the word that has the same vowel sound as the one represented by the letter(s) underlined.
Plateau                  
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Question 31

Research
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Question 32

Rust
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Question 33

In each of questions 32 to 46, choose the option nearest in meaning to the word(s) or phrase in italics.
All the accident victims   are bleeding profusely
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Question 34

The prosecutor was accused of obstructing justice
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Question 35

The man preaches egalitarianism without matching it up with action
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Question 36

The Federal Government approved a new salary structure as an incentive for the Nigerian workers
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Question 37

It was a spending spree for all of us when daddy hit the jackpot.
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Question 38

It was surprising how we took to the stranger at once.
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Question 39

Before embarking on his current research, the professor carried out a feasibility study of the area.
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o show whether a plan is practicable or not.

Question 40

The College Officer insisted that I show him my credentials before I could be registered.
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Question 41

Even though there is no obvious riot on the campus, the atmosphere is restive.
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Question 42

Mr. Dzokoto plays the piano with great dexterity.
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Question 43

The government is not opening up to the unions in the negotiations; it must have something up its sleeve.
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Question 44

Adamu woke up with a start and took to his heels, claiming that something was on his trail.
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Question 45

When he found himself in a difficult situation, he tried to double-talk his way through.
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Question 46

They have tried to circumvent the restriction on the importation of the commodities.
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Question 47

In each of questions 47 to 49, the word in capital letters has an emphatic stress. Choose the option that best fits the expression in the sentence.

The accused hasn’t even been TRIED yet.
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Question 48

The fire destroyed MANY lives.
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Question 49

The electricity in OUR premises comes from a generator.
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 ‘OUR’ because the person who asked the question obviously did not know where electricity was supplied by a generator.

Question 50

, identify the word that has a different stress pattern from the others.
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Question 51

identify the word that has a different stress pattern from the others.
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Question 52

In questions 52 to 76, fill each gap with the most appropriate option from the list provide
After two years of courtship, Jide is finally …
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Question 53

I am …admission to the University this year.
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Question 54

The old man’s speech has become completely ….
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Question 55

The freed robber expressed his gratitude in a …
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Question 56

By twelve midnight, we will be …en route for Britain
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Question 57

They were all behaving like a bunch of …children.
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Question 58

Mrs. Ojo was one of …in my village.
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Question 59

Ndem was suspended from work because he showed no …in dealing with the customers.
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Question 60

The visitor was very uncomfortable because of his …nose.
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Question 61

The Principal expressed his …. when the students broke the rules …and he didn’t know to stop them.
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Question 62


Immediately I entered the house, I could... the smell of gas from the kitchen.
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Question 63

The accident was due to …driving by the defendant.
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Question 64


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Aggrieved persons are free to seek….in the court of law.
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Question 65

His chances in the  games …seriously jeopardized.
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Question 66

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You would be well …to listen to what the teacher says.
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Question 67

We found it difficult to identify him as the crowd was …around him.
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Question 68

Our economic programme is …
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Question 69

The group never felt strong enough to act in the open; …hostility was the hallmark of their resistance.
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Question 70

Some robbers  are on the prowl, we must be …
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Question 71

Although the Officer wanted a … report on the matter, he got ….account.
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Question 72

My friend’s car has …to a halt.
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Question 73

He boasts so much about his high scores and he …at the efforts of others.
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Question 74

He is so credulous …my story about the ghost.
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Question 75

My friend and I have been quarrelling since yesterday and we haven’t,…yet.
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Question 76

It was late when we decided to get …the train.
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Question 77

 In each of questions 77 to 95, choose the option opposite in meaning to the word(s) or phrase in italics.

The officer asked for a more temperate assessment of the matter.
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Question 78

My father’s advice to me was quite invaluable.
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Question 79

Musa hates Hadiza for her constant bellicose behaviour.
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Question 80

There is much indifference in his behaviour.
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Question 81

Mr brother married a loquacious woman.
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Question 82

Most warning countries end up in a state of satiation.
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Question 83

Abdul is fond of his teacher though he sometimes makes derogatory remarks about him.
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Question 84

The Minister has finally been dropped from the present cabinet because of his ignoble act.
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Question 85

His cruelty to his mother defies logical explanation.
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Question 86

Orinya balances the pail on her head with accustomed ease.
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Question 87

The lecturers were advised to carry-out a cursory survey of Nigerian languages.
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Question 88

They attacked all regulations designed to emasculate student militancy.
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Question 89

The secretary runs down anybody that does not sing his praises.
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Question 90

The tennis player surreptitiously swapped rackets after the first set.
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Question 91

     There is no point dissipating energy on a useless argument.
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Question 92

After the surgical operation, the doctor gave the indication that Mr. Idogo will pull through.
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Question 93

Everyone, including the Principal, believed that he was a very assiduous student.
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Question 94

My eldest brother is now faced with the vicissitudes of married life.
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Question 95

The dancing troupe put up a flawless performance.
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Question 96

In each of questions 96 -100, select the option that best explains the information conveyed in the sentence. Each question carries 2 marks
The manager said that the new loaf was the last word in bakery
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Question 97

The reformists say elections cannot be free and fair unless a number of constitutional changes are effected.
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Question 98

Hundreds of used items will go under the hammer during the weekend
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Question 99

The crowd in the hall is intimidating.
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Question 100

The horizon may not be clear now, but the troubled spots have certainly been noted.
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