English Language BECE 1994

August 1994
45 minutes

Read the following passages carefully and answer the questions which follow

A long time ago, the world was in total darkness. There was neither water nor fire. Men lived in this condition for a long time because King Eagle, who was the custodian of the sun, moon, stars, water and fire, had bullied them into accepting that situation.

Meanwhile, Eagle had a charming daughter who had fallen in love with Crow – a handsome spotless white bird. As their friendship grew stronger, Crow got to know what Eagle was keeping away from men. On one of his visits, therefore, he secretly stole Eagle’s hidden treasure that consisted of light, water and fire and flew away with it.

As soon as he got outside, he hanged the sun in the sky. Instantly, the whole world was brilliantly lit up. When the sun set, he fixed the moon and spread the stars around it. Then the darkness of the night began to lift. He was so thrilled by his achievement that he glided and swerved in a beautiful display in the sky. While he was doing this, the water fell to the ground and formed rivers, lakes and streams.

He still held fast unto the fire in his beak. Suddenly some strong and violent winds blew smoke from the fire over Crow’s beautiful feathers. The smoke made the feathers jet-black leaving a band of white feathers around his neck.

1. Why did men not complain about their condition? Because they …………
A. thought fire was too hot
B. were afraid of Eagle
C. were satisfied with what they had
D. enjoyed darkness
E. did not like water

2. Crow released the stolen treasure to the world in the following order:
A. sun, moon, water, fire
B. sun, fire, water, moon
C. moon, water, fire, sun
D. sun, water, moon, fire
E. sun, moon, fire, water

3. Which of the following actions was a deliberate one by Crow? The …………
A. dropping of water to the ground
B. appearance of violent winds
C. burning of his beak
D. hanging of the sun in the sky
E. blowing of smoke over his feathers

4. Thrilled in the passage means
A. afraid
B. excited
C. surprised
D. thankful
E. popular

5. Eagle’s action can best be described as
A. clever
B. dangerous
C. famous
D. kindly
E. selfish


As we were eagerly preparing for our special supper of roasted chicken, pepper sauce and fried yam, we heard another loud knock at the door. Papa opened the door to let in a fast-talking handsome stranger.
According to him he was passing to the next village but there were no vehicles. Therefore he was stranded. My parents with their customary generosity allowed him to stay the rest of the day with us. Soon after, supper was ready. We the younger children had to eat in the kitchen, whilst my parents and the others ate in the dining room.

From where we were eating we could hear and see the adults. “Now, Mr Anang,” said my father, “you being the last to arrive will share the chicken,” “Very well said,” agreed Mr Anang. He began by cutting the head of the chicken, which he gave to Papa saying, “You are the head of the family, so you get the head.” To my mother, he said, “You are the next to the head; therefore, get the neck.” My elder brother, Yoofi, and sister, Aba had wings because they were of age and would need wings to fly away from the family nest. The other two
guests got the feet in order that they could walk to their destinations. Finally, he declared in a loud voice, “I, a poor wandering man, who must treat my kwashiorkor once and for all, will take the rest!” There was a long silence after this around the dining table.

6. The writer’s family were preparing for ………………
A. a birthday party
B. an extraordinary supper
C. a celebration
D. their usual supper
E. a family

7. The handsome stranger stopped at the writer’s house because…………
A. he did not know the way to his village
B. he was hungry
C. it was very late in the night
D. there was no transport
E. he wanted to meet her family

8. Their customary generosity in the passage tell us that the parents were usually ………..
A. proud
B. strict
C. attentive
D. kind
E. inquisitive

9. How many people had their meal in the dining room?
A. four
B. five
C. six
D. seven
E. eight

10. Which of the following is true according to the order in which the roasted chicken was shared in the passage?
A. head, feet, wings, body, neck
B. head, wings, neck, body, feet
C. head, neck, wings, feet, body
D. head, neck, feet, wings, body
E. head, feet, wings, neck, body

11. Mr Anang’s behaviour can best be described as ……………
A. mean and clever
B. talkative but generous
C. honest and generous
D. jovial but proud
E. interesting but fooling

12. How did the writer’s family respond to the way the roasted chicken was shared? They ………
A. were annoyed
B. wept over it
C. were shocked
D. disagreed
E. wanted to ask questions

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

13. It is always good to be modest in your demands
A. cheerful
B. humble
C. pleasant
D. smart
E. truthful

14. There is no need to do rash work.
A. speedy
B. lazy
C. busy
D. hasty
E. funny

15. Kofi spent all his time staring at the madman
A. smiling
B. shouting
C. laughing
D. hooting
E. gazing

16. This mountain is rather too risky to climb
A. rough
B. steep
C. difficult
D. dangerous
E. broad

17. This thief will have to plead for mercy
A. beg
B. speak
C. apply
D. stand
E. whisper

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 words

18. The students were advised to stop building castles in the air. This means that the students should……..
A. not build any more castles
B. be serious and realistic
C. not worry about castles
D. be serious and hardworking
E. not think about building now

19. Even though I don’t talk to her, I give the devil his due. This means I will ………. her
A. agree with
B. confess to
C. reward
D. be kind to
E. forgive

20. Kwasi is head over heels in love with Ama. This means…………
A. Kwasi looks at his heels when he sees Ama
B. Kwasi’s love for Ama is abnormal
C. Kwasi can’t control himself when he sees Ama
D. Kwasi is deeply in love with Ama.
E. Kwasi has hurt his head and heel by following Ama

21. The chief told his linguist not to beat about the bush. This means the linguist must ………
A. not stammer
B. go straight to the point
C. not enter the bush
D. conclude the case
E. clear the bush

22. When mother returned, Kwame let the cat out of the bag. This means that Kwame ………..
A. told mother to go out
B. took the cat from the bag
C. told mother what had happened
D. removed the cat from the bag
E. told mother he had a cat in his bag

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

23. This room is too dim.
A. lit
B. shining
C. bright
D. light

24. This baby is very energetic for his age.
A. dull
B. simple
C. bulky
D. tall

25. The flower is made from artificial materials
A. natural
B. preserved
C. wonderful
D. new

26. All the accused persons were convicted.
A. executed
B. identified
C. addressed
D. freed

27. There are guards on our border because the government wants to eliminate smuggling
A. notice
B. encourage
C. manage with
D. investigate

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

28. It all depends …………..your being hardworking
A. by
B. with
C. in
D. upon

29. We should always be proud ………….our motherland.
A. in
B. of
C. for
D. by

30. …………..hearing the news, he jumped high for joy.
A. Over
B. On
C. With
D. In

31. A thief was caught …………the house yesterday
A. through
B. up
C. outside
D. over

32. I object ………..your joining our school team.
A. to
B. by
C. at
D. on

33. The lady did not see ………….in the house.
A. somebody
B. no one
C. anybody
D. someone

34. This is the book ……..I picked from the floor.
A. whom
B. whose
C. what
D. which

35. The man ……….house was burnt down is in hospital.
A. who’s
B. whom
C. whose
D. which

36. …………boys are very happy with the toys
A. They
B. These
C. That
D. This

37. Have a bottle of coke, will you? No, ………
A. I don’t
B. please
C. thank you
D. I won’t

38. Let’s go out and play ………….?
A. shall we
B. do we
C. will we
D. would we

39. Kofi will not meet his father at home if he ………….. not here by 5:00 p.m.
A. was
B. were
C. isn’t
D. is

40. The baby needs a bath, doesn’t it? …………..
A. no, it needs
B. no, it does
C. yes, it doesn’t
D. yes, it does