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  1. 1. READING COMPREHENSION Numbers 15-20: After the reading, answer the questions by choosing the correct option for each. ]tÇx XçÜx by Charlotte Brontë, © 1847 GMY FIRST QUARTER AT LOWOOD SEEMED AN AGE; and not the golden age, either: it comprised anirksome struggle with difficulties in habituating myself to new rules and unwonted tasks. The fear of failurein these points harassed me worse than the physical hardships of my lot; though these were no trifles. During January, February, and part of March, the deep snows, and, after their melting, the almostimpassable roads, prevented our stirring beyond the garden walls, except to go to church; but within theselimits we had to pass an hour every day in the open air. Our clothing was insufficient to protect us from thesevere cold. We had no boots; the snow got into our shoes and melted there; our ungloved hands becamenumbed and covered with chilblains, as were our feet; I remember well the distracting irritation I enduredfrom this cause, every evening when my feet inflamed; and the torture of thrusting the swelled, raw and stifftoes into my shoes in the morning. Then the scanty supply of food was distressing. With the keen appetitesof growing children, we had scarcely sufficient to keep alive a delicate invalid. From this deficiency ofnourishment resulted an abuse which pressed hardly on the younger pupils; whenever the famished greatgirls had an opportunity, they would coax or menace the little ones out of their portion. Many a time I haveshared between two claimants the precious morsel of brown bread distributed at tea-time; and afterrelinquishing to a third half the contents of my mug of coffee, I have swallowed the remainder with anaccompaniment of secret tears, forced from me by the exigency of hunger. Sundays were dreary days in that wintry season. We had to walk two miles to Brocklebridge church,where our patron officiated; we set out cold, we arrived at church colder; during the morning service webecame almost paralyzed. It was too far to return to dinner, and an allowance of cold meat and bread, in thesame penurious proportion observed in our ordinary meals, was served around between the services. At the close of the afternoon service, we returned by an exposed and hilly road, where the bitter winterwind, blowing over a range of snowy summits to the north, almost flayed the skin from our faces. I can remember Miss Temple walking lightly and rapidly along our drooping line, her plaid cloak, whichthe frosty winds fluttered, gathered close about her, and encouraging us, by precept and example, to keep upour spirits, and march forward, as she said, “like stalwart soldiers.” The other teachers, poor things, weregenerally themselves too much dejected to attempt the task of cheering others. How we longed for the light and heat of a blazing fire when we got back! But, to the little ones at least,this was denied; each hearth in the school-room was immediately surrounded by a double row of great girls,and behind them the younger children crouched in groups, wrapping their starved (dialect for “frozen”)arms in their pinafores. A little solace came at tea-time, in the shape of a double ration of bread, a whole instead of a half slice,with the delicious addition of a thin scrape of butter; it was the hebdomadal (weekly) treat to which we alllooked forward from Sabbath to Sabbath. I generally contrived to reserve a moiety of this bounteous repastfor myself, but the remainder I was invariably obliged to part with. The Sunday evening was spent in repeating, by heart, the Church Catechism, and the fifth, sixth, andseventh chapters of St. Matthew; and in listening to a long sermon, read by Miss Miller, whose irrepressibleyawns attested her weariness. A frequent interlude of these performances was the enactment of the part ofEutychus by some half dozen of little girls; who, overpowered by sleep, would fall down, if not out of thethird loft, yet off the fourth form, and be taken up half dead. The remedy was to thrust them forward into thecentre of the school-room, and oblige them to stand there till the sermon was finished. Sometimes their feetfailed them, and they sunk together in a heap; they were then propped up with monitors’ high stools.
  2. 2. 15. Jane’s first quarter at Lowood seemed an age because (A) she missed her home. (B) life was hard at school. (C) she did not have any friends. (D) she was bored. (E) there was no way to tell time.16. The girls had to pass an hour in the open air (F) as a form of punishment. (G) because it was deemed healthy. (H) because they wanted to. (I) so the school-room could be swept. (J) to help shovel the snow away.17. In line 16 what does the word “exigency” mean? (A) emergency (B) hardship (C) pain (D) presence (E) experience18. From the reading, we can tell that Miss Temple is (A) stern. (B) sickly. (C) compassionate. (D) weak. (E) insensitive.19. Which of the following statements is true? (A) The girls had enough to eat. (B) They did not go to church during winter months. (C) The older girls treated the younger girls kindly. (D) Jane seldom had to share her food. (E) The girls often experienced fatigue.20. Which of the following statements is NOT true? (A) There was a great deal of snow during winter. (B) Lowood was a school of limited means. (C) The girls had regular lessons on Sundays. (D) The winter days were very bleek. (E) The girls were often famished. 9
  3. 3. READING-VocabularyDIRECTIONS: Pick the answer that means the same or about the same as the bold-faced underlined words for 21-30.21. a pivotal role 27. a parsimonious benefactor (A) changing (A) cruel (B) crucial (B) gentle (C) unstable (C) lavish (D) minor (D) negligent (E) unseen (E) stingy22. an official repudiation (A) acknowledgement (B) rejection 28. a pleasant countenance (C) report (A) appearance (D) organization (B) face (E) acceptance (C) meeting (D) reminder23. a rancorous memory (E) event (A) bitter (B) unsettling 29. austere accommodations (C) vivid (A) comfortable (D) pleasant (B) plain (E) vague (C) luxurious (D) convenient24. unexpected largesse (E) agreeable (A) splendor (B) generosity 30. an elegant brougham (C) girth (A) cottage (D) length (B) banquet (E) sadness (C) costume (D) carriage25. an unrequited love (E) ballroom (A) secret (B) everlasting (C) mutual (D) unreturned (E) voluntary26. a maudlin song (A) plain (B) melancholy (C) old-fashioned (D) irritating (E) memorable 10
  4. 4. READING-VocabularyDIRECTIONS: Choose the answer that means the same or about the same as the underlined word(s) for 83-105.83. churlish behaviour 90. a novel interpretation (F) aromatic (F) literary (G) outright (G) new (H) habitual (H) book (I) waving (I) difficult (J) unsuspecting (J) wonderful84. a phlegmatic attitude 91. a cumbersome package (F) abound (F) light (G) play (G) bulky (H) argue (H) mysterious (I) adolescent (I) battered (J) join (J) dangerous85. a manipulative child 92. his vehement objection (F) absentminded (F) loud (G) forgetful (G) weak (H) boring (H) unpleasant (I) learned (I) unhappy (J) disciplined (J) strong86. a mellifluous voice 93. conventional wisdom (F) interest (A) ancient (G) anticipation (B) practical (H) relief (C) unsuitable (I) attention (D) convenient (J) dismay (E) common87. an aristocratic family 94. a peevish individual (F) story (A) sick (G) era (B) worried (H) event (C) shy (I) discovery (D) bad-tempered (J) idea (E) restless88. a secret rendezvous 95. a gregarious fellow (F) ordinary (A) gangly (G) unusual (B) sociable (H) mournful (C) withdrawn (I) loud (D) large (J) whispered (E) humourous89. a sinuous road 96. a sultry day (F) hard to comprehend (A) puzzling (G) interesting (B) important (H) easily understood (C) pleasant (I) confusing (D) historical (J) surprising (E) disastrous 2
  5. 5. 97. a dilapidated building 102. meager resources (A) in bad condition (A) abundant (B) newly constructed (B) scant (C) extremely tall (C) valuable (D) made of stone (D) varied (E) modern (E) plentiful98. a fervent admirer 103. tepid water (A) quiet (A) boiling (B) unfaithful (B) frozen (C) enthusiastic (C) polluted (D) recent (D) stagnant (E) angry (E) lukewarm99. a nebulous plan 104. erratic behaviour (A) strategic (A) consistent (B) nervous (B) mistaken (C) well thought out (C) unpredictable (D) vague (D) disturbing (E) exciting (E) positive100. a palatable agreement 105. a mysterious interloper (A) acceptable (A) character (B) peaceful (B) visitor (C) mutual (C) criminal (D) sudden (D) intruder (E) reluctant (E) opponent101. a scathing remark (A) soothing STOP (B) crushing (C) fascinating (D) encouraging (E) provocative 3
  6. 6. READING-VocabularyDIRECTIONS: Choose the answer that means the same or about the same as the underlined words for69-91. Place the letter of your choice on the blank line in front of each number._____ 69. churlish behaviour _____ 75. a sinuous road (K) immature (K) bumpy (L) rude (L) long (M)feminine (M)winding (N) polite (N) slippery (O) wild (O) straight_____ 70. a phlegmatic attitude _____ 76. a menial job (K) decisive (K) challenging (L) mature (L) important (M)self-controlled (M)easy (N) adolescent (N) difficult (O) angry (O) humble_____ 71. a manipulative child _____ 77. a fatuous question (K) absentminded (K) excellent (L) forgetful (L) puzzling (M)difficult (M)easy (N) scheming (N) silly (O) disciplined (O) difficult_____ 72. a mellifluous voice _____ 78. a garrulous old man (K) soothing (K) talkative (L) quiet (L) feisty (M)loud (M)unpleasant (N) unpleasant (N) quarrelsome (O) weak (O) strong_____ 73. an aristocratic family _____ 79. a callow youth (K) corrupt (F) bold (L) noble (G) inexperienced (M)famous (H) stubborn (N) poor (I) obedient (O) wealthy (J) sickly_____ 74. a secret rendezvous _____ 80. sporadic bursts of gunfire (K) voyage (F) explosive (L) meeting (G) loud (M)affair (H) intermittent (N) identity (I) constant (O) discovery (J) rapid 4
  7. 7. _____ 81. a mawkish poem _____ 88. convivial atmosphere (F) shocking (F) harsh (G) awful (G) crowded (H) beautiful (H) agreeable (I) sentimental (I) tense (J) humourous (J) threatening_____ 82. a sultry day _____ 89. an ostentatious manner (F) refreshing (F) shy (G) chilly (G) conspicuous (H) stormy (H) friendly (I) calm (I) surly (J) humid (J) nervous_____ 83. a vulgar sense of humour _____ 90. an ambiguous statement (F) witty (F) accurate (G) common (G) surprising (H) crude (H) negative (I) outrageous (I) unclear (J) decent (J) interesting_____ 84. prodigious talent _____ 91. an egregious error (F) well-known (F) awful (G) newly found (G) simple (H) considerable (H) understandable (I) hidden (I) common (J) limited (J) unique_____ 85. an impertinent question (F) irrelevant (G) rude STOP! (H) important (I) difficult (J) inappropriate_____ 86. a frivolous remark (F) thoughtless (G) serious (H) pointed (I) vague (J) quick_____ 87. a dishevelled appearance (F) dirty (G) pleasant (H) neat (I) natural (J) slovenly 3
  8. 8. READING COMPREHENSIONNumbers 51-68: After each reading, answer the questions by choosing the correct option for each and write the letter of your answer on the blank space. Y|yà{ Uâá|Çxáá by Robertson Davies, Viking Penguin Inc., New York, New York © 1970 GMY LIFELONG INVOLVEMENT with Mrs. Dempster began at 5.58 o’clock p.m. on 27 December 1908, at whichtime I was ten years and seven months old. I am able to date the occasion with complete certainty because that afternoon I had been sledding withmy lifelong friend and enemy Percy Boyd Staunton, and we had quarreled, because his fine new Christmassled would not go as fast as my old one. Snow was never heavy in our part of the world, but this Christmas ithad been plentiful enough almost to cover the tallest spears of dried grass in the fields; in such snow his sledwith its tall runners and foolish steering apparatus was clumsy and apt to stick, whereas my low-slung oldaffair would almost have slid on grass without snow. The afternoon had been humiliating for him, and when Percy was humiliated he was vindictive. Hisparents were rich, his clothes were fine, and his mittens were of skin and came from a store in the city,whereas mine were knitted by my mother; it was manifestly wrong, therefore, that his splendid sled shouldnot go faster than mine, and when such injustice showed itself Percy became cranky. He slighted my sled,scoffed at my mittens, and at last came right out and said that his father was better than my father. Insteadof hitting him, which might have started a fight that could have ended in a draw or even a defeat for me, Isaid, all right, then, I would go home and he could have the field all to himself. This was crafty of me, for Iknew it was getting on for suppertime, and one of our home rules was that nobody, under any circumstances,was to be late for a meal. So I was keeping the home rule, while at the same time leaving Percy to himself. As I walked back to the village he followed me, shouting fresh insults. When I walked, he taunted, Istaggered like an old cow; my woolen cap was absurd beyond all belief; my backside was immense andwobbled when I walked; and more of the same sort, for his invention was not lively. I said nothing, becauseI knew that this spited him more than any retort, and that every time he shouted at me he lost face. Our village was so small that you came on it at once; it lacked the dignity of outskirts. I darted up ourstreet, putting on speed, for I had looked ostentatiously at my new Christmas dollar watch (Percy had awatch but was not let wear it because it was too good) and saw that it was 5.57; just time to get indoors, washmy hands in the noisy, splashy way my parents seemed to like, and be in my place at six, my head bent forgrace. Percy was by this time hopping mad, and I knew I had spoiled his supper and probably his wholeevening. Then the unforeseen took over. Walking up the street ahead of me were the Reverend Amasa Dempster and his wife; he had her armtucked in his and was leaning towards her in the protective way he had. I was familiar with this sight, forthey always took a walk at this time, after dark and when most people were at supper, because Mrs.Dempster was going to have a baby, and it was not the custom in our village for pregnant women to showthemselves boldly in the streets – not if they had any position to keep up, and of course the Baptist minister’swife had a position. Percy had been throwing snowballs at me, from time to time, and I had ducked them all;I had a boy’s sense of when a snowball was coming, and I knew Percy. I was sure that he would try to landone last, insulting snowball between my shoulders before I ducked into our house. I stepped briskly – notrunning, but not dawdling – in front of the Dempsters just as Percy threw, and the snowball hit Mrs.Dempster on the back of the head. She gave a cry and, clinging to her husband, slipped to the ground; hemight have caught her if he had not turned at once to see who had thrown the snowball. I had meant to dart into our house, but I was unnerved by hearing Mrs. Dempster; I had never heard anadult cry in pain before and the sound was terrible to me. Falling, she burst into nervous tears, andsuddenly there she was, on the ground, with her husband kneeling beside her, holding her in his arms andspeaking to her in terms of endearment that were strange and embarrassing to me; I had never heardmarried people – or any people – speak unashamedly loving words before. I knew that I was watching a 5
  9. 9. “scene,” and my parents had always warned against scenes as very serious breaches of propriety. I stoodgaping, and then Mr. Dempster became conscious of me. “Dunny,” he said – I did not know he knew my name – “lend us your sleigh to get my wife home.” I was contrite and guilty, for I knew that the snowball had been meant for me, but the Dempsters did notseem to think that. He lifted his wife on my sled, which was not hard because she was a small, girlishwoman, and as I pulled it towards their house he walked beside it, very awkwardly bent over her, supportingher and uttering soft endearment and encouragement, for she went on crying, like a child. Their house was not far away – just around the corner, really – but by the time I had been there, and seenMr. Dempster take his wife inside, and found myself unwanted outside, it was a few minutes after six, and Iwas late for supper. But I pelted home (pausing only for a moment at the scene of the accident), washed myhands, slipped into my place at table, and made my excuse, looking straight into my mother’s sternlyinterrogative eyes. I gave my story a slight historical bias, leaning firmly but not absurdly on my own role asthe Good Samaritan. I suppressed any information or guesswork about where the snowball had come from,and to my relief my mother did not pursue that aspect of it. She was much more interested in Mrs.Dempster, and when supper was over and the dishes washed she told my father she thought she would juststep over to the Dempsters’ and see if there was anything she could do._____ 51. When was Dunny, the narrator, born? _____ 55. From this reading, we can see that Percy (K) in May of 1898 (F) is easy to get along with. (L) in July of 1897 (G) has many friends. (M) in April of 1898 (H) is somewhat temperamental. (N) in April of 1897 (I) is very athletic. (O) It cannot be determined from the story. (J) likes to play alone._____ 52. Which statement is NOT true? _____ 56. In line 36 the word “dawdling” means (F) Dunny’s sled was faster than Percy’s. (A) delaying (G) Percy came from a wealthy family. (B) hurrying (H) Mrs. Dempster was unintentionally hit with (C) standing still a snowball. (D) playing (I) Dunny was surprised that Reverend (E) following Dempster knew his name. (J) Percy and Dunny never got along. _____ 57. Which statement is true? (A) Dunny told his mother who threw the_____ 53. The word “ostentatiously” in line 23 most snowball. nearly means (B) Dunny was late for diner. (F) conspicuously. (C) Mrs. Dempster rarely took walks with her (G) quickly. husband. (H) deliberately. (D) Percy was happy because he had everything (I) timidly. he wanted. (J) carefully. (E) Dunny wobbled when he walked._____ 54. Why didn’t Dunny say anything in response to _____ 58. Dunny thought of himself as a Good Samaritan Percy’s insults? because he (F) He did not want to make Percy angry. (A) was kind to Percy. (G) By saying nothing Dunny knew he would (B) obeyed his parents. make Percy even angrier. (C) took Mrs. Dempster home on his sled. (H) Dunny was too kind to retaliate. (D) had not thrown the snowball. (I) Percy’s insults did not hurt Dunny. (E) told his mother the truth. (J) Dunny did not know what to say. 6
  10. 10. g{x TÑÑÄx gÜxx by John Galsworthy, Charles Scribner’s Sons, © 1918 GON THEIR SILVER-WEDDING DAY Ashurst and his wife were motoring along the outskirts of the moor, intending tocrown the festival by stopping the night at Torquay, where they had first met. This was the idea of Stella Ashurst,whose character contained a streak of sentiment. If she had long lost the blue-eyed, flowerlike charm, the cool,slim purity of face and form, the apple-blossom coloring, which had so swiftly and so oddly affected Ashursttwenty-six years ago, she was still at forty-three a comely and faithful companion, whose cheeks were faintlymottled and whose gray-blue eyes had acquired a certain fullness. It was she who had stopped the car where the common rose steeply to the left, and a narrow strip of larch andbeech, with here and there a pine, stretched out toward the valley between the road and the first long high hill ofthe full moor. She was looking for a place where they might picnic, for Ashurst never looked for anything; andthis, between the golden furze and the feathery green larches smelling of lemons in the last sun of April—this, witha view into the deep valley and up to the long moor heights, seemed fitting to the decisive nature of one whosketched in watercolors and loved romantic spots. Grasping her paint box, she got out. “Won’t this do, Frank?” Ashurst, bearded, gray at the sides, tall and long-legged, with large remote gray eyes that sometimes filled withmeaning and became almost beautiful, with a nose a little to one side and bearded lips just open—Ashurst, forty-eight and silent, grasped the picnic basket and got out too. “Oh! Look, Frank! A grave!” By the side of the road, where the track from the top of the common crossed it at right angles and ran through agate past the narrow wood, was a thin mound of turf, six feet by one, with a moorstone to the west, and on itsomeone had thrown a blackthorn spray and a handful of bluebells. Ashurst looked, and the poet in him moved. At crossroads—a suicide’s grave! Poor mortals with their superstitions! Whoever lay there, though, had thebest of it, no clammy sepulcher among other hideous graves carved with futilities—just a rough stone, the wide skyand wayside blessings! Without comment he strode away up onto the common, dropped the picnic basket under a wall, spread ablanket for his wife to sit on—she would turn up from her sketching when she was hungry—and took from hispocket Murray’s translation of the Hippolytus. He had soon finished reading of the Cyprian, the goddess of love,and her revenge, and looked at the sky instead. Watching the white clouds so bright against the intense blue, Ashurst, on his silver-wedding day, longed for—he knew not what. Maladjusted to life—civilized man! One’s mode of life might be high and scrupulous, but therewas always an undercurrent of greediness, a hankering and a sense of waste. Did women have it too? Who couldtell? And yet, men who gave vent to their appetites for novelty, their riotous longings for new adventures, new risks,new pleasures, these suffered, no doubt, from the reverse side of starvation, from surfeit. No getting out of it—amaladjusted animal, civilized man! There could be no garden of his choosing, of “the Apple-tree, the singing, andthe gold,” in the words of that lovely Greek chorus, no achievable Elysium in life, or lasting haven of happiness forany man with a sense of beauty—nothing that could compare with the captured loveliness in a work of art, setdown forever, so that to look on it or to read it was always to have the same precious sense of exaltation andintoxication. Life had moments with that quality of beauty, of unbidden flying rapture, but the trouble was that they lastedno longer than the span of a cloud’s flight over the sun; impossible to keep them with you, as art caught beautyand held it fast. They were as fleeting as one of the glimmering or golden visions one had of the soul in nature,glimpses of its remote and brooding spirit. Here, with the sun hot on his face, a cuckoo calling from a thorn tree,and in the air the honey savor of gorse—here among the little fronds of the young fern, the starry blackthorn, whilethe bright clouds drifted by high above the hills and dreamy valleys—here and now was such a glimpse. And suddenly he sat up. Surely there was something familiar about this view, this bit of common, that ribbonof road, the old wall behind him. While they were driving he had not been taking notice—he never did; thinkingof faraway things or of nothing—but now he saw! 14
  11. 11. Twenty-six years ago, just at this time of year, from a farmhouse within half a mile of this very spot, he hadstarted for Torquay whence it might be said he had never returned. And a sudden ache beset his heart; he hadstumbled on just one of those past moments in his life whose beauty and rapture he had failed to arrest, whosewings had fluttered away into the unknown; he had stumbled on a buried memory, a wild sweet time, swiftlychoked and ended. And, turning on his face, he rested his chin on his hands and stared at the short grass wherethe little blue milkwort was growing…. And this is what he remembered._____ 59. How old was Stella when she first met Frank? (A) lack. (A) twenty-six (B) excess. (B) eighteen (C) surrender. (C) twenty-two (D) hunger. (D) seventeen (E) satisfaction. (E) It cannot be determined from the reading. _____ 66. Ashurst eventually realized that_____ 60. In line 6 the word “mottled” means (A) he had misplaced the picnic basket. (A) blotchy. (B) his wife was not interested in eating. (B) wrinkled. (C) he would never be happy. (C) shiny. (D) he had returned to a place that he knew. (D) flushed. (E) his wife no longer loved him. (E) puffy. _____ 67. In line 24 the word “sepulcher” means_____ 61. The word “common” in line 7 means (A) bench. (A) slope. (B) wall. (B) farm. (C) tomb. (C) path. (D) hiding place. (D) meadow. (E) headstone. (E) beach. _____ 68. Which of the following statements is true?_____ 62. Which of the following statements is NOT (A) Frank and Stella were married for twenty true? years. (A) It was a lovely day for a picnic. (B) Stella was five years younger than Frank. (B) Ashurst noticed the beauty of nature around (C) Frank had been driving the car. him. (D) Frank’s eyes were blue. (C) Stella was more of a planner than her husband. (E) Frank got out of the car first. (D) Ashurst was content with his life. (E) Stella seemed more interested in sketching than in eating. Go on to the next section._____ 63. The word “scrupulous” in line 32 means (A) easy. (B) important. (C) comfortable (D) demanding (E) conscientious._____ 64. Ashurst thought that (A) his wife was a good artist. (B) life was better than art because it was real. (C) art was better than life because it endured. (D) it was going to rain. (E) life and art were very similar._____ 65. In line 35 the word “surfeit” means 15
  12. 12. For questions 146-165, look for mistakes in spelling only. (E) No mistakes.146. 152. (A) The teacher gave her an excellent recommendation. (A) Are there any cancellations for this evening’s (B) “Are you attending the dance tonight?” Tolu performance? inquired. (B) Uzoma is a very dilligent and serious student. (C) The accomodations at the hotel were wonderful. (C) There were so many balloons I couldn’t count them. (D) All things considered, it was a delightful party. (D) I am not as intelligent as my older sister. (E) No mistakes. (E) No mistakes.147. 153. (A) The subtlety of his wry humour was lost on them. (A) The terrain was so desolate and virtually (B) I always recieve many gifts for my birthday. uninhabitable. (C) The office was inundated with complaints and (B) The leader emancipated the prisoners from their criticisms. bondage. (D) There was an obvious miscalculation in the ledgers. (C) I would like to take this ocasion to express my (E) No mistakes. appreciation. (D) Charitable contributions are often considered tax-148. deductible. (A) Mother made a scrumptious casserole for dinner (E) No mistakes. with boysenberry pie for desert. (B) The other team has a definite advantage over us. 154. (C) He had a sneaking suspicion that something was (A) The novel had a lyrical and mythical quality to it. amiss. (B) The school principle had a foreboding presentiment (D) Due to her infirmity she lost her appetite and regarding the excursion. wouldn’t eat a morsel. (C) What a fascinating and informative article! (E) No mistakes. (D) He is a chronic and incorrigible liar. (E) No mistakes.149. (A) These two painters have distinct similarities in their 155. use of colour. (A) The suspected culprit had a waterproof alibi. (B) The jurors weighed the evidence carefully and (B) It was an honour and a priviledge to represent our reached a verdict. school at the symposium. (C) He came to a conclusion through a process of (C) Olu had failed so many times that he had grown elimination. dejected and disillusioned. (D) The maintenence department is very hardworking. (D) The child had ingested a poisonous chemical liquid. (E) No mistakes. (E) No mistakes.150. 156. (A) Do you know how many people are in attendance? (A) Though her credentials were impeccable, Tayo did (B) The farmer was in desperate need of extra workers. not qualify for the position. (C) The news about my scholarship is unbelievable, but (B) The new regime had quite an auspicious beginning. true. (C) The actor wore a very wierd and scary mask. (D) Do all your calculations on a seperate sheet of (D) The security guard’s testimony was utterly paper. preposterous. (E) No mistakes. (E) No mistakes.151. 157. (A) The poor boy had pneumonia and therefore was (A) His idiosyncrasies were not immediately detectable. understandably dispondent. (B) Nwabunie is inclined to be immature and hysterical. (B) The disrespectful child promised sincerely to (C) Chisom’s father makes a very descent salary as a change. certified public accountant. (C) What a defiant and obnoxious student! (D) Such rumours are contemptible and pernicious! (D) Everyone could see how pretentious and haughty (E) No mistakes. she was. 15
  13. 13. 162.158. (A) I seriously thought I was going to die from (A) The teacher found Damola’s demeanour deplorable. embarassment and humiliation! (B) I missplaced my biro and can’t find it anywhere. (B) Lola is often distracted and caught up in a reverie. (C) The prodigal son found himself in such wretched (C) Are you insinuating that I am a hypochondriac? circumstances. (D) Heroine and cocaine are hallucinogenic drugs. (D) There is a burgeoning textile industry in that (E) No mistakes. country. (E) No mistakes. 163. (A) There were all sorts of bric-à-brac and paraphernalia159. for sale at the school bazar. (A) The pool of water was limpid and crystalline. (B) What is all this hullabaloo? (B) The scoundrel was notorious for his nasty (C) Fried chicken is greasy and unhealthy. temperament. (D) Have you ever tasted Hungarian goulash? (C) The dinosaurs ultimately reached the point of (E) No mistakes. extinction. (D) Jide was a mischieveous and unpredictable 164. prankster. (A) The poor little boy was suffocating and could not (E) No mistakes breathe. (B) I am unused to dealing with such ill-mannered160. ruffians. (A) Jemila is so careless and often looses her (C) The physicist was on the threshold of a radical new belongings. discovery. (B) In the army barracks the day typically begins with (D) The back witheld my funds because I had reveille. overdrawn my account. (C) The sound from the explosion reverberated (E) No mistakes. throughout the region. (D) Their apartment was conveniently situated near the 165. supermarket. (A) I’m not averse to a drop of whisky after dinner. (E) No mistakes. (B) The chandaliers in the dining room glittered overhead.161. (C) Those souvenirs are extremely valuable. (A) The prosecutor aggressively interrogated the (D) The sovereign ruler’s coat was trimmed with white witness. ermine fur. (B) Is there really any difference between tartan and (E) No mistakes. plaid? (C) The Christmas decorations were simply divine. (D) Uju and Amaka were having a terrific arguement. (E) No mistakes. STOP 16