1989 WAEC English past questions and answers

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1
Instruction: Chose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word.
One of the armed robbers was as daring in his words at the stake as the other was

A morose

B secretive

C reckless

D timid



Correct Option: D


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2
Instruction: Chose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word.
His outspokenness contrasts with the ..... of the father.

A humour

B sobriety

C deafness

D dumbness



Correct Option: E


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3
Instruction: Chose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word.
It is curious how Bayo can be so carefree in his ways when his brother is so ...

A meticulous

B eccentric

C easy-going

D lovable



Correct Option: A


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4
Instruction: Chose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word.
Personally, I give in rather easily when it comes to arguments, but Emeka will always... to his opinions

A hoild in

B hold on

C give out

D hold off



Correct Option: B


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Instruction: Chose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word.
He intentionally threw the documents away and somebody ... burnt them

A carelessly

B willingly

C accidentally

D foolishly



Correct Option: C


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6
Instruction: Chose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word.
The crops the farmer planted were .... by some naughty boys.

A sowed

B weeded

C destroyed

D cultivated



Correct Option: E


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7
Instruction: Chose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word.
The man refused to accept the offer of a job in the rural areas; he preferred one in the ...area

A local

B urban

C municipal

D township



Correct Option: B


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8
After the sentence, a list of possible interpretations of all or part of the sentence is given. Choose the interpretation you consider appropriate for the sentence.
The candidates were told that passing the examination wasn't a passport to getting an admission.

A a guarantee of

B a suggestion in

C an equivalent

D a necessity for



Correct Option: A


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After the sentence, a list of possible interpretations of all or part of the sentence is given. Choose the interpretation you consider appropriate for the sentence.
She tried to throw dust in my eyes

A blow dust into my eyes

B fight me

C rebuke me

D mislead me



Correct Option: D


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10
After the sentence, a list of possible interpretations of all or part of the sentence is given. Choose the interpretation you consider appropriate for the sentence.
Despite the different economic measures taken by the government, the country is not yet out of the wood

A on the right path

B underveloped

C generating enough money from its forest resources

D free from difficulties



Correct Option: D


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