1997 WAEC English past questions and answers

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1
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - E, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
The minister was accused of making utterances that could increase rather than...........anxiety among the citizen

A modify

B diminish

C intensify

D remove



Correct Option: B


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2
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - E, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
At the end of the crisis, the leader declared that there was no victor and no............

A winner

B rebel

C patriot

D opponent



Correct Option: E


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3
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - E, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
He is a famous artist but has a .........drinking habit.

A remarkable

B admirable

C notorious

D wicked



Correct Option: C


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4
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - E, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
He is a famous artist but has a...........drinking habit

A remarkable

B admirable

C notorious

D wicked



Correct Option: C


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5
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - E, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
The first twin is so vain and the second so..........that one would think they were not brothers

A proud

B complacent

C selfish

D humble



Correct Option: D


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6
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - E, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
Mary: '' I wonder why armed robbers are so hard-hearted'' John: '' The fact is that to be an armed robber you cannot be ..........''

A considerate

B intolerant

C revengeful

D softspoken



Correct Option: A


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7

In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - E, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.

To ascend this steep hill is the problem, to.....is quite easy

A depart

B decline

C drop

D descend



Correct Option: D


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8
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - E, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
Working in the field is easy when your machete is sharp and not when it is...........

A jagged

B coarse

C sound

D keen



Correct Option: E


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9
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - E, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
The gradual process of transition to civil rule came to an .....end

A unnecessary

B anticipated

C invidious

D unhappy



Correct Option: E


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10
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - E, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
The exterior and the.......parts of the fruit remain very hard even after it is ripe

A inward

B inner

C intrinsic

D peripheral



Correct Option: B


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