2008 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 - D, 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.
Good teaching stimulates the interest of students, whereas bad teaching.............it

A dampens

B encourage

C supersedes

D retracts



Correct Option: A


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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 - D, 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.
Some youths of this generation are often hard-hearted compared to those of past generations who were.................

A indifferent

B fastidious

C proficient

D compassionate



Correct Option: D


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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 - D, 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 doctor does not think the patient will recover; the signs are ominous rather than............

A encouraging

B feasible

C obvious

D gloomy



Correct Option: A


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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 - D, 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 purpose of education is to enhance progress and not to...........it

A proscribe

B intercept

C impede

D confuse



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 - D, 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 teacher gave him high marks and wrote complimentary remarks in the margin, which surprisingly gave him...........feelings.

A doubtful

B secret

C unpleasant

D serious



Correct Option: C


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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 - D, 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.
Many people find cod liver oil disgusting but soldiers find it...............

A refreshing

B medicinal

C pleasant

D bitter



Correct Option: C


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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 - D, 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 investigator relied solely on conjectures, which were not as reliable as...........

A facts

B hearsay

C figures

D fabrications



Correct Option: A


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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 - D, 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.
It was obvious that Modou committed the crime,but his friends were still.............

A unhappy

B doubtful

C suspicious

D confident



Correct Option: B


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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 - D, 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 government was blamed for implementing polices that favoured the elite at the expense of the................

A workers

B wealthy

C masses

D oppressed



Correct Option: C


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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 - D, 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.

His suggestion on how to deal with the thief was invaluable, but the police considered it................

A useless

B impossible

C necessary

D timely



Correct Option: A


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