2009 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.
It was a very harmonious meeting, without one.............note

A divergent

B adverse

C discordant

D strident



Correct Option: C


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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.
The man was accused of premeditated murder but he pleaded that it was...............

A determined

B accidental

C planned

D contrived



Correct Option: B


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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.
We nearly lost the trend of his argument because of its complexity but the..............of his language was our saving grace

A simplicity

B correctness

C openness

D naivety



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.
Uche achieved ultimate success after overcoming many..........difficulties

A grave

B challenging

C first

D initial



Correct Option: D


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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.
I should know what to do in normal circumstances but this is a very..............situation

A different

B unlikely

C unusual

D imporbable



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.
This is quite surprising, you cannot differentiate between the authentic and the.............receipt

A false

B fake

C wrong

D illegal



Correct Option: B


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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.
Many people objected to the demolition of the toll gates whose.............cost millions of dollars

A construction

B formation

C maintenance

D design



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.
To some people, that custom is repugnant but to others it is...............

A captivating

B delightful

C popular

D acceptable



Correct Option: D


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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.
While the armed robber remained ,unruffled after he had been arrested, his wife became...........

A defiant

B rude

C agitated

D energetic



Correct Option: C


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10
From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that best completes each of the following sentences.
Many people were seriously injured in the ...............accident, fortunately, nobody died.

A ghastly

B fatal

C reckless

D dangerous



Correct Option: A


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