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English Language

This Quiz will increase your knowledge in ENGLISH.

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Very soon the building took _____ and the roof was on in no time. The wood work done by a set of very fine competent carpenters was intricately interwoven, and the louvre windows added extra beauty to the new block, whose exterior walls look most striking after the second coating had been put on

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The cleaner resigned from his job which he said had become a trivial round

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The cleaner resigned from his job which he said had become a trivial round.

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According to the writer, his house is made of mud bricks and

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My hometown is situated in a valley that is completely encircled by hills. Old people say that in the past, lions used to roam around outside the town. I am glad they have been killed before I was born. It is a large town in which many people live. You need to climb the hills on which the new hotel has been built so that you can see how large it is. You will be able to see how many schools, hospitals, churches, and mosques we have. But I am sure you will not be able to count the thousands of mud bricks, corrugated iron-roofed house in which most of the town's people live and by which the big modern buildings are surrounded. Of course, nowadays, many houses are built of cement blocks and have asbestos roofs. I do not know if the new style of building looks better than the old. It certainly last much longer. Our house is made of mud bricks and is roofed with corrugated iron.

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Read the passage and answer the questions that follow

My hometown is situated in a valley that is completely encircled by hills. Old people say that in the past, lions used to roam around outside the town. I am glad they have been killed before I was born. It is a large town in which many people live. You need to climb the hills on which the new hotel has been built so that you can see how large it is. You will be able to see how many schools, hospitals, churches, and mosques we have. But I am sure you will not be able to count the thousands of mud bricks, corrugated iron-roofed house in which most of the town's people live and by which the big modern buildings are surrounded. Of course, nowadays, many houses are built of cement blocks and have asbestos roofs. I do not know if the new style of building looks better than the old. It certainly last much longer.You ought to climb the hill on which the new ___ have been built so that you can see how large it is

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The sales were lively; the upset price in each case was fair.

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The sales were lively; the upset price in each case was fair.

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The sales were lively; the upset price in each case was fair.

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The sales were lively; the upset price in each case was fair.

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The smell is obnoxious

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Choose the option opposite in meaning to the word or phrase in italics

The decision will have no adverse effect on us

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The site which have been chosen was cleared and ____ engaged to start work on main function of which the most important process was pouring the concrete.

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The conference is biennial.

Select the option that best explains the information conveyed in the sentence.


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The sales were lively; the upset price in each case was fair.

Choose the option nearest in meaning to the word or phase in italic...

The sales were lively; the upset price in each case was fair.

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Choose the most appropriate option opposite in meaning to the word or phrase in italic.

I was advised to stay away from cities that are ravaged by crime.

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Choose the most appropriate option opposite in meaning to the word or phrase in italic

If you are really keen on immediate results, you just have to adopt this pragmatic approach.

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Choose the option nearest in meaning to the word or phrase in italics

The secretary speech was interesting, though impromptu

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Choose the most appropriate option opposite in meaning to the word or phrase in italic.

My friend was reduced to beggary by various ill advised business deals.

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Mr. Ikimi, the headmaster, decided to erect a new domestic science block. He awarded the ____ to a well known architect who bring up a plan which was sent to the town planning authority for approval ___

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According to the passage, the Modern houses are better than the old ones because

Read the passage and answer the questions that follow

My hometown is situated in a valley that is completely encircled by hills. Old people say that in the past, lions used to roam around outside the town. I am glad they have been killed before I was born. It is a large town in which many people live. You need to climb the hills on which the new hotel has been built so that you can see how large it is. You will be able to see how many schools, hospitals, churches, and mosques we have. But I am sure you will not be able to count the thousands of mud bricks, corrugated iron-roofed house in which most of the town's people live and by which the big modern buildings are surrounded. Of course, nowadays, many houses are built of cement blocks and have asbestos roofs. I do not know if the new style of building looks better than the old. It certainly last much longer.

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Select the option that best explains the information conveyed in the sentence

Mula was told that if he behaved badly he would go to bed without any supper

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The expression, "blurred his memory" means

COMPREHENSION

Read each passage carefully and answer the questions that
follow.

Chike must have passed the house five times. And yet
he was still not sure. Was this the house he had visited so often
in the past? The house he used to visit was a bungalow. This
house, too, was a bungalow. The old house wassituated between
two-storeyed building: this one too was so situated. But in spite
of this feeling of certainty, chike had a vague suspicion that the
house he had passed so often that day might be the wrong
house after all. Could an absence of two years have blurred his
memory so badly?

After a few moments€™ hesitation, Chike began to move
towards the house and then stopped, as if held back by an
invisible hand. His attention had been attracted by a girl of
about twenty-four, who was tripping along the pavement to his
right. He turned and advanced towards her, and was about to
call her bywhat he felt was her name when he discovered that he
had made a mistake in respect of her identity.

Just as Chike turned from the girl to continue his quest,
he heard voices shouting, €˜thief! thief!€™ and saw a crowd
materialize in seconds. At the head of thisjustice-impelled rabble,
was a ludicrously fat woman who, in spite of her size, bounced
along with the agility of a prize athlete. This barrel bellowed
loudest and clapped her hands vigorously to punctuate her
outburst. And as she did so the surplusflesh on her pudgy arms
quivered. €˜They are all the same€™, this woman screamed,
addressing nobody in particular. €˜they dress gorgeously, but
underneath they are rogues.€™

Again, she clapped her hands and again, there was a
quivering of loose flesh. Chike was so busily occupied with
watching the antics of this woman that he did not notice at first
that the object of her venom was the girl he had seen earlier. It
was this girl that was now surrounded by the crowd, with many
people groaning. Sighing and hissing in unison.
Chike relaxed, and prepared towatch the drama unfolding
before him.

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One of the reasons why theatre is unpopular in modern Africa is that it

Theatre in the recent past used to be a very popular art
in traditional African society. It used to be a point ofintersection where members of the community not only come to entertain themselves, but join heads together. In the traditional context African drama therefore, Theatre was a popular and respectable institution, which preserved the people's culture and tradition.

Theatre was popular with the people because it emphasized community participation, peace and progress. The presentations focused on the people's lives, their aspirations, fears and hopes.

But today, the situation is different. Theatre is becoming very unpopular. Africa of the present age is pre-occupied with many problems yearning for immediate solutions. The continent is facing hydra-headed challenges --- challenges on the political, social and economic scenes. In a world where science and
technology are seen as the solutions to these problems, little attention is paid to the arts. Literature generally, and drama in particular, is often rated very low on the utility scale.

Many in Africa today look at drama and theatre as a mere thing of fun, a
joke so to say. Elitism is another barrier that militates against the appreciation of theatre as a communal art. Folk theatre is appreciated by a negligible number of people. Contemporary
focusis on literary theatre. Unfortunately. Literary theatre only
pretendsto serve the interest of its societywhile in reality it has
a foreign audience in mind. The use of Europeans and American
theatrical conventions by our academic playwrights can bear
witness to this anomaly.

The popularity of the literary African theatre is further
marred bythe medium of communication as most literarydramas
in Africa are written in foreign languages, which are not
understood by many Africans. The question often asked is
whether the artist should climb down to the level of his
community or stay at his exalted height and wait for the
community to gradually move up to him.

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Mrs. Audi wept when she discovered that she had lost her ___ rings

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