JAMB 2020 English Language Past Questions and Answers Online Practice Quiz

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JAMB 2020 English Language Past Questions and Answers Online Practice Quiz

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  1. 1 Use the passage below to answer questions 1 - 5

    Theatre in the recent past used to be a very popular art in traditional African society. It used to be a point of intersection where members of the community not only come to entertain themselves, 'but join heads together'. In the traditional context of African drama, therefore, theatre was 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-head 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 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 focus is on literary theatre. Unfortunately, literary theatre only pretends to serve the interest of its society while in reality, it has a foreign audience in mind. The use of European and American theatrical conventions by our academic playwrights can bear witness to this anomaly.

     The popularity of the literary African theatre is further marred by the medium of communication as most literary dramas 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 of stay at his exalted height and wait for the community to gradually move up to him.


    Theatre was popular in Africa because__________

    1. was traditional and simple in nature
    2. dealt with the political, social, and economic problems of the society
    3. was a source of fun
    4. was communal and reflected the common concerns of the people
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  2. 2 One of the reasons why theatre is unpopular in modern Africa is that it_________

    1. is regarded as not being of much use
    2. only deals with culture and tradition
    3. lacks scientific and academic bases
    4. is always funny and looked down upon
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  3. 3 In the passage, the term "theatre" and "drama" are used _______

    1. differently
    2. concurrently
    3. interchangeably
    4. sparingly
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  4. 4 One of the arguments in the passage is that academic playwrights_______

    1. express themselves only in foreign languages
    2. serve as a catalyst in the society's appreciation of theatre
    3. work against the common man's appreciation of theatre
    4. make theatre popular in traditional societies
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  5. 5 By the expression "climb down", the author implies that modern playwrights should _______

    1. use language that is most appreciated by the people
    2. be simplistic in the use of language
    3. wait for the community to catch up with them
    4. not move up
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  6. 6 Use the passage below to answer questions 6 - 10

    The financing of the university will always be a vexatious problem not only because of the need for it to maintain a level of independence that allows for the thriving of intellectual pursuit but also for the size of the funding that is required to maintain an acceptable level of infrastructure in a modern university. The experience of the Nigerian university in recent years has, in this regard, been almost alarming. The funding levels requited constitute sufficient reasons for diversifying the sources. Even if the government was in a position on its own to meet all of the university's financial requirements, I consider it desirable that every effort be made to reduce such contribution in the interest of university autonomy. I also hold the view that the university should seek to become dependent, in a substantial way, on funds generated from within. In other words, the sources of funding the university should be diversified as much as possible. Based on this principle, ·we can identify four sources - government, industry, students, and individual philanthropists. I must add quickly that each source has its own set of problems in its continuous interaction with the university, which ought to be addressed here.

     Of all the four major sources of financing university education mentioned above, contribution through fees from the students involves intricate issues of special concern If government gives as an expression of its obligation to promote the general welfare of society if industry gives in order to enhance its chances of procurement of needed human information and material resources, as well as enhance its social responsibility if the general public gives as an indication of voluntary support for a worthy social cause, students (and by inference, their parents) should give in order to purchase an economic good for meeting their own felt need in the expectation that they will be satisfied with the product purchased.

    [Adapted from Onosode, GO: 'The politics of Managing People, Prospects and Poverty: The Role of the University, 1990 OAU Convocation}


    It is important for university to be independent so that they can________

    1. attract funds from industries
    2. determine their goals
    3. be left to expand without any hindrances
    4. carry out effective research
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  7. 7 The writer advocates for multiple sources of university funding in order to _______

    1. maintain acceptable levels of infrastructural development
    2. ensure that the numerous needs of the universities are met
    3. enhance university autonomy
    4. reduce dependence on the government
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  8. 8 The expression "intricate issues of special concern" means________

    1. important policy statements
    2. interwoven topics of significance
    3. complex matters requiring careful thoughts
    4. knotty problems that concern everybody
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  9. 9 The word "diversified" as used in the passage means_________

    1. differentiated
    2. varied
    3. diffused
    4. widened
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  10. 10 The source of the university funding emphasized in the passage is________

    1. government
    2. industry
    3. the general public
    4. students
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  11. 11 Question 11 - 15 is based on Bolaji Abdullahi's Sweet Sixteen

    _________almost fainted when he heard that some students were caught on the school's basketball court at night having sex.

    1. Mr James
    2. Aliya
    3. Mr Bello
    4. Bolaji
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  12. 12 Adoringly, Aliya was referred to as ________

    1. Journalist
    2. Sex addict
    3. Beautiful lady
    4. First Lady
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  13. 13 KOTL means ___________

    1. Kiss on the lips
    2. Kiss on the lab
    3. kiss on-top the lips
    4. Kiss on-top the legs
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  14. 14 How old was Aliya in the Novel?

    1. 18
    2. 16
    3. 17
    4. 21
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  15. 15 Mr Bello is a/an _______ by profession in the novel?

    1. accountant
    2. engineer
    3. nurse
    4. journalist
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  16. 16 In the following options lettered A to D, all the words except one have the same stress pattern. Choose the one with the different stress pattern

    1. commit
    2. compare
    3. complete
    4. column
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  17. 17 In the following options lettered A to D, all the words except one have the same stress pattern. Choose the one with the different stress pattern

    1. apparent
    2. attractive
    3. devastate
    4. infections
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  18. 18 In the following options lettered A to D, all the words except one have the same stress pattern. Choose the one with the different stress pattern

    1. physique
    2. menace
    3. challenge
    4. reckless
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  19. 19 In each of the following questions, the main or primary stress is indicated by writing the syllable on which it occurs in capital letters. From the words lettered A to D, choose the one that has the correct stress

    Calculator

    1. CAL-cu-la-tor
    2. cal-CU-la-tor
    3. cal-cu-LA-tor
    4. cal-cu-la-TOR
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  20. 20 In each of the following questions, the main or primary stress is indicated by writing the syllable on which it occurs in capital letters. From the words lettered A to D, choose the one that has the correct stress

    Criticism

    1. cri-ti-ci-SM
    2. cri-ti-CI-sm
    3. cri-TI-ci-sm
    4. CRI-ti-ci-sm
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  21. 21 In each of the following questions, the main or primary stress is indicated by writing the syllable on which it occurs in capital letters. From the words lettered A to D, choose the one that has the correct stress

    Expenditure

    1. EX-pen-di-ture
    2. ex-PEN-di-ture
    3. ex-pen-DI-ture
    4. ex-pen-di-TURE
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  22. 22 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    The man, as well as the woman ________, arrested

    1. have been
    2. has been
    3. is been
    4. are being
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  23. 23 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    Many a ____________ to understand me

    1. man fail
    2. man fails
    3. men fail
    4. men fails
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  24. 24 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    It is you that __________ to write the letter

    1. is suppose
    2. is supposed
    3. are suppose
    4. are supposed
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  25. 25 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    My father _______ on the floor

    1. has lied
    2. have lied
    3. have laid
    4. has lain
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  26. 26 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    This class __________students and teachers

    1. comprise
    2. comprises
    3. comprise of
    4. comprises of
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  27. 27 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    Before I arrived, the choir _______ the hymn

    1. have sing
    2. has sing
    3. had sung
    4. have sang
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  28. 28 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    The soldier _________ his gun on the wall after the armed robber______

    1. hang/has been hung
    2. hung/had been hanged
    3. hanged/has been hanged
    4. hung/ has been hunged
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  29. 29 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    Thank you for the __________ of presenting my paper.

    1. privelege
    2. priviledge
    3. privilege
    4. preveledge
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  30. 30 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    My brother graduated from university last year; he will soon_________

    1. convocate
    2. convoke
    3. convoce
    4. matriculate
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  31. 31 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    You need to _______ your points

    1. expanciate
    2. expaciate
    3. expatiate
    4. expantiate
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  32. 32 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    All the people in the bus died in that _________  accident

    1. serious
    2. reckless
    3. fatal
    4. dangerous
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  33. 33 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    All the ________ were stolen by the thieves

    1. arm and ammunition
    2. arms and ammunition
    3. arm and ammunitions
    4. arms and ammunitions
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  34. 34 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    What a ______! the more you look, the less you see

    1. wonder
    2. miracle
    3. challenge
    4. paradox
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  35. 35 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    The soldiers pledge their ________ loyalty to the new government

    1. enduring
    2. tireless
    3. complete
    4. questionable
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  36. 36 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    After interrogation, the police ______ the information from the suspect.

    1. exposed
    2. wrung
    3. received
    4. obtained
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  37. 37 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    Mr Cham will never tell you everything, he is very ________

    1. secretive
    2. quiet
    3. reserved
    4. realistic
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  38. 38 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    Many countries no longer have _______ punishment as the penalty for murder

    1. mortal
    2. coporal
    3. capital
    4. fatal
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  39. 39 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    __________ packages should always be handled with care

    1. insecure
    2. fragile
    3. weak
    4. boxed
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  40. 40 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences.

    Because of the hard times, workers live in ___________ poverty

    1. repulsive
    2. ridiculous
    3. abject
    4. unpardonable
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  41. 41 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that is nearest in meaning to the underlined word as it is used in the sentence

    Our chief is very intelligent but he could be parochial in his judgements

    1. deep
    2. broad
    3. narrow-minded
    4. kind-hearted
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  42. 42 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that is nearest in meaning to the underlined word as it is used in the sentence

    1. meaningless
    2. meaningful
    3. brutal
    4. too simple
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  43. 43 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that is nearest in meaning to the underlined word as it is used in the sentence

    Coming late to work, according to Leonard, is inimical to the progress of the company

    1. harmful
    2. predominant
    3. unavoidable
    4. inevitable
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  44. 44 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that is nearest in meaning to the underlined word as it is used in the sentence

    If he declines the offer, it will be better for him.

    1. ignores
    2. denies
    3. rejects
    4. snub
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  45. 45 After each of the following sentences, a list of possible interpretations of all or part of the sentences is given. Choose the interpretation that you consider most appropriate for each sentence.

    The appearance which the famous actor made last month was his swan song. This meant that_________

    1. the actor sang beautifully during the play
    2. the actor sang beautifully during the play
    3. the play was the actor's last appearance before he died
    4. the last play was the actors best performance
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  46. 46 After each of the following sentences, a list of possible interpretations of all or part of the sentences is given. Choose the interpretation that you consider most appropriate for each sentence.

    Muiz does not let the grass grow under his feet. This means that Muiz _________

    1. does not waste time in doing things
    2. is a very wicked man
    3. cuts the grass in his field regularly
    4. cares about himself
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  47. 47 From the list of words or group of words lettered A to D, choose the one that is most nearest opposite in meaning to the underlined word or group of words and that will, at the same time correctly fill in the gap in the sentence.

    The Major demanded an unalloyed and not a __________ loyalty from his soldiers

    1. strict
    2. wavering
    3. clumsy
    4. alterable
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  48. 48 From the list of words or group of words lettered A to D, choose the one that is most nearest opposite in meaning to the underlined word or group of words and that will, at the same time correctly fill in the gap in the sentence.

    The economist argued that the apparently inconsequential rise in the price of petrol had a _________ effect on the cost of living

    1. capricious
    2. frivolous
    3. dangerous
    4. bright
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  49. 49 From the list of words or group of words lettered A to D, choose the one that is most nearest opposite in meaning to the underlined word or group of words and that will, at the same time correctly fill in the gap in the sentence.

    The exotic bird looked resplendent; its bright plumage contrasted with the rather _________ undergrowth

    1. immobile
    2. foreign
    3. drab
    4. bright
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  50. 50 From the list of words or group of words lettered A to D, choose the one that is most nearest opposite in meaning to the underlined word or group of words and that will, at the same time correctly fill in the gap in the sentence.

    I thought that the comments made by the Manager were quite innocuous but the chairman considered them __________

    1. polite
    2. inappropriate
    3. antagonistic
    4. harmful
    Correct!
    Wrong!
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