English Language Examination Questions For Senior Secondary School Students|SS3

English Language Examination Questions For Senior Secondary School Students|SS3

SUBJECT: English Language

CLASS: SS 3

TIME: 1HOUR, 30 MINUTES


In this section, answer only one question. Your answer should not be less than 450 words.


  1. You have recently moved into a new neighborhood with your parents. Write a letter to your sister who is studying overseas giving, at least, three reasons for disliking the new place.
  2. Writer an article for publication in a national newspaper on the topic: Vocational Training is the answer to unemployment among youths.
  3. Your country’s public Transport System is not functioning properly. Write a letter to the minister of Transport highlighting the courses and suggesting, at lealest, two measures to remedy the situation.
  4. You are the Chief Speaker in a debated on the topic: The youths of today are more interested in the pursuit of pleasure than in academic work. Write your speech for or against the situation.
  5. Write a story to illustrate the saying: A good name is better than riches (10 marks)

SECTION TWO: COMPREHENSIVE (20 MARKS)

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Answer all the questions in this section


It was little past 10 am but the medium sized hall hat served as a prayer house was already brimming with people from different parts of the metropolis, who had come to seek cure or answers to their problem. The majority of this lot were those with seemingly intractable mental health conditions. The superintendent of the prayer house in question was often spoken of in whispers as possessing uncanny spiritual power to exorcise evil spirits. It was also believed that he had answers to mimeos illnesses that denied orthodox medication. Wednesday of each week was set aside for these heating sessions.

On this particular Wednesday, noisy supplications to the Most High and ceaseless invocation of His name to free those supposedly held captive by alleged evil spirits had reached fever pitch. Suddenly, a middle-aged man broke loose from the crowd and ran as fast as his knobbly legs could permit. Some male workers from the prayer house gave him a hot chase.

At first, bemused by-standers rained curses on the fleeing man, wondering daylight rob a house of God. They obviously mistook the man for a robber fleeing from the scene of his crime. But he was not. Minutes later, he was caught and chained hands and feet, despite his struggle against his captors who intermittently lashed him with horse-whip. As he was being violently dragged along the street, the man ceaselessly mattered incomprehensible words that sounded like the muttering of a colony of baboons. Then, a dear picture of the situation dawned on the on-lookers. The man, after all, was not a thief and had stolen nothing; rather, his ability to think and reason properly had taken flight of him. Simply put, he was mentally deranged

The above incident is a common occurrence in many parts of the country. It aptly underscores the deviating mental health conditions plaguing a sizeable number of people in recent times. It also points to the unspeakable and inhuman treatment which people with such health disorders suffer at the hands of self-styled spiritualists. This is the usual lot of mental patients whose family members refuse to take advantage of orthodox treatment.


  1. What brought the people to the prayer house?
  2. State the functions of the superintendent of the prayer house.
  3. What was wrong with the on-lookers’ assessment of the run-away man?
  4. Mention two instances of inhuman treatment in the passage
  5. What is the writer’s attitude towards the treatment of lunatics at prayer house?
  6. “…..like the muttering of a colony of baboons” what figure of speech is contained in this expressions?
  7. “…… whose family members refuse to take advantage of orthodox treatment.”

  1. What grammatical name is given to this expression as it is used in the passage?
  2. What is its function?
  3. For each of the following words, find another word or phrase which means the same and which can replace it as it is used in the passage:
  4. Intractable
  5. Supplication
  • Wobbly
  1. Bemused
  2. Intermittently

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


  1. The handsome profit for her fish business made Mrs. Uba stop complaining about her husband’s __________ salary. A. ugly B. meagre C. modest D. lowly.
  2. Chief Osa prefers fame in the village to ________ in the city. A. neglect B. ignorance C. poverty D. obscurity.
  3. The media houses should employ both the novice and the _____ journalist A. apprentice B. probationer C. newcomer D. veteran.
  4. While the registrar considers the matter insignificant his deputy sees it as _____ A. minute  crucial  C. compulsory  D. marvellous
  5. It pays to the firm rather than ________ in a case like this. A. flexible B. frank C. irresponsible D.  careless
  6. Usually, Joseph  is articulate in his speech, but today he sounds ________ A. clear B. turgid C. timid  incoherent
  7. The man’s first wife is loyal while the second is _______ A. unfaithful B. unkind C. selfish  hostile
  8. Rather than convict him, the impartial judge ______ him. A. blamed B. dismissed C. upheld acquitted
  9. Instead of reconciling her parents, Roxance worked hard at _______ them. A. dividing B. destroying separating  D. isolating
  10. We thought that Uncle  Sam’s health has improved  but it has rather ________ A. persisted  deteriorated  C. deepened  D decreased  (10 marks)

From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that best completes each of the following sentence.


  1. One very important aspect of human relationship is _________ trust. A  communal B. individual C. mutual  D personal
  2. The two tasks were performed ______and we were able to finish early. A. alternatively B. simultaneously C. consecutively  separately
  3. The committee is charged with finding a ______ solution to the crisis A. lengthy B. current C. lasting D. strong.
  4. We are worried by the ______ that exists between the two factions of the party. A. distraction B. commotion  confusion D. rivalry
  5. Our teacher was not speaking ______ when the said that the bursar was under a cloud A. literally B. simply   frankly  D. directly
  6. The signature on the document lacked ______, so it was rejected. A. clarity  authenticity  C. formality  D. simplicity
  7. Everyone could tell that Binta  was happy from  the ______ on her face A. picture B. appearance  expression D. sight
  8. His last novel was ______ by his visit to the prisons inspired B. generated   C. conceived  D. revealed
  9. As a result of the power cut, production at the paint factory came to a __________ A. hold-up B. blockade stands  D. suspense
  10. Several ______ were passed at the meeting A. memoranda B. decisions C. resolutions D. action.       (10 marks)

Choose the interpretation that you consider most appropriate for each sentence in this section (10 marks) 


  1. James and Henry were at daggers drawn when knew them. This means that they A. were always angry with each other. B. always were dagger C. were good at drawing daggers D. were fighting everybody.
  2. My book has become dog-eared through use. This means that A the book is designed like dog’s ears. C. my book is torn my book is indispensable
  3. Musa does not believed that there is poverty in Africa; he is a dyed-in-the –wool capitalist. This means that Musa is: A a kind capitalist B. a thoughtful capitalist C. an old capitalist D. an unbending capitalist.
  4. Whenever my cousin comes to realize that I ma telling the truth, she will eat humble pie. This means that my cousin will ______ A respect me hate herself  C. all the time  D. apologize D be ashamed
  5. I had dinner with Tomy and Nick and they talked shop the whole time. This means that they talked _______ A. about buying things from the shop B. about their job C. all the time D. about talking me to the shop.
  6. His decision to reconcile with his former agent paid off. This means that the reconciliation A. yielded positive results B. cost him a lot of money C. was unsuccessful D. caused him same trouble.
  7. The beauty of Bimpe’s garden shows that she has green finger. This means that Bimpe A. always paints her fingers green B is good at growing plants C. turns everything she touches to green D. like keeping green objects.
  8. I would have visited you but for my father’s ill health. This means that my A. father’s ill health world have made me visit you B. father’s ill health prevented me from visiting you C. father threatened to fall ill if I visited you D. father did not fall ill, so I couldn’t visit you.
  9. Her husband’s death has forced her to tighten her belt. This means that she has A. become more economical B adjusted her belt C, become more aggressive D. become very greedy
  10. Some candidates take examinations in their stride. This means that they; A. prepare hard for them B. do not worry about them C. find them insurmountable D. are familiar with them

In this section, choose the word that has the some vowed and consonant sounds as the one represented by the letter(s) underlined.


  1. Car    plantain B. massive C. garment  D. matter
  2. Bond hound B. dove C. month D. stop
  3. Cut song B. pull C. tongue D. lock
  4. Birth A journal B. amour C. path  tour
  5. Height knife  B. neighbour C. Milk D. favourite
  6. Beige A gauge B. barrage C. strange D. purge
  7. Crunch A chief  chemist  C. champagne D chart
  8. Hang singlet B. danger C. twinge D. fringe
  9. Throat writhe  B. Thomas C. Smith  D. thyme

Fan  A. nerve B. vandal C. of  D. phrase


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