English Language First Term Examination Questions 2019/2020 Session – Junior Secondary School (JSS 1, JSS 2, JSS 3)





SUBJECT: ENGLISH LANGUAGE                                                   CLASS:  J.S.S 1

GENERAL INSTRUCTION:  This text contains section A & B.

Read the instruction to each section carefully before you answer the questions.



Read the passage carefully and answer the questions which follow.  Shade on your answer sheet the space which bears the same letter as the letter of the answer you have chosen.

            When I was a child of seven years old, my uncle filled my pocket with coppers.  I went directly to a shop where they sold toys for children; and being attracted by the sound of a whistle that I saw in the hands of another boy, I gave all my money for one.

            When I came home blowing the whistle all over the place, much pleased with myself, my brothers and sisters and cousins were surprised to hear that I had paid so much for the whistle.  They told me that I had given four times as much for it as it was worth, and that there were other things I could have bought with the rest of the money.  They also laughed at me for my foolishness so much so that I cried in anger, and when I thought over my mistake it made me sadder than the whistle gave me pleasure.

            But, I have never forgotten the lesson. So often when I am tempted to buy some unnecessary thing, I say to myself: “Do not give too much for the whistle”; and I would save my money.


1.         Why did the writer buy a whistle?  (a) He had always wanted a whistle .  (b) The nearest shop sold only whistle  (c) His friends told him he must buy a whistle  (d) His money was just enough for a whistle   (e) He like the sound of a whistle he had seen with another boy.

2.         Why were the brothers not very pleased about the whistle (a) They did not like whistle  (b) The writer had paid too much for it.  (c) They felt that it was foolish for a seven years old boy to buy a whistle.  (d) He was whistling all over the house and disturbing his sisters and brothers  (e) They were jealous that they were not given money to buy theirs.

3.         What lesson did the writer learn from this experience?  (a) Never to pay too much for a whistle  (b) Never to buy another whistle  (c) Always to ask his elder brothers before buying anything  (d)To carefully avoid buying anything that is not very useful

4.         In the passage ‘coppers’ means  (a) piece of metal  (b) fivers  (c) coins  (d) five shillings  (e)twenty shillings

5.         Why did he cry?  (a) He had lost all his money  (b) His brothers, sisters and cousins laughed at him  (c) He was only a little boy  (d) His brother took the whistle away from him  (e) He lost his whistle.

From the list of words lettered A – D, choose the word that is NEAREST in meaning to the underlined word in each of the following sentences

6.         I took him much time to explain before the pupils could comprehend the lesson  (a) recognize  (b) reciprocate  (c) receive  (d) understand

7.         After some months of investigation, the security men were astonished at what they discovered about the crime.  (a) disturbed  (b) weakened  (c) disappointed  (d) surprised.

8.         The school as founded many years ago.  (a) expanded  (b) closed  (c) established  (d)produced

Choose from the options lettered A – D the one that contains the given phonetic symbol.

9.         /i:/    (a) bird   (b) bitch  (c) teach  (d) tunic

10.       / p /    (a) psalm  (b) cap  (c) physics  (d) typhoid

11.       / b /   (a) ball  (b) womb  (c) doubt  (d) debt

Choose from the list of words or group of words given below each sentence, the one which correctly and most suitably fills the gap in the sentence.

12.       A bird flaps __________wings when it flies  (a) its  (b) it’s  (c) he’s  (d) his  (e) their

13.       I don’t know _______house we are visiting  (a) their  (b) who  (c) whose  (d)them  (e)who’s

14.       The nurse put _____________salt in the mouth of the baby  (a) few  (b) some  (c) a  (d) an  (e)any


Fill in the blanks spaces with the correct answers

15.       _______can be described as a replacement for a noun to avoid repetition.

16.       The ability to perceives sounds and understand them is called ____________________

17.       ____________essay convinces somebody to accept our point of view

18.       ____________essay explains an information and idea to readers.

19.       Any imaginative work of art that uses dialogue, plot, character, settings and so on to give us a picture of life is known as ______________________


Answer only four questions from this section, Number 1 is very compulsory.

1.         Write an essay on any one of the topics below:

(a)        A memorable day in my life.

(b)        My best teacher

(c)        Teachers are better than doctors (for/against)

(d)       Write a letter to your cousin telling him about your new school.

2.         Explain with apt examples any two of the following

(a)        Pronoun   (b)   Verb    (c)  Noun    (d)            Adjectives

3.         Give five examples of words that contain these pure vowel sounds

(i)         / i: /

(ii)        /        /

(iii)       / a:  /

(iv)       /      : /

(v)        / u: /

4a.       Describe the character of Daniel in the novel “The costly mistake”

b.         In your own words, write about Daniel’s first week experience at Metropolitan Grammar School.

c.         What is the name of the author of this book

d.         I’ve made a costly mistake” Daniel lamented. Show how true this is from the story and mention two (2) moral lessons you have learnt from Daniel’s mistake.

5a.       What is a Drama?

b.         List four types of Drama

c.         In the drama “Wrong decision” the protagonist “Louis” made a wrong decision.  What was this decision?




SUBJECT: ENGLISH LANGUAGE                                                                      CLASS:  J.S.S  INSTRUCTIONS:  Read  the passage below carefully and answer the questions on them.  Shade the answer space, on your answer sheet, which bears the same letter as the answer you have chosen



            One morning, a few years ago, John and Peter decided to go hunting.  So they took their guns and set off.  When they woke up in their hut in the jungle the following morning.  John said, ‘Come on Peter, let’s go and shoot those lions’.  No, I am not ready yet,’ said Peter, who was feeling nervous.

            After another attempt to persuade Peter had failed, John decided to go alone. ‘I will shoot two Lions, he said. ‘One for you and one for me, and you can skin them.

            John had not walked far into the jungle when he met a lion.  The lion looked straight at him.  john felt so frightened, that he turned round and ran away.  The Lion followed him.  John could hear it close behind him, so he ran as fast as he could towards the hut.  He could see that the door of the hut was open.  When he was only a few metres away, he missed his step and fell down.  The Lion could not stop because it was running too fast.  It jumped over John and ran through the open door into the hut.  John jumped up and shut the door between them.  Then he turned to Peter and said, ‘That is the first one’.

            ‘Please skin it while I go and get the other one.


1.         Why didn’t Peter go with John to hunt the Lions?  (a) He was afraid to go  (b) John did not wake him up  (c) John was too impatient  (d) Peter didn’t have a gun  (e) Peter was not very well.

2.         Why did the Lion enter the hut?  (a) The Lion thought John was inside the hut  (b) Peter tricked it inside the hut so that he could skin it.  (c) The Lion was running too fast to stop at the entrance  (d) When the Lion saw two people he was frightened and wanted to hide.  (e) John had shot and wounded the lion

3.         What made John fall down?  (a) He fell down deliberately to allow the Lion to jump over him  (b) He was tired from running  (c) The Lion pulled his leg  (d) He was so frightened he wanted to beg for his life  (e) He fell down accidentally.

4.         Who opened the door of the hut?  (a) Peter  (b) John  (c) The wind  (d) The lion  (e) We are not told.

5.         Why was John frightened when the Lion looked straight at him?  (a) He didn’t have his gun with him  (b) He wasn’t really looking for a lion  (c) He thought the lion might kill him  (d) He wanted to go and ask Peter to come and see the lion  (e) The lion was so big.

Complete the following sentences with the most suitable words.

6.         All are methods of reading except _____(a) probing  (b) review  (c) survey  (d) read  (e) skimming

7.         Which among these is not a type of essay?  (a) Narrative  (b) summarized  (c) descriptive  (d)expository

8.         This car is mine indicates _____________(a) noun  (b) preposition   (c) phrase  (d)possessive

9.         My elder brother got married last year ______________wife is a nurse  (a) the  (b)she’s  (c) his  (d) her  (e) their

10.       The children helped ______mother to fetch the firewood  (a) his  (b) hers (c)there  (d)their  (e)our

Choose from the list of words or group of words given below each sentence, the one which most suitably fills the gap in the following sentences.

11.       I lost my bunch of keys yesterday, but I have since ____________it  (a) find  (b) found  (c) finds  (d)known  (e)seen

12.       Akon, Etim and Ngozi were asked to share three oranges _______________themselves.  (a)between  (b) with  (c) among  (d) for  (e) to

13.       We _______to finish the work yesterday  (a) were asked  (b) are asking  (c) will ask  (d) are being asked  (e) have been asked.

14.       Where is the letter _________yesterday?  (a) that you got it  (b) you got it  (c) you got  (d)as you getting  (e) you will get

15.       We were expected _________our home work everyday  (a) doing  (b) having done  (c)been doing  (d)to have done  (e)to do


Fill in the blank spaces with answers that best suits the sentence.

16.       The willful departure from the normal way of speaking or writing in order to establish an effect is known as ______________________________

17.       A verb is in the ____________________when it represents the subject as performing the action upon an object.

18.       When the action of the verb does not require an object, but stops with the doer of the action, the verb is said to have been used ___________________________

19.       _________________________is the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words in a sentence.

Change this sentence to the passive voice

20.       Olu has done the work


Answer four questions from this section.  Number 1 is compulsory, pick one from the options and write on it with words not less than 350.

1a.       Write a story, real or imagined, which illustrates the saying, “All that glitters are not gold”

b.         You have just spent barely a term in a new school.  Write a letter to your friend, describing what your new school looks like.  Tell him about your new friends, your teachers, your progress, and other things of interest during the term.

c.         For or against the topic “We are better than our fore father”

d.         How to locate             EDUDELIGHT GROUP OF SCHOOLS, Ijuri.

2a.       Give five (5) words of these diphthongs and consonant sounds.

(i)         / I¶ /

(ii)        / ou /

(iii)       / f /

(iv)       / b /

(v)        / ʃ /

2b.       Composition is made up of three stages,  mention and explain the three stages.

3a.       Define tense

b.         List and explain with three (3) examples the three simple tenses of English.

4.         Explain with apt examples, any two (2) of the following;

(i)         Transitive and intransitive verbs

(ii)        Direct and indirect speech

(iii)       Active and passive voice

(iv)       Figures of speech.

5a.       Who is the author of the book “The seed of vengeance”.

b.         Following a sequential arrangement of the events that unfolded in the book “The seed of vengeance”, give a brief summary of the book and highlight two major lessons you have learnt from this book.

c.         Mention 6 characters each from the two books, “seed of vengeance” and “the unjust society”

d.         Write in details the evidence given by kazaure in the court when the counsel asked him a question.




SUBJECT: ENGLISH LANGUAGE                                                                     CLASS:  J.S.S 3

GENERAL INSTRUCTION:  This paper contains sections A, B & C.

Read the instruction o each section carefully before you answer the questions.


Answer all the questions in this section.


Read the passage carefully and answer the questions which follow.  Shade on your answer sheet the space which bears the same letter as the letter of the answer you have chosen.

            In some parts of Africa, such as Ethiopia and Angola, there have been serious food shortages.  The result has been mass starvation: many people have died each year because they did not have enough food.  These food shortages have had various causes; including drought and population increases.  In addition, war has played a serious role.  Apart from these causes, many governments’ policies do not always encourage farmers to grow more food, and to make matters worse, urbanization has drawn large numbers of people from productive farm work into unproductive cities.

            In such countries, the main problem has been the low production of food.  In many parts of Africa, however, the problem has been lack of food.  In most areas, the climate and soil allow the people living there to produce enough food for their needs.  The main problem has instead been lack of knowledge about food.

            There has been insufficient realization that food is meant to provide the body with certain substances to keep it healthy.  Ill health due to a poor diet is known as malnutrition.  In most cases in Africa, malnutrition is due to ignorance about the right kinds of food to eat.  The solution to the problem is in education.

            It is important for people to realize that malnutrition causes a great deal of illness and death.  Moreover, apart from the people who are obviously ill, there are many thousands who are tired or weak, or have poorly developed bodies, simply through lack of proper feeding.  These people are far more likely to get common diseases (for example, tuberculosis, infections, diarrhea) than those with a good diet.  It is extraordinary how many people are unaware of the serious problem of malnutrition in their own country.  Many people are unaware of some nutritional diseases, and do not realize how awful they are.  They seem surprised when they see a case or a photograph of a person suffering from kwashiorkor, a nutritional disease.

            Malnutrition is most common and severe in children under five years of age, and women of childbearing age.  It has been going on for years, and is likely to become more widespread as more and more of our people go to live in big towns, and cease to grow their own food.

            People tend to think that the problem of malnutrition is something for doctors or the Ministry of Health to solve.  It is time that medical staff are necessary to cure diseases that are due to malnutrition, but the solution is not cure but prevention.

            The prevention of malnutrition needs the cooperation of people trained in many different branches of knowledge.  Thus, the doctor, by examining patients, can indicate the ways in which their poor diet is affecting their health knowing about this poor diet, the agricultural officer can attempt to incrase the production of certain foods.  The domestic science teacher can advise people on how best to prepare these foods.  Above all, the teacher can instruct people about food and nutrition.  However, although education perhaps holds the key to the solution, it is vital to realize that the problems are best solved by teamwork: people in quite different jobs need to cooperate with one common aim in view.

Comprehension Questions

Choose the best answers:

1.         What have been the main causes of mass starvation in various African countries.  (a)Over population and war.  (b) Drought, population increases and war  (c) Drought, war, government policies and urbanization  (d) War, government policies and urbanization  (e) Drought, war, population increases, government policies and urbanization.

2.         In what ways have government policies been to blame, according to the passage?   (a) They have caused too many wars.  (b) They have encouraged unproductive urbanization  (c) They have failed to counteract the causes of drought  (d) they have failed to encourage farmers to grow enough food  (e) they have encouraged farmers to grow too much food at the expense of cash crops.

3.         According to the passage, in many countries many people eat the wrong kind of food because ___(a) they suffer from ill health  (b) they do not know enough about what food is for  (c) they think food is pleasant  (d) they are starving  (e) they see food simply as something that is pleasant.

4.         The passage says that malnutrition means:  (a) lack of food  (b) lack of knowledge about food  (c) ill health  (d) ill health due to a poor diet  (e) lack of resources to develop adequate food supplies.

5.         According to this passage, the problem of malnutrition should be solved:  (a) by doctors and the Ministry of Health  (b) by means of education  (c) by co-operative efforts at prevention by all concerned  (d) by discouraging urbanization and encouraging farmers  (e) by a widespread campaign to care diseases caused by malnutrition.

Instruction:  Choose from the list of words or group of words lettered A to E, the one which has almost the same meaning as the word or words underlined in the sentence.

6.         The headmaster was shocked to hear that one of his boys stole the money  (a) frightened  (b)angry  (c) annoyed  (d) offended  (e) surprised.

7.         The driver of the minibus drove quietly to the front of the house and pulled up.

8.         He lifted the basket of eggs with care  (a) quickly  (b) gently  (c) dreamily  (d) slowly                       (e) silently.

9.         Her voice sounded very sweet on the telephone.  This means that her voice was  (a) soft and pleasant  (b) loud and deep  (c) strange and faint  (d) soft but uninteresting  (e) harsh but inviting.

10.       The village ran short of food in the middle of the rainy season.  This means that the villagers  (a) want without food  (b) did not have enough food  (c) hand to steal food  (d) had to travel long distances to obtain food  (e) got food only if they could run fast.

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.

11.       Halima likes to dwell on trivial, rather than __________ matters  (a) strong  (b) popular  (c)weighty  (d) heavy.

12.       Algebra seems complicated, but with practice it becomes _______________  (a)solved  (b)simple  (c) accessible  (d)achievable

13.       A few days after Musa’s _______________, his sister longed for his departure.  (a) coming  (b) entrance  (c) arrival  (d) welcome

14.       The youth prefer discussing contemporary issues to _____________ones  (a)archaic  (b) uninteresting  (c) stale  (d)political

15.       Funmi was not cheerful at the party yesterday because she hadn’t a new dress  (a) ugly  (b)beautiful  (c) happy  (d)fearful


16.       ________is used to quality a verb, an adjective and another adverb

17.       A form of prose writing that presents true life experiences and facts is called ______________________

18.       A word which shows the relationship between two things is known as _________________________

19.       a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings recollected in tranquility which concerns itself with truth and beauty is called _________________________________

20.       _____________is the greater force exerted on certain syllable (in words).


Answer four questions from this section.  Number 1 is very compulsory, pick one from the options in number 1.

1a.       You are the Chief Speaker in a debate on the topic. Education is the best legacy a parent can give a child.  Write your arguments for or against the motion.

b.         You had a quarrel with a very good friend of yours sometime ago and since then both of you have not been on speaking terms.  Write a letter to him or her expressing your regret at the break in your relationship and your desire for a reconciliation.

c.         Narrate to your class mates an experience you have had or heard about which illustrates the saying “you reap what you sow”

d.         Write an article for publication in your school magazine on “The evil effects of examination malpractice in our society”

2a.       Define intonation.

b.         List with examples the context in which falling intonation is used.

3a.       Give 5 words that contain each of these sounds.

(i)         / d /

(ii)        / f /

(iii)       / sh /

(iv)       / ts /

(v)        / z /

b.         What is a consonant sound?

4a.       Define Antonyms and give three examples.

b.         Give the antonyms of these words

(i)         Measurable

(ii)        Legitimate

(iii)       Destruction

(iv)       Rational

(v)        Infinite

c.         Define modal verbs and list the thirteen ways they are used with at least two (2) examples for each.

5a.       Define poetry

b.         In each of the following questions, indicate the main/primary stress by writing the syllable on which it occur in capital letters.

1.         Unwillingness

2.         Installation

3.         Apologize

4.         Beneficial

5.         Satisfactory

c.         Explain the “equal comparison” of adjective with an example.

6a.       Describe Cynthia’s destiny in the novel “Arrow of destiny”

b.         Write on these characters briefly.

(i)         Boma

(ii)        Idara

(iii)       Idris

c.         What case the problem for the class teacher – Mrs. Adarelegbe in the drama “justice prevailed”?

d.         What is the punishment given to the teacher?

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