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




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

Instruction:  Answer all questions in this section.  Each question is followed by four options lettered A to D.  Find the correct option for each questions and answer in your answer sheet.

Be sure you understand the instructions at the beginning of each section before you try to answer any of the questions that follow them.



            Annah stood up immediately she noticed the strange movement; she fixed her eyes on the object and saw that it was a cord.  The cord unrolled itself and began to move slowly away.  Annah screamed and moved to the far end of the room expecting the children to follow her.  When she turned she was amazed to see all the royal pupils sitting quietly on their seats, heads bowed in an attitude of respect.  Not one of them had moved or made a sound.  The classroom was as quiet as a graveyard.  All the children’s eyes were fixed on the snake as it moved in lazy curves along the length of the table.  With a feeling of shame, Annah returned to her seat where the pupils noted where she decided to watch this interesting sight, she even managed to share a little of the children fascination as she looked at the clear eyes of the snake.  She had never seen one like it since she was posted to the village.

            The snake moved on its way slowly down the table towards Annah’s seat.  To Annah, each second seemed like an hour.  As it moved closer, Annah could not swallow or breathe well.  As she held her breath in terror, the snake dropped into her laps and Annah passed out


  1. According to the passage, what was the attitude of the pupils to the snake?  (a) Respect             (b) Fear  (c) Surprise  (d) Excitement.
  2. Why did Annah return to her seat in shame?  (a) The snake moved about harmlessly                (b) The children laughed at her for being afraid.  (c) The children were not even afraid of the snake  (d) The snake had gone away.
  3. “Annah could not swallow or breathe”.  The above expression shows that———-                   (a) Annah was fainting  (b) Annah was very afraid  (c) Annah was very surprised                    (d) Annah was so excited.
  4. Which word in the passage shows that the pupils were children of a king?  (a) Temple                    (b) Village  (c) Respect  (d) Royal
  5. The expression “Annah passed out” means that —————(a) Annah collapsed  (b) Annah fainted  (c) Annah died  (d) Annah ran out.


From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that contains the sound represented by the given phonetic symbol.

  • / Ɔl /    (a) Yell  (b) holy  (c) boy  (d) idiot
  • / i    /   (a) care  (b) delicate  (c) crate  (d) fears
  • / a        /    (a) costume  (b) counsel  (c) badge  (d) aura
  • / p /       (a) pneumonia  (b) compare  (c) cupboard  (d) psychology  
  • / t /   (a) tidy  (b) catch  (c) portion  (d) thick


From the words or group of words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that best completes each of the following sentences

  1. You have no excuse __________late  (a) in being  (b) to being  (c) been  (c) for being
  2. My phone is superior ___________yours  (a) to  (b) than  (c) from  (d) over
  3. He took his share and gave them __________(a) their  (b) there’s  (c) there  (d)theirs
  4. Mike was very glad ____________that he had won the lottery  (a) to hear  (b) for hearing  (c)at hearing   (d) on hearing
  5. The students had no choice ________to do as they had been commanded  (a) except  (b)but  (c)rather  (d)even


Fill in the blank spaces with the correct answers.

  1. The main character in a play or novel is the ___________________________
  2. A dramatic performance with only bodily movements and no speech is called _____________________________
  3. That part of a word which represents the minimum unit of pronunciation is defined as __________________________________
  4. Consonant sounds are ____________________
  5. _____________type of essay helps in convincing while ___________________type of essay helps in explaining.


Answer four questions in this section.  Number 1 is compulsory.  Pick one question from part A and three of her questions.

1a.       A friend of yours has been absent from the school for about a month due to illness.  Write a letter to the friend describing some interesting things that have happened in the school during the period and express your wish for a quick recovery.

b.         Write a story either real or imagined ending with the words: I wish I had listened to my father.

c.         There has been public outcry against the escalating prices of food stuffs in your area.  Write a letter to your representative in the House of Assembly, stating the causes of the increase and suggest ways of improving the situation.

2a.       List and explain the different types of Essays you have been taught.

b.         List the language skills in English and explain two skills.

c.         The SQ3R approach is adopted when reading.  Give the full name of the abbreviations and explain the S & Q technique of reading.

3a.       Give five examples of these sounds.

(i)         /i: /   (ii) / f /   (iii) /      /    (iv)   / ai /    (v)  /ei /

b.         What are syllables?

c.         Give 10 examples of disyllabic words.

4a.       List the three genres of literature we have and explain one.

b.         Write briefly on the setting of the play: “Wrong decision by Stanley Nnabuo”

c.         Define figures of speech and outline the figures of speech you have been taught.

d.         Outline three features of folktales.

e.         What moral lessons can be deduced from the prose text: The costly mistake by Chinelo Ifezulike.

5a.       Differentiate between active and passive voice using adequate examples, at least three each.

b.         Differentiate between Polar Questions and Tag Questions.

c.         Differentiate between myths and legends and give two examples of each.





SUBJECT:    ENGLISH LANGUAGE                                                   CLASS:  J.S.S 2

Instruction:  Answer all questions in this section.  Each question is followed by four options lettered A – D.  Find the correct option for each questions and answer in your answer sheet.

Be sure you understand the instructions at the beginning of each section before you try to answer any of the questions that follows them.



Read this passage carefully and answer the questions on it.

            Teaching today is a very interesting and challenging job, because the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow.  People used to think that students were like empty buckets; all the teacher had to do was to fill the buckets with the waters of knowledge or information.

            These days, teaching and the learning process is very different, it is true that the teachers have to provide information, but the students have to process that information, if it is to be remembered and used.

            The students process the information by first understanding it, then they have to think about it, and see how they can remember it, and use it.  So, providing information, or knowledge, is not enough.  Teachers have also to teach skills and attitudes to their students.

            Teachers have to teach skills such as social skill to avoid and to resolve conflicts in the society and attitudes to themselves, their friends and relations, community, country and even the world.  remember, no one else can make us better people except ourselves.


  1. According to the passage, students wee viewed before now as ____________ (a) intelligent and resourceful people  (b) empty buckets to be filled with knowledge  (c) empty and unfilled buckets of knowledge  (d) learners with great skills and attitudes.
  2. A teacher’s job is challenging to day because he ______(a) fills empty buckets  (b) gives knowledge only  (c) teaches skills and attitudes  (d) gives information only.
  3. According to the passage, teacher teach social skill in order to _______(a) live peacefully with neighbours  (b) create conflicts in the society  (c) fill students who are empty buckets  (d)live peacefully with students.
  4. The emphasy on the use of pronoun “it” in paragraph three refers to ___________(a)knowledge  (b) teacher  (c) information  (d) students.
  5. Another word for challenging as used in the passage is _________(a) uninspiring                   (b) a learning process  (c) easy  (d) difficult


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.

  • Many parents wrongly assume that their children are ignorant whereas they are _____             (a) enthusiastic   (b) hardworking  (c) brilliant   (d) knowledgeable
  • Dishonest traders sell fake products instead of _______(a) costly  (b) durable  (c) genuine  (d)perfect.
  • In recent tournaments I have seen amateurs play better than so-called _____(a)experts              (b) veterans  (c) specialists  (d) professionals.

From the words lettered A to D, below each of the following sentences, choose the word or group of words that is nearest in meaning to the underlined word as it is used in the sentence.

  • The management applauded  the staff for their hard work.  (a) adored  (b) commended  (c)encourage  (d) recommended.
  • Bravery is victor’s most dominant trait.  (a) admirable  (b) outstanding  (c) suitable  (d)influential.


From the words lettered A to D,  choose the one that has the correct stress.

  1. autocracy   (a) Au-to-cra-cy   (b) au-To-cra-cy   (c) au-to-CRA-cy  (d) au-to-cra-CY
  2. development   (a) DE-ve-lop-ment  (b) de-VE-lop-ment  (c) de-ve-LOP-ment  (d)de-ve-lop-MENT
  3. amiable    (a) A-mi-a-ble   (b) a-MI-a-ble  (c) a-mi-A-ble  (d) a-mi-a-BLE

From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that contains the sound represented by the given phonetic symbol

  1.      (a) cheat  (b) match  (c) clash  (d) wage
  2.   q         (a) therefore  (b) feather  (c) method  (d) bathe


  1. A way of saying something unpleasant in a suitable or pleasant way is called ____________
  2. ___________________is any form of language used when we give an account of what someone said without repeating his actual words.
  3. A force that shows the importance of a syllable to other syllables within the same word is called ____________________________
  4. ______________________are traditional stories passed down from generation to generation that help people, especially the young ones to understand the word, the values and culture of their own society.
  5. When the action of the verb does not require an object, but stops with the “performer” or “subject”, the verb is said to have been used ________________________


Answer only FOUR questions in this section.  Number 1 is compulsory

1a.       The quality of food prepared for students in your school has become very poor.  Write a letter to your principal complaining about this and explain ways in which this situation can be remedied.

b.         You are the main speaker in a debate on the topic: children of literate parents perform better in schools than those of illiterate parents.  Write your arguments for or against the motion.

c.         Write a story ending with the statement.  We apologized to each other and reconciled.

2a.       Make a contrast between any two of the following:

(i)         Direct and Indirect speech

(ii)        Formal and Informal letter

(iii)       Transitive and Intransitive verbs

(iv)       Argumentative and descriptive essay

2b.       Define stress and give at least three examples of words that are generally not stressed in English.

2c.       Outline the figures of speech we have in literature and explain three with examples of each one explained.

3a.       Give five examples of these sounds:

(i)            i                    (ii)                 (iii)       t       (iv)

b.         Identify the syllable with the correct stress in the following words:

(i)         Conglomerate

(ii)        defensible

(iii)       superstitious

(iv)       bilateral

(v)        generally

4a.       Differentiate between Synonyms and Antonyms using adequate examples at least five examples for each.

b.         Punctuation marks are important because they make one’s writing clear and easy to understand.  Justify this by giving a brief composition of yourself placing the correct punctuation marks where necessary.

c.         What is the difference between prefix and suffix?

5a.       What are myths?

b.         List and explain three features of myths.

c.         What moral lessons can be derived from the text: seed of vengeance by A. Taiwo Otenaike.




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

Instruction:  Answer all questions in this section.  Each question is followed by FOUR options lettered A – D.  Find the correct option for each questions and answer in your answer sheet.

Be sure you understand the instructions at the beginning of each section before you try to answer any of the questions that follows them.


The airport was about four miles from my flat and I never could cover the distance in less than five minutes.  Although, like all soldiers, I was on twenty four hour duty.  I still had to eat.  The answer was to install a hot telephone line.  Mr. Joe Iyo, the post and telegraph technician, pointed out that the cables had been torn off and that it would take weeks to install a line.

How about two days?

He stared at me incredulously

‘Look, Colonel Adekunle thinks it can be done in one day I added.

Unless we put up a temporary ——

‘I don’t care.  Just let me communicate with the airport’.

Mr. Iyo was used to this sort of thing.  He had been with me right from the beginning.  In three day in could speak to the airport from my house.  I felt a little happier.  In fact, I felt smug.  Then tragedy struck.  One evening I went to my flat at about 8:pm to have late lunch.  I had just loosened my belt to attack a plate of garri when Lieutenant Richard, a military police officer, walked in.  He was a nice, friendly man and I was happy to see him.  Our conversation went like this:

‘Hello, sit down, have a bear’.

‘I wish I could sir, but I am on duty.’

‘Come on, so am I. have a drink.’

‘No sir, thank you, sir’.

‘You look worried’.

‘Yes sir.  This marine commando is a tough unit.  One gets locked up for the least thing’

‘Well you needn’t worry.  After all, you do all the locking up.’

‘That is so, sir.’

‘Well, I hope you don’t lock me up one of these days.’

‘Well, I have to, sir’.

‘Yes, it could happen sometime’.

‘But I have been ordered to.’

‘How do you me’.

‘The GOC said I should place you under close arrest’

I had never been so surprised in my life. ‘Stop joking, Lieutenant Richard. Have a drink’.

‘I am not joking, sir’.

‘What have I done?’

‘You see, the GOC drop up top the airport and did not see you. He asked for you and the soldiers said you had gone to town.  He ordered me to arrest you?  It took an awfully long time for this information to sink in.  I waiting in vain for Lieutenant Richard to call off the joke.  But no, he was serious.  He let me have my meal, and within an hour I was sharing a cell-actually a large bedroom with four other soldiers.

It was not the physical discomfort that bothered me.  In fact, there was little to complain of.  It was my moral that suffered, my pride.  So I was not the efficient I thought I was! I had not received any warning or any indication that I was inefficient.  The charge simply was that I was not at my post when the GOC called that night.  Working twenty – four hours a day was not just a slogan.  At last it sank in.  this was a war, not a joke.  Anything could happen at any time.  No commander wanted to take any chances whatsoever.  After three days I was marched along with the other officers to the commander’s office.  We had no shirts or shoes on, just our trousers.

As my trousers were a little loose and I had no belt, they threatened to descend to my knees at every step.  My marching suffered as I contended with imminent nudity.  The commander talked to us, then dismissed us.  I went back to my post.

Comprehension Questions

1.         Why did the writer want to install a telephone line?  (a) so that he could ring up home whenever he needed to.  (b) so that Colonel Adekunle could contact him whenever necessary  (c) so that he could keep in contact with the military police.  (d) so that he could keep in touch

2.         What was Mr. Iyo used to?  (a) working with the writer  (b) co-operating with Colonel Adekunle  (c) solving problems in a very short time (d) communicating with the airport.

3.         What was Lieutenant Richard’s attitude? (a) He felt embarrassed at having to arrests his friend.  (b) He was zealous in performing his duty  (c) He was delighted to have the chance of locking up the writer  (d) He was eager to follow Colonel Adekunle’s orders.

4.         Why was the writer arrested by the military police?  (a) He should not have installed the telephone line.  (b) He should have been at his post  (c) He had left the airport unguarded  (d) He was drinking on duty.

5.         What does this story tells us about the nature of military discipline?  What are your feelings about it?


Choose the word that has the same vowel sound as one represented by the letter (s) underlined.

6.         league    (a) lick  (b) pleasure  (c) people  (d) learn

7.         could   (a) cold  (b) cod  (c) pull  (d) cool

8.         hunt     (a) hurt  (b) hot  (c) hoot  (d) run

Choose the word that has the same consonant sound(s) the one represented by the letter(s) underlined.

9.         packet              (a) psychology  (b) physic  (c) pseudonym  (d) sparkle

10.       half                  (a) halves  (b) cough  (c) though  (d) hoe


Choose the interpretation which you consider most appropriate for each sentences

11.       Mr. Biodun is generous to a fault with everything he has.  This means that he is ______            (a) just a little generous  (b) not generous at all  (c) stingy  (d) excessively generous

12.       What I have told you is the gospel truth.  This means that the information is _________(a)false  (b) unconfirmed  (c) partly true  (d) completely true.

13.       The principal’s quarters are out of bounds to students.  This means that the quarters are?  (a)outside the school boundary  (b) too far for students to go there  (c) not open to students  (d) for binding students.

Choose the word that best completes each of the following sentences

14.       The measures taken were intended to bring ___________the prices of consumer goods (a)out  (b) off  (c) away  (d)down

15.       I was still explaining my action when Tina rudely cut __________(a) on  (b) off  (c) away (d)in


16.       ____________is a piece of writing, complete in itself and publishable in a newspaper, magazine or other periodicals.

17.       A pronoun that refers back to the subject is known as ________________________

18.       A written account of somebody’s life history written by another person is known as _____________________________________

19.       Intonation refers to __________________________________

20.       _________________________ are verb forms, which perform the functions of a noun.


Answer four questions in this section, No 1 is compulsory.  Write on any one of your choice.

1i)        Write an article, for publication in a national news paper on the dangers of drug abuse among youths.

ii)         As the senior prefect in your school, write out the speech you would give on the occasion of your school’s end of year ceremony.  Mention some of the problems you faced and give suggestions on how they could be solved.

iii)        Write a letter to the newly – elected chairman of your local government council congratulating him on his election and stating the priority needs of the people of your community.

iv)        Write a story ending with the statement: Indeed, it was the biggest lesson of my life.

2a.       Write a short note on the following:

(i)         Fiction and Non-Fiction

(ii)        Autobiography and Biography

(iii)       Active and passive voice

(iv)       Adjectives

2b.       Comprehension questions demands a careful step-by-step approach when answering them  outline these steps as you have been taught.

3a.       Form sentences with the adverbs of the following adjectives:

1.         Courageous  

2.         Dangerous

3.         Creative

4.         Admirable

5.         Attentive

6.         Angry

b.         Replace the underlined words with pronouns:

(a)        The girl relies so much on her mother.

(b)        The students were punished for coming late

(c)        My parents are on holidays

(d)       Please accept the gifts and give it to the winner

(e)        Do not touch the glass.  Let Tunde take it.

4a.       What sounds are called nasal sounds and why are they called that?

b.         Give examples of nasal sounds

c.         Give ten examples of these sounds

(i)         / f /       (ii)       /       /    (iii)   /      i /       (iv)  / u: /   (v)  / q  /

c.         Identify the type of intonation used in the following sentences.

(i)         Will you hand in your assignment today?

(ii)        May I see your school uniform, please?

(iii)       Can you express yourself accurately?

5a.       Write briefly on these literary term:

(i)         Characters

(ii)        Plot

(iii)       Theme

b.         In the drama text “Justice prevailed” by Yekinni Kolawole, who lured Mr. Ibeji into the drug business and how?

c.         What moral lesson can you derive from this play?


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