UNIBEN POST UTME TEST ENGLISH (2005)

UNIBEN POST UTME TEST ENGLISH (2005)UNIVERSITY OF BENIN, BENIN CITY, NIGERIA
UNIVERSITY MATRICULATION EXAMINATION SCREENING TEST (2005)
USE OF ENGLISH
Time allowed: 30 minutes
Read the following instructions carefully
1. Use HB pencil to shade in your answers, Ensure that any shading in error is thoroughly erased.
2. Candidates should write their full Names (surname first). JAMB Registration number. Paper code,
Sex. JAMB score. Faculty of first and second choice and the Question Paper Option
Given to them in the appropriate spaces on the Answer Sheets.
3. Attempt all questions.
4. The use of calculators and/or similar electronic devices is NOT allowed
Read the passage 1 below carefully and answer the questions that follow. Each question carries 2 marks

PASSAGE I
How can people be sure that they are truly marrying people with whom they are truly compatible? One way is
by taking time to get to know the other person. Researchers have found that couples seem to go through three
stages in this process. First, each person tries to measure his or her good and bad qualities against those of the
other person. People tend to be drawn to others who seem to have about the assets and liabilities they
themselves possess. Second, people look for compatible beliefs, attitudes and interests to support the initial
attraction. It is not until the third stage that people reveal to each other how they handle responsibilities, react to
disappointments and cope with a wide variety of situations. The key to compatibility is for the couple to be sure
that they have arrived at this last stage before they think seriously about marriage. Such people areless likely to
be unpleasantly surprised than those who marry quickly.
1. According to the author couples get to a crucial stage in their relationship
(a) when they show their assets and liabilities (b) when they display responsibility and positive attitudes
(c) when they look for compatible beliefs and attitudes (d) when they show how they react to
circumstances
2. From the passage, we learn that compatibility is measured in terms of (a) good and bad qualities
(b) adequate knowledge of each other (c) individual responsibility (d) reactions to a variety of
situations
3. The primary audience(s) for the above passage are (a) young unmarried adults (b) people seeking
compatibility in their partner (c) those who fall in love at first sight (d) the general public and
marriage counsellors

4. The best title for the passage is (a) researches on marriage compatibility (b) liabilities and assets in
marriage (c) compatibility in marriage (d) responsibility in marriage
5. To be unpleasantly surprised” in the passage means to be
(a) physically prepared for any eventuality (b) psychological prepared for my eventuality
(c) seriously shocked by the outcome of the union (d) taken unawares when marriage is done.
Read passage II carefully and answer the questions that follow. Each question carries 2 mark

PASSAGE II
The approach to the University is being restructured to ease the flow of traffic, give better security and provide
an appropriate introduction to a set of higher learning. The Works and Services Complex is also under
construction, and we intend to move into the completed (major) part of it within the next few weeks.
All these projects are being extended with, an eye to aesthetics, for we recognize the important influence of a
beautiful and healthy environment on its inhabitants and feel that a cluster of buildings on a smallspace such as
we have should be so well designed as to have a beneficial, psychological and sociological effect on all
members of the community.
I have gone to these lengths to itemize these examples of current development for two main reasons. Firstly, to
advise you that the road diversions and other physical inconveniences currently being experienced will be on the
increase, because of intense development activity. We therefore appeal to you to bear with us in full knowledge
and consolation that such inconveniences are temporary and will soon yield final tangible results.
Secondly, to demonstrate our capacity for executing approved projects with dispatch, and to ensure”
Government that we are up to the task. Indeed, I can assure Government that its ability to disburse funds to us
will be more than matched by capacity to collect and expend them on executing various projects in record time.
6. From the passage, we can gather that .
(a) There is not much consideration for the health of the inhabitants
(b) the inconvenience suffered by the inhabitants will be for a while
(c) there is deliberate effort to inconvenience the people (d) projects are carried out without approval
7. Unless it can be shown that the money voted for projects can be spent on them in good time
(a) the development activity will not be intense (b) it will not be easy to convince the Government of
our executive ability (c) it will not be difficult to ask Government for funds
(d) the road diversion and other inconveniences will continue
8. An eye to aesthetics” in this passage means:
(a) A regard for space (b) A beneficial psychological effect
(c) A regard for health (d) A consideration for beauty
9. In the passage, the author tries to explain why
(a) it is necessary to establish the Works and Services Complex in the University
(b) beauty should be taken into consideration when building on such a small space as we have
(c) the gateway to the University is being rebuilt
(d) a major part of the project should be completed in the next few weeks
10. Which of these is NOT among the reasons given by the author for enumerating the examples of the
current development? (a) To show that we arc capable of executing approved projects
(b) To convince the Government that we can be trusted with the task
(c) The inconvenience currently being experienced will go on indefinitely
(d) We are fully aware of the inconveniences being caused but we do not want you to complain
In each of the following sentences there is one or group of words underlined and one gap. From the list
of words lettered A to D, choose the word or group of words that is most nearly OPPOSITE in meaning
to the underlined word that will at the same time fill the gap in the sentence.
11. Ireti was able to kindle the fire which my father had to………later
(a) kill (b) switch (c) extinguish (d) destroy
12. Josephine is loquacious while her younger sister is……………
(a) polite (b) intelligent (c) considerate (d) taciturn
13. In his valedictory address, the professor quoted copiously from his…………lecture
(a) inaugural (b) academic (c) original (d) scholarly
14. The chairman vacillated in a matter that required…………action
(a) courageous (b) decisive (c) authoritative (d) reflective
15. Although the attack of malaria was sudden, the cure was rather………..
(a) permanent (b) extended (c) delayed (d) gradual
16. A guest should not make derogatory but…………remarks about the food he is served by his host
(a) cheating (b) complimentary (c) polite (d) appetizing
17. It is surprising to find her condoning instead of……such gross misbehaviour
(a) disliking (b) disparaging (c) blaming (d) condemning
18. The general said that raw troops were no good to him, he needed………..veterans
(a) seasoned (b) weathered (c) processed (d) baked
19. At certain times, some insane people appear to be as…………as. you or I
(a) normal (b) intelligent (c) sober (d) sensitive
20. The headmaster criticized John for his use of coarse language, but complimented Helen on her (a)
refined (b) organized (c) pure (d) clean
21. After the long journey, we eventually escaped from the turmoil of the .city into the ——– of the
countryside (a) loneliness (b) relief (c) tranquility (d) stability
22. We should all have been greatly fortified by a meal, but we had only drinks which……….us
(a) poisoned (b) weakened (c) starved (d) worried
23. For a speech to have its desired effect. It must be explicit, not………….
(a) vague (b) flamboyant (c) wordy (d) difficult
24. There was chaos in the village and the police had to work for hours before…….could be restored
(a) quiet (b) law (c) restraint (d) order
In each of questions 25 and 26, choose the word that has a different stress pattern from the other
25. (a) calendar (b) blackboard (c) suffer (d) success
26. (a) madam (b) comment (c) contribute (d) embarrass
In question 27 to 40, choose the option that is nearest in meaning to the word(s) or phrase(s) underlined
27. If experience is anything to go by, the action will prove a political minefield
(a) a source of political benefit (b) a way out of political trouble (c) a cause for political joy
(d) an invitation to political problems
28. In my view, the play didn’t come off
(a) succeed (b) fail (c) attract applause (d) take place
29. When the chips are down, will know those who have the courage to stand
(a) when we get to a crisis point (b) in the final analysis (c) when the blocks are lowered
(d) when we get to the end of the road
30. She said boxing is in fact her pet aversion
(a) something she likes very much (b) something she dislikes very much
(c) a hobby she loves to pursue (d) one thing she can’t miss
31. The gateman does his work perfunctorily
(a) without commitment (b) with speed (c) grudgingly (d) enthusiastically
32. Members of the panel were working at cross purposes
(a) in harmony (b) in disunity (c) for selfish purposes (d) for selfless purpose
33. The young man who distributed political pamphlets on campus was promptly repudiated (a) disowned
(b) arrested (c) warned (d) killed
34. Joseph is a die-hard criminal
(a) hard to kill (b) hard to arrest (c) remorseless (d) relentless
35. If your life is in turmoil, always take courage (a) deviation (b) crisis (c) trial (d) tragedy
36. Do you know one of the most astounding events of my life?
(a) special (b) amazing (c) serious (d) outstanding
37. Adeniji is suffering from the consequences of alienation
(a) confinement (b) isolation (c) enclosure (d) imprisonment
38. Some children mimic their teachers (a) imitate (b) ridicule (c) tense (d) worship
39. Wealthy citizens are often niggardly in their ways
(a) contemptible (b) beggarly (c) sordid (d) stingy
40. I like Jude because He is very outspoken (a) fluent (b) frank (c) audible (d) talkative

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