SS2 English Examinations Questions 2023/2024

Senior Secondary School, SS2 English Examinations Questions 2023/2024





  1. Your father has just built a new house for the family. Write a letter to your elder brother who lives abroad, describing the new house and the prestige it has accorded your family.
  2. Write an article suitable for publication in a national newspaper on the high cost of living, suggesting at least three ways in which the government of your country can tackle the problem.
  3. The electricity supply in your school has been irregular. As the Senior Prefect, write a letter to the Chairman of the parent -Teacher Association (PTA) telling him about the effect of this on the school and the need to provide a stand-by generator for the school.
  4. Your principal is due for retirement at the end of the academic year As the senior prefect, Write a speech which you would deliver to honour him/her as a send-off party.
  5. Write a story that ends With the statement: I wish I had listened to my parents.

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Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions on it. 

     I had always thought that he was under a spell to be such a workaholic. Daily, after returning from school, he would promptly head for the bush. There, he would engage in fashioning out something that could fetch him some money. He would emerge sometimes with baskets and brooms made from palm fronds and at other times, two or three pestles beautifully crafted to please any housewife. Occasionally, he would work till late evening as a labourer on someone’s farmland. Returning, he would bring home pepper, vegetables and firewood. Interestingly, he had a father, who spent more time working from cockcrow till dusk on large commercial farmlands. Interestingly, he had a father who had his own farm, but was too poor to finance his education. Once in a while, he would go to his father’s farm to help the old man out.

        However, towards the end of his first year in senior secondary school. he obtained a piece of farm land  from his father. He worked on the land as if his life depended on it! That year, he planted maize and all sorts of vegetables. The harvest gave him enough money to pay his fees, procure some planks and several carpenter’s tools. With his knowledge of woodwork. He started making simple kitchen stools, tables and chairs which attracted a lot of customers. Yet, his education did not suffer, indeed, he was always in the top position in class.

       Once when I remarked in class that Adamu was like a person pursued by a demon pushing him to work so hard, everybody laughed. Including him. When the laughter subsided. he looked at me intently and said, “Kola, you can’t understand. I pray you’ll never have that demon after you. I guess if you were in my shoes, without a mother since age three, you would have such a demon after you too. I only vaguely remember my mother because I was too young when she passed on. When my father remarried, the Woman excluded me from her care: I had to find a solution. I got myself enrolled in school at age eight. I had to take care of my feeding, pay my way through school, and buy uniforms and books. At first, an uncle introduced me to working on other people’s farms. but when I discovered that I could take care of myself. I worked even harder. When there was no work anywhere. I took to the bush to make objects like brooms. baskets. pestles and hoe handles. Today, I have as many pairs of shoes. clothes and books as any of you. Now, I have graduated from making simple home items to making doors. Nobody taught me these, nobody, except. perhaps the demon you referred to.

  Complete silence followed. Since then, I have had the utmost respect for him. 

(a) Why did the writer think Adamu was under a spell? 

(b) Give two reasons why Adamu had to take care of himself. 

(c) State two major types of jobs Adamu engaged in to support himself. 

(d) What does the reference to Adamu’s academic performance tell us about him? (e) What is the writer’s attitude towards Adamu? 

(f) What tells us that Adamu was determined to be educated? 

(g)… like a person pursued by a demon.. What figure of speech is used in this expression? 

(h).. that I could take care of myself:

 (i) What is the grammatical name given to this expression as it is used in the passage? 

(ii) What is its function? 

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:

  • a spell
  • crafted
  • procure
  • attracted
  • vaguely
  • simple.


Read the following passage carefully and answer, in your own words as far as possible, the question that follows.

      Poverty! Can anyone who has not really been poor know what poverty is? I really doubt it. How can anyone who enjoys three square meals a day explain what poverty means? Indeed can someone who has two full meals a day claim to know poverty? Perhaps, one begins to grasp the full meaning of poverty when one struggles really hard to have one miserable meal in twenty-four hours. Poverty and hunger are cousins, the former always dragging along the latter wherever he chooses to go.

      If you were wearing a suit, or a complete traditional attire, and you look naturally rotund in your apparel, you cannot understand what poverty entails. Nor can you have a true feel of poverty if you have some good shirts and pairs of trousers, never mind that all these are casual wear. Indeed, if you can change one dress into another, and these are all you can boast of, you are not really poor. A person begins to have a true feel of what poverty means when, apart from the tattered clothes on his body, he doesn’t have any other; not even calico to keep away the cold at night.

      Let us face it, can anyone who has never slept outside, in the open, appreciate the full, harsh import of homelessness? Yet that is what real, naked poverty is. He who can lay claim to a house, however humble, cannot claim to be poor. Indeed, if he can afford to rent a flat, or a room in town or city, without the landlord having cause to eject him, he cannot honestly claim to be poor. The really poor man has no roof over his head, and this is why you find him under a bridge, in a tent or simply in the vast open air. 

      But that is hardly all. The poor man faces the world as a hopeless underdog. In every bargain, every discussion, every event involving him and others, the poor man is constantly reminded of his failure in life. Nobody listens attentively when he makes a point, nobody accepts that his opinion merits consideration. So in most cases, he learns to accept that he has neither wisdom nor opinion.

      The pauper’s lot naturally rubs off on his child who is subject not only to hunger of the body but also of the mind. The pauper lacks the resources to send his child to school. And even in communities where education is free, the pauper’s child still faces an uphill task because the hunger of the body impedes the proper nourishment of the mind. Denied access to modern communications media, the poor child has very little opportunity to understand the concepts taught him. His mind is rocky soil on which the teacher’s seeds cannot easily germinate. Thus embattled at home and then at school, the pauper’s child soon has very little option but to drop out of school. 

      That is still not all. Weakened by hunger, embattled by cold and exposure to the elements, feeding on poor water and poor food, the pauper is an easy target for diseases. This is precisely why the poorest countries have the shortest life expectancy while the longest life expectancy is recorded among the richest countries. Poverty is really a disease that shortens life! 

(a)In six sentences, one for each, summarize the problems of the poor man.



In  the following sentence, there is an 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. Binetou’s inquisitiveness is in sharp contrast with her sister’s  A. indifference B. noiness C. calmness D. dullness
  2. Though at first it appeared an insignificant idea, it turned out to be quite _________ A. outstanding B. successful C. remarkable D. interesting
  3. After grasping the fundamental aspects of his job, Kwesi had to cope with more ________ procedures. A. advanced B. academic C. subsidiary D. secondary
  4. The youth prefer discussing contemporary issues to ______ ones. A. archaic B. uninteresting C. stale D. political
  5. As erroneous as it might sound, the Headmaster’s assumption was quite _______ A. wise B. correct C. precise D. faulty
  6. Halima likes to dwell on trivial , rather than _______ matters. A. strong B. popular C. weighty D. heavy
  7. We all know that Bola is insolent whereas Ade is ________  A. cowardly B. respectful C. humble D. modest
  8. A few days after Musa’s _______, his sister longed for his departure . A. coming B. entrance C. arrival D. welcome
  9. Algebra seems complicated , but with practice it becomes ________ A. solved B. simple C. accessible D. achievable
  10. Mrs. Agide is unassuming whereas her twin sister is ________ A. cheerful B. boastful C. loud D. rude


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

  1. At Christmas, employees of the Sugar Factory receive huge ________A. benefits B. dividends C. bonuses D. salaries
  2. The exposed milk in the container has turned _______ A. sour B. putrid C. mouldy D. stale
  3. Not all activists champion ________ causes. A. worthy B. real C. concrete D. favourable
  4. The Mayor gave a glowing ________ at the funeral of the city’s only curator.  A. citation B. statement C. tribute D. commendation
  5. At the end of the _______. The National Anthem is played on our radio station. A. programming B. production C. transition D. transmission
  6. The defence counsel was unable to convince the ______ of John’s innocence. A. plaintiff B. witness C. panel D. jury
  7. Unfortunately, corruption is the _______ of most African countries. A. venom B. bane C. disaster D. backbone
  8. The _______ results proved that the patient had hepatitis. A. investigation B. diagnosis C. probe D. test
  9. The new book has beautiful _______ which make it attractive. A. illustrationsB. demonstrationsC. illuminations D. compositions
  10. Their marriage was finally _____ after years of hostility. A. cancelled B. annulled C. broken D. separated


After the following sentence, a list of possible interpretations is given. Choose the interpretation that is most appropriate for the sentence. 

  1. Can you imagine Oka behaving as if he has all the knowledge in the world? This means that Oka. A. does not really know anything B. knows so much more than we think C. is admired by everybody D. respects other people
  2. Akin is too full of himself. This means that Akin A. Talks too much B. eats too much C. is too proud D. is quite annoying
  3. She slogged her guts out for the examinations. This means that she A. failed the examination despite working hard for it B. passed the examination despite not working hard for it C. used unfair means to face the examination D. really worked very hard for the examination
  4. I admire Modou: very few people can stomach all of Adaeze’s insults. This means that Modou A. tolerated Adaeze’s insults B. was a weakling C. had no answer to Adaeze’s insults D. did the right thing by remaining silent
  5. After months of battling with stroke, he is now a shadow of his former self. This means that he A. is now frail B. is vulnerable C. is hopeless D. has almost recovered
  6. Kura, you can’t be too careful when dealing with Wang. This means that Kura. A. has no reason to be suspicious of Wang B. can fully rely on Wang C. has to be very careful in his relationship with Wang D. may feel free in the company of Wang
  7. Don’t tell me another cock and bull story. This means that the speaker does not want to. A. be further baffled B. hear the same old story C. hear another drab story D. be further deceived
  8. Had he confessed much earlier, she would have trusted him. This means that he A. had confessed earlier on, but he wasn’t trusted B. had confessed much earlier on and he was trusted C. hadn’t confessed much earlier on and he was trusted D. hadn’t confessed earlier on, and wasn’t trusted
  9. Kola: You really worked hard to win the case. 

Didia: You don’t know the half of it. This means that. A. it wasn’t as difficult as Kola had thought B. Kola’s statement wasn’t actually correct C. It was even more difficult than Kola could imagine D. Winning the case didn’t mean much to Kola

  1. Femi is too clever by half. This means that Femi A. displays his cleverness in an annoying way B. is not as clever as he thinks C. pleases everyone he meets D. hides how clever he really is


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. 

  1. He was such a brilliant footballer! A. an inspired B. an intelligent C. a dazzling D. skillful
  2. The Politician is a fluent speaker. A. an eloquent B. a superficial C. an insightful D. a persuasive
  3. Everyone has the urge to succeed in life. A. compulsion B. desire C. need D. courage
  4. When he heard the gunshot, he ran into a thick forest. A. tight B. deep C. dense D. close
  5. That was a timely intervention.A. suitable B. accurate C. prompt D. major
  6. David is not only hardworking but also scrupulous. A. painstaking B. ambitious C. pleasant D. daring
  7. We really have to be careful because the situation is rather tricky. A. deceitful B. trivial C. unexpected D. difficult
  8. I think that his essay is impeccable. A. erroneous B. correct C. satisfactory D. faultless
  9. There has been a marked change in her study habit. A. significant B. real C. full D. complete
  10. He was directed to write the letter. A. advised B. instructed C. persuaded D. forced

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. The two players protested against the —— (a) fitness twice-weekly practice (b) practice fitness twice-weekly               (c) twice-weekly practice fitness               (d) twice-weekly fitness practice
  2. If I —— what actually happened, I would have punished him (a) had heard (b) have had (c) had had (d) have heard
  3. She was certainly going to the cinema, —— ? (a) ins’t she (b) ins’t it        (c) wasn’t it (d) wasn’t she
  4. Their —– house is by the side of the road. (a) father -in-law’s (b) father’s -in-law (c) fathers’ -in-law (d) father- in-laws
  5. A spoiled child is usually prone________laziness. A. to B. for C. with D. at
  6. He ran —— that the defenders couldn’t catch up with him A. very fast.     B. much faster C. so faster D. so fast
  7. I told them I would come back as soon as I —– A. should B. can C. could.   D. will
  8. Isn’t it high time we —– ? A. started eating B. start eating C. had started eating D. start to eat
  9. The new bridge was a complete waste of money and……….built in the first place A. need not have been B. needs not have been C. needed not have been D. need not to have been
  10. Jane has stopped smoking, ——- ?     A. hasn’t she B. didn’t she C. isn’t it.            D. hadn’t she

In the following passages the numbered gaps indicate missing words. Against each number in the below passage, four options are offered in columns lettered A to D. Choose the word that is the most suitable to fill the numbered gap in the passages.

One of the indicators of -51- under development in this country is the backward state of the transport sector. This is typified by the poor state of the railway -52-. In advanced countries, commuter trains carry passengers from city and within suburbs. The -53- train goes a lot faster connecting major cities and even states; such trains have – 54- only. In the intra- city trains, it is only shelter and seats that are provided. There are no -55-. In some cases, and because of the long hours of service of inter-city or inter-state trains, -56- and -57- are available in addition to coaches. Apart from the very fast electric trains, there are passenger trains that are -58- powered. There are others that use coal or steam as -59-. Some trains offer -60- services, transporting goods. 

  1. A. structural B. infrastructural C. fiscal D. systematic

52 A. system B. framework C. industry D. business

53. A. intra-city B. in-city C. inter-city D. sub-city

54. A. wagons B. coaches C. cabins D. decks

55. A. bookshops and libraries B. gyms and clubs C. meals and refreshments D. parks and salons

56. A. dining car B. lunch tables C. refectories D. bars

57. A. closets B. engine C. cloakrooms D. control suites

58. A. battery B. engineC. diesel D. solar

59. A. petrol B. alternative C. converter D. fuel

60. A. freight B. delivery C. postal D. courier



From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that has the same vowel sound as the one represented by the letter(s) underlined. 

  1. coin A. toy B. rod C. lord D. ride
  2. blow A. brown B. blew C. road D. now
  3. lawyer A. lawless B. lorry C. adapt D. flying
  4. decided A. bled B. hid C. skew D. hide
  5. cup A. oven B. cot C. crop D. curl
  6. pure A. sure B. you C. curse D. more
  7. how A. low B. drought C. bowl D. bought
  8. short A. but B. shoot C. spot D. jaw
  9. could A. cold B. cod C. pull D. cool
  10. sew A. dew B. go C. sane D. seer 
  11. people A. pie B. pole C. key D. pear 
  12. bar A. bat B. chat C. father D. arrow 
  13. heir A. here B. air C. ear D. hear 
  14. round A. fun B. road C. now  D. brought 
  15. ear A. heard B. cheer C. fare D. bear 


 From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that has the same consonant sound(s) as the one represented by the letter(s) underlined.

  1. water A. pewter B. wrong C. twirl D. brew. 
  2. same A. isle B. dies C. daze D. loose
  3. zero A. days B. cease C. seizure D. measure
  4. parent A. pious B. physics C. corps D. pharmacy
  5. shelf A. halves B. cough C. shell D. sheaves
  6. both A. these B. them C. theirs  D. athlete
  7. chocolate A. shock B. champagne      C. choir D. latch 
  8. bail A. talk B. folk C. calm D. fall
  9. breast A. marked B. cream C. calm     D.fall
  10. unite A. untie B. uncover C. you            D.until
  11. brain A. column B. bang C. banana      D.sing
  12. merge A. jerk B. game C. grease         D.leg 
  13. flock A. physics B. phlegm C. calf        D.block
  14. locked A. look B. dull C. take D. keep 
  15. plait A. lump B. apply C. police            D. prank 


From the words A to D, choose the word that rhymes with the given word. 

  1. Suite A. Suit B. Sweet C. Suitor                   D.Swim
  2. Punch A. Tongue B. Lunch C. Lunge D. Lung
  3. Whale A. Where B. Wail C. Whelp         D.Well
  4. Indict A. Indices B. Swear C. Verdict     D. Indite
  5. 35. Unarmed A. Unhinge B. Unharmed  C. Unmanned D. Unplug 


In the following question, the main/primary stress is indicated by writing the syllable on which it occurs in capital letters. In the words lettered A to D, choose the one that has the correct stress. 

  1. installation A. IN-stal-la-tion B. in-STAL-la-tion C. in-stal-LA-tion D. in-stal-la-TION
  2. circumstances A. CIR-cum-stan-ces B. cir-CUM-stan-ces C. cir-cum-STAN-ces D. cir-cum-stan-CES
  3. manipulate A. MA-ni-pu-late B. man-NI-pu-late C. man-ni-PU-late D. man-ni-pu-LATE
  4. apologize A. A-pol-o-gize B. a-POL-o-gize C. a-pol-O-gize D. a-pol-o-GIZE
  5. Unwillingness A. UN-wil-ling-ness B. un-WIL-ling-ness C. un-wil-LING-ness D. un-wil-ling-NESS


In the following options lettered A to D, all the words except one have the same stress pattern. Identify the one with the different stress pattern and shade your answer in the usual way 

  1. A. swindle B. sandals C. bucket          D. extreme
  2. A. convenient B. excellent C. durable D. camouflage
  3. A. accede B. conve C. dissuade           D. closure
  4. A. tradition B. affiliate C. beautiful      D. consistent
  5. 45. A. constructive B. technical.                  C. necessary D. plentiful 


The word that receives the emphatic stress is written in capital letters. From the questions lettered A to D, choose the one to which the given sentence is the appropriate answer.

  1. The man BROUGHT the newspaper. A. Did the woman bring the newspaper? B. Did the man bring a newspaper? C. Did the man bring the magazine? D. Did the man read the newspaper
  2. The woman wants MY car. A. Does the woman want my radio? B. Does the man want my car? C. Does the woman want his car? D. Does the woman need my car?
  3. The president SPOKE to the press yesterday. A. Did the minister speak to the press yesterday? B. Did the president speak to the lecturers yesterday? C. Did the president wave to the press yesterday? D. Did the president speak to the press today?
  4. Comfort prepared a DELICIOUS meal. A. Did Comfort prepare a delicious snack? B. Did Comfort prepare a tasteless meal? C. Did Jummy prepare a delicious meal? D. Did Comfort order a delicious meal?
  5. OUR Mathematics teacher has been transferred. A. Has their Mathematics teacher been transferred? B. Has our Physics teacher been transferred? C. Has our Mathematics teacher been promoted? D. Has our Mathematics supervisor been transferred?


Choose the word that contains the sound represented by the given phonetic symbol.

  1. /aɪ/ A. care B. delicate C. crate D. fears
  2. /ʌ/ A. platform B. constant C. coloured D. cautious
  3. /aʊ/ A. costume B. counsel C. badge D. aura
  4. /ɔː/ A. attribute B. wonder C. surrender D. authentic
  5.  /a:/ A. pack B. heart C. player D. alone
  6. /t/ A. tidy B. catch C. portion D. thick
  7. /iə/ A. pair B. lure C. lower D. peer
  8. /tʃ/ A. shock B. botched C. machine D. chagrin
  9. /w/ A. wrought C. awe D. know C. Wet
  10. /ð/ A. thought B. den C. their D. thank

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