Exam Questions – Second Term Examination English Language for JSS 1 (Basic 7)










Choose the correct answers from the alternatives A – D. 

1. My sister ________________ not enjoy farm work.

(a) do

(b) have

(c) does

(d) was


2. He wanted to teach them French, so he ________________ them.

(a) Thought

(b) caught

(c) taught

(d) teaches


3. I always ________________ well with my sister.

(a) Off

(b) in

(c) of

(d) on


4. Joseph usually comes to school ________________.

(a) in car

(b) by car

(c) with car

(d) inside a car


5. Plastic is made ________________ oil.

(a) from

(b) out of

(c) with

(d) by


6. My father has bought us tickets already. We ________________ have the best seats in the stadium.

(a) do

(b) does



(c) should

(d) shall


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7. That dog belongs to Hannah; it is ________________.

(a) his

(b) she’s

(c) mine

(d) hers


8. She hit the ball few hours ago. The verb underlined is in the ________________ tense.

(a) past continuous

(b) future

(c) present

(d) past


9. The young boy is ________________ of fever.

(a) dying

(b) dieing

(c) dead

(d) died


10. Mary is the ________________ of the two girls.

(a) prettier

(b) prettiest

(c) pretty

(d) more pretty


Choose from the choice of words below, the word that is most suitable to fill the numbered blanks in the passage.

patients diagnosed delivered pharmacy examined maternity

pain killer stethoscope admitted prescribed thermometer complained pulse rate

I was at Victory hospital yesterday to visit my elder sister. She was ________11________ to the hospital’s ________12________ ward. She had been pregnant for more than eight months and ready to be ________13________ of her first baby. A nurse held her wrist to measure her ________14________. The nurse put a ________15________ in her armpit to measure the temperature; then the Doctor arrived.


He wore a white coat and had a ________16________ around his neck. He asked my sister some questions and ________17________ her body. A lung infection was ________18________. So the Doctor ________19________. An antibiotic to take care of the infection since she ________20________ of headache.


 Choose the word that has the right sound in their pronunciation.

21. / / (a) yam (b) shoe (c) feet (d) rice


22. / / (a) cup (b) tea (c) do (d) ring


23. / / (a) merry (b) bird (c) fault (d) tall


24. / / (a) till (b) sheet (c) pain (d) keg


25. / / (a) cow (b) pot (c) height (d) mouth




Instruction: Read the following passage and answer the questions below:

When I was a boy, we had three houses, which were quite far apart. At the cattle post, our home was just a rough shelter of poles, grass and branches. There wasn’t a straight line in it. There was a thorn fence around it. My brothers and I stayed there when we looked after the cattle. It didn’t look much like a home, but we managed to keep comfortable in it.


 Our second home was at the ‘lands’. I remember it was much tidier and neater than our village home. Perhaps this was because my sisters spent quite a lot of time there. They stayed there when they were ploughing, planting or harvesting the crops. Lastly, we had our home in the village, along with all our neighbours. The family gathered there during the cold season.


 Between the walls and the roof, there was a gap. A ring of vertical poles outside the house supported the roof. Branches were tied to the top of the poles in a horizontal ring. These supported the roof, which was made of grass and more branches. This house stood in a courtyard along with several other similar buildings. We loved this house. It is cool in summer, because the wind could blow between the walls and the roof; but it was warm in the cold season, especially when we lit a small fire.


 But that was not often. Mama usually insisted on lighting the fire outside. She said it was safer; it was too dangerous to light it inside the house. When was twelve, my father built a new village house. This one was rectangular in shape. I remember my sister Sentle cried when she first saw it; ‘I want my round house!she cried. But my mother explained that the new house was better, because the furniture fitted inside it better. The foundations were made of cement, and the walls were made of bricks. We had a strong new door, painted bright blue, and two windows with glass in them. There were several rooms inside the house. I remember that when the house was first built, we still had a thatched roof, with a metal cone on the top. But later, father replaced the thatch with a corrugated iron. He said it was more water-tight than the thatch. At first, I much preferred the old roof. The new roof made our house very hot during the day; and when it rained at night, it made a loud noise and kept us awake. But father insisted on keeping the new roof. ‘We must move with the time!’ he said. He was right. We found that when it rained, the water ran down the roof and filled our water tank.



1. Where was the first house Teboyo mentioned?

2. Where was the second home?

3. Whatever the season, Teboyo loved this house. Can you say why?

4. Why did Teboyo’s father buy a corrugated iron roof? Suggest two reasons.

5. What did Teboyo’s father mean by the words, ‘we must move with the times’?

6. Where did the family live in the village house?

7. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the house described in paragraph three to five?




Answer all questions in this section.

1. Change the verbs in bracket into the past tense forms.

I. The lorry hit the tree while it (travel) at 60 miles an hour.

II. We (live) in England when the election began.

III. The two young women got the train while it (move)

IV. While we (have) supper, all the lights went out.



V. This time yesterday, she (has) an English lesson.

VI. My mother and I (walk) home when the rain began.

VII. I came into the room when Mary (play) the piano.

VIII. It (rain) very heavily, when I passed the house the next day.

IX. While the man (look) in the shop window, the thief picked his pocket.

X. The farmers (dig) up the cassava when a snake bit one of them.


2. Change the adjectives in the underlined phrases into single-word adverbs.

a. My sister arrived home in a safe manner.

b. The students acted in a reasonable manner.

c. I advised Aishat to behave herself in a proper manner.

d. The students were reading in a quiet manner.

e. Mahmud talked to the class captain in a rude manner.


3. Write the correct adverbial for the underlined words in the following; Adverbial of frequency, adverbial of reason, adverbial of place, adverbial of time, adverbial of means, adverbial of manner and adverbial of purpose.

I. Our class had English three times a week last year.

II. Ade plucked twelve ripe mangoes with a sickle.

III. The motor-cyclist had punctured tyres because the cars were so tightly parked close to them.

IV. The audience listened in complete silence to the singer/

V. A battalion of soldiers is being sent to Chad.



VI. Men can make good meals from rice, yams, meat and plantains.

VII. You ought to write your exercise in this book.

VIII. The missing newspaper was found on the dining table.

IX. Mother often prepare hot porridge for breakfast.

X. I’ll be visiting my aunty during the winter to attend her wedding ceremony.




Instruction: Choose and write on any one of the following in not less than 250 words.

1. Write an expository essay on The Impact of HIV/AIDS in the society.


2. Write a letter to the school authority requesting for the provision of a school library.


3. Write a folk tale on how an Ostrich had a long neck or how Tortoise had a rough shell.