Exam Questions – Second Term Examination English Language for JSS 3 (Basic 8)









Instruction: Fill the gaps with the most suitable word from the options A – D. 

1. I saw different types of ________________ in the shop.

(a) ladys shoes

(b) lady shoes

(c) ladies’ shoes

(d) ladie’s shoes


2. The passive form of the sentence ‘The man nearly killed the snake’ is ________________.

(a) the man was nearly killed by the snake

(b) the snake had been killed by the man

(c) the snake had been nearly killed by the man

(d) the snake was nearly killed by the man


3. If John had succeeded in the venture, he ________________ become a millionaire.

(a) would have

(b) will have

(c) should have

(d) shall have


4. These girls are the ________________ daughters.

(a) commander-in-chiefs

(b) commander’s –in-chiefs

(c) commanders-in-chief

(d) commanders-in-chiefs


5. To ________________ do you wish to speak?

(a) which

(b) who

(c) whose

(d) whom


6. John and ________________ are friends.

(a) me

(b) I

(c) us

(d) we


7. Neither of the girls ________________ present last night.

(a) is



(b) are

(c) were

(d) was


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8. Before the assembly teacher arrived, the students ________________ three songs.

(a) have sang

(b) have sung

(c) has sung

(d) had sung


9. My father has bought a ________________.

(a) brand new red car

(b) brand red new car

(c) red new brand car

(d) new brand red car


10. All the ________________ are holding an emergency meeting now.

(a) Boards of Directors

(b) Board of Director

(c) Board of Directors

(d) Boards of Director


From the options A-D, choose the one that correctly interprets the underlined expression in the sentences below:

11. The masquerades appear once in a blue moon. This means the masquerades appear.

(a) when the moon is blue

(b) whenever a special request is made

(c) once in a month

(d) on very rare occasions.


12. In order to avoid unnecessary troubles, remember to do in Rome as the Romans do.

(a) learn the customs of the Romans

(b) imitate the Romans in your country

(c) live among the Romans

(d) observe the conventions of the society in which you find yourself.


13. The old woman kicked the bucket yesterday.

(a) kicked the pail angrily

(b) fainted

(c) removed the bucket

(d) died


14. Tunde told a cock and bull story.

(a) an incredible story



(b) a story dealing with a cock and a bull

(c) an interesting story

(d) a love story


15. James and Martha lived a cat – and – dog life.

(a) a life full of quarrels

(b) a happy life

(c) a life devoted to the care of cats and dogs

(d) like affectionate brother and sister


INSTRUCTION: choose from the words above to fill the numbered gaps in the passage.

Members potential malaria crisis improve relationship unhealthy significant order.

The Nigerian inter-religious council (NIREC) came into being in ________16________ to help deal with the ________17________ recurring crises that are often attributed to religion. The council is made up of the Sultan of Sokoto who is the Head of muslims in Nigeria and the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria as co ________18________, with well respected Christian and muslim religious and traditional leaders as Chairmen. They meet often and rotate their meetings in different parts of the country and try dousing tension where ________19________ occur. This body has the ….20…….. to inspire a new kind of ________21________ between moslems and Christians. The establishment of the Nigerian Inter-Faith action association against ________22________ NIFAAM is a ________23________ step by both religions to ________24________ the lives of Nigerians.


Instruction: choose among the four options, the word that has the same vowel or consonant sound as the word written in capital letters.

25. BEST (a) need (b) first (c) late (d) friend

26. MOON (a) look (b) poor (c) fun (d) cool



27. BADGE (a) bag (b) get (c) job (d) fade

28. SEES (a) gaze (b) eats (c) shoe (d) send

29. HOPE (a) hat (b) hour (c) rash (d) brought

30. HIDE (a) wild (b) hit (c) waist (d) bruise






Instruction: Read the following passage and answer all the questions (number 1-5) that follow.

During the days of tribal war and slave trade, tribal marks were a necessary means of identification because people frequently got lost or got mixed up. Those without tribal marks who were sold as slaves, usually found it difficult to recognize one another, even when they were from the same family or from the same town. This prompted the elders to come up with the idea of giving tribal marks to people of their families.


In other areas, tribal marks were associated with being a member of a royal family. In such communities, any heir to the throne needed to have the royal family’s tribal mark. Tribal marks were also used as an expression of beauty. It is not uncommon, even now, to see people , women in particular, with different types of tribal marks ,similar to modern day tattoos on various parts of their bodies.


Laudable as these reasons were for making tribal marks in the past, modernization and civilization seem to have eclipsed the age-old tradition. Instead of the wide acceptance it received in the past, today it attracts unreserved condemnation and criticism, even among those who have the marks.


Condemning the practice, one woman, Abimbola, said “marks have move from being a sign of beauty to serving as an object of ridicule. The marks give me out everywhere I go. I have discovered that I am most the odd one out in a large gathering and that makes me feel ashamed. Right here in my place of trading, people hardly call me by my name or by the name of what I sell; instead, they call me Owala, as if that is the name my parents gave me”.



1. In earlier times, why was having tribal marks important?

2. According to the writer, what are the three reasons for having tribal marks?

3. What is the prevailing attitude towards the practice of making tribal marks today?



4. How does the speaker in the last paragraph feel about tribal marks?

5. for each of the following words, find another word that means the same and can replace it as used in the passage.

(i) a necessary

(ii) prompted

(iii) laudable

(iv) eclipsed

(v) ridicule



1a. Fix the correct rhyme scheme of the poem written below:

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky


b. List and explain the three features of folktale.

c. Enumerate five uses of capital letter.


2. indicate the type of pronoun used in each sentence; interrogative, reflexive, relative, demonstrative or possessive.

(i) Who is that? ________________.

(ii) Those are the books I was looking for ________________

(iii) The pen is mine ________________.

(iv) The Head Teacher addressed the pupils herself ________________.

(v) The man whom I borrowed the money came ________________.





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

I. Write a composition on: “The causes of road accidents on Nigerian roads.



II. There has been a continuous discussion on the evil of unemployment; write a letter to the Commissioner for labour, highlighting at least three of these evils and ways of addressing them.