First Term Examination English Studies and Composition for Primary 5 (Basic 5) Exam Questions








INSTRUCTION – Read the passage carefully and answer the question below. 

Good  health  is  one  the  blessings  of  God. An  unhealthy  person is  a burden  to the family, society and  country as  a  whole. To  keep ourselves  healthy, we  must  follow certain rules, We must  keep  ourselves  and  surrounding  clean. We must eat balanced diet.

 Exercise  is  also necessary  to  keep ourselves healthy  and  fit. We  should  take care  of  our  eyes and  teeth  and be  sure  to eat  foods  that are properly  cooked and  covered.



INSTRUCTION – Answer all the questions. 

a. One  of  the  blessings of  God  is  what ?

b. What  is  an unhealthy  person  to  the family ?

c. Why  must  we  keep  our  surroundings  clean ?

d. List  two  rules  to  keep  ourselves  healthy



INSTRUCTION – Choose the correct answer from the options A – C in this section. 

Fill in  the  gaps with  the  correct  answers. 

1 The  storm  ______ havoc  on  the  buildings.

[a] did

[b] wrecked

[c] made


2. Ali  goes  to  the  stadium  regularly, ______?

[a] did he

[b] didn’t  he

[c] doesn’t  he


3. It  is  ______ responsibilities to  work  after  their parents.

[a] their’s

[b] theirs’

[c] their


4. Agbo  says  he  is  not  afraid  of ______.

[a] no one

[b] nothing

[c] anybody


5. You  may  not have ______ the  last  word  on the matter.

[a] hear

[b] here

[c] heard


6. The  city  ______ as a  federal capital  only  for a  few  years.

[a] exist

[b] exists

[c] existed


7. The  poor widow  who  could  not  buy the clothes was seen here ______ wool into yarn.

[a] spin

[b] spinning

[c] spun


8. He  isn’t  coming  home ______?

[a] is  he

[b] wasn’t  he

[c] has he


9. Three  quarters  of the village  ______ killed.

[a] was

[b] is

[c] were


10. It  ______  rain  later, but  there  are  no  clouds  yet.

[a] could

[b] may

[c] cannot


11. Pupils  ______  respect  their  teachers.

[a] ought

[b] must

[c] have to


12. Always  be  polite  to  people  ______ one day  you might  need  to  be  polite to you.

[a] because

[b] will

[c] therefore


13. ______ hungry  man  is  ______ angry  man.

[a] An,  a

[b] The, an

[c] A, an


14. She  walked  into  the  room  ______ as  she  could.

[a] as  quietly

[b] as  finely

[c] as  openly


15. A  ______  of  cattle  was  crossing  the  road.

[a] flock

[b] group

[c] gangs



INSTRUCTION – Answer all the questions in this section. 

1. Underline  the  adjectives:

a. There  are  some  pink  apples on  the  plate

b. The  child  is  adorable

c. I  ate  a  tasty  meal today


2. Change   all  the  Femine  to  Masculine:

a. The  woman   helped  the  girl

b. The  lioness  and  the  tigeress  are  bold  animal

c. My  niece   is  a  young  lady.


3. What  are  these  group  nouns  used  for:

a. An  Army  ______

b. A  bouquet ______

c. A   Bunch ______


4. Match  the  words  and their  meanings:

a. Surroundings    Laws  to  be followed

b. Exercise    without  sickness

c. Rules     Everywhere  around  us

d. Healthy    workout  to  keep  fit


5. Use   have  to,  ought  to  or  must  in the gaps:

a. Pupils  ______ respect  their  teachers

b. Do  you  ______ walk  to  school  ?

c. l  ______ remember    to  phone  my  mother





Once upon a time a dog was carrying a piece of meat in his mouth. Although his home was far away, He wanted to keep the meat to eat there. He did not want to share it with anyone.

On his way home, he came to a bridge over a river. As he crossed the bridge over a river, he stopped to look down at the water flowing under the bridge. He was surprised to see another dog with piece of meat in his mouth in the water below. He did not realize that it was only his reflection.

The dog snapped at his reflection hoping to grab the piece of meat he could see. Then l will have two pieces of meat he thought. As he opened his mouth, the piece of meat fell out. lt dropped into the water below and was carried off by the river. And so, the dog had nothing to eat when he got home.



Answer these question about the passage. 

1. Where was the dog going?

2. How did he cross the river?

3. What did he see in the water beneath the bridge?

4. What did the dog have to eat when he got home?

5. What lesson do you think this story teaches us?



INSTRUCTION – Fill in the gaps with the correct answers. 

1. You better hurry up since you must get there ______ seven o’ clock.

[a] at

[b] in

[c] by


2. The dog ran ______ the thief.

[a] into

[b] over

[c] after


3. This is her ______ room.

[a] baby

[b] babies

[c] baby’s


4. Nna bought a few ______ of oranges for the picnic.

[a] plate

[b] create

[c] plant


5. l saw a ______ of stars in the sky last night.

[a] assembly

[b] group

[c] galaxy


6. The bag ______ was filled with money was mine.

[a] who

[b] which

[c] that


7. Pupils ______ respect their teachers.

[a] have to

[b] ought to

[c] must


8. Do not distract the driver ______ he is driving.

[a] after

[b] while

[c] when


9. He goes to football practice ______ school.

[a] after

[b] until

[c] during


10. She felt sad ______ her dog died.

[a] when

[b] lf

[c] unless


11. You ______ look, left and right before crossing the road.

[a] will

[b] should

[c] could


12. She walked into the room ______ as she could.

[a] as quietly

[b] as finely

[c] as openly


13. Alaba works ______ than Adamu.

[a] more carefully

[b] more careful

[c] most careful


14. She ______ up very early everyday.

[a] wakes

[b] wake

[c] wake down


15. My mother ______ a cake every Sunday.

[a] bake

[b] bakes

[c] baked



INSTRUCTION – Answer all the questions in this section. 

1. Replace the underlined words with a suitable adverb:

a. The dancers dance with grace: ______

b. My brothers go to south east Asia once a year: ______

c. The lady took care of the baby with love: ______

d. She ran out of the room all of a sudden: ______


2. Change these active voice to passive voice:

a. The girl washes the clothes; ______

b. The girl is washing the cloth; ______

c. They will send her to the clinic; ______

d. Tolu was sweeping the floor; ______


3. Choose from the words that is most appropriate in the box for each gaps below:

a. My pet cat gave birth to a ______ of kitten yesterday.

b. He learnt to hunt from a ______ of natives who lived in the jungle.

c. A ______ of people gathered to watch the magic show

d. They jumped into the pool to escape from a ______ of bees.


4. Complete these sentences using Who, Which or that:

a. The bag ______ was filled with money was mine.

b. Where is the money ______ your mother gave you?

c. The man ______ drove the car was excited.

d. Mrs Okolie ______ is a new teacher at our school taught us a greeting rhyme.


5. Use have to, ought to or must in the gaps:

a. Pupils ______ respect their teachers.

b. Do you ______ walk to school?

c. l ______ remember to phone my mother.

d. Do you ______ get to school on time.


6. Change each of these indirect to (reported) speeches to direct speech:
a. The Boy said that he had lost his pen ______.

b. Kehinde said that birds can fly ______.

c. Halimah says that she lives in a bungalow ______.

d. The student said that she was reading ______.


INSTRUCTION – Write a composition on anyone of the following:

1. Write a composition about your friend or write a letter to your uncle, telling him you will like to spend your christmas holiday with him.

2. Write an invitation letter to your friend inviting him / her to your school carol party.

3. Write a composition about your best friend.

4. Write a composition about your school.