Second Term Examination English Language Basic 7 (JSS 1)









INSTRUCTION: Choose the correct answer 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 get _______________ 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



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. Eligible excluded elite representatives elected corrupted  nominated well-being conscience candidates 

Democracy is a form of government in which all _______11______ citizens participate equally-either directly or through elected _______12______, in the creation of laws. The term comes from a Greek word meaning “rule of the people”. Though in ancient Greece, democratic citizenship was for the _______13______ only, and _______14______ women and slaves.

In modern democracies, political power is exercise3d indirectly through _______15______ Representatives; this is called representative democracy. How are these elected representatives chosen? Usually, they are _______16______ by the political party they belong to. Within a party, names are put forward, and party delegates choose their leaders, and their _______17______ in a primary election. This shows how the delegates casting their votes are _______18______ by greed and ambition.

It is noteworthy that neither of the political parties seem to stand for any kind of programme or policies for improving the nation’s _______19______. The character who most closely resembles an honest politician is that with a social _______20______.



 Instruction: from the options lettered A-D, choose the word that has the same vowel sound as the part underlined in each of the given word below:


21. Barge (a) badge (b) blood (c) coat (d) glass


22. Button (a) money (b) fruit (c) sixty (d) cheer


23. Suitor (a) chicken (b) profit (c) remove (d) voice


24. Seven (a) friend (b) middle (c) reach (d) sorry


25. Heard (a) country (b) more (c) word (d) marriage


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


26. / / (a) voice (b) play (c) plantain (d) here


27. / / (a) cure (b) show (c) allow (d) employ


28. / / (a) ache (b) sincere (c) wear (d) home


29. / / (a) sew (b) idea (c) allow (d) enjoy


30. / / (a) town (b) square (c) your (d) vein





 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 tidierand 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 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 I 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 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 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’?