JAMB UTME PAST QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON ENGLISH

JAMB 2020 UTME PAST QUESTION( ENGLISH)

Jamb past questions and answers on english

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1.. ‘An old goldsmith worked on his dying art’ means that the

A. goldsmith’s trade was no longer popular

B. goldsmith was old and might soon die

C. goldsmith knew well the art of dyeing

D. goldsmith now used copper filings.

2. Which of the following titles BEST reflects the content

of the passage?

A. Amarket scene

B. Trading in themarket

C. An African market scene

D. An African shopping centre.

3. Which of the following statements BEST illustrates the

impression the writer has created about the market?

A. An old, timeless and scantily populated place

B. Aplace people come to for business or pleasure

C. An old, crowded and discarded place

D. A place for all types of wares and laughter.

4. Which of the following groups of items may be found

for sale in the market?

A. Motor-car tyres, eggs and gold trinkets

B. Eggs, sandals and gold trinkets

C. Country cloth, gold trinkets and sandals

D. Country cloth, copper trinkets and eggs.

5. Our government is making determined efforts to eradicate

illiteracy.

A. compulsory

 B. ineffective

C. innocent

 D. unreliable.

6. Makerere University has a large intake of students

each year.

A. rejection B. product C. output D. turn-out.

7. Florence flogged the girl reluctantly.

A. eagerly B. calmly C. furiously D. laboriously

8. Sola’s car is badlydamaged; he has to look for an expert

mechanic to fix it.

A.uneducated B. amateurish C. awkward D.unscientific.

9.. Coastal plains are often very densely populated.

A. weakly B. badly C. rarely D. sparsely

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10. Wilfredwas a mindless criminal.

A. strong B. mindful C. feeling D. memorable.

11. The judge blamed the plaintiff for misleading the court.

A. defendant B. complainant C. accused D. prosecution.

12. The thieves vandalized the vault’s lock.

A. repaired B. arranged C. serviced D. actuated

13. The senator had the habit of setting the cat among the

pigeons whenever matters concerning his constituency

came up for debate

A. illuminating issues that are not clear

B. monopolizing the discussion

C. making frequent interruptions in the nature of

points of correction

D. introducing elements of controversy and confusion

14. Adah has not been regular at lectures because she has

been off colour.

A. gloomy B. trying to hider her bleached skin

C. slightly sick D. upset

15. When the man lost his two sons in a motor accident, he

cracked up.

A. became broken-hearted

B. became inconsolable

C. became slightly daranged

D. became temperamental

16. The news of his performance in the sessional

examination has made Okechukwu crestfallen.

A. highly irritable B. dejected C. elated D. pompous

17. The man rebuked his son severely, but his words seem

to have cut no ice.

A. been unconvincing

B. had no effect

C. not cooled the boy’s temper

D. added insult to injury

18. The urban environment tends to form the nucleus of a

common dialect

A. setting B. respository C. cell D. core

19. I shall be with you presently

A. now B. in a moment

C. at present D. for the time being

20. The builder’s taste reflected superflous grandeur

A. excellent B. superlative C. expensiveD. too much

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21. The child’s recent training has not been very effective,

he is likely to…to his old habits.

A. revert B. convert C. reverse D. revise

22. The students went on whispering in …of the teacher.

A. dishonour B. disagreement

C. defiance D. disobedience

23. You can never find Okwu; he is a very…person.

A. delusive B. elusive C. illusive D. disceptive

24. You could see that:Akpan did not give theevidence …

A. honestly completely

B. complete honestly

C. honest completely

D. completely honestly

25. The suspect defrauded his …victims of large sums of

money.

A. unsuspected B. unsuspecting

C. unexpecting D. unexpected

26. The…of the participating countries will hold a preconference

on the eve of the conference.

A. Auditor Generals B. Auditor General

C. AuditorsGeneral D. Auditors Generals

27. The drummers struck their drums with great efforts, and

the surging crowds of dancers… the grounds around

the palace.

A. strutted/thumped B. kicked/stamped

C. thumped/licked D. stroke/thumped

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28. The chairman’s laughter was with no…to ridicule the

applicant.

A. intention B. intend C. intendment D. intent

29. The water is not good for drinking; it’s been…. by the

dead rabbit.

A. contaminated B. infested C. spoilt D. diseased

30. The austerity of the times has made people to be more

… in their spending

A. watchful B. circumspect C.miserly D. hesitant

31. Are you sure he prefers a horse ride…a walk?

A. than to take B. to taking C. instead of take D. than

32. … to your request, we have decided to provide the

necessary information

A.Asregards B.With regards C.Withregard D.Regarding

33. The price of everything seems to have…up in the last

fewmonths.

A. climbed B. shot C. risen D. flared

34. Just to convince you about my commitment to the project.

I shall…at theoffice beforeI leavefor Kanotomorrow.

A. put up an appearance B. put in an appearance

C. put up appearance D. put an appearance

35. There was a … of steps.

A. stair B. height C. flight D. climb.

36. Many young men of nowadays do not know how to

properly…. their clothes.

A. press B. iron C. smoothen D. stretch.

37. The dancers were all in…before their departure.

A. good spirits B. good spirit C. high spirit D. high spirits

38. Ebun…the edge of the cliff after his shoes had failed to

grip.

A. fell down B. fell off C. fell away D. fell from.

39. That old lady prefers…bread…clothes

A. to bake/than making B. to bake/to making

C.baking/tomaking D. baking/than to make

40. I wonder how much …

A. cost these earrings

B. do these earrings cost

C. are these earrings costing

D. these earrings cost.

41. The college authorities have … the students to end the

strike.

A. called for B. called on C. called D. called at.

42. I have been trying to locate you …

A. since five days B. five days now

C. since five days now D. for five days.

43. The host insisted on…what he called ‘a little gift.’

A. me to accept B. me accepting

C. my accepting D. my acceptance.

44. The whole class looked forward to … Kainji Dam at

Christmas.

A. visiting B. visit C. be visiting D. a visit

45. A government spokesman announced that efforts…the

release of the hostages are continuing.

A. to obtain B. in obtaining C. for obtaining

D. of obtaining

46. I know you think I’m talking nonsense, Shehu, but …

you’ll realize that I was right.

A. at one time B. on time C. in time D. at times

47. The Inspector of Education who made several trips on

the bad roads returned yesterday completely…by fever.

A. brought down B. put down

C. worn down D. worn off

48. The vice principal asked the students to always …their

answers only from the textbooks recommended for the

course.

A. look out B. search out C. look up D. bring up.

49. I know that your friend will not accept the proposal …

A. and you neither B. and neither you

C.neither do you D. neither will you.

50. Mark is a very handsome fellow who informs me that he

has…for pretty girls.

A. a heart B. a lip C. an eye D. a check.

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