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MOCK UTME 2015 (CBT) Use of English Past Questions & Answers

Below is the Mock 2015 (CBT) past questions and answers for Use of English. This past questions were used in so many Nigerian Universities for the pre-CBT exam preparation for students. Your ability to understand this Mock Test  past question will really give you an head start towards the real CBT exams. 

COMPREHENSION: Read the passages below carefully and answer the questions that follow.
MOCK UTME 2015 (CBT)  Use of English Past Questions & Answers

In recent times, women in Nigeria have been seeking greater independence and recognition. No longer content with their traditional roles as housewives and mothers, the women have joined together to create a kind of Women Liberation Movement, first under the umbrella of WRAPA, an acronym for Women’s Rights and Privileges Agency, and later under several other bodies including non-governmental agencies like Women in Nigeria (WIN), Association of Northern Women in Science and Technology (ANWIST) and Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  A whole federal ministry called Ministry for Women Affairs has been established since 1995 for the development and advancement of Nigerian Women towards what they call ‘gender equality’.
Through all these bodies, Nigerian women hope to acquire the freedom to pursue interests outside the home, like the opportunity to acquire an education or pursue a career, instead of spending all the time doing housework.
The effects of the changes brought about by these bodies are already being felt in some families. For instance, the traditional husband-wife relationship appears to be undergoing a radical transformation, because so many women are now working, men are learning to share the household tasks of cooking, cleaning and even caring for the children. In some families, there appears to be a complete reversal of the traditional roles: the husband stays at home while the wife earns the family’s income. It should be pointed out, however, that this is the exception, not the rule.
The effects of women’s liberation are being felt not only in the home but also on the job. More and more women are working and they are demanding equal responsible positions. It is not uncommon these days for a woman to head major government ministries and parastatals. Many businesses now encourage women to advance to high management positions and every year, the nation’s higher institutions produce more women doctors, lawyers and accountants.
Politics and government are other areas that are feeling the impact of the women’s movement. Although Nigerians do not appear ready to accept a woman president, women are already being elected to public offices in increasing numbers as senators and members of national and state assemblies. Although, Nigeria is yet to have a woman governor, which is the highest office in a state, there have been a few women deputy governors and house speakers. A few years ago, this would have been unthinkable.
In conclusion, women in Nigeria are acquiring greater independence which is causing sweeping changes in the society, at home, at work and in politics. Some men may not be happy with these changes but the women are always quick to point out that it was they, the men, who created the conditions leading to the reaction of the women.

1.         One argument in support of women’s liberation is that it……
A.        compels men to take over the tasks of cooking, cleaning and other household chores
B.         encourages Nigerian women to take out a living independently of the men.
C.         it does not enable women to attain higher positions
D.        brings improvement at home, at work and in politics

2. Which of the following captures the vision of the writer on the future of Nigerian women?
A.        It is possible for Nigerian women to attain equal status with men
B.         Nigerians will never accept a woman president for their country.
C.         Nigerian higher institutions can produce more women doctors, lawyers and accountants than men
D.        If the present trend is not checked, Nigerian women will take over the roles of the men

3.         The expression, causing sweeping changes, as used in the passages, means………
A.        producing far-reaching effects
            B.         cleaning up the Nigerian society
            C.         improving husband-wife relationship
            D.        resulting in unpalatable consequences.

4.         From the last paragraph, it can be concluded that…..
            A.    the liberation movement is women’s reaction to men’s actions
            B.    Nigerian men are opposed to women liberation movement
            C.    the effects of women’s liberation are felt only at home and at work
            D.    the women liberation movement has brought untold hardship on many Nigerian men.

5.         Which of the following statements is true according to the passage?
            A.    The quest for women’s liberation appears to be making progress in Nigeria.
            B.    The Nigerian society is free from all forms of discrimination against women.
            C.    Women in Nigeria have now established a ministry called Ministry of Women Affairs.
            D.    The majority of Nigerian women have taken over men’s traditional roles.

            One of the most potent elements in body language is eye behaviour. You shift your eye, meet another person’s gaze or fail to meet it – and produce an effect out of all proportions to the trifling muscular effort you have made. When two people look searchingly into each other’s eyes, emotions are heightened and the relationship tipped toward greater intimacy.
            In normal conversation, each eye contact lasts only about a second before one or both individuals look away. Because the longer meeting of the eyes is rare, it is weighed with significance when it happens and can generate a special kind of human-to-human awareness. Most of the time, a lingering look is interpreted as a sign of attraction and this should be scrupulously avoided except in appropriate circumstances. A young woman once complained “That man makes me so uncomfortable, half the time when I glance at him he’s already looking at me, and he keeps right on looking”.
            Proper street behaviour requires a balance of attention and intention. You are supposed to look at a passer-by just enough to show that you are aware of his presence. If you look too little, you appear haughty or futile; too much and you are inquisitive. Usually what happens is that people eye each other until they are about eight feet apart, at which point both cast down their eyes.
            Much of eye behaviour is so subtle that we react to it only on intuitive level. This has been demonstrated in elaborate experiments. Subjects sit and talk in the psychologist’s laboratory, innocent of the fact that their eye behaviour is being observed from behind a one-way vision screen. In one fairly typical experiment, subjects were induced to cheat while performing a task, then were interviewed and observed. It was found that those who had cheated met the interviewer’s eyes less often than was normal, an indication that ‘shifty eyes’ can actually be a tip-off to an attempt to deceive.
            However, none of the facts of eye behaviour are cut and dried, for there are variations between individuals. People use their eyes differently and spend different amounts of time looking at others. Besides, no pattern of eye behaviour is precisely predictable in any normal conversation.

Adapted from McQuade (1969), Thinking in Writing, p.167

6.         Which of the following can be concluded from the opening paragraph?
            A.    Eye behaviour is one of the non-verbal ways of communication
            B.    People are always offended by searching eye contact
            C.    The effects of eye contact are always overwhelming 
            D.    Eye movement is the most potent means of expressing intimacy

7.         From the expression “proper street behaviour requires a balance of attention and intention”, it can be concluded that….
            A.    when intimate groups meet in the streets, eye contact is usually longer.
            B.    there is a balance between those with longer eye contact and      those with   shorter eye contact.
            C.    before walking the streets one must balance one’s shifty eyes.
            D.    even among strangers, attitudes and purposes can be deduced from eye behaviour.

8.         The reason given for the non-finality of research results on eye contact is……
            A. that research findings on eye contact have not been subjected to further empirical tests.
            B.    that some subjects cheat during experiments, thus invalidating research findings.
            C.    lack of uniformity in eye behaviour and the variability of contact situation
            D.    lack of concord and foresight among psychologists who carry out research on eye movement.

9.         From the findings of the research described in the passage, one can reason that….   
A.     guilty people make less frequent gazes during interrogation
B.     innocent people maintain longer eye contact than the guilty ones
C.     a feeling of guilt is occasioned by ‘shifty eyes’
D.     ‘shifty eyes’ are equally induced by innocence and guilt.

10.       The young woman in the passage was uncomfortable because……
A.     the man’s short and sharp gazes would tip the relationship toward greater intimacy

B.     strangers who made the man’s type of eye contact were likely to be dangerous
C.     she was allergic to eye contact
D.     the man appeared to be showing interest in her by his prolonged eye contact

The passage below has gaps numbered 11 to 20. Immediately following each gap, four options are provided. Choose the most appropriate option for each gap.

A prepared speech is not easy to deliver, especially if it is not written by the presenter. A………...11…………..{A. manuscript B. quantum C. free 
D. document} delivery is one in which the speech has been written out word for word and is read to…………12…………. {A. a congregation  B. a gathering  C. an audience D. a conference}. This kind of delivery is usually reserved for every……...….13………….{A. genuine  B. formal   C. guaranteed D. impromptu} occasion when exact wording is………..14………..{A. speculative  B. reportive  C. critical  D. conclusive}, such as the State of the Union Address or speeches before the United Nations   General…….……..15……….
{A. Organization  B. Assembly  C. Audience D. Negotiation}. The primary advantage is that the speech may be highly…………16…………..{A. advanced B. discreet  C. polished D. analogous} in terms of word choice, turns of phrase and development of ideas. The main disadvantage is that this type of delivery is difficult to do well. Reading aloud with meaningful …………17………{A. profuse  B. vocal C. anticipating   D. bifocal} inflection requires the speaker to be very familiar with the text. If not, the words will come out in a choppy, expressionless way. Such poor delivery could destroy any……..…18……………{A. decisive  B. interactive  C. restrictive  D. positive} effects created by the carefully chosen……………19…………..{A. slang B. language  C. rhetoric D. dialect}. Lack of familiarity with the….………20………… {A. note  B. context C. text  D. exchange} could also prevent the speaker from maintaining eye contact with the people being addressed.

In questions 21 – 25, choose the most appropriate stress pattern from the options. The stressed syllables are written in capital letters.

21.       Valedictory         A. valeDICtory   B. valedicTORY  C. VAledictory
                              D. vaLEdictory
22.       examination  A. Examination  B. exaMInation  C. examiNAtion
                           D. examinaTION.
23.       eternity  A. eTERnity   B. eterNIty  C. Eternity   D. eterniTY
24.       comfortable  A. comFORtable    B. COMfortable  C. comforTAble
                                       D. comfortaBLE
25.       responsible   A. REsponsible   B. responSIble   C. responsiBLE
                                      D. reSPONsible

In each of questions 26-30, the word in capital letters has the emphatic stress. Choose the option to which the given sentence relates.

26.       The MASTER is always right. 
A. Is the master always right?  B. Is the master always wrong? 
C. When is the master right?    D. Is the slave always right?

27.       Okon finished the task YESTERDAY.    A. Who finished the task?  
B. When did Okon finished the task? C. Did Okon abandon the task?  D. Did Okon begin the work in the afternoon?

28.       Williams LOVES Toyota cars.     A. Who loves Toyota cars?
            B. What brand of car does William love?
            C. Does William hate Toyota cars?    D. Does William love bicycles?

29.       The cat DEVOURED the rat.   A. Did the rat devour the cat?
            B. What devoured the rat?   C.  Is this the rat that the cat devoured?
            D. Did the cat pet the rat?
30.       Udom loves WHITE shirts.   A.  Does Ubong love white shirts?
            B. Does Udom hate white shirts?  
C. Does Udom love white caps?
            D. Does Udom love black shirts?

In each of Questions 31-40, select the option that best explains the information conveyed in the sentence.

31.       Emem wished she had started school early.
A. Emem started school early. 
B. Emem regretted having started school early
            C. Emem regretted not having started school early
            D. Emem could have started school early if she had wished.

32.       Whoever would have thought that he would lose the presidential elections?                             A. Everyone believed that he would lose the election
            B. It was commonly believed that he would win the election
            C. He was supposed to lose the election
            D. No one believed that he would win the election.

33.       You could have heard the sound if you weren’t asleep.
            A. you were not asleep as you heard the sound.
            B. You were asleep so you did not hear the sound
            C. You heard the sound though you were asleep.
            D. You did not hear the sound though you were not asleep.

34.       The stadium had a capacity crowd in spite of the weather.
            A. The weather favoured the crowd at the stadium.
            B. The crowd defied the weather to fill the stadium.
            C. The stadium was not filled because of the weather
            D. The crowd loved the weather at the stadium.

35.       The Conference is biennial.
            A. The conference is held twice every year
            B. The Conference is held twice in two years
            C. The conference is held once every other year
            D. The conference lasts for two years.

36.       Only two ministers survived the recent cabinet reshuffle.
            A. In the recent changes in government, all but two ministers were sacked.
            B.  In the recent changes in government, only two ministers were  sacked.
            C. In the recent changes in government, all but two ministers remained alive.
D.In the recent changes in government, all but two ministers retained their posts.

37.       A state of mutual hatred existed for years between the two villages of Onna and Ibeno.   A. Onna hated Ibeno  
B. Ibeno hated Onna.
            C. Onna and Ibeno hated themselves
            D. Onna and Ibeno hated each other.

38.       The painting in the museum was beautifully faked.
            A. The painting was well-framed and displayed
            B. The painting was deceptively decorated in the museum.
            C. The painting was carefully hung in the museum.
            D. The painting was a good deceptive replica.

39.       Bassey: Do you mind if I sit down here?
            Itoro: Well, yes I do actually
A.     Itoro is reluctantly granting the request
B.     Itoro is willingly accepting the request
C.     Itoro is certainly rejecting after granting the request
D.     Itoro is objecting to the request.

40.       Hundreds of used items will go under the hammer during the weekend. 
            A. Unserviceable goods will be publicly destroyed at the weekend.
            B. Impounded household items will be sold to the public before weekend
            C. Damaged items will be sold next weekend
            D. Many old items will be auctioned this weekend.

In questions 41 to 50, choose the word(s) or phrase(s) which best fill(s) the gap(s).

41.       When I met Ukpono yesterday it was the first time I ……….him for six months.  A. had seen  B. saw  C. have been   D. have been seeing

42.       A student’s natural ability should be a …………….factor in his choosing a course of study at the university.  A. determined  B. determining
            C. determinant   D. Determinate.

43.       Many unrelated issues were touched upon in the……………of the discussion.                           A. cause   B. course   C. coarse   D. curse

44.       The traveler had to run…………… order to ……………the train
            A. first/catch  B. fast/cash   C. fast/catch   D. first/cash

45.       When the driver lost control of his vehicle the pedestrians began to run for …………                 A. their dear lives   B. their dear life 
            C. dear lives           D. dear life.

46.       Sociologists are concerned with the problem of man in…………..
            A. a society   B. the society   C. society   D. some society

47.       The contractors were short………….cash even before the project was completed.                     A. in     B. for     C. with   D. of.

48.       One of the rioters who…………..arrested yesterday …………released.
            A. was/had been   B. were /have been   C. was/have been    D. were /has been.

49.       He regarded the betrayal of his friend as a stab………on the bank.
            A. on     B. at    C. in   D. from

50.       He was not a very…………..student when I first met him but the years……………….……his character ultimately.                                                                             A. mature/mature     B. matured/mature   C. mature/matured    D. matured/matured.

1.    D            26.  D            51.  D            76.  A
2.    A            27.  B            52.  B            77.  A
3.    A            28.  C            53.  C            78.  B
4.    A            29.  D            54.  A            79.  A
5.    A            30.  D            55.  C            80.  B
6.    A            31.  C            56.  C            81.  D    
7.    D            32.  B            57.  A            82.  B
8.    C            33.  B            58.  B            83.  A
9.    B            34.  B            59.  B            84.  C
10.  D            35.  C            60.  D            85.  B
11.  A            36.  A            61.  B            86.  C
12.  C            37.  D            62.  A            87.  C
13.  B            38.  D            63.  C            88.  A
14.  C            39.  A            64.  B            89.  A
15.  B            40.  D            65.  B            90.  C
16.  C            41.  B            66.  C            91.  D
17.  B            42.  B            67.  D            92.  A
18.  D            43.  B            68.  B            93.  D
19.  B            44.  C            69.  C            94.  D
20.  C            45.  A            70.  B            95.  C
21.  A            46.  B            71.  A            96.  B
22.  C            47.  D            72.  C            97.  A
23.  A            48.  A            73.  A            98.  C
24.  B            49.  C            74.  C            99.  D
25.  D            50.  D            75.  A            100. B

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