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Q1
James and Henry were at daggers drawn when I knew them. This means that they
A
were always angry with each other.
B
always wore daggers.
C
were good at drawing daggers.
D
were fighting everybody.
E
Q2
My book has become dog-eared through use. This means that
A
the corners of the pages of my book are crumpled.
B
my book is designed like dog's ears.
C
my book is torn.
D
my book is indispensable.
E
Q3
Musa does not believe that there is poverty in Africa; he is a dyed-in-the- wood capitalist. This means that
A
a kind capitalist.
B
a thoughtful capitalist.
C
an old capitalist.
D
an unbending capitalist.
E
Q4
Whenever my cousin comes to realize I am telling the truth, she will eat humble pie. This means that my cousin will
A
respect me.
B
hat herself.
C
apologize.
D
be ashamed.
E
Q5
I had dinner with Tony and Nick and they talked shop the whole time. This means that talked
A
about buying things from the shop.
B
about their job.
C
all the time.
D
about taking me to the shop.
E
Q6
His decision to reconcile with his former agent paid off. This means that the reconcilation
A
yielded positive results.
B
cost him a lot of money.
C
was successful.
D
caused him some trouble.
E
Q7
The beauty of Bimpe's garden shows that she has green fingers. This means that Bimpe
A
always paints her fingers green.
B
is good at growing plants.
C
turns everything she touches to green.
D
likes keeping green object.
E
Q8
I would have visited you but for my father's ill health. This means that my
A
father's ill health would have made me to visit you.
B
father's ill health prevented me from visiting you.
C
father threatened to fall ill if I visited you.
D
father did not fall ill, so I couldn't visit you.
E
Q9
Her husband's death has forced her to tighten her belt. This means that she has
A
become more economical.
B
adjusted her belt.
C
become very aggressive.
D
become very greedy.
E
Q10
Some candidates take examination in their stride. This means that they
A
prepare hard for them.
B
do not worry about them.
C
find them insurmountable.
D
are familiar with them.
E
Q11
The accused was caught red-handed by the police. This means that the accused was
A
made to wear red gloves.
B
thought to be in danger.
C
found in the very act.
D
found covered with blood.
E
Q12
The greatest problem of the leader is that he can see no further than his nose. This means that the leader
A
lacks foresight.
B
has bad sight.
C
is easily deceived.
D
has no self confidence.
E
Q13
He left the country to avoid loss of face. This means that he left the country to
A
make his fortune somewhere else.
B
seek revenge.
C
seek refuge.
D
avoid being publicly humiliated.
E
Q14
John was really angry with Janet but she seems to have taken the matter very much to heart. This means that Janet
A
does not like him
B
is very upset about the matter.
C
has taken the matter very lightly.
D
has had a serious talk with him.
E
Q15
His driving made my head hair stand on end. This means that his driving was
A
delightful
B
frightening
C
interesting
D
exciting
E
Q16
When the riot broke out in school, only the principal kept his head. This means that only the principal
A
was not injured
B
held his head high
C
remained calm
D
hid himself
E
Q17
Grace failed Mathematics last year but she has promised to turn over a new leaf this year. This means that this year Grace will
A
be more vigilant
B
work harder
C
cling to her books
D
examine both sides of a leaf
E
Q18
The woman supported her husband through thick and thin. This means that she supported her husband.
A
in both good and bad health.
B
when he was fat and when he got thin.
C
whether he was behaving well or badly.
D
in both good and bad circumstances.
E
Q19
Jumia thinks she is always right but I am determined to catch her out. This means that I am determine to
A
arrest her
B
confront her
C
prove that she can make a mistake
D
make her agree that I am right
E
Q20
The preacher advised those who lost their property in the fire disaster not to lose hope as every cloud has a silver lining. This means that
A
there is a good side in all misfortunes.
B
when there is life there is hope.
C
to lose is a common occurrence.
D
everybody must encounter misfortunes in life.
E
Q21
When Joe was threatened with suspension he made a clean breast of his offence. This means that Joe
A
ran away.
B
made friends with the other offenders.
C
told the whole truth.
D
pleaded innocence.
E
Q22
When Eunice was discharged from hospital she was a shadow of her former self. This means that she
A
looked like a shadow.
B
was withdrawn.
C
had changed a little.
D
was thin and weak.
E
Q23
Chinwe can be stubborn yet I have a soft spot for her. This means that I
A
am fond of Chinwe even though she is stubborn.
B
alone know how to control Chinwe.
C
dislike Chinwe for stubbornness.
D
have a cure for her stubbornness.
E
Q24
The principal is high - handed with his staff. This means that the principal
A
respects his staff highly.
B
is very friendly and easy - going with his staff.
C
shakes hands with his staff frequently.
D
uses his authority over his staff sternly.
E
Q25
The loan was taken on a gentleman's agreement. This means that
A
there was no documentation of the loan.
B
two men witnessed the loan.
C
the loan was granted.
D
the loan was not to be repaid.
E
Q26
Constructing the road along the coast was difficult but the men had already broken the back of the work before the rains. This means that they had
A
completed the preparations.
B
completed the most difficult part of it.
C
completed it altogether.
D
broken the road.
E
Q27
Whenever Nkoyo finds herself at a loose end, she goes visiting people. This means that Nkoyo goes visiting people whenever she
A
is happy.
B
feels worried and confused.
C
has nothing to occupy her.
D
has no visitors.
E
Q28
Kola will get the job because his father will surely pull strings for him. This means that his father will
A
give him useful information.
B
remove some of his difficulties.
C
influence the right people.
D
attract attention towards him.
E
Q29
To give a bronze medal to the athlete who was deliberately intercepted on the track was cold comfort. This means that the bronze medal was
A
acceptable to him.
B
too cold.
C
not adequate compensation.
D
rejected by him.
E
Q30
The students planned to confront the principal with their grievances but as they got closer to his office, they developed cold feet. This means that
A
they could no longer walk.
B
they lost courage.
C
they lost interest.
D
their feet became numb.
E
Q31
Now that Michael has become rich, Nancy has begun to make much of him. This means that Nancy
A
now values Michael
B
now gets a lot of money from Michael
C
only recently married Michael
D
no longer wants to leave Michael.
E
Q32
We wanted to arrive early so we decided to leave by 10 o'clock at the latest. This means that
A
must leave at 10 o'clock exactly.
B
should not leave later than 10 o'clock.
C
should not leave before 10 o'clock.
D
must leave about 10 o'clock.
E
Q33
My brother's drunkenness often got on my nerves. This means that my brother's drunkenness
A
disgraced him
B
made him ill
C
made me angry
D
offended me.
E
Q34
The governments has decided to freeze students grants. This means that the government intends to
A
reduce grants meant for student.
B
resume paying grants to students.
C
make students repay the grants.
D
stop paying grants to students.
E
Q35
The first time Paul met Ngozi, her beauty caught his eye. This means that
A
Ngozi admired Paul
B
Paul recognized Ngozi
C
Ngozi attracted Paul
D
Paul surprised Ngozi
E
Q36
Mr. Juma kept his class on the toes so that they might not fail the examination. This means that Mr. Juma made his pupils
A
work very hard to pass.
B
keep standing in class.
C
prepare for the examination.
D
eager to take examination
E
Q37
The President did everything he could not to lose face with parliament. This means that the President tried to
A
retain his government's popularity.
B
continue looking very attractive.
C
win the respect of the people.
D
gain more seats in the next elections.
E
Q38
Drought, for the fist time, brought the poor farmers face-to-face with famine. This means that the farmers had never
A
expected meet hungry people.
B
thought the season would be dry.
C
prepared for famine.
D
experienced hunger in their lives.
E
Q39
You can be sure that Sule will hold his own in this dispute. This means that Sule will
A
claim victory in the case.
B
insist that he owns the property.
C
maintain that his opinion is right.
D
prove that he won the argument.
E
Q40
The captain must have been really ill to ask the coach not to include him in the team. This means that the
A
captain demanded not be excluded by the coach.
B
coach would not have dropped the captain.
C
coach had decided to exclude the captain.
D
captain requested to be dropped from the team.
E
Q41
It's obvious that John set little store by our friendship. This means that John
A
does not value our friendship
B
does not remember our friendship
C
thinks we've been friends for too long.
D
thinks it's easy to make friends.
E
Q42
The general wondered whether the new recruits were equal to the task ahead. This means that the general wasn't sure the new recruits
A
were sufficient in number
B
were old enough
C
had enough experience
D
could do the job
E
Q43
Not a single number of the board put in a good word for him. This means that
A
all the members criticized him.
B
none of the members said anything favourable about him.
C
some of the members disliked him.
D
none of the members spoke kindly to him.
E
Q44
Joe is very down to earth . This means that joe is
A
a good farmer.
B
rather short.
C
practical and sensible.
D
rough and dirty.
E
Q45
Mary kept her fingers crossed about hearing from john. This means that Mary
A
had her fingers crossed all day long.
B
waited to see John.
C
hoped that John would contact her.
D
refuse to write to John.
E
Q46
Researches leave no stone unturned in their quest for solutions. This means that researchers
A
overturn everything
B
do everything possible
C
disturb everybody
D
need a lot for help
E
Q47
Ebrima's stepmother keeps his nose to the grindstone. This means that Ebrima's stepmother
A
makes Ebrima brings things all the time.
B
makes Ebrima work all the time.
C
keeps her hand in his nose.
D
forces him to grind stones.
E
Q48
Most people usually steer a middle course in all they do. This means that most people
A
travel quite slowly.
B
work very hard.
C
live and do things moderately.
D
do not drive very fast.
E
Q49
She delivered her speech without turning her hair. This means that she delivered her speech without
A
any emotion.
B
combing her hair.
C
nodding.
D
looking up.
E
Q50
Although wrestling is popular, it is not my cup of tea. This means that wrestling
A
is rough.
B
is a primitive game.
C
does not interest me.
D
is not lucrative.
E
Q51
Ladies and gentlemen, the worst may be over, but we are not out of the words yet. This means that we are
A
still in the forest.
B
not yet ready to celeberate our success.
C
likely to ecounter more difficulties.
D
not sure of ourselves.
E
Q52
When I leave this country it will be for good. This means that I will
A
never come back.
B
leave for better conditions elsewhere.
C
become an adventurer.
D
improve my ways.
E
Q53
When she confronted her husband, he hung his head and didn't answer her questions. This means that he was
A
defiant
B
ashamed and embarrassed.
C
caught unawares.
D
angry with her.
E
Q54
All our plans fell through at the last moment. This means that we
A
were exposed.
B
delayed.
C
were abandoned.
D
failed.
E
Q55
The police knew that the suspect was not being straight with them. This means that the suspect was
A
not telling the truth.
B
not friendly.
C
afraid
D
timid.
E
Q56
After his prison experience, Etim decided to go straight. This means that he decided to
A
hold his head up and walk with defiance.
B
change his religion.
C
live an honest life.
D
stop using drugs.
E
Q57
The teacher spoke with his tongue in his cheek when he said that lazy Ade was the best pupil. This means that the teacher
A
did not mean what he said .
B
was disappointed.
C
was angry.
D
tried to encourage Ade.
E
Q58
They did not know what to expect and so decided to play it by ear. This means that they decided to
A
listen attentively to everyone.
B
act according to circumtances.
C
pretend to be deaf.
D
prepare for the worst.
E
Q59
Ojo decided that the best course of action was to play along with them for the time being. This means that he decided to
A
join their team temporarily.
B
entertain them for a while.
C
pretend to agree with them.
D
be playful with them.
E
Q60
The conference was attended by people from all walks of life. This means that the conference was attended by people
A
of all races.
B
who had travelled widely.
C
from all professions.
D
from different
E
parts of the world.