FIRST TERM EXAMINATION Mallam Musa had a very large herd of cattle.

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Part A: Comprehension Instruction: Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.




Mallam Musa had a very large herd of cattle. He lived in a small mud house. All other people in his village lived in grass house. He had more money than any other person in, and around the village. He had four wives and many children. One bad thing about Mallam Musa was that he did not relate with his neighbours. His wives and children were not living with him in the village. His cows were his companions. He went out in the morning with the cows and came back with them in the evening. He showed no concern about the problems of other people. One day, something bad happened to him. Some hungry wolves and hyenas came into his ranch and began to attack his cattle. Mallam Musa tried his best to send these wild animals away but they were too powerful for him. He became totally helpless and began to shout for help. His neighbours heard him as he was shouting but they refused to come out. A few people who came out were only shouting with him. They did not lift any hand to help him. The wolves and the hyenas were snarling at and biting the cattle. They killed about twenty, and injured some of them. Mallam Musa wept. The villagers laughed at him. After the hungry animals had left, the villagers came to sympathize with Mallam Musa. It was not a true expression of sympathy. It was a sympathy of mockery. Mallam Musa realized his mistakes. He blamed himself at the end. He said to himself, “Now I have learnt my lesson. It’s good to relate well with neighbours. One good turn deserves another”.



1.)  Who was Mallam Musa?


2.)  Which animals attacked his cattle? ____________________________


3.)  What was the bad thing about Mallam Musa?


4.)  Did he have neighbours at all? ______________________________



5.)  How did he treat his neighbours?


6.)  Mallam musa’s cattle were more important to him than his neighbours. Is this true? ____________________________________


7.)  What bad thing happened to him? ____________________________


8.)  How did his neighbours react to his problem?


9.)  Did mallam Musa realize his mistake?


10.)                     Do you think Mallam Musa will change?



Part B: Grammar


Fill in the blanks with the correct adverbs from the brackets.


11.)                     She spoke to her mother ____________. (a) rude (b) ruder                        (c) rudely


12.)                     We studied very __________ for our final exam. (a) hard                (b) harder (c) hardly


13.)                     He came to school _________ than I did today. (a) early                  (b) earlier (c) earlyes


14.)                     The soldiers fought ____________ in the war. (a) bravery                  (b) bravely (c) brave


15.)                     The little girl is playing __________ in her room. (a) quiet                      (b) quieter (c) quietly  



Instruction: Choose the best answer from the options given.


16. I need to make some tea. There isn’t ________ left in the pot.                        (a) much (b) many (c) a little (d) a few


17.) What is the name of the _________ member of your family? (a) old           (b) older (c) oldest (d) most oldest


18.) Of the four girls, she is the _______________. (a) intelligent                               (b) more intelligent (c) most intelligent (d) most intelligently


19.) Seeing a ghost can be quite a ___________ experience. (a) terror                     (b) terrify (c) terrifying (d) terrified


20.) I ‘m still hungry. May I have some __________ rice, please? (a) few (b) many (c) more (d) much  


Part C: English Composition  


Write a letter of apology to your teacher for your unruly behaviour and promise not to do that again.        

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