2001 June | Part B – Most Appropriate Meaning

After each of the following sentences, a list of possible interpretations is given. Choose the interpretation that you consider most appropriate for each sentence.

20. Bukola has an infectious smile. This means that Bukola............

A. spreads infection when she smiles
B. has sores in her teeth
C. make others smile when she smiles
D. become infected when she smiles

21. It is cold comfort to tell a hungry man that starvation improves health. This means that telling a hungry man this is............

A. frightening
B. consoling
C. unhelpful
D. hypocritical

22. Nonso's father gave him a free hand to run the family business. This means that his father............

A. assisted him freely
B. allows him to make his own decision
C. made him sole owner of the business
D. allow him freedom of movement in the premises

23. Audu was certainly born with a silver spoon in his mouth. This means that............

A. he was born into a rich family
B. his parent gave him silver spoon when he was born
C. he was born in the age of miracle
D. his parent could not help him

24. You must be speaking with your tongue in your cheek. This means that you............

A. you must be very serious
B. must be thinking of something else
C. have food in your mouth
D. don't mean what you are saying

25. The manager hit the roof when he was presented with a huge estimate for the new project. This means that the manager............

A. became very suspicious
B. threw an object at the roof
C. became very angry
D. ordered the project to be started at once

26. Her reproaches cut him to the quick. This means that he............

A. was made to act quickly
B. was wounded
C. was deeply hurt
D. began to speak angrily

27. The girl went scot-free even though she started the fight. This means the girl was............

A. punished
B. unpunished
C. expelled from school
D. free to move about

28. This secretary's vote of thanks did not ring true. This means that the vote of thanks was............

A. full of praise
B. not audible
C. not sincere
D. well delivered

29. Mary Onyali won the race by a hair's breadth. This means that Mary won............

A. convincingly
B. narrowly
C. comfortably
D. luckily

2001 June | Part B – Most Appropriate Meaning
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2002 June | Part B – Most Appropriate Meaning

After each of the following sentences, a list of possible interpretations is given. Choose the interpretation that you consider most appropriate for each sentence.

19. Peter was on tenterhooks until the examination results were announced. This means that Peter was............

A. unhappy about the examination
B. suspended from the school
C. anxiously waiting for the results
D. detained by the police

20. The military leader blazed the trail by handling over to the civilians. This means that the leader............

A. resigned from the army
B. supported civilian ideals
C. was against the army
D. set an example

21. Life is all about “give and take”. This means that............

A. people should be willing to compromise
B. life gives and takes
C. life is about gifts
D. any gifts should be accepted

22. Jumai's life was in danger but now she has turned the corner. This means that Jumai............

A. has given up hope of recovery
B. has worsen her situation
C. is recovering
D. has died

23. It is unwise for politicians to make off-hand statements to journalists. This means that politicians............

A. should insist on their interviews being recorded
B. would be wise not to speak to journalists
C. should not make any statement to journalists
D. should be sure of whatever they say

24. The dentist told his patient that the toothache would pass off when he took some aspirin tablets. This means that............

A. the tooth will automatically drop off
B. the pains will subside
C. the pains will spread to other teeth
D. the pains would worsen

25. The students made such noise in the class that the teacher read them the Riot Act. This means that the teacher............

A. punished all the students
B. instigated the students to riot
C. warned the student to stop noise or get punished
D. read the school's rules and regulations to the students

26. When I went on leave, I asked Mr Bamson to hold the fort. This means that I asked him to............

A. defend me
B. act in my absence
C. protect my position
D. be strong in my absence

27. The senator's house is the last word in comfort. This means that the senator............

A. has the most comfortable house
B. speaks about comfort of his house
C. owns the last house on comfort Street
D. has a house that is not comfortable

28. I was given a standing ovation for my outstanding performance. This means that............

A. everyone stood up to clap for me
B. everyone stood to catch a glimpse of me
C. everyone congratulated me
D. I was asked to stand up

2002 June | Part B – Most Appropriate Meaning
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