2001 June | Part B – Most Nearly Opposite

In each of the following sentences, there is a word or group of words underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A to D. Choose the one that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word or group of words and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentence.

1. The leader of the delegation was commended for the manner in which he handled the matter, while their hosts were............

A. applauded
B. praised
C. criticized
D. sanctioned

2. Musa is very frugal, whereas his friend Audu is............

A. misery
B. thrifty
C. precocious
D. extravagant

3, Taiwo's flamboyance and Kehinde's............ often keep people wondering if they are really twins.

A. modesty
B. arrogance
C. timidity
D. pretension

4. People enjoy stories with............ settings rather than those with far-fetched background

A. practical
B. realistic
C. artificial
D. undefined

5. We were asked to reach a compromise and not start another............

A. accusation
B. concession
C. controversy
D. issue

6. He was promoted for his efficiency, while his colleague was demoted for............

A. ability
B. lateness
C. incompetence
D. capability

7. Oken's business is flourishing while his father's is............

A. declining
B. progressing
C. withering
D. vanishing

8. You should be............ so as not to be caught unawares.

A. serious
B. sober
C. ready
D. alert

9. The manager who was sacked last month has been............

A. retired
B. suspended
C. reinstated
D. promoted

10. The school authorities expected the contributions to be............ rather than compulsory.

A. willful
B. voluntary
C. deliberate
D. outright

2001 June | Part B – Most Nearly Opposite
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2002 June | Part B – Most Nearly Opposite

In each of the following sentences, there is a word or group of words underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A to D. Choose the one that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word or group of words and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentence.

1. The workers expected management to be............ rather than indifferent to their welfare.

A. different from
B. interested in
C. opposed to
D. careful of

2. Words spoken in the heat of an argument could offend rather than............

A. pacify
B. amuse
C. inspire
D. irritate

3. Although they have declared the student a suspect, he may turn out to be............

A. culpable
B. innocent
C. safe
D. ignorant

4. Some outspoken social critics live a............ family life.

A. reserved
B. happy
C. boisterous
D. still

5. While the manager was prudent in his expenditure, his deputy was............

A. miserly
B. careful
C. thorough
D. extravagant

6. The cultured and the............ are known by their conduct.

A. barbaric
B. ignorant
C. clean
D. lazy

7. Many Africans now live in abject poverty instead of enjoying the............ of their country.

A. comfort
B. greatness
C. possessions
D. affluence

8. Tunde seldom asks questions in class and was............ very careful when he did.

A. hardly
B. sometimes
C. often
D. never

2002 June | Part B – Most Nearly Opposite
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