English Language 2021 Past Questions | JAMB

Study the following English Language past questions and answers for JAMBWAEC  NECO and Post-JAMB. Get prepared with official past questions and answers for upcoming examinations.

Read the passages below and answer the questions that follow:

 Everyone is tired or fatigued at some time. The major cycle in your life is work, fatigue and rest in that order. Fatigue is characteristic of your body. It does not occur in a man-made machine which operates as long as its parts are intact and it has fuel. But your body, a living machine, has a definite limitation – its work continues, it gradually loses its responsiveness, becomes less irritable, turns out less work and finally may not respond at all. The feeling of fatigue usually expresses itself in three ways: first, there is a feeling of tiredness and a marked desire for rest. Second, efficiency is greatly reduced. Third, there may be definite physiological changes in your body, low blood pressure, loss of muscle tone, tremors, and poor muscular coordination, and in other ways. Fatigue, however, may express itself in many ways for there are many different forms of it. The fatigue of a student. for example, who has worked all evening on a difficult lesson, is different from that of a labourer who has worked all day at a back-breaking task, or that of a business executive who worries with the stress and strain of organisation.

  1. A suitable title for the passage is 
  • A. Knowing fatigue
  • B. Fatigue
  • C. Tiredness and fatigue
  • D. Body machine

2. According to the passage, the worst stage of fatigue is

  • A. feeling of tiredness
  • B. poor muscular coordination
  • C. reduced efficiency
  • D. desire for rest

3. It can be inferred from the passage that

  • A. every task can eventually result in fatigue
  • B. only difficult lessons lead to fatigue
  • C. a labourer must work all day before expressing fatigue
  • D. rest is needed only when you experience fatigue

4. It is advisable that one should rest once

  • A. there is a feeling of tiredness
  • B. there is no longer interest in the task
  • C. there is onset of physiological changes in the body
  • D. the task becomes difficult

5. definite limitation used to describe the human body in the passage means that

  • A. the body cannot be made to work continuously like a machine
  • B. the body should only perform simple tasks
  • C. body parts must be limited
  • D. the body is equal to man-made machines.


It is normal in Nigeria to use proficiency in the use of English language as a barometer for evaluating the height of any person’s educational attainment. Today, many teachers resort quite often to the use of vernacular in the teaching of their subjects. One is often dismayed at the incompetence of many teachers, even graduates in the use of English language. Throughout the colonial period, up to 1960, Nigerian formal education was patterned after the English system. The “accent” was on English and an educated Nigerian was one who was only African in colour but English in thought and culture. The ability to speak English fluently and if possible with an Oxford accent was the hallmark of excellence even if the speaker was empty of thought and ideas. In those days it was a serious offence for a secondary school boy or girl to “laugh in the vernacular”. But we now swung to the other extreme. Nigeria would say they are not English people, some would say they did not specialise in English in the university. But the country has adopted the English language as its official, the language of instruction at schools, parliamentary proceedings, conduct of official business and indeed the lingua franca. If the language is to continue to be used,  then it is imperative that we all agree on the pattern of correctness in the language so that communication can be effective.

6. suitable title for the passage is 

  • A. English language
  • B. Trends in Nigerian Education
  • C. Teaching and Learning English
  • D. Importance of English

7. Which of the following is not true according to the passage?

  • A. the competence level in the use of English has fallen greatly
  • B. what used to be in the past could be considered extreme
  • C. the writer is advocating for the use of indigenous language for teaching and learning
  • D. English language is the official language in Nigeria

8.  During the colonial period, according to the passage, an educated Nigerian was one who

A. has travelled to Oxford

  • B. is English in thought and culture
  • C. looks African in colour
  • D. has the English accent

9.  From the passage, it is evident that

  • A. we need to agree on the pattern of correctness in the use of English language
  • B. fluency in English leads to empty thought and ideas
  • C. Nigerians would say they are not English people because they hate the language
  • D. Every undergraduate needs to specialise in English.

10. Considering it a serious offence to “laugh in vernacular” as indicated in the passage, can be viewed as 

  • A. normal
  • B. extreme
  • C. correctness
  • D. proper

In the passage below, the numbered gaps (11-20) indicate missing words. From the options lettered A- E the most appropriate option.

The head of the -11- is called the queen bee. She is -12-than the rest of the bees. Her main task in the colony is to lay eggs. Most of the other bees are the -13- bees. These bees collect nectar and -14- from flowers. The nectar that is carried by the worker bees is deposited on the hive and then -15- into honey. The worker bees also help to look after the young bees. As soon as they are -16-, the worker bees feed the young bees with pollen and nectar. The third type of bee found in the colony is the -17- or male bee. The main task of such a bee is to -18- with a new queen. The queen bee has a life span of about three years. During this period, she would have -19- more than half a million eggs. When the queen bee is dying, a new queen would be groomed. This new queen will eventually take over the duties of the old queen when the -20- dies.

11. In question number 11 above choose the best option from letters A- E that best complete the gap

  • A. house
  • B. colony
  • C. settlement
  • D. abode
  • E. habitat

12. In question number 12 above choose the best option from letters A- E that best complete the gap

  • A. larger
  • B. enormous
  • C. thicker
  • D. older
  • E. wiser

13. In question number 13 above choose the best option from letters A- E that best complete the gap

  • A. servant
  • B. maid
  • C. workers
  • D. errand
  • E. worker

14. In question number 14 above choose the best option from letters A- E that best complete the gap

  • A. fruits
  • B. seed
  • C. pollen
  • D. grains
  • E. leaves

15. In question number 15 above choose the best option from letters A- E that best complete the gap

  • A. filtered
  • B. converted
  • C. refined
  • D. cooked
  • E. baked

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