2004 ANSWERED Questions – Comprehension

2004 - Comprehension Passage 1

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

Once, in the world of animals, there was a great famine and the animals were dying. For about three months, Tortoise and his family had eaten very little. Tortoise’s body rattled in his empty shell as he walked. One day as he thought of a way to get food, his throat began to itch.

He would go to the next village where he had heard there was still some food. He would steal some for himself and his family. He took the bush path and arrived at the village after sunset. The people were preparing their meals and the smell made his mouth water.

How would he get this food? Not far away from him was the village playground where there was a big hollow log leaning against a tree. This log was the drum used to summon the villagers for very important announcements. When he reached the tree, he decided to climb it so that he could see the village better. Unfortunately, as he was climbing, he fell because he was very weak and hungry. His shell hit the drum, sending out a loud ‘kpom! kpom!’ noise.

When they heard this noise, the villagers ran to the playground, believing they had been called, thereby leaving the food cooking in their homes.

Very quickly, Tortoise disappeared into nearby bush and ran to the village. He filled his empty shell with as much food as he could carry and returned home.

1. There was famine means that..........

A. all the animals died
B. food was scarce
B. there were no farmers
C. food was not sold

Answer: B

2. Which of the following statements is true?

A. Tortoise had not eaten for three months.
B. The villagers gave food to tortoise
C. Tortoise got food from his own farm
D. Tortoise stole the villagers’ food


3. Tortoise arrived at the nearby village..........

A. at sunset
B. in the night
C. at dawn
D. in the afternoon


4. The villagers went to playground because..........

A. they wanted to find out who made the noise.
B. they wanted to hear an announcement
C. Tortoise had fallen
D. the drum had fallen


5. The villagers did not see Tortoise at the playground because he..........

A. ate fast
B. hid in the drum
C. stole their food
D. hid in the bush


2004 - Comprehension Passage 2

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

In the centre of the town, the clock chimed two o’ clock. In an abandoned house on the outskirts of the town, an owl hooted as if to signal to Sergeant Abora and Abaidoo to wake up from slumber.

They had patrolled the town for hours and were heavy with sleep. The night was very dark and so cold that in spite of his overcoat, the Sergeant’s teeth were chattering. He was about to speak when he heard a faint sound down the road that road led the town.

Abaidoo also picked the sound. Both listened attentively and realized that a late traveler was coming up the road. They took cover behind two opposing trees. As he reached where Abaidoo was hiding, the traveler stumbled over what looked like the root of a tree.

Then constable Abaidoo quickly flashed his torchlight and bawled out, ‘Stop or I shoot!’ Abora’s gun was also held in readiness. The traveler who carried a heavy load on his left shoulder panicked, dropping his cutlass in the process.

'Who are you? Where are you from?
What’s in your bag? Speak out or I shoot!
We’ve got you at last!’ Abora exclaimed.

Trembling with fear and stammering for words the traveler gave his name as Nsiah. He was returning from Fosa with a bag of plantain and cassava. But his cutlass and bag, both dripping with blood, gave him away. After a search, the police found a human head and triumphantly marched him to the police station.

6. Abora’s teeth chattered because..........

A. he had a toothache
B. the night was cold
C. he wore a clock
D. the owl hooted


7. From the beginning the police knew where the traveler was when..........

A. he made a noise
B. the blood dripped
C. he stammered
D. the torchlight flashed


8. Sergeant Abora and Corporal Abaidoo hid themselves in order to..........

A. keep warm
B. avoid being seen
C. load their guns
D. have some sleep


9. The police arrested the late traveler..........

A. behind the trees
B. near the police station
C. in the centre of the town
D. near the town


10. ‘...gave him away’ in the passage means..........

A. frightened him
B. warned him
C. exposed him
D. disgraced him


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2001 ANSWERED Questions – Comprehension

Comprehension Passage 1

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

There stood an enormous tree in the centre of the town. Its big branches and dense foliage gave shelter in all weather and so it had become a natural meeting place. Benches round the base of its huge trunk so that the elders of the town might sit in comfort and gossip or talk about serious affairs of the town. This particular morning, three old men were resting on one of the benches. They had chosen the side which overlooks the road entering the town. From there they could see the market, the lorry park and the main street.

As they watched, a large bus drove into the lorry park. It was surrounded immediately by a jostling crowd. Those who wished to travel hurried forward and food sellers rushed from all sides struggling to sell their wares. In the general uproar which followed, new passengers tried to get into the bus, whilst those who had reached their destination tried to alight. Others who were not willing to risk losing their seats stood blocking the doorway or leaned out of the bus windows as they bargained with the food sellers.

1. According to the passage the elders sit under the tree to..........

A. travel outside
B. buy and sell
C. discuss matters
D. drink palm wine

Answer: C

2. Which of the following could the old men not see from where they sat?

A. the benches
B. the market
C. the lorry
D. the main street


3. Uproar in the passage means

A. fight
B. movement
C. selling
D. confusion


4. Some people in the bus tried to alight because they wanted to..........

A. buy things
B. gossip
C. rest
D. go home


5. Some of the passengers blocked the way because they..........

A. did not like the food sellers
B. did not want to lose their seats
C. wanted to stop the new passengers
D. wanted to see the old men


Comprehension Passage 2

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

As I stood by a street in Accra that late afternoon watching people rushing home from work, I felt very safe. My sense of security came from the fact that Ghanaians are generally kind and hospitable people, particularly to strangers. Although I had just arrived from my village, I was a Ghanaian and in my own capital I should not fear anything.

Just then, I felt a firm grip on my arm from behind. I did not feel threatened; rather I was relieved. I thought an old schoolmate must have spotted me, James Cudjoe, and decided to play our old game on me. How welcome! The good old days are here again.

I turned to look at the fellow in the face but the more I turned to my left the faster he moved to my right as he tightened his grip on my wrist watch. Suddenly he let go of my arm and bolted. I saw him varnish into the thick crowd. Certainly, this was not how to welcome a friend. People of the city are surely very strange!

Totally confused, I made my way towards the lorry park to leave for my brother's house. In the gathering darkness, I tried to find out what time it was. To my utter surprise, I discovered that my wrist watch was gone. The rascal had made away with it. It was hardly new, not even expensive, yet the rogue found it worth stealing.

6. The writer thought he was safe in Accra because..........

A. he saw people rushing home from work
B. he had just arrived from his village.
C. Ghanaians would welcome him.
D. Ghanaians are famous for their kindness.

Answer: D

7. Spotted in the passage means

A. looked at
B. recognized
C. marked
D. pointed at


8. The writer turned to his left because he wanted to..........

A. see the person behind
B. keep his wrist watch safe
C. welcome his old friend
D. play with his schoolmate.


9. According to the passage, the fellow grabbed Cudjoe’s arm because..........

A. he wanted to embrace
B. they were mates
C. he wanted to steal the watch
D. they stood together


10. Rogue in the passage refers to..........

A. a worker
B. the schoolmate
C. the thief
D. a citizen


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

A. People in Accra are strange
B. People in Accra are classmate
C. There are thieves in Accra
D. Workers in Accra return home in the evening.