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We have compiled complete Jamb Past Questions and Answers on English Language for you. The questions are up-to-date from 1978 to 2018. We have also provided accurate answers to help you learn fast.

JAMB Use of English comprises 100 questions that cut across different sections of English language testing such AS, comprehension, Lexis, Structure, Oral and literature.

Remember, Use of English is a compulsory subject in JAMB exam. There, every candidate will write Use of English along with three other relevant subjects. Candidates are expected to score high in JAMB to meet the admission cut off mark for their institution of choice.

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Sample JAMB Past Questions and Answers on English language


Read each passage carefully and answer the questions that follow it.

The approach to the University is being restructured to ease the flow of traffic, give better security and provide an appropriate introduction to a seat of higher learning. The Works and Services Complex is also under construction , and we intend to move into the completed {major} part of it within the next few weeks.

All these projects are being executed with an eye to aesthetics, for we recognize the important influence of a beautiful and healthy environment on its inhabitants and feel that a cluster of buildings on a small space such as we have , should be so well designed as to have a beneficial psychological and sociological effect on all members of the community.

I have gone to these lengths to itemize these examples of current development for two main reason. Firstly , to advise you that the road diversions and other physical inconveniences currently being experienced will be on the increase because of intense development activity. We therefore appeal to you to bear with us in full knowledge and consolation that such inconveniences are temporary and will soon yield final tangible results. Secondly, to demonstrate our capacity for executing approved projects with dispatch, and to assure Government that we are up to the task. Indeed, I can assure Government that its ability to disburse funds to us will be more than matched by our capacity to collect and expend them on executing various worthy projects in record time.

1. From the passage we can gather that
A. there is not muchconsideration for the health of the inhabitants.
B. there is deliberate effort to inconvenience the people
C. buildings are put up anyhow
D. projects are carried out without approval
E. the inconveniences suffered by the inhabitants will be for a while.

2. Unless it can be shown that the money voted for projects can be spent on them in good time.
A. the development activitywill not be intense.
B. it will not be easy to convince theGovernment of our executive ability
C. it will not be difficult to ask Government for funds
D. our final results will be unreliable.
E. the road diversions and other inconveniences will continue.

3. An eye to aesthetics in this passage means
A. regard for space.

B. beneficial psychological effects
C. regard for health

D. consideration for beauty
E. a cluster of buildings.

4. In this passage the author tries to explain why
A. it is necessary to establish theWorks and Services Complex in the University.
B. beauty should not be taken into consideration when building on such a small space as we have
C. the gateway to the university is being rebuilt
D. major part of the project should be completed in the next few weeks.
E. visitors should be debarred from using the gates in themeantime.

5. Which of these is NOT among the reasons given by the author for enumerating the examples of the current
A. to show that we are capable of executing approved projects.
B. to convince the Government that we can be trusted with task.
C. the inconvenience currently being experienced will go on indefinitely.
D. we are fully aware of the inconveniences being caused but we do not want you to complain.
E. we have the capacity to complete worthy projects within the scheduled time.


Is work for prisoners a privilege to save them from the demoralizing effects and misery of endless unoccupied hours? Is it something added to a prison sentence to make it harder and more unpleasant, or something, which should have a positive value as part of a system of rehabilitation?

Those magistrates who clung to sentences of hard labour doubtless looked upon strenuous work as an additional punishment. This point of view is widely accepted as right and proper, but it ignores the fact that unwillingness to work is often one of the immediate causes of criminality. To send prisoners back to the outside world, more than ever convinced that labour is an evil to be avoided, is to confirm them in their old way of life.

It has been said that the purpose of prison work in a programme of rehabilitation is twofold: training for work and training by work. The prisoner, that is to say, needs to be trained in habits of industry; but over and above this, he will gain immeasurably if it is possible to rouse in him the consciousness of self-mastery and of purpose that the completion of any worthwhile piece of work can give to the doer. He may find a pride of achievement in something more satisfying, and more socially desirable, than crime. But these things can only come when the work itself has a purpose and demands an effort.

6. According to the author, some magistrates sentence prisoners to hard labour because.
A. some prisoners are unwilling to work.
B. work is a privilege
C. prisoners need to learn a trade
D. it is an additional punishment
E. it is a means of rehabilitation.

7. Which of these is NOT the purpose ofwork in a programme of rehabilitation?
A. training the prisoners to have satisfaction in work.
B. developing in them a pride in a sense of achievement.
C. developinginthemmoresatisfaction inworkthan in crime.

D. helping themto accelerate their reformand discharge.
E. trainingthemforworkand bywork.

8. The author thinks that strenuous work in prison.
A. is a privilege for the prisoners
B. may domore harm than good
C. is part of their punishment
D. is a right and proper thing
E. should be an additional punishment.

9. What the author is trying to put across in this passage is that
A. crime does not pay
B. prisoners should bemade to work hard
C. work ismore desirable than crime
D. life in prison is one ofmisery.
E. work in prison without a purpose is bad.

10. Demoralizing in this passage means
A. deforming

B. reforming

C. agonizing

D. destructive

E. corrupting.

The Save the Children Fund (SCF) was first started in London on 19th May, 1919 by an English woman — named Miss Jebb. It is now a worldwide organization, dedicated to helping needy children everywhere. The SCF of Malawi was formed in 1953, under the patronage of His Excellency the Life President Ngawazi Dr. H. Kamuzu Banda.

‘Our job in Malawi is to give those unfortunate children the rights that they are deprived of through no fault of theirs. These are internationally recognized as the ten rights of children and include protection, care, food and accommodation, and relief’, a spokesman for the Fund explained.

One of those who benefited from the help of the Fund is Samuel Mpetechula, a graduate of Chancellor. His sponsorship started in 1967. The SCF of Malawi found him sponsors. They were Mr. and Mrs. Sutton of Australia who paid his school fees and continued to help him financially throughout his University education.

Mr. Mpetechula said, ‘They even built a house for me at home and looked after my family while I was a student. They were really helpful to me, and the thought that there were these sponsors caring for me from thousands of kilometers away from here was an encouragement for me to work hard at college’.

Another important function of the work of the SCF is in the field of nutrition. With the help of the Australian Government, the SCF established two nutrition rehabilitation centers for children; one at Mpemba and another in Mulanje. ‘The object of the centre’, explained Mr. Petre Chimbe, the Executive Secretary of the Fund, ‘is to combat malnutrition in children, by giving them the proper food.’

11. In Malawi, the ‘Save the Children Fund’ was formed
A by an English woman namedMiss Jebb in 1919
B. in 1919 under the patronage ofHis Excellency the Life PresidentNgawazi Dr. H. Kamuzu Banda
C. under the patronageof His Excellency the Life President Ngawazi Dr.H.KamuzuBanda in 1953
D. in 1953 by a group of social workers headed by Dr. Mbagunda
E. none of the above.

12. The ‘Save the Children Fund’ in Malawi helps needy children by
A. finding families which are willing to adopt the children
B. finding sponsors for the children’s education and by opening nutrition centers
C. giving loans and scholarships to students who cannot afford to continue their education
D. running institutions which give free food
E. clothing and lodging poor children without parents.

13. Samuel Mpetechula was able to graduate from Chancellor because
A. of the financial assistance given to himby his sponsors
B. his uncle paid his education fees.
C. he was able to win a scholarship to the university
D. the SCF subsidized his educational expenses
E. of the assistance given to him by the Australian Government.

In questions 14 and 15 choose the meaning which best fits the underlined phrases taken fromthe passage.

14. Combat malnutrition means
A. struggle against the easing of the wrong type of food
B. fight ill health caused by over-feeding
C. wipe out ignorance
D. fight to wipe out ill health caused by lack of food
E. fight against hunger.

15. Deprived of means
A. spared

B. prevented from getting

C. robbed of

D. unable to take.

E. snatched from.

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