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Tutorial Questions for English Language-SSS1


1.  Write a story to illustrate that ''The Love of Money is the Root of all Evil in Nigeria''
2.  Write a letter to your friend in another country describing how the last gubernatorial  election was conducted in your state. Discuss with him the circumstances surrounding the victory of the present Governor.
3.            Write an article to the Editor for publication in the National Magazine titled ''The Importance of tourism to a Developing Nation''

4.            Write a letter to the Minister of Education in Nigeria on the poor state of schools in your area and its effects on the performance of students.

Answer all the questions in this section.
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions on it.

     As I watched Musa step out of the plane, I concluded that diligence, intelligence and luck had turned Musa from the rustic pauper of thirty years earlier to a highly successful professional. Here was a village boy of yesteryear, an orphan from early life, cheated out of his heritage by his half brothers and uncles whose actions forced him to fend for himself. So, how did he become an ternationally acclaimed computer wizard?
When his well-to-do father died three years  after his mother, he had just gained admission to a fee-paying secondary school. Had his parents lived, that would not have been a problem. But his closest relatives were more interested in sharing assets than handling liabilities. They shared the three buildings in the city, as well as several cocoa plantations with hundreds of  oil palms. None considered it right to take on the care of the poor boy.

Left in the lurch, he clung on to a classmate who had longed to work in the city as a petty clerk. They moved to the city. Both were engaged by a big-time retailer in all sorts of goods, which he gave out to the boys to hawk on the busy roads. There were no salaries: all they had were commissions from each day s sales. Musa and his friend could be out in the streets from 6.00a.m till almost midnight. That way, they were able to keep body and soul together.
But Musa soon decided that his returns could cater for a little more than that. His yearning for education still very keen, he cut short his daily schedules at 4 .p.m to attend  an evening school organized by some secondary school teachers. And he made very rapid progress.
Often, after classes, he would return to the streets. He never fared worse than any of the other learners, most of whom attended classes after normal school. In time, he sat for and passed all his school certificate papers with flying colours.
 Indeed his results were among the best in the country. An oil company which had a policy of sponsoring the university education of the best students in the various disciplines awarded him a scholarship. Thus, his university education in computer science was fully sponsored. Eventually, he emerged as the best graduate in the university. The training made him a top 3-D computer programmer in Engineering and Architectural designs.
  So, as he stepped out of the plane, returning from one of his several international conferences, I could not but reach the conclusion I had made earlier.

[a] Where was the writer when he arrived at the conclusion with which he opened the passage?
[b] What tragedy had beset Musa early in life?
[c] What worsened Musa s plight?
[d] How did Musa solve the problem of acquiring secondary education?
[e] What element of luck contributed to Musa s success?
[f]    keep body and soul together
       [i] What does it mean?
[g]    who had longed to work in the city 
       [i] What is the grammatical name given to this expression as it is used in the passage?
       [ii] What is its function?
[h] For each of the following words or phrase, find another word or phrase which means the same and which can replace it as it is used in the passage:
        [i] fend for;
        [ii] considered;
        [iii] engaged;
        [iv] yearning;
        [v] eventually.

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions on it.

              In the midst of change, the problem of the teacher is how to maintain the old pattern of life we know and at the same time, to be capable of preparing the children to deal with the emerging new ones facing them.
              There is the demand on him to teach what even parents, however educated, might not be aware of. The influence of the mass media; television, radio, ideas to children. These are visible in many homes, and even in the remotest villages, news of the world floats about in many languages.
             The school is then expected to help children to be able to evaluate the news and apply the knowledge gained intelligently. It is also expected to change the lives of the individual child and help him for an integrated and consistent self. This obviously is not an easy talk for the child and the teacher. The pace of change in life is fast and he has changed the educational needs of the teacher himself. He has to modify his own values in order to be able to socialize the children for change. The implication is that the school, in addition to upholding the values of the home, is also expected to introduce new attitudes and ideas.The teacher then faces the danger of creating competition between the school and the home. The teacher is lucky if he comes from the same socio-economic group; for many parents become worried that the teacher may  unteach  certain patterns learned at home. The teacher has to assume the role of an  expert  who knows better than the parents if he is to play the role well.

A. In TWO SENTENCES, summarise the duties of the school to the child.

B. In THREE SENTENCES, for each, summarise three reasons why the job of the teacher is not an easy one.

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