LITERATURE IN ENGLISH FIRST TERM EXAMINATION QUESTIONS FOR SSS 2

LITERATURE IN ENGLISH FIRST TERM EXAMINATION QUESTIONS FOR SSS 2

FIRST TERM EXAMINATION 2021

SUBJECT: LITERATURE IN ENGLISH

CLASS: S.S.S.2

1. Poetry is written in _______ (a) chapters  (b) paragraphs  (c) scenes  (d) lines

2. A poem that celebrates an object, a person or event is (a) an ode  (b) a sonnet  (c) a dirge  (d) a ballad

Read the stanza and answer questions 3 – 4

For days I wept and felt depressed

The one and all I loved had left

But then on me, our bill impressed

Your love is where she looks bereft

3. The rhyme scheme is _______  (a) ab ab  (b) aaba  (c) abcc  (d) abbc

4. The lines constitute _______  (a) an epic  (b) a quatrain  (c) an ode  (d) a sestet

5. _______ is a figure of speech used to express something unpleasant in a more acceptable manner (a) metaphor  (b) paradox  (c) euphemism  (d) irony

6. The elegy (a) is for mourning  (b) celebrates the society  (c) is set in the country side (d) lures children to sleep

7. A struggle between opposing forces in a literary work is the (a) plot  (b) climax (c) denouement  (d) conflict

8. A poem with fourteen lines of rhymed iambic pentameter is (a) an epic  (b) a sonnet (c) a quatrain  (d) an octave

9. Pick the odd item from the options listed (a) euphemism  (b) oxymoron  (c) hyperbole  (d) rhythm

10. “She waited for him for a thousand years” illustrates (a) euphemism (b) hyperbole

(c) assonance  (d) ellipsis

11. A literary device that expresses meaning in its direct opposite is (a) metaphor (b) paradox  (c) parody   (d) irony

12. Pick the odd item out of the options listed (a) verse  (b) stanza  (c) rhythm  (d) dialogue

13. An individual who acts, appears, or is referred to as playing a part in a literary work is (a) clown  (b) character  (c) narrator  (d) villain

14. “A black beautiful brilliant bride” is an example of (a) alliteration (b) assonance (c) onomatopoeia  (d) pun

15. A stanza of four lines in a poem is (a) quatrain  (b) a sestet  (c) an octave  (d) an elegy

16. A question that does not require an answer is (a) discourse  (b) rhetorical  (c) ironic (d) flashback

17. The concluding part of a play where the conflict is resolved is the (a) resolution (b) enjambment  (c) denouement  (d) climax

18. A piece of writing which teaches morals is (a) didactic (b) serious  (c) playful (d) analytical

19. A piece of writing or speech at the beginning of a work of art is the (a) prologue (b) dialogue  (c) monologue  (d) epilogue

20. The hero in a work of art is _______ (a) author  (b) protagonist  (c) villain  (d) speaker

21. As chapter is to prose, so _______ is to poetry (a) couplet  (b) stanza  (c) line  (d) chorus

22. “A mountain of fufu was placed before the hungry visitors”. The figure of speech used is (a) hyperbole  (b) euphemism  (c) alliteration  (d) assonance

23. A humorous scene in a play intended to ease tension is (a) climax (b) tragic-comedy (c) comedy  (d) comic relief

24. Which of the following is not a type of play? (a) tragedy  (b) tragic flaw  (c) comedy (d) tragic-comedy

25. The attitude of an author towards the subject matter is (a) theme  (b) tone  (c) style (d) setting.

Read the extract below and answer questions 26 – 30

My heart leaps when I behold

A rainbow in the sky

So was it when my life began,

So it is now that I am a man,

So be it when I shall grow,

The child is the father of the man

26. The mood of the poem is that of _______ (a) sorrow  (b) elation  (c) anxiety  (d) sarcasm

27. The rhyme scheme of the poem is _______ (a) ab cc ac  (b) ab bc ca  (c) ab ca cc (d) ab ac bc

28. The subject of the extract is _______ (a) childishness  (b) the adverse effect of the rainbow on man  (c) the unchanging cycle of nature  (d) the adverse effects of old age

29. The literary device used in line 1 is _______ (a) simile  (b) alliteration (c) litotes (d) personification

30. The literary device used in line 6 is an example of _______ (a) synecdoche  (b) irony

(c) paradox  (d) hyperbole

 

SECTION B: THEORY

Instruction: Answer all questions in detail

1. Discuss the theme of Xenophobia in the novel “Unexpected Joy at Dawn”

2. Examine the character of Aaron Tsuru in the novel

3. Discuss the character of Lakunle in the play “The Lion and the Jewel”

4. Explain the reason Sidi refused to accept Lakunle’s marriage proposal.

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