First Term Examination Literature in English Basic 7 (JSS 1)








SECTION A – Answer all Questions

Instruction: Choose the correct option from the alternatives A-D

1. All these are characteristics of drama except _____________________.

(a) it involves dialogue

(b) it involves actions

(c) it is usually divided into acts and scenes

(d) it is usually divided into paragraphs


2. _____________________ is a poem that is used to mourn the death of a person?

(a) ode

(b) lullaby

(c) elegy

(d) epic


3. In fables, the characters are usually _____________________ or _____________________.

(a) animate or inanimate objects

(b) letters or dictionaries

© males or females

(d) prose or poetry


4. Which of these is an account of a person’s life written by him/herself.

(a) fable

(b) drama

(c) biography

(d) autobiography


5. A play that ends sadly is known as _____________________.

(a) comedy

(b) tragic-comedy

(c) computer play

(d) tragedy play



6. The figure of speech used in “you must be very clever for scoring 20% in your examination”, is _____________________.

(a) simile

(b) irony

(c) metaphor

(d) personification


7. A poem of five lines is known as _____________________.

(a) couplet

(b) triplet

(c) quatrain

(d) quintet


8. All these are forms of prose except _____________________.

(a) autobiography

(b) fable

(c) biography

(d) epistolary novel


9. The writer of a poem is called _____________________.

(a) Poet

(b) Dramatist

(c) Novelist

(d) Poemist


10. The presentation of an unpleasant thing or experience in a pleasant way is known as _____________________.

(a) hyperbole

(b) simile

(c) euphemism

(d) assonance


11. “The boy wt the bed and his belt”. The repeated ‘e’ sound in this expression is an example of _____________________.

(a) alliteration

(b) hyperbole

(c) vowel

(d) assonance


12. _____________________ Is an introductory speech before a play.

(a) epilogue

(b) diction

(c) prologue

(d) plot


13. A play is a drama, because it can be _____________________.

(a) sung on an assembly

(b) acted on a stage

© watched on your phones

(d) acted only in our homes


14. The use of facial expressions and gestures to tell a story is _____________________.

(a) tales by moonlight

(b) dance-drama

(c) super stories

(d) mime


15. Another name for ‘Hero’ is _____________________.

(a) antagonist

(b) heroine

(c) actor

(d) protagonist



16. These except one is not true about literature.

(a) Literature teaches moral values.

(b) Literature is entertaining and educative.

(c)  Literature deals only on past events.

(d) Literature can sell ideas or products.


17. A novel written in form of a letter is referred to as _____________________.

(a) informal letters

(b) epistolary novel

(c) novelist

(d) formal letters


18. A song composed to be sung to children with a view to making them sleep is known as _____________________.

(a) epic

(b) lullaby

(c) descriptive poem

(d) pastoral poem


19. _____________________ is a figure of speech that refers to the repetition of identical vowel sounds to give a particular effect.

(a) assonance

(b) alliteration

(c) simile

(d) euphemism


20. Which of these terms refer to the word choice used by writers in any literary work?

(a) diction

(b) theme

(c) plot

(d) setting


Section B: Theory

Answer any four questions


1. Briefly explain the following literary terms;

(i) setting

(ii) plot

(iii) theme

(iv) characters

(v) style


2a. What is poetry?

2b. List four characteristics of poetry.


3a. What is prose?

3b. List and explain four forms of prose.


4a. What is literature?

4b. Briefly explain the following types of literature;

(i) oral literature

(ii) historical literature

(iii) miming

(iv) dance-drama

(v) fables


5a. Who is a character?

5b. Give a detailed explanation of the following types of character;

(i) eponymous character

(ii) flat character

(iii) round character

(iv) antagonist

(v) protagonist

5c. What do we mean by the term ‘Characterization’ in drama?


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