Mock Examination Literature in English SS 3









 Answer all the questions.

INSTUCTION: Choose the correct answers from the alternatives.


1. _________________ is a novel that dwells on the growth and development from childhood to maturity.

(a) Fables

(b) Bildungsroman

(c) Gothic novel

(d) Mẹta fiction


2. Which one of these drama is written by Frank Ogodo?

(a) The blood of a stranger

(b) faceless

(c) harvest of corruption.

(d) The Lion and the Jewel


3. Who was the Chief Justice that presided over the trial of Bigger Thomas and pronounced the death sentence on him?

(a) Mrs Rawlson

(b) Mr Britten

(c) Deputy Coroner

(d) Justice Aluin .C. Hanley


4. ‘Cowards die many times before their death’. The major literary device in the preceding sentence is _________________.

(a) paradox

(b) sarcasm

(c) antithesis

(d) metonymns


5. The word ‘paved streets’ in the poem, The Anvil and the Hammer’ is a metaphor for _________________ in Africa.

(a) good and evil

(b) economic activities

(c) civilization

(d) institutions


6. A group of four successive lines in poetry which rhyme with one another is known as _________________.

(a) meter

(b) imagery

(c) quatrain

(d) couplet


7. At what age did Poison run away from home to hit the street?

(a) Ten

(b) Eighteen

(c) seven

(d) Eight


8. How old was Maa Tsuru when she was impregnated by Kwei?

(a) Sixteen

(b) Thirty three

(c) Eighteen

(d) Twenty three


9. Sam’s mother died of _________________.

(a) malaria

(b) cancer

(c) cold

(d) stroke


10. She shed joyful tears on their wedding day. One of the figures of speech used in the above expression is _________________.

(a) litotes

(b) simile

(c) euphemism

(d) oxymoron



11. An instance in which a writer makes a direct address to a thing or an abstraction or addresses an absent person or entity is known as _________________.

(a) personification

(b) anti-thesis

(c) euphemism

(d) apostrophe


12. The closing comment in a play which justifies an earlier course of action or fills an untreated gap in a play is called an _________________.

(a) elegy

(b) epic

(c) audition

(d) epilogue


13. The structure of the literary work, ‘faceless’ is narrated in _________________ form.

(a) a chronological

(b) zig-zag

(c) an episodic

(d) a poetic-prose


14. In the poem ‘UNITY’, the poet describes the ‘sons’ as _________________, _________________ and _________________.

(a) blind, deaf and unworthy

(b) intelligent, crafty and worthy

(c) negligent, hardworking and zealous

(d) mute, blind and worthy


15. Which of these are the two symbolic events that take place in the play, ‘Harvest of Corruption’?

(a) fraud and embezzlement

(b) conflicts and corruption

(c) bribery and the use of pidgin English

(d) the madman and Aloho’s dream


16. Dele Charley uses the following dramatic devices in “The Blood of A Stranger’, except _________________.

(a) irony

(b) symbolism

(c) signpost

(d) incantations


17. How many witnesses did Buckley call?

(a) Twenty

(b) Twenty three

(c) Twenty two

(d) Twenty five


18. A prose which has just a few characters whose actions centre around a simple event is known as _________________

(a) journal

(b) memoir

(c) novella

(d) short story


19. A poem used to express grief on the occasion of someone’s death is known as a _________________.

(a) dirge

(b) lullaby

(c) idyll

(d) pastoral poem


20. ‘The panic of growing older’, is a literary work of _________________.

(a) Lenrie Peters

(b) Kofi Awooner

(c) Wole Soyinka

(d) Alfred , Lord Tennyson



21. Poem whose lines do not rhyme but have rhythm is called a _________________.

(a) limerick

(b) tone

(c) blank verse

(d) mood


22. The physical setting of Native son is _________________ in the _________________.

(a) Chicago/19303s

(b) Detroit/1940s

(c) Australia/1940s

(d) Chicago/1940s


23. Which of these are non-fictive prose?

(a) Faction and allegory

(b) Letter and journal

(c) Biography and memoir

(d) Essay and autobiography


24. When somebody or a writer says one thing but means something quite different, he or she is said to be _________________.

(a) metaphorical

(b) ironical

(c) hyperbolical

(d) personified


25. A word that is used to suggest its meaning through its sound is known as _________________.

(a) euphemism

(b) onomatopoeia

(c) assonance

(d) pun


26. Onko was the son of one of _________________ cousins.

(a) Maa Tsuru

(b) Kwei

(c) Naa Yomo

(d) Kpakpo


27. Chief Haladu Ade Amaka legally authorized Ochuole to sign and collect the sum of _________________ naira to purchase some capital items for the office.


28. Which one of these is not a tool for plot development?

(a) Suspense

(b) Digression

(c) Exposition

(d) Prefiguration


29. How much did Aloho give the doctor for her abortion?

(a) fifteen thousand naira

(b) five thousand naira

(c) fifty thousand naira

(d) Ten thousand naira


30. Who works with Chief Haladu Ade Amaka as a clerical assistant in the ministry of Relations?

(a) inspector Inaku

(b) Mrs Obi

(c) Madam Hoha

(d) Ayo



31. The p;lay ‘The Blood of A Stranger’ is set during the _________________ era.

(a) pre-colonial (b) post colonial (c) independence( d) colonial

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

(a) Diction

(b) Theme

(c) Plot

(d) Setting


33. A poem of fourteen lines is known as a _________________.

(a) tripcet

(b) hyric

(c) sonnet

(d) tercet


34. A literary device that creates a mental picture of a situation is _________________.

(a) imagery

(b) symbolism

(c) flashback

(d) epilogue


35. Bigger Thomas was pronounced guilty by the judge and was to die on or before midnight of Friday _________________ third.

(a) March

(b) May

(c) April

(d) October


36. How old was Sam when his father died?

(a) Three years

(b) Four years

(c) Two years

(d) Nine months


37. The expression ‘that beautiful girl stole away my heart and my money’, is an example of _________________.

(a) hypallage

(b) metonymy

(c) innuendo

(d) syllepsis


38. _________________ is a character which usually exhibits aggressive and traditional behaviours in a story.

(a) stock character

(b) flat character

(c) dynamic character

(d) protagonist


39. A short prose narrative is called _________________.

(a) a picaresque

(b) a bildungsroman

(c) a novelette

(d) a roman flevve


40. Another word for cast is _________________.

(a) pathos

(b) dramatis personae

(c) Prosaist

(d) chant



41. The term, tragic flaw’ means _________________.

(a) a mistake made by a hero

(b) a moral weakness in the hero

(c) a wrong spelling in a play

(d) a figurative expression


42. A female entertainer who makes people laugh cracking jokes or telling funny stories is known as _________________.

(a) comedietta

(b) comedian

(c) comedienne

(d) commentator


43. Litotes as a figure of speech is another name for _________________.

(a) irony

(b) metonymy

(c) pun

(d) meiosis


44. A prose fiction with animal characters acting like human beings in real life is_________________.

(a) biography

(b) parable

(c) idioms

(d) fable


45. The following, except one, are the characteristics of a tragedy.

(a) it involves the downfall of a great man

(b) the tragic hero achieves success at the beginning of his career and at the end failures.

(c) this downfall brings about some troubles.

(d) the downfall of a tragic hero affects all other characters in the play.


46. _________________ is a play on words usually with more than one meaning.

(a) parable

(b) Pun

(c) Paradox

(d) Personification


47. His sleepy mouth, plugged by the heavy nipple tags like a puppy, glinting as he feeds. The repeated ‘U’ sound in the above passage, is an example of _________________.

(a) assonance

(b) repetition

(c) alliteration

(d) rhetorical questions


48. The Whiteman’s motive of being in Mando land is to _________________.

(a) farm tobacco

(b) smoke tobacco

(c) build hospitals and schools

(d) smuggle diamonds


49. _________________ is the mother of Mrs Dalton.

(a) Mrs Rawlson

(b) Mrs Robbin

(c) ,Mrs Edward

(d) Mrs Hammon


50. Miss Mary Dalton was _________________ years old when she was murdered?

(a) twenty

(b) eighteen

(c) twenty one

(d) twenty three




 INSTRUCTION: Choose and answer any two (2) of the African poetry.


1. ”PIANO AND DRUM” by Gabriel Okara (answer any three questions)

i. Discuss the use of any three poetic devices in the poem.

ii. With reference to specific expressions in the poem, show that the poet is favourably disposed to African culture despite his apparent dilemma.

iii. How does the poem’s structure affect its meaning?

iv. Diction and imagery are ;powerful tools in poetry. How effective is their deployment in ‘piano and drums’?

v. Examine the use of alliteration and repetition in the poem.


2. AMBUSH by Gbemisola Adeoti (answer three questions)

i. Attempt a metaphorical interpretation of the poem.

ii. Comment on the significance of each of the animals represented in the poem.

iii. Discuss the use of alliteration and personification in the poem.

iv. Examine hopelessness as a theme of the poem.

v. How does this poem reflect experience in a typical African country.


3. THE DINING TABLE by Gbanabom Hallowell (answer three questions)

i. How does “The Dining Table” by Gbanabom Hallowell echo the travails and trauma of war?

ii. “Children from Alpha beta with empty palm dine/with us; switch blades in their eyes /silence in their voices”. Relate these lines to one of the themes of the poem

iii. Give a detailed account of the poem, ‘The Dining Table’.

iv. Discuss “The Dining Table’ as a dramatic monologue.

v. What is the meaning of “when the playground/is emptied of children’s toys/who needs road blocks? Justify your interpretation using the poem’s content.


4. THE ANVIL AND THE HAMMER by Kofi Awoonor (answer three questions)

i. In what ways is “The Anvil And The Hammer” a depiction of a clash of cultures?

ii. How does the poem portray the circumstances of Africans in the modern era?

iii. Using three illustrations, write on the use of style by Kofi Awoonor.

iv Describe the psychological and social setting of “The Anvil And The Hammer”

v. In your own opinion, which of the forces- African and the foreign- succeeds in over running the poet-speaker in the end? Why do you think so?




 INSTRUCTION: Answer any two (2) of the Non-African poetry.


1. “CROSSING THE BAR” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. (answer three questions)

i. Discuss the poet’s use of imagery

ii. In the light of the background to the poem, comment on the presentation of death by Lord Tennyson.

iii. “I hope to see my pilot face to face/when I have crossed the bar”. Critically examine how these lines against the back drop of the depiction of the subject matter influenced by you.

iv. Do you consider the poem an elegy? Give reasons for your answer.

v. Discuss the use of symbolism by the poet.


2. “THE SCHOOL BOY” by William Blake (answer three questions)

i. “The School Boy” is a poem about the negative effect of education on the child. Expatiate

ii. Discuss “The School Boy” as a poem about the beauty of nature.

iii. Through your reading of the poem, why do you consider William Blake as a Romantic poet?

iv. The poet appears to be sad. Attempt a clear articulation of the reason responsible for the sadness.

v. Comment on the idea that “The School Boy” is a poem about freedom.



 INSTRUCTION: Answer any four (4) questions in this aspect.


1. “FACELESS” by AMMA Darko (answer three questions)

i. How far is it correct to describe Kpakpo as a dubious fellow?

ii. “Not once since it happened have I known sleep”. In the light of this statement, discuss the theme of guilt with respect to Maami Broni and any other character in the novel.

iii. Closely examine Poison as the chief antagonist in the novel.

iv. Trace in succession the steps leading to the final abandonment of Maa Tsuru by Kwei.

v. To what extent can Maa Tsuru be described as the architect of the children’s misfortunes?



Answer questions on any one (1) of the Non-African prose.


1. “NATIVE SON” by Richad Wright. (answer three questions)

i. Describe in detail the manhunt and arrest of Bigger.

ii. Examine the view that Bigger is a product of social conditioning.

iii. Trace in succession the steps leading to Mary’s murder from her parting with Jan on the fateful night.

iv. With reference to three situations, discuss the use of irony in the novel.

v. From the arrival of news reporters, trace the steps leading to the discovery of Mary’s death.


2. ‘THE LAST GOOD MAN” by Patience Swift. (answer three questions)

i. Why is Sam described as “The last Good Man”?

ii. Discuss the setting of ‘The Last Good Man”.

iii. Discuss the causes and consequences of the shooting by the policemen.

iv. With reference to three incidences in The Last Good Man, discuss Sam as an ‘abnormal’ character.

v. What does The Last Good Man say about hospitality?




INSTRUCTION: Answer questions on the two (2) AFRICAN DRAMA.


1. “HARVEST OF CORRUPTION” by Frank Ogodo Ogbeche (answer three questions)

i. Discuss in full the theme of corruption and abuse of office.

ii. “While your mates are busy making an honest living ,you are busy planting corruption”? how true is this assertion in their assertion in the face of the activities of Madan Hoha, Ochuole and Aloho?

iii. With reference to the text, discuss Harvest of Corruption as a modern African tragedy.

iv. Justify the fate that befalls Aloho at the end of the play.

v. Discuss Chief Haladu’s activities as a ‘pen-robber’.


2. “THE BLOOD OF A STRANGER” by Dele Charley.(answer three questions)

1. What is the relevance of The Blood of A Stranger to modern society in Africa?

ii. Discuss the various ways customs of Mandoland are tampled upon in the play.

iii. Discuss blackmail as an instrument of negotiation, enlistment and excitement in The Blood of A Stranger.

iv. How can the theme of greed and ambition be relevant to the modern African state?

v. Think about the role of money in the play. How does it affect different characters?