Third Term Examination Literature in English JSS 1 – Exam Questions
THIRD TERM EXAMINATION
JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
JSS 1 (BASIC 7)
Instruction – Choose from the given options lettered A-D, the correct one that answers the question below:
1. Words that suggest their meanings through their sounds in a poem is known ___________.
2. The figurative expression, ‘The lion’s paws kicked the bucket’ is referred to as ___________.
3. ___________ is the figurative expression in which the quality of a living thing is given to a non-living thing.
4. ‘He bleats like a goat’ is an example of ___________.
5. A poem of three lines stanza is called a ___________.
6. A comedian is a male entertainer who makes people laugh by cracking jokes, while the female is known as a ___________.
7. ___________ is a story of a person’s life, written by himself or herself.
8. “Tick tack says the clock’, the underlined words are examples of ___________.
9. The sequential arrangement of actions in any literary work is known as ___________.
10. ___________ is a group of lines in poetry.
11. Which of these is a soft sonorous song that is sung to keep children quiet?
12. ___________ occurs when a writer says one thing but means another.
13. ___________ is a type of drama with an unhappy ending.
14. “John is so brilliant that he passed one subject out of his nine papers”, is an example of ___________.
15. The central idea, problems and lessons learnt from any literary work of art is referred to as the ___________.
Sleep and Dream
Man dies and wakes up a million times
Then he dies one time
With eyelids knitted
Man forgets his life and its nitty-gritty
Man travels to dreamland and without fare
Like a wayfarer
In the dreamland, the close eyes
Of man sees his eyries
And his resting feet
Walk several feet
By five o’clock, man wakes from his slumber
More refreshed and nimbler
He activates the day’s activities and that prepare him
For another sleep and then his eyes shall dim.
Read the above poem and answer questions 16-20.
16. “By five o’clock, man wakes from his slumber” (line 11) is an example of ___________.
(d) none of the above
17. The expression, “man dies and wakes a million times” (line 1) is referred to as ___________.
18. “Sleep and dream” is a poem of 14 lines, which is also known as a ___________.
19. What figure of speech does the writer deploy in the expression: “and his resting feet walk several feet” (line 9-10)?
20. |”Man travels to dreamland without fare like a wayfarer”, (line 5-6) is an example of ___________.
‘HEAVY TONGUE’ by OIWONA ANDREW
Heavy tongue hardly speaks heavily
Only a light tongue speaks heavily
Heavy tongues hardly talks to a dozen
And seven to the dozen
Heavy tongue turns tact turn
To speak at his turn
Heavy tongue hates to speak
In a round table of talk; he loves to sneak
Heavy tongue is bad at talking good
Sputtering as he says l-l—l-i-i-f-e is g-g-o-o-d
He talks, they taunt and make him a clown
Without a reward of a crown
I saw shortly before I was conceived, at midnight
The shuttering gene of my gem dad, colluding with fate
To give me heavy tongue. No life in me to avert this no faith.
My mum played with my dad
And played second fiddle
Her gene was recessive
So she was aggressive
To see her penultimate child
Talking like his father
She saw the handiwork of heredity
To silence a celebrity
Then in my lifeless state, I echoed
Who can silence a celebrity with dexterity?
Who can silence s minister and minstrel?
Who can silence a bard who is not bad?
Like my pater and his father
My tongue is heavy and cannot talk farther
Then I screamed further
“I am a celebrity with poetic dexterity”
“I am a minster and a minstrel”
“I am a very good bard; am not bad”
I cannot communicate fluently
No, I can communicate fluently
In black and white; writing is the right thing
I can communicate in lyrics and limerics
All eyes, me, they shall see in limelight
My weakness is also my strength
Mum had births and deaths
Ten births and two deaths
None of my siblings stammers
So why is it only me that stammers?
Only God knows His tower
‘cos it’s beyond my power.
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Instruction: Answer any five (5) questions of your choice; use the poem above to answer questions 1 – 3.
Briefly explain any two from the following themes of the poem.
A. A twist of fate
C. Positive thinking
Define simile and metaphor as figures of speech.
Identify the figurative expression used in the sentences below:
A ‘My weakness is also my strength’ (line 41)
B. “I am a celebrity with poetic dexterity” (line 33)
C. “talking like my pater and his father” ( line 30)
D. “mum had births and deaths” (line 42)
E. “who can silence a bard who is not bad?” (line 29).
Give a short definition of the following:
D. Oral literature
E. Dance drama
Briefly explain any three from the following types of poem:
A. An Ode poem
B. An Elegy poem
C. A lullaby poem
D. A limerick poem
Complete the blanks below:
A. A stanza of one line is called a ___________.
B. A stanza of five lines is called a ___________.
C. ___________ is referred to as a stanza of six lines.
D. An eight lines stanza is called a ___________.
E A stanza of ten lines is called a ___________.