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SS2 Literature Past question for 3rd Term. This section covers the objective, unseen prose and poetry with essay questions on African and Non African drama and prose. Subscribe to get the PDF and answers.



                                                Answer all questions.

Each question is followed by four options lettered A-D. Choose the correct option for each section and shade in pencil on your answer sheet, the answer space that bears the same letter as the option you have chosen. Give only one answer to each question and erase completely any answer you wish to change. Do all rough work on this paper.

  1. A recurring idea, image, or a group of images that unifies a work of literature is A. motif B. allusion C. legend D. anecdote
  2. A pause within a line of poetry is A. an alliteration B. a caesura C. a metre D. an assonance
  3. Something a character says on stage that is meant for the audience alone is A. an epilogue B. a mine C. a soliloquy D. an aside

When you are old and grey and full of sleep.

  • The rhythmic pattern of the above line is A. anapestic B. dactylic C. trochaic D. iambic
  • An inscription on a tombstone is an A. epitaph B. epistle C. epigram D. ode
  • A three-line stanza, rhymed ABA, BCB, CDC is A. couplet B. haiku C. terza rima D. heroic couplet
  • The chorus normally features prominently in A. poetry B. the epic C. the novel D. drama
  • A story which explains a natural phenomenon or justifies the beliefs of a society is A. myth B. legend C. motif D. fable

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Read the extract below and answer questions 9 to 10.

What happened to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

  • The dominant literary device is  A. the epithet B. the rhetorical question C. verbal irony D. paradox
  • does it stink like rotten meat? makes use of the sense of A. taste B. touch C. sight D. smell
  • The mood of the poem is one of A. joy B. doubt C. anger D. certainty
  • A short play performed in the pause between the act of a longer play is  A. denouement B. interlude C. prologue D. epilogue
  • The most intense part of a conflict is the A. resolution B. climax C. denouement D. deus ex machine
  • I feel a million times better than I felt yesterday is A. an apostrophe B. a euphemism C. an irony D. a hyperbole
  • ldentify the odd item: A. third-person narrative B. literary appreciation C. first-person narrative D. epistolary technique
  • A dramatist is someone who….plays A. writes B. dírects C. commissions D. promotes
  • Nando’s family lives within the lower income bracket illustrates A. sarcasm B. allusion C. climax D. euphemism
  • A dramatic performance without words is A. mime B. an aside C. a monologue D. a soliloguy
  • Utopia is a term used to describe A. strange circumstances B. difficult conditions C. pleasant feelings D. ideal societies
  • A story with elements that have both literal and figurative meanings is A. an allegory. B. a fable. C. a novela. D. an epistle.

Read the poem below and answer questions 21 to 25

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile

And mouths with myriad subtleties,

Why should the world be over-wise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

We wear the mask.

We smile but O great god, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet and long the mile,

But let the world dream otherwise,

We wear the mask!

  • The poem is about A. debtors B. dreams C. costumes D. appearances
  • The poet’s tone is A. Supplicatory B. defiant C. conciliatory D. compliant
  • The rhyme scheme of the first stanza is A. aabcc B. ababac C. aabbc D. abbac
  • The dominant mood is one of A. sadness B. fear C. joy D. optimism
  • We wear the mask that grins and lies illustrate A. irony B. personification C. synecdoche D. alliteration

                                                                UNSEEN PROSE AND POETRY

Read the passage below and answer the following questions

Marooned, Akpatse felt imprisoned. It was fifteen days since the storm. The flood waters were not receding; neither did Akpatse see any sign of help coming. Akpatse could not swim the expanse of flood waters. He meditated: when one looks upon the mountain for help and help comes from the Lord … where does the Lord sit – in the cloud or on the mountain, or in the valley?

Well, Akpatse looked for salvation in the distance, far across the ocean of flood – the intimidating expense of his great gaoler – up to where the sky and the lips of the flood waters met in a mocking kiss. He had forgotten the feeling of hunger but knew he did not have any energy. What a foolish thing to think! He had not had any food for days. True. But hunger never said hello from the hollow of his ‘person-tree’ as they say in his language. Akpatse saw no help coming.

  • The narrative technique used is A. 1st person B. Dialogue C. 3rd person D. stream of consciousness.
  • The reference to mountain illustrates A. allusion B. irony C. parallelism D. antithesis
  • The overall feeling evoked by the passage is one of A. anger B. empathy C. love D. relief
  • Several hands stretched out for free meals at the refugee camp illustrates A. Antithesis B. Euphemism C. Litotes D. Synecdoche
  • More haste, less speed illustrates the use of A. anaphora. B. paradox C. litotes. D. synecdoche.

                                                            SECTION B


Use the extract below to answer question 31 to 35. 

X: You do impeach your modesty too much,

   To leave the city and commit yourself

     Into the hands of one that loves you not;

     To trust the opportunity of night

     And the ill counsel of a desert place

Y:   With the rich worth of your virginity.

     Your virtue is my privilege: for that

     it is not night when I do see your face,

     Therefore I think I am not in the night;

  • Speaker X is A. Hermia B. Philostrate C. Demetrius D. Lysander
  • Speaker Y is A. Titania B. Pease blossom C. Hippolyta D. Helena
  • Speaker X sees Speaker Y A. as a pretender B. as a past lover C. for the first time D. for the last time
  • Both speakers are in the woods A. to hide from each other B. to spy on each other C. for different reasons D. for the same reason
  • Night evolves in the speakers’ A. huge responsibilities B. contracting feelings C. despairing thoughts D. erotic feelings

Read the extract below and answer questions 36 to 40.

But, masters, here are our parts, and I am to entreat you, request you, and desire you, to con them by to-morrow night; and meet me in the place wood, a mile without the town, by moonlight. There will we rehearse: for if we meet in the city, we shall be dogged with company, and Our devices known. (Act I, Scene two Lines 79-84)

  • The speaker is A. —– A. Bottom B. Peaseblossom C. Quince D. Puck
  • The speaker is addressing. A. artists B. painters C. actors D. writers
  • They intend to rehearse the play A. a Midsummer Night’s Dream B. Pyramus and Thisby C. The tradegy of lovers D. The Battle of Royal
  • The rehearsal is in preparation for A. Egeus’ acceptance of Lysander B. the dance of the faries C. Theseus’ wedding D. Titania waking up from a dream
  • The main actors will be A. Snug and Snout B. Philostrate and Starveling C. Mustardseed D. Quince and Bottom

Read the extract below and answer questions 41 to 45

X:  I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again;

    Mine ear is much enamoured of thy note;

    So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;

    And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me

   On the first view, to say, to swear, I love thee.

Y:  Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that: …

(Act III, Scene One, Lines 116-121)

  • Speaker X is A. Titania B. Hippolyta C. snout D. Oberon
  • Speaker X has just A. escaped from the city B. fallen into a world of dreams C. woken up from an induced sleep D. abandoned a loved one
  • Speaker Y is A. Quince B. Lysander C. Demetrius D. Bottom
  • Speaker Y is a member of A. Theseus’ retinue B. Titania’s retinue C. the group of actors D. the group of lovers
  • Speaker X’s speech can be described as a A. satire B. conceit C. paradox D. parody

Read the extract below and answer questions 46 to 50.

… If we offend, it is with our good will,

That you should think, we come not to offend,

But with good will. To show our simple skill,

That is the true beginning of our end.

Consider then, we come but in despite.

We do not come, as minding to content you,

Our true intent is. (Act V, Scene One, Lines 108 – 114)

  • The speaker is ____.A. Flute B. Quince C. Bottom D.Philostrate
  • The speech is part of the ____. A. prologue B. epilogue C. exposition D.lyric
  • The speaker is involved in putting on ____.A.a scene B. a skit C. an act D.a play
  • The occasion is ____. A. the celebration of a royal marriage B. the king’s decision to banish Hermia C. Oberon’s threat to punish Titania D. Titania falling in love with Bottom
  • The speech is ____.A. romantic B. satiric C. comic D. tragic


1Hour 15 minutes


Answer one question from each section. Each question carries 30 marks.



BUCHI EMECHETA: Second Class Citizen

  1. How are women treated in the novel?
  2.  Consider Adah’s growth in confidence and determination in pursuit of her dreams

AGYEI-AGYIRI: Unexpected Joy at Dawn

  • Examine the friendship between Mama Orojo and Ibuk in “Unexpected Joy at Dawn”
  • Discuss Ni’s encounter with I-Put-it-to-me in the novel

                                                            SECTION II

                                                NON – AFRICAN PROSE

RALPH ELLISON: Invisible Man

  • Examine the narrator’s experiences at the eviction.
  • How does Ras represent the Whiteman’s perceptions and treatment of blacks in the novel?

Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights

  • Examine the significance of Lock-wood’s second visit to Wuthering Heights.
  • Examine the relationship between Lockwood and Heathcliff in the novel.

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