Oyo State 2021 Literature-In-English Mock Examination

  1. A deliberate use of exaggeration for the purpose of emphasis is ______ (a) metaphor (b) irony (c) hyperbole (d) simile
  2. A poem of fourteen lines is _____ (a) elegy (b) dirge (c) sonnet (d) ode
  3. A writer’s choice of words is his ____ (a) diction (b) mood (c) tone (d) setting
  4. Two words of opposite meaning is ____ (a) metaphor (b) oxymoron (c) irony (d) personification
  5. A clown evokes _____ (a) regret (b) amusement (c) anger (d) hatred
  6. The author of a literary work who is also a character is _______ narrator (a) subjective (b) participatory (c) omniscient (d) naïve
  7. A temporary period of respite between acts in a play is called ______ (a)prologue (b) interlude (c) conflict (d) chorus
  8. The dominant idea in a literary work is ______ (a) theme (b) setting (c) style (d) plot
  9. The crashing thunder woke me from my sleep portrays the use of ____ (a) repetition (b) assonance (c) consonance (d) onomatopoeia
  10. The whole town was present at the wedding ceremony” exemplifies the use of _____ (a) pun (b) paradox (c) hyperbole (d) repetition
  11. A panegyric poem is composed to (a) rebuke (b) praise (c) condemn (d) educate
  12. A person’s story written by the person is ___ (a) memoir (b) biography (c) autobiography (d) epistolary
  13. A romance poem celebrates _____ (a) culture (b) nature (c) wealth (d) feats
  14. “oh Death where is thy sting?” is an example of ____ (a) personification (b) assonance (c) apostrophe (d) synecdoche
  15. A figure of speech whereby words are underplayed is ___ (a) paradox (b) litotes (c) pun (d) antithesis
  16. A literary work written in form of letter is _____ (a) text message (b) creative (c) epistolary (d) pastoral
  17. Which of the following is not a drama? (a) opera (b) resolution (c) burlesque (d) pantomime
  18. A question which does not need an answer is called (a) abnormal (b) foolish (c) rhetorical (d) yes/no
  19. The feelings and attitudes of a writer are conveyed by (a) mood (b) style (c) theme (d) setting
  20. Shakespeare sonnet is patterned into ___ (a) two quintets and quatrain (b) three quatrains and a couplet (c) one octave and three couplets (d) five couplets and a quatrain
  21. The representation of human actions through acting is ____ (a) dance (b) choreography (c) drama (d) mime
  22. A dirge is a poem that deals with _____ (a) celebration (b) sorrow (c) expectation (d) excitement
  23. Which of the following is a genre of literature? (a) prose (b) prosody (c) playlet (d) comedy
  24. A character who does not change in the course of events in a play is ____ (a) villainous (b) round (c) foil (d) flat
  25. A black brilliant bride is an example of (a) alliteration (b) assonance (c) pun (d) onomatopoeia

Read the passage below and carefully answer the questions numbered 26-30

“what say you, Hermia? Be advised, fair maid

To you your father should be as a god

One that composed your beauties, yea, and one

To whom you are but as a form in wax,

By him imprinted, and within his power

To leave the figure or disfigure it

Demetrius is a worth gentleman”

  • Who is the speaker of the above excerpt? (a) Robin (b) Titania (c) Egeus (d) Theseus
  •  _____ is not the audience at the above speech event (a) Egeus (b) Theseus (c) Oberon (d) Demetrius
  • The speaker is addressing _____ (a) Helena (b) Hippolyta (c) Titania (d) Hermia
  • Another word for “composed” in line 3 is _____ (a) accomplished (b) formulated (c) implemented (d) documented
  • Where do Lysander and Hermia plan to be married? (a) the temple of Diana (b) shrine of venus (c) Lysander’s aunt’s place (d) theseus palace

Read the excerpt below and answer questions numbered 31-35

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind

And therefore is winged cupid painted blind

Nor hath love’s mind of any judgement taste

Winds and no eyes figure unheed haste

And therefore is love said to be a child

Because in choice he is so oft beguiled

  • Who uttered the above statement? (a) Hermia (b) Helena (c) Demetrius (d) Lysander
  •  The poetic device used in line 1 is (a) simile (b) hyperbole (c) personification (d) pun
  • Cupid is _____(a) blind bat (b) god of love (c) god of iron (d) god of wealth
  • What is the rhyme scheme of the above passage (a) aabbcc (b) ccaabb (c) bbccaa (d) aabcbc
  • Wings and no eyes figure unheed haste means ____ (a) birds without eyes cannot survive (b) anything without eyes move fast (c) a figure without haste needs wings (d) flight without sight entails recklessness

Use the excerpt below to answer questions numbered 36-40

He has rid his prologue like a rough colt: he knows not the stop. A good moral, my lord its not enough to speak, but to speak true

  • Who is the speaker? (a) Demetrius (b) Titania (c) Lysander (d) Theseus
  • Who does the speaker speaks about (a) Quince (b) Buck (c) Pyramus (d) Flute
  • What poetic device is used in line 1 (a) alliteration (b) indentation (c) simile (d) metaphor
  • The imagery evokes in line 1 is (a) horse ride (b) car jack (c) plane crash (d) sea-saw
  • He knows not the stop in line 1-2 indicates (a) wonderment (b) blindness (c) recklessness (d) hopelessness

Unseen prose- Read the passage below and answer the questions numbered 41-45

Why did Africa let Europe cart away Millions of African souls from the continent to the four corners of the wind? How could Europe lord it over a continent ten times its size. Why does needy Africa continue to let its wealth meet the needs of those outside its borders and then follow behind with hands outstretched for a loan of the very wealth it let go? How did we arrive at this, that the best leader is the one that knows how to beg for a share of what he has already given away at the price of a broken tool? Where is the future of Africa?

  • The dominant figure of speech used in the passage is ____ (a) rhetorical question (b) reported speech (c) conversation
  • Four corners of the wind is _____ (a) figurative device (b) dramatic device (c) rhetorical device (d) class of speech
  • Price of a broken tool as used in the passage is ______ (a) oxymoron (b) metaphor (c) imagery (d) euphemism
  • The dominant mood in the passage is ____ (a) despair (b) anger (c) worry (d) sadness
  • The writer ____ African leaders for their bad policies that make the African suffer in the midst of plenty (a) praises (b) extols (c) castigates (d) celebrates

Read the poem below and answer the questions numbered 45-50

Wish I could still laugh with the lotus

On the bank of the Nile

Take off my clothes

And dives into the Zambezi

Join spirit dancers

In the middle of the Ganges

Romp with the Rio

 To thunder of the Sambo

Fan the Yangtze’s face

With a shoeless foot

Embrace the Volga

With open arms

Ask the Mississippi

For a bowl of water…

Alas, between cup and lip

An acre of wishes

  • What is the subject matter of the poem? (a) desire and wishes (b) African rivers (c) rivers in the world (d) pain
  • Thunder of Sambo illustrates the use of ____ (a)alliteration (b) simile (c) hyperbole (d) rhyme
  • The use of ellipsis in “For a bowl of water…” denotes (a) happiness (b) love (c) omission (d) laughter
  • How many stanza does the poem have? (a) 1 (b) 9 (c) 38 (d) 5
  • Romp with Rio illustrates the use of _____ (a) alliteration (b) anaphora (c) metonym (d) oxymoron


African Prose_ Answer only one question from this section

Second Class Citizen by Buchie Emecheta

  1. Discuss the character of Francis as an uncooperative husband
  2. Give a full account of Adah’s trip to London [CLICK HERE FOR ANSWER]

Unexpected Joy At Dawn by Alex Agyel Agyiri

  • Discuss the characters of Massa, Marchak and Nil
  • Discuss the theme of xenophobia in the text

Non-African Prose_ Answer only one question from this section

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

  • Write short note on (i) Heathcliff (ii) Linton (iii) Isabella
  • Discus the theme of love from the text

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

  • Discuss the theme of the oppression of blacks by their fellow blacks
  • Write short notes on at least two characters from the text

African Drama_ Answer only one question from this section

The Lion And The Jewel by Wole Soyinka

  • Write short notes on (i) Baroka (ii) Lakunle (iii) Sidi
  • How does Sadiku contribute to the comedy in the play?

Let Me Die Alone by John Kargbo

  1. Evaluate the characters of Lamboi and Mosa as partners in crime
  2. Discuss adultery and betrayal in the text

Non-African Drama_ Answer only one question from this section

Fence by August Wilson

  1. Discuss Troys experience of being in prison
  2. Discuss symbolisms in Fence

Look Back In Anger by John Osborne

  1. Identify and discuss any three themes from the play
  2. Discuss the character of Jimmy Porter

African Poetry_ Answer only  one question

  1.  Critically examine the theme of rage in the poem “Raider of the Trove”
  2. Discuss any two themes from the poem “A Government Driver On His Retirement”

Non-African Poetry_ Answer only one question

  • Critically examine the thematic focus of the poem “Caged Bird”
  • Comment on the figures of speech used in the poem “Journey of the Magi”

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