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Question 31

Characterization in a novel refers to the


A) way the characters are revealed to the reader

B) writer's opinion of the characters

C) characters and the way they behave

D) reader's opinion of the characters

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Question 32

This question is based on Ahmed Yerima's Attahiru. Abbas the beggar is a symbol of


A) the end justifying the means

B) pride before perdition

C) courage amidst adversity

D) the rich also crying

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Question 33

This question is based on General Literary Principles.

An inherent quality of the lyric is that it must


A) be sung to a musical instrument

B) be sung by the poet who composes it

C) express the poet's subjective emotions

D) be simple and successful.

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Question 34

In the novel, the handing over of a baby boy in a dreams to Nnu Ego by her personal god's signifies


A) doom

B) idol worship

C) future blessing

D) reincarnation

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Question 35

'Tired teachers wipe

The chalk dust

On their faces

The school dam bursts

Ans floods of hungry children

Melt into their mother's bosoms'.

In this passage describing the end of the school day, children's movements are made memorable through the use, in lines 4-5 of


A) simile

B) alliteration

C) metaphor

D) cadence

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Question 36

Read the passage below and answer the question:

The long column of misery tended continually to grow longer, as the more robust struggled to get as far as possible from the pursuing French, and as the weaker fell farther and farther behind. There were enough weaklings in all conscience; even in summer the had been badly clothed, and even in victory insufficiently fed, and now it was winter, and Espinosa had been fought and lost, and the route of the retreat lay away from the fertile plains and up into the inhospitable mountains. The rain had fallen upon them in deluges for days and now as they climbed higher it was turning into sleet. and a bitter cold wind blew. Ahead of them they could see the snow lying thick on the mountain passes through which they would have to climb, without food or fuel or rest, and with the terror of the French to urge them on. Disease had come inevitably to complete the work so well begun by hunger, exposure, and the sword

The mood is expressed through the use of


A) scenery

B) objects

C) syntax

D) diction

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Question 37

This question is based on selected poems from Ker, D. et al (eds.): New Poetry from Africa; Soyinka, W. (ed.): Poems of Black Africa; Senanu, K.E. and Vincent, T.(eds.): A Selection of African Poetry; Umukoro, M. et al (eds.): Exam Focus: Literature in English; Eruvbetine, A.E.et al (eds.): Longman Examination Guides and Nwoga D.I. (ed.): Weast African Verse.

Milton's On His Blindness teaches human beings to


A) use their talents sparingly

B) regard disabilities as enduring

C) keep on struggling endlessly

D) discountenance physical disabilities

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Question 38

Read the extract and answer the question:

Y : Do you know me, my lord?

Z : Excellent well; you are a fishmonger

Y : Not I, my lord.

Z : Then I would you were so honest a man.

Y : Honest, my lord!

Z : Ay, sir; to be honest, as this world goes. Is to be one man picked out of ten thousand. (Act Two, Scene II, lines 173-179)

Speaker Z's responses suggest that he is


A) preparing to commit suicide

B) planning revenge

C) pretending to be mad

D) telling a lie

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Question 39

This question is based on Camara Laye's The African Child. The novel is a mixture of


A) the real and the supermatural

B) pessimism and optimism

C) the objective and the absurd

D) fiction and fantasy

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Question 40

This question is based on selected poems from Wole Soyinka (ed) Poems of Black Africa and D.I. Nwoga (ed) West African Verse.

In the poem 'Night' Neto suggests that the oppressed


A) are determined to give meaning to their life

B) are no longer willing to fight for their right

C) are never willing to fight for their rights

D) do not believe in victory

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