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Literature in English Second Term Continous Assessment and Examination Questions 2019/2020 Session – Senior Secondary School (SSS 1)

EDUDELIGHT SECONDARY SCHOOL                                


                               SECOND TERM CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT TEST (CAT)  

                                      2019/2020, SESSION.

              CLASS: SS ONE       DURATION: 1 HOUR       SUBJECT: LIT. IN ENG

                           SECTION: Answer all

  1. A short introductory speech delivered as part of a play is called —- (a) a preamble (b) a prologue (c) an introduction (d) an epilogue
  2. A character whose flaws combine with external forces lead to his suffering is a —— (a) heroine (b) hero (c) tragic hero (d) protagonist.
  3. A piece of writing which teaches morals is ____ (a) didactic  (b) serious (c) playful (d) analytical
  4. A poem of fourteen lines is____ (a) an elegy (b) a dirge (c) an ode (d) a sonnet
  5. “The lawyer addressed the bench” illustrates (a) alliteration (b) metonymy (c) simile (d) oxymoron
  6. Pick the odd item from the option listed below.  (a) Romance (b) Novel (c) Short story (d) Sonnet
  7. “ The strong gong groaning as the guns boom far” illustrates  (a) Onomatopoeia (b) Refrain (c) repetition (d) metonymy
  8. “The dragon-fly hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky”… illustrates (a) litoes (b) contrast (c) simile (d) metaphor
  9. ‘Penny wise pound foolish’ is an example of——- (a) metonymy (b) paradox (c) hyperbole (d) metaphor
  10. Any expression which creates a mental picture is known as— (a) paradox (b) exaggeration (c) symbolism (d) imagery

                                 SECTION B

                  ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS.

  1. Who is Ajumobi? Ii List the names of Ajumobi’s children.
  2.  State two themes of ‘Lonely Days




SUBJECT:LIT-IN-ENGLISH      CLASS: SS ONE      Duration: 2hrs


1) Jamiu is like  his friend Kehinde, this illustrates

(a) irony (b)simile (c)metaphor (d)parable

2) I have read very hard and I am expecting to fail the exam.

The above exemplifies

  • Irony (b)simile (c)metaphor (d)parable

3) He cried until their was no more tears in his eyes. the figure of speech used here is

     (a) irony (b)simile (c)hyperbole (d)paradox

4) My biro sang very well during the exams. the above reflects

(a)irony (b)personification (c)metaphor (d)drama

5) It is now an open—secrete that you can pass without reading in our school. The underlined exemplifies

(a)epilogue (b)fantasy (c)oxymoron (d)parable

6) We heard boom as okonkwo shot the old gun. The underlined is a figure of speech known as

(a) hero (b)onomatopoeia (c)metonymy (d)simile

7) In the novel, the arrangement of events and actions is referred to as the ————

(a) setting (b)tone (c)plot (d)epilogue

8) A poem with fourteen lines is known as

(a) a sonnet (b) a satire (c) melodrama (d) irony

9) The main character in a literary works is the——–

(a) antagonist (b) narrator (c) protagonist (d) villian

Read the extract and answer questions 10 –15

My heart leaps up when I behold

A rainbow in the sky

So was it when my life began

So is it now that I am a man

So be it when I shall grow

The child is the father of the man

10) The mood of the poem is that of

(a)sorrow (b)elation (c)anxiety (d)sarcasm

11) The rhyme scheme of the poem is

(a) ab cc ac (b) ac bc ca (c)ab ca cc (d)ab ac bc

12) The subject of the extract is

(a) childishness (b)the adverse effects of the rainbow on man (c) the unchanging cycle of nature (d)the adverse effects of old age

13) The literary device use in line 1 is

(a) simile (b)alliterature (c)litotes (d) personification

14) The literary device used in line 6 is an example of

(a). synecdoche (b)irony(c).paradox (d). hyperbole

15)”forty hands descended on the devilish heads ”illustrates

(a)epigram (b)synecdoche (c)metonymy (d)allegory

`16) Pick the odd item out of the option listed below:

(a)sonnet (b)epic (c)allusion (d)ode

17 A  praise poem is (a) a dirge (b) an epic (c) a ballad (d) an ode

18. The pattern of end rhymes in a poem is called —- (a) internal rhymes  (b) rhyme scheme (c) rhythm (d) scansion

19. A poem constituting of 14 lines is —  (a) a sonnet (b) a narrative (c) an ode (d) an elegy

20.  A dramatic performance with only bodily movements and without words is —-  (a) an aside (b) a soliloquy (c) an opera  (d) a mime

21. The act of giving human attribute to non-human object is —-                   (a) personification  (b) allegory (c) anecdote (d) allusion

22. A literary device used to mock of ridicule a society or practice is called —– (a) a fable  (b)  a farce (c) a satire (d) an allegory

23. When characters talk to each other. It is referred to as  —                (a) soliloquy  (b) monologue  (c) dialogue (d) recitation

24. A folktale is a —- (a) novel  (b) biography (c) work of fiction (d) novelette

25. A poem written in an elaborate style to address or celebrate an object or an event is called — (a) an ode (b) a ballad (c) an epic            (d) a dirge

26. The most exciting and tense part of a story is the — (a) epilogue (b) prologue (c) exposition (d) climax

27. The man has joined his ancestors’ is an example of —                           (a) euphemism  (b) malapropism (c) eulogy (d) trilogy

28. In drama, comic relief often occurs in   (a) comedies (b) historical plays (c) dramatic plays (d) tragedies

30. An expression from which one derives a mental picture is (a) paradox (b) imagery (c) exaggeration (d) photography

Read the extract and answer question 31 and 32

Said the lion: “on music I dote

But something is wrong with my throat

When I practice a scale

The listeners quail

And flee at the first note”

31. What type of poem is this?  (a) epic (b) ode (c) limerick (d) sonnet

3The rhyming pattern of the lines  is  (a) ababb (b) ababa (c) abbaa      (d) aabba

33 The central idea of a poem is the.   (a) title (b) climax (c) theme (d)conflict

34 The timing and location of a literary work is (a)theme (b) plot (c) setting (d) atmosphere.

What a morning!

The sound of guns was everywhere

The city was trapped.

I have a mournful sigh


Boom Boom Boom!

The heart pants at the sound of the blast.

Lord! When will all this end?

This is the fourth day

You say you are free

Oh no, you are not                                                                                                                 you are trapped

A prisoner in your own home

The song is everywhere

What next?

Food-Water-a hiding place

Far from the sound of gun

34. The theme of this poem (a) peace (b) war (c) love (d) death. 35“Boom Boom Boom!” is an example of (a) symbols (b) onomatopoeia (c) metonymy (d) allusion

36. The atmosphere of the poem implies (a)danger and confusion (b)peace and reconciliation (c) happiness (d) hope

37. The second stanza refers to (a) the uncertainty of life (b) the pleasures of life (c) the meaning of life (d) the joys of life

38.”The song is everywhere” refers to (a) freedom (b) anxiety               (c) pleasure (d) satisfaction

39. A character that develops in the course of a novel or play is described as — (a) flat (b) antagonist (c) round (d) protagonist

40.  In drama —- creates humour (a) clown (b) hero (c) villain (d) chorus

SECTION B: Answer four questions.   10 marks each.

  1. Discuss the plot structure of Lonely Days by Bayo Adebowale    
  2. Discuss the  theme of loneliness in the novel.
  3. What differentiates Yaremi from the three other widows in the narrative?
  4. Examine Woye as a curious child.
  5. Discuss  Yaremi’s undying love for Ajemobi.
  6. Attempt a character portrait of Alani


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