SSCE 2019 Literature-in-English
Part I: GENERAL QUESTIONS ON LITERARY APPRECIATION
1. A literary work which is intended to teach a moral lesson is
2. A short account of an interesting event is
A. a tale
B. an anecdote
C. an episode
D. a story
3. He is a citizen of no mean city illustrates
4. The introductory part of a play, a novel or poem is the
5. An elegy is a poem of
6. "The trees bowed their heads in shame" illustrates
7. A character whose actions are predictable in a literary work is
A. a round character
B. a flat character
C. the hero
D. the villain
8. A scene in fiction enacting past events is
9. Poetic licence is a term applied to a poet's
A. choice of words
B. choice of characters
C. restrictions in the use of language
D. freedom in the use of language.
Milton! thou should’st be living at this hour.
10. The literary device used in the line above is
Here lie I, Martin EliginbroddeHave mery on my soul, Lord God.
11. The extract above illustrates
12. "we live to die, we die to live" is an example of
Read the poem and answer questions 13 to 15.
Here she lies, a pretty bud,
Lately made of flesh and blood;
Who as soon fell fast asleep
As her little eyes did peep.
Give her strewings, but not stir
The earth that lightly covers her.
13. The poem is about a/an
B. old woman
C. little child
14. The persona’s mood is one of
15. The rhyme pattern is
A. abc abc
B. aab bcc
C. aba bcc
D. aa be be
16. A play in which characters act through gestures and facial expression is a
17. Characterisation refers to
A. how characters are grouped
B. the readers’ opinions of the characters
C. how characters are depicted
D. the roles played by the characters
18. In a literary work, the foil is one who
A. complements another character.
B. contracts with another character
C. introduces the conflict
D. resolves the conflict
19. Dramatis personae refers to
20. A literary device used to enhance sound effect in poetry is
Part II: Using Prose and Poetry
Read the Passage and answer Questions 21 to 25.
Mark lies sleepless, his supine eyes rolling as he counts the rafters - vertically, horizontally, diagonally - over and over. There is continual rumbling in his belly. Lying so still, whom can he blame now? Isn't his own fault to be like this?
Three months ago, Atongo and Agbenya said they were leaving town because "things have become too hard," as they put it. They asked Mark to come along. He declined saying that he would have to prepare. Of course, he simply could not go -- dare not. He had a pact with Akwele who sells kenkey downtown: neither could leave town without the other. At the time Mark's friends were ready, Akwele had travelled to Accra and would, unknown to anyone, not return in a hurry.
This is why Mark is lying dejected on his bed, a hungry man. Anyhow, he is not an angry man.
21. "...supine eyes..." illustrates
C. verbal irony
22. "Rumbling" as used in the 1st paragraph is
23. The dominant theme is
A. unrequited love
B. loss of opportunity
C. lack of trust
D. insatiable hunger
24. The narrative technique is
A. third person
B. first person
D. multiple narration
25. The writer's attitude is one of
Read the poem and answer questions 26 to 30.
Walker, stop and let me move and check you
My sneaky, fleeting moon of reckless birth
The light of hope you flashed at dawn has dimmed
And flicker weakly, so you squint at Earth.
Walker, stand and let me sit and quiz you
Will foes and friends be irked if Mum you tell
The bitter tale of woe behind your flu?
The trickling tears unseen announce you age.
Walker, stay and let me come and tell you
My fleeting moon, I own you dim my light
Your sparkling blouse has turned a darker hue
You must, I guess, have done a steeplechase.
26. The stanzas are written in
27. The recurrent device used is
28. The mood of the poet is
29. The opening lines of the stanzas are
30. The first stanza rhymes
A. ab ac
B. ab ab
C. ab eb
D. ab ba
Answer all the questions in this section.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: Othello
Read the extract and answer Questions 31 to 35.
When remedies are past, griefs are ended
By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended.
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone
Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
What cannot be preserved when fortune takes
Patience her injury a mock’ry makes.
The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief;
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.
(Act 1, Scene three, lines 200 - 207)
31. The speaker is
32. The speech is directly addressed to
D. 2nd Senator
33. The speech is about
A. Brabantio’s complaint about Othello
B. Othello’s loss of his handkerchief
C. Brabantio’s loss of his daughter
D. the Fight between Cassio and Roderigo
34. By the speech, the speaker attempts to
A. instigate the addressee
B. console the addressee
C. prevent a war
D. settle a tight
35. The underlined expression means
Screen Reader User Please Note. From the above passage, the expression underlined reads. "The robbed that smile, steals something from the thief."
A. one is bound to lose something in life.
B. keep smiling even while being robbed
C. it is useful not to bemoan one's loss
D. the thief loses either way
Read the extract and answer questions 36 to 40.
Thou art sure of me. Go. Make money. I have told thee often, and I retell thee again and again.
I hate the Moor. My cause is hearted; thine has no less reason.
Let us be conjuctive in our revenge against him. If thou canst Cuckold him, thou dost thyself a pleasure, me a sport.
There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered. Traverse, go, provide thy money! We will have more of this tomorrow. Adieu.
(Act I, Scene Three, lines 355-362)
36. The speaker and the addressee are
A. Lodovico and Roderigo
B. Clown and Lodovico
C. lago and Roderigo
D. Lago and Clown
37. What binds the speaker and addressee together is their
A. hatred for Othello
B. fear of Cassio
C. fear of Duke
D. hatred for Brabantio
38. The addressee is enjoined to Go, make money for
A. wooing Desdemona
B. enriching Lago
C. placating Brabantio
D. rewarding Bianca
39. The underlined expression means
Screen Reader user Please Note. The underlined expression from the above passage reads. "if thou canst cuckold him, thou dost thyself a pleasure"
A. you have your way by making him angry
B. you gain by making his wife cheat on him
C. you will not be delighted at the result
D. you will have succeeded in seducing her
40. The speaker's attitude to the addressee is one of
Read the extract and answer questions 41 to 45.
I have done the state some service, and they know’t. No more of that. I pray you, in your letters,
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate.
Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate.
Nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak Of one that loved not wisely, but too well;
(Act V, Scene Two, lines 336-341)
41. The speaker is
42. The setting is
A. a street in front of the citadel
B. a street
C. the citadel
D. Desdemona's chamber
43. The speaker is addressing
A. Duke and others
C. the senate
D. Lodovico and others
44. The speech is intended to
A. preserve the speaker's reputation
B. express the speaker's remorse
C. express the speaker's acceptance of guilt
D. denounce the speaker's enemies
45. Among these unlucky deeds, the immediate one is
A. the killing of Desdemona
B. declaring Desdemona as unfaithful
C. refusing to listen to Emilia
D. the sacking of Cassio
Read the extract and answer question 46 to 50.
If after every tempest come such calms,
May the winds blow till they have wakened death,
And let the labouring bark climb hills of seas
Olympus-high, and duck again as low
As hell’s from heaven. If it were now to die,
‘T were now to be most happy; for I fear
My soul hath her content so absolute
That not another comfort like to this
Succeeds in unknown fate.
(Act II, Scene One. lines 179-187)
46. The speaker is
47. The occasion is
A. Othello’s return from war
B. Othello’s departure for Cyprus
C. Montano expressing his delight after the tempest
D. the defeat of the Turks
48. The dominant images are associated with
49. The scene reveals the speaker's
A. fear of adventure
B. affection for his wife
C. suspicion of his wife
D. fulfilment as a warrior
50. The language of the extract is best described as
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