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 *
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 *
8. A scene in fiction enacting past events is *
9. Poetic licence is a term applied to a poet's *
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 *
14. The persona’s mood is one of *
15. The rhyme pattern is *
16. A play in which characters act through gestures and facial expression is a *
17. Characterisation refers to *
18. In a literary work, the foil is one who *
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 *
22. "Rumbling" as used in the 1st paragraph is *
23. The dominant theme is *
24. The narrative technique is *
25. The writer's attitude is one of
Clear selection
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 *
SECTION B
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 *
33. The speech is about *
34. By the speech, the speaker attempts to *
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."
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 *
37. What binds the speaker and addressee together is their *
38. The addressee is enjoined to Go, make money for *
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"
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 *
43. The speaker is addressing *
44. The speech is intended to *
45. Among these unlucky deeds, the immediate one is *
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 *
48. The dominant images are associated with *
49. The scene reveals the speaker's *
50. The language of the extract is best described as *
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