Literature-In English Examination Questions For SS1 And SS2


CLASS:             SS1

INSTRUCTION: Answer all questions


  1. One of the following is not a genre of literature (a) prose (b) fiction (c) poetry (d) drama
  2. Prose can be subdivided into ______ and ______ (a) fiction and written (b) oral and drama (c) fiction and non-fiction (d) non-fiction and letter
  3. A poem of fourteen lines is referred to as _____ epic (b) sonnet (c) ode (d) lyric
  4. The type of poem aimed at ridiculing the foolish nature of a person, society or institution is known as_______ (a) ballad (b) satire (c) elegy (d) lime-ick
  5. The type of play with happy scene or full of amusement is known as _____ (a) tragic-comedy (b) force (c) tragedy (d) comedy
  6. _____ is a poem which expresses grief or sorrow which is usually caused by death (a) epigram (b) elegy (c) ballad (d) lyric
  7. ____ is referred to as the subject matter of the play (a) theme (b) setting (c) plot (d) cast
  8. The hero or principal actor or character in a play around whom the action revolves is called _____ (a) character (b) antagonist (c) protagonist (d) cast
  9. Another name for an antagonist is _____ (a) Hero (b) villain (c) Heroine (d) protagonist
  10. The figure of speech which endow inanimate objects with human attributes is called _______ (a) Euphemism (b) allusion (c) personification (d) simile
  11. The concluding part of a literary work mostly in drama is called ______ (a) mime (b) prologue (c) epilogue (d) flash back
  12. The actors and actresses in a play are collectively known as ______ (a) protagonist (b) cast (c) Hero (d) musicians
  13. The name given to a person that writes a play is (a) poet (b) playwright (c) novelist (d) actor
  14. _______ is an over statement or exaggeration of facts used for serious or comic effect (a) paradox (b) metaphor (c) oxymoron (d) hyperbole
  15. A serious play with a sad ending is called __________(a) epic drama (b) melodrama (c) comedy (d) tragedy


  1. (a) What is Literature (b) Highlight four importance of literature
  2. (a) List the three genres of literature     (b) List the five elements of poetry
  3. (a) What is drama    (b) Explain the following:

(i) Comedy

(ii) Tragedy

(iii) Tragic Comedy

(iv) Epic drama

  1. Explain the features of drama
  2. Explain the following elements of drama
  • Playwright
  • Soliloquy
  • Protagonist
  • Antagonist
  • Prologue
  • Epilogue
  1. (a) What are figures of speech     (b) Explain the following:

(i) Simile

(ii) Metaphor

(iii) Personification

(iv) Hyperbole

  1. List and explain the classes of a prose

CLASS: SS1         SUBJECT: LITERATURE IN-ENGLISH     Time: 1½ hours        

INSTRUCTION: Answer all questions 

Section A: Objective

  1. The sea is dancing illustrates the use of (a) personification (b) metaphor (c) hyperbole (d) euphemism
  2. Drama is a literary genre which is characteristically meant for the (a) audience (b) scene (c) actor (d) acts
  3. The most important female character in a work of Art is the (a) Actress (b) Flutist (c) heroine (d) hero
  4. A piece of writing which ridicules an entity with the purpose of effecting a positive change is (a) satire (b) mockery (c) pun (d) ridicule
  5. The recall of a past event to explain the present situation is the use of (a) flashback (b) conceit (c) suspense (d) surprise
  6. The development of event as they unfold in a work of art is (a) plot (b) image (c) style (d) subject matter
  7. The major character in any dramatic, piece is the (a) antagonist (b) protagonist (c) clown (d) cast
  8. One of the following is not an element of style in prose-fiction (a) Diction (b) irony (c) structure (d) point of view
  9. The underlying central massage in a work of art is called (a) plot (b) setting (c) background (d) theme
  10. The angle from which a writer narrates his story is called (a) technique (b) style (c) contrast  (d) point of view
  11. The downfall of a hero is referred to as (a) flaw (b) heroism (c) strength (d) power
  12. The tragic flaw of a hero is referred to as (a) Hubris (b) catharsis (c) mime (d) purgation
  13. The ending part of a play is called (a) Epilogue (b) prologue (c) monologue (d) Dialogue
  14. _____ is a figure of speech that shows a direct comparison of one object with another (a) irony (b) metaphor (c) simile (d) pun
  15. One of these is a type of prose (a) epistolary (b) costume (c) Hero (d) Epigram
  16. A life story of a person written by another person is called (a) Biography (b) novella (c) short story (d) Novel
  17. All these are element of poetry except _____ (a) Diction (b) tone (c) mood (d) prose
  18. _____ is a type of poetry (a) epic (b) fiction (c) non-fiction (d) Greek
  19. A play that is accompanied by song is called _____ (a) farce (b) comedy (c) melodrama (d) tragedy
  20. _______ and _________ is the two classes of prose (a) prose fiction and non-prose fiction (a) noun and pronoun (a) simile and metaphor (c) mimic and drama


  1. (a) ___________ is the author of the novel “let me die Alone”. (b) Write short notes on the following Characters (i) Ebanya (ii) Yoko (iii) Lambor (iv) Musa
  2. In what ways does the play threat the theme of colonization?
  3. List and explain (10) ten types of poetry.
  4. Write shot notes on the following figures of speech. (a) paradox (b) hyperbole (c) simile (d) oxymoron
  5. List and explain (5) five elements of prose
  6. List and explain (5) types of prose

CLASS: SS2                    SUBJECT: LITERATURE           Time: 1 hour       

INSTRUCTION: Answer all questions 

Section A

  1. Literacy works are classified mainly into ________ (a) epilogue (b) Anecdote  (c) fiction (d) genres
  2. The art of writing and performing a play is called _____ (a) poetry (b) fiction (c) prose (d) drama
  3. A poem which mourns the death of a person is known as (a) lyrics (b) farce (c) ode (d) elegy
  4. A poem imbued with sense of love is called (a) ballad (b) idyll (c) pastoral poetry (d) romance
  5. In fiction, a short novel or a very short story is known as (a) lullaby (b) lampoon (c) monodrama (d) novelette
  6. A literary device that creates pictures in our minds is (a) imagery (b) symbolism (c) irony (d) mood
  7. The character that creates humour in a play is the (a) in a play is the (a) protagonist (b) antagonist (c) clown (d) cast
  8. The introductory part of a play is called (a) monologue (b) Epilogue (c) prologue (d) Dialogue
  9. A dramatic device in which speakers speaks to himself is called (a) suspense (b) mime (c) Assonance (d) soliloguy
  10. _______ is poem which teaches both social and moral lessons. (a) limerick (b) parody (c) didactic poem (d) Epic
  11. _____ is the author of the novel “The Lion and the Jewel” (a) John KolosaKargbo (b) Whole Soyinka (c) T.S. Eliot (d) BuchiEmecheta
  12. What is “The One –eyed Box”? (a) a train (b) A camera (b) one of Sadiku’s wedding loads (d) the stranger’s new machine
  13. Lakunle believes that the fact that a mere woman has become more important than Baroka is the work of (a) the stranger (b) God (c) Lakunle himself (d) Sidi herself
  14. The word “Jewel”, is first used in the play by (a) Baroka (b) Lakunle (c) Sidi (d) The traveller
  15. In the day, what is the devil’s own horse? (a) Lucifer’s magic flyer  (b) the stranger’s car (c) The horse Baroka rides (d) An uncontrollable horse
  16. First girl believes that “The Bale is jealous” of whom? (a) Lakunle (b) Sidi (c) Sadiku (d) The stranger.
  17. The stranger falls into the water and losses all his appendages except his (a) helmet (b) camera (c) flask of whisky (d) magazine
  18. Barok’s age is about (a) 70 years (b) 62 years (c) 82 years (d) 65 years
  19. In the play, “gangan” and “Iyailu” are two (a) fireplaces (b) mother of the village (c) drums (d) trees
  20. In the dance of the lost traveler Lakunle clowns by imitating (a) the stall (b) a swimmer (c) the driving motions (d) typres rolling


  1. Write short note on the following characters: (a) Lakunle (b) Sidi (c) Sadiku
  2. Lakunle’s case illustrates the saying that half education is dangerous, discuss.
  3. List and explain 10 types of poetry
  4. List and explain the elements of poetry.
  5. State five (5) characteristics of literature
  6. Discuss the theme of tradition versus modernity.
  7. Write short note on the following figures of speech with one example each (a) irony (b) Alliteration (c) Assonance (d) personification

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