Questions on all Literature in English Text for WAEC AND JAMB 2022-26

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OUMAR FAROUK: The Song of the Woman of My Land

1. The set of words that point to the theme of suffering in the poem is A. fading, ploughed, memory B. toil anguish and pain C. antiquity, melodies, ghost, D. amusement, fascination, rebellious

2. “The tune turning the tenor of my verse”. The kind of imagery used here is? A. Auditory imagery B. Visual imagery C. Olfactory imagery D. Gustatory imagery

3. The poet hopes to preserve the song of the woman of my land A. in the forlorn fields B. in verses C. in archive D. on stuttering lips

4. The word, dirge ties in with the theme of A. death B. Living C. Culture D. nature

5. The poem can be regarded as a poem of A. deep sorrow B. Joyous C. Celebration D. intense anger

T. S. ELIOT: THE JOURNEY OF THE MAGI                                                           

6. What are the paradoxical synonyms in the poem A. Love and Hate B. Birth and Death C. Lead and Gold D. Light and Darkness

7. What is the central question of the poem? A. What will happen to the Magi? B. Why did we follow the star? C. Were we led all way for birth or death? D. Was Christ really the son of God?

8. Which of the following is NOT used as a symbol of Jesus in the poem? A. vine B. Bird C. Wine D. stream

9. What event in T.S. Eliot’s life immediately preceded the writing of this poem? A. His conversion to Anglicanism B. His move to England C. His marriage D. His journey to Jerusalem

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10. The following are personified in the poem: A. citties, towns and villages B. camel, donkeys, horses C. tress, rocks, flowers D. gold, frankincense, myrrh

11. The poem alludes to A. Greek mythology B. The old Testament C. The Quran D. The New Testament


12. “Tough like a tiger, compassionate like a doe. Transparent like a river, mysterious like a lake”.                   The lines above illustrate the use of _______ A. simile B. Oxymoron C. Antithesis D. irony

13. Which of the following is not a theme in the poem? A. leadership B. War C. Balance D. nature

14. According to the poem which animal has a “tramping feet”? A. elephant B. Lion B. Hyena D. warthog


15. “But a bird that stalks                                                  down his narrow cage                                                 can seldom see through                                                     his bars of rage”

What do these lines reveal about the caged bird?

A. The caged bird is aware of its surroundings B. The caged bird has strong feelings about his situation C. The caged bird is satisfied with his life D. The caged bird has difficulty flying

16. What do the rhyming words ‘rage’ and ‘cage’ in the stanza 2 emphasize? A. the anger that can accompany a lack of freedom B. the sadness that can accompany a lack of freedom C. that it is possible to feel free even in a cage D. that the caged bird cannot sing


17. What does the word ‘trill’ most likely mean, based on its context in stanza 3? A. trembling or quivering sound made a bird or insect B. strong, confident tone C. a peaceful song sung by a bird or insect D. another animal of a similar species

18. The content of stanza 3 is repeated in stanza 6. This repetition reveals that the bird A. has resigned himself to a captive life. B. has never known freedom, but understands what it is and hopes for it C. is now content, understanding that life in the cage is safer D. sings a song of freedom that is not heard by others, but he accepts it

19. Which of the following lines is the best example of personification? A. on a distant hill B. the caged bird stalks C. and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees D. of things unknown but longed for still

20. “The grave of dreams” as used in the poem represents A. a feeling of ignorance B. the possibility for the future C. where the bird will die D. a feeling of hopelessness


21. The poem is mostly composed of which meter? A. trochaic B. anapestic tetrameter C. Alexandrines D. Iambic Pentameter

22. The poem’s speaker addressing his absent lover throughout the poem. This made the poem an example of A. hyperbole B. Synecdoche C. Apostrophe D. allusion

23. Which of the following is NOT an accurate characterization of the poem’s conception of love? A. It’s a virtual means of self -knowledge B. It possesses a kind of immortality C. It changes both the lovers and their relationship to the World D. It provides the only way to truly know God

24. From the poem we can infer which of the following about the speaker and his lover? A. They’ve fallen in love relatively recently B. The speaker’s love isn’t quite matched that of his lover C. They’ve loved one another for as long as the speaker can remember D. Their love is profound but forbidden

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25. Which of the following is NOT one of the comparisons made to the speaker and his lover’s state before they met? A. childhood B. Sleep C. Death D. A dream


26. When Jimmy wishes for the death of Alison’s mother, what does he say will happen to the worms that eat her body? A. They will get indigestion B. They will shrivel up and die C. They will split out her body D. They will yell in pain

27. Why according to Jimmy, is Cliffs blood unfit for a loving cup? A. It is too common B. It is too rich C. It is too stupid D. It is too watery

28. The professor that wishes to prove that Shakespeare changed his sex is from what school? A. Penn B. Columbia C. Harvard D. Yale

29. Why was Jimmy angry at Alison on their wedding night? A. He discovered that he was in love with someone else B. He discovered that she did not like him C. He discovered she was a virgin D. He discovered she had slept with other men

30. What secret does Alison confide to cliff in the first act? A. She is pregnant B. She is in love with Cliff C. She is leaving Jimmy D. She has lost all their money



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