This post is meant to provide learners with outline of selected literature texts for candidates who are sitting for 2021-2015 WAEC, NECO, GCE and JAMB examination. We do hope their outline and analysis help guide you for your studies.

Just before you proceed to the syllabus, kindly study the WAEC exam guideline for literature in English below:

Exam Guideline For Literature in English

Do note that there will be three papers – Papers 1, 2 and 3. Papers 1 and 2 will a composite paper and will be taken at one sitting.

Paper 1 will be a multiple choice objective test. It will contain fifty questions distributed as follows:

(a) Twenty questions on General Knowledge of Literature;

(b) Five questions on an unseen prose passage;

(c) Five questions on an unseen poem;

(d) Twenty context questions on the prescribed Shakespearean text.

Candidates will be expected to answer all the questions within 1 hour for 50 marks.

Paper 2 will be an essay test with two sections, Sections A and B.

Section A will be on African Prose and Section B on Non-African Prose.

Two essay questions will be set on each of the novels recommended for study.

Candidates shall be required to answer one question only from each section within 1 hour 15 minutes for 50 marks.

Paper 3 is going be on the Drama and Poetry components of the syllabus.

It will be put into four sections, Sections A, B. C and D as follows:

Section A: African Drama

Section B: Non-African Drama

Section C: African Poetry

Section D: Non-African Poetry

There shall be two questions on each of the prescribed drama texts for Sections A and B. There shall also be two questions for each of the poetry sections i.e Sections C and D.

Candidates shall be required to answer one question from each of the sections, making a total of four questions. The paper will take 2 hours 30 minutes to complete and will carry 100 marks.

Below are 2021-2025 Selected Literature Texts For WAEC, NECO and JAMB

African Prose

(1) Second Class Citizen

(2) Unexpected Joy At Dawn

Non-African Prose

(1) Wuthering Heights

(2) Invisible Man

African Drama

1. The Lion And The Joel

2. Let Me Die Alone

Non-African Drama

(1) Fences

(2) Look Back In Anger

3. A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream

African Poetry

(1) Black Woman

(2) The Grieved Lands

(3) The Leader And The Led

(4) A Government Driver On His Retirement

(5) The Song Of The Woman Of My Land

(6) Raider Of The Treasure Trove

Non-African Poetry

(1) The Journey Of The Magi

(2) Binsey Polars

(3) Caged Bird

(4) The Good-Morrow

(5) Bat

(6) Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.

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African Prose

(1) AmmaDarko – Faceless

(2) BayoAdebowale – Lonely Days

Non-African Prose

(1) Richard Wright – Native Son

(2) Patience Swift – The Last Goodman

*William Shakespeare:OTHELLO

Non-African Drama

(1) Oliver Goldsmith – She Stoops to conquer

(2) Lorraine Hansberry – A Raisin in the Sun

African Drama

(1) Frank Ogodo Ogbeche – Harvest of Corruption

(2) Dele Charley – The Blood of a Stranger

African Poetry

(1) Birago Drop – Vanity

(2) Gbemisola Adeoti – Ambush

(3) Gabriel Okara – Piano and Drums

(4) Gbanabam Hallowell – The Dinning Table

(5) Lenrie Peter – The Panic of Growing Older

(6) Kofi Awoonor – The Anvil and the Hammer

Non-African Poetry

(1) Alfred Tennyson – Crossing the Bar

(2) George Herbert – The pulley

(3) William Blake –The School Boy

(4) William Morris – The Proud King

(5) Robert Frost Birches – Birches

(6) William Shakespeare – Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day?

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