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General Knowledge of Literature in English 1 Objective Test For 2019 WAEC.

Part 1

1. A literary work which is intended to teach a moral lesson is A. Romantic B. Didactic C. Mimetic D. Moralistic

2. A short account of an interesting event is A. a tale B. an anecdote C. an episode D. Story

3. He is citizen of no mean city illustrates. A. bathos B. euphenism C. an episode D. litotes

4. The introductory part of a play, a novel or a poem is the A. epilogue B. plot C. setting D. prologue

5. An elegy is a poem of A. mourning B. complaint C. hope D. joy.

6. The trees bowed their heads in shame illustrates A. personification B. alliteration C. assonance D. paradox

7. A character whose actions are predictable in a literary work is A. a round B. Flat character C. the hero D. the villian

8. A scene in fiction enacting past events is A allusion B. foreshadow C. flashback D. interlude.

9. Poetic license 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.
A. aside B. apostrophe C. soliloquy D. suspense
Here lie I, Martin Eliginbrodde
Have mercy on my soul, Lord God.
11. The extract above illustrates A. epitaph B. elegy C. ballad D. dirge.
12. We live to die, we die to live is an example of A. paradox B. hyperbole C. inversion D. Oxymoron

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 A. flower B. old woman C. little child D. traveller .
14. The persona’s mood is A. anger B. admiration C. indifference D. joy
15. The rhyme pattern is A. abc abc B. aa bb cc C. ab ab cc D. aa bc bc
16. A play in which characters act through gestures and facial expressions is a A. pantomime B. burlesque C. farce D. melodrama
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 character
18. In a literary work, the foil is one who with another character C. introduces the conflict D. resolves the conflict
19. Dramatis personate refers to A. audience B. character C. chorus D. cast
20.A literary device used to enhance sound effect in poetry is A. Imagery B. Alliteration C. Refrain D. Symbol


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, Atango 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 A. oxymoron B. Paradox C. Verbal irony D. synecdoche
22. Rumbling as used in the 1st paragraph is
A. onomatopoeia B. metaphoric C. ironic D. alliterative
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 C. interior- monologue D. multiple narration
25. The writer”s attitude is one of ..
A. anger B.indifference C.sympathy D.mockery

Read the poem and answer question 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 flickers weaky, 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 tricking tears unseen announce your age.

Walker, stay and let me come and tell you
My fleeting moon, i own you dim my light
Your sparking blouse has turned a darker hue
You must, i guess , have done a steeplechase

26. The stanzas are written in A. quintests B. quatrains C. sestets D. tercets
27. The recurrent device used is A. synecdoche B. apostrophe C. metonymy D. paradox
28. The mood of the poet is A. derisive B. ecstatic C. regretful D. melancholic
29. The opening lines of the stanzas are A.trachaic B.iambic C. anapaestic D.dactylic
30. The first stanza rhymes A. ab ac B. ab ab C. abcb D. abba

Section B

Answer all the questions in the section.
Read the extract and answer questions 31 to 35
When remedies are past, griefs are ended
By seeing the worst, which late an 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 mockery makes.

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief,
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.
(Act I, scene Three, line 200-207)

31. The speaker is A. Gratiano B. Duke C. Ladovico D. Montano
32. The speech is directly addressed to A. Cassio B. Brabantio C. Othello D. 2nd Senator

33. The speech is about A. Brabantio’s complaint about Othello B. Othello’s loss of his handkerchief C. Brabantio’ loss of his daughter D. The fight between Cassio and Rodengo.

34. By the speech, the speaker attempts to..
A. instigate the addressee B. console the addressee C. prevent a war D. Settle a fight.

35. The underlined expression means 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 you these often, and i retell thee again and again, i hate the Moor. My cause is hearted; thine has no less reason. Let us be conjunctive 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 addresses are A. Lodovico and Roderigo B. Clown and Lodovico C. Lago and Roderigo D. Lago and Clown

37. What blinds the speaker and addresses together is their A. Hatred for Othello B. Fear of Cassio C. Fear of Duke D. Hatred for Brabantio

38. The addresses is enjoined to Go, make money for
A. Wooing Desdemona B. enriching lago C. placating Brabantio D. rewarding Bianca

39. The underlined expression means 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 A. spite B. envy C. friendliness D. intolerance

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 A. Othello B. Gratiana C. Lago D. Cassio

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 B. Emilia 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 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 questions 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 hells’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 A. brabantio B.Othello C. Duke D. Montano

47. The occasion is A. Othello’s return from war B. Othello’s departure for cyprus C. Mantano expressing his delight after the tempest D. the defeat of the Turks

48. The dominant images are associated with A. Love B. Nature C. Sailing D. war

49.The scene reveals the speaker’s A. Fear of adventure B. affection for his wife C. suspicion of his wife D. Fulfillment as a warrior
50. The language of the extract best described as A. Ironical B. Humorous C. Hyperbolical D. Sarcastic.


1. B 2.B 3. D 4. D 5. A 6. A 7. B 8. C 9. D 10. B 11. A 12 A 13. A 14. B 15. B 16. A 17. C 18. B 19. D 20. B 21. A 22. A 23. B 24. A 25. D. 26.B 27. B 28. D 29. A 30. C 31. B 32. B 33. C 34. B 35. C 36. C 37. A 38. A 39. B 40. D 41. A 42. D 43. D 44. A 45. A 46. B 47. D 48. A 49 B 50. B

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