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WAEC Objective Questions on Literature in English

Answer all the Questions
Each question is followed by four options lettered A to D. Find out the correct options for each question and shade in pencil on your answer sheet, the answer space which bears the same letter as the option you Chosen. Give only one answer to each question. An example is given below

All the word’s a stage is an example of
A. metaphor.
B. paradox.
C. allusion.
D. personification

The correct answer is Metaphor, which is lettered C and therefore answer space C would be shaded.
[A] [ B ] [C] [ D ]

Think carefully before you shade the answer spaces; erase completely any answer you wish to change.

Do all rough work on this questions paper.

Now answer the following questions.

WAEC General Knowledge of Literature Objective Questions

Answer all the questions in this section
General Knowledge of Literature

1. A situation where an audience is aware of an action a character is ignorant of is
A. dramatic irony.
B. comic relief.
C. aside.
D. satire.

2. A fictional prose which is neither a novel nor a short story is a/an
A. allegory.
B. fable.
C. novella.
D. novelette.

3. Condensed use of language is a dominant feature of
A. comedy.
B. poetry.
C. prose.
D. tragedy.

4. The sudden reversal of a character’s fortune in a literary work is
A. denouement
B. hamartia
C. hubris
D. peripeteia

Read the extract below and answer Questions 5 to 7.

With the pen, he wrote kings into reality 
With his words, kingdoms arose.
Those same words, slaves inhaled
Their hands building walls, their feet tromping territories
His pen was like the breath life.

5. The underlined words illustrate
A. hyperbole.
B. irony.
C. metonymy
D. paradox.

6. hands and feet in line 4 illustrate
A. contrast.
B. litotes.
C. personification
D. synecdoche

7. His pen was like the breath of life exemplifies
A. bathos.
B. pathos.
C. satire.
D. simile.

8. Comic relief occurs in
A. comedies.
B. pastorals.
C. romance.
D. tragedies.

9. One week of fasting makes one weak is an example of
A. apostrophe.
B. paradox.
C. pun.
D. sarcasm.

10. Students rarely read Julius Caesar these days illustrates
A. caesura.
B. eponym.
C. oxymoron
D. zeugma.

11. In Literature, the term poetic Justice applies to
A. a story that ends well.
B. characters that are spared death.
C. the development of a good plot.
D. the rewarding of good characters and the punishing of bad ones.

12. Ascribing human moods to nature, as in a playful breeze illustrates
A. humor.
B. pathetic fallacy.
C. symbolism.
D. transferred epithet.

13. The end of a performance is followed by
A. a curtain call.
B. a certain raiser.
C. epilogue.
D. interlude.

Marching along fifty score strong Great hearted gentlemen singing this song

14. The underlined words illustrate
A. assonance.
B. consonance.
C. onomatopoeia.
D. repetition.

15. A short poem with a witty or sarcastic ending is a/an
A. ballad.
B. allegory.
C. epigram.
D. panegyric.

16. The big boulder blasted the house illustrates
A. alliteration.
B. contrast.
C. irony.
D. paradox.

Read the extract and answer Questions 17 and 18.

I find no peace and ail my war is done 
I fear and hope. I bum and freeze like ice.

17. The dominant literary device used in the lines is
A. euphemism.
B. hyperbole.
C. paradox.
D. understatement.

18. The feeling of the narrator in the extract is one of
A. confusion.
B. fatigue.
C. love.
D. Joy

19. Which of the following is written by an African playwright?
A. She Stoops to Conquer
B. A Raisin in the Sun
C. Lonely Days
D. The Blood of a stranger

20. Which of the following is written by a Non-African poet?
A. Piano and Drums
B. The Dining Table
C. The Schoolboy
D. The Panic of Growing Older

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WAEC Unseen Prose and Poetry Objective Questions

Read the passage and answer Questions 21 to 25.

On, on, on, over the countless miles of angry space roll the long heaving billows. Mountains and caves are here; for what is now the one is now the other; then ail is but a boiling heap of rushing water. Pursuit, and flight and mad return of wave on wave, and savage struggle, ending up in a spouting up of foam that whitens the black night; incessant change of place and form and hue; constancy in nothing but eternal strife.

On, on, on, they roll and darker grows the night; and louder howls the wind and more clamorous and fierce become the million voices in the sea, when the wild cry goes forth upon the storm, ‘A ship!’

21. The most suitable title for the passage is
A. A Savage Struggle at Night.
B. At Sea on a Stormy Night.
C. The Long Heaving Waves.
D. The Million Voices in the Sea.

22. The predominant use of long vowels in the first sentence heightens the …….. of the waves.
A. anger
B. expanse
C. great noise
D. endless movement

23. The writer’s attitude to scene is one of
A. anxiety.
B. awe.
C. contempt.
D. indifference.

24. The expression million voices is used as
A. conceit.
B. euphemism.
C. hyperbole.
D. metonymy.

25. A ship in the last line symbolizes
A. despair.
B. hope.
C. pirates.
D. sailors.

Read the poem and answer Questions 26 to 30.

Oft in the stilly night
Ere slumber’s chain has bound me
Fond memory brings the light
of other days around me:

The smiles, the tears
of boyhood years.
The words of love then spoken;
The eyes that shone
How dimm’d and gone
The cheerful hearts now broken!
Thus in the stilly night
Ere slumber’s chain has bound me.
Sad memory brings the light of other days around me.

26. The theme is about the poet’s
A. broken love affairs.
B. fear of the stilly night.
C. sleepless night.
D. yeaning for happier times gone by.

27. The theme of the poem is presented essentially through
A. assonance.
B. contrast.
C. paradox.
D. repetition.

28. The two words that give hint of the poet’s unhappiness are
A. light and night.
B. light and shone.
C. night and dimm’d.
D. shone and dimm’d.

29. The poet refers to memory as being ‘fond’ and ‘sad’ because it brings
A. cheers and smiles.
B. love and joy.
C. sorrow and pity.
D. smiles and tears.

30. The meaning of the expression.
Ere slumber’s chain has bound me is
A. after I wake up.
B. before I sleep.
C. before I dream.
D. since I cannot sleep.

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WAEC Literature Objective Questions on Drama and Poetry

Answer all the Questions in this section.

Read the extract and answer Questions 31 to 35.

Zounds, sir, y’ are robbed! For shame, put on your gown!
Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul.
Even now, now, veiy now, an old black ram Is tupping vour white ewe. Arise, arise!
Awake the snorting citizens with the bell,
Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you.
Arise I say!

(Act I, Scene One, lines 83- 89)

31. The speaker is
A. Cassio.
B. Iago.
C. Lodovico.
D. Roderigo.

32. The listener’s initial reaction to the speech is one of
A. anger.
B. defiance.
C. disbelief.
D. regret.

33. The underlined expression implies an attitude of
A. callousness.
B. hypocrisy.
C. racism.
D. tribalism.

34. …. y’ are robbed! refers to
A. Brabantio’s rejection of Othello.
B. Desdemona’s stout defence of Othello.
C. Iago’s stealing of Roderigo’s purse.
D. Othello’s elopement with Desdemona.

35. The speaker is
A. at the citadel of Cyprus.
B. in front of Brabantio’s house.
C. in the council chamber.
D. outside the sagittary.

Read the extract and answer Questions 36 to 40.

I will rather sue to be despised than to deceive so good a commander with so slight, so drunken, and so indiscreet an officer. Drunk! And speak parrot! And squabble! Swagger! Swear! And discourse fustian with one’s own shadow! O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil!

(Act II, Scene Three, lines 262-267)

36. The speaker is
A. Cassio.
B. Iago.
C. Duke.
D. Roderigo.

37. The speaker is addressing
A. Cassio.
B. Iago.
C. Othello.
D. Roderigo.

38. The mood is that of
A. deceit.
B. envy.
C. hatred.
D. regret.

39. …. so good a commander refers to
A. Brabantio.
B. Duke.
C. Othello.
D. Roderigo.

40. The underlined expression exemplifies
A. antithesis.
B. apostrophe.
C. chiasmus.
D. euphemism.

Read the extract and answer Questions 41 to 45.

Speaker X:… Did he live now,

This sight would make him do a desperate turn.
Yea, curse his better angel from his side,
And fall to reprobation.

Speaker Y: ‘T is pitiful; but yet Iago knows
That she with Cassio hath the act of shame
A thousand times committed. Cassio confessed it;
And she did gratify his amorous works

(Act V, Scene Two, lines 204-211)

41. …. he…, referred to by Speaker X, is
A. Brabantio.
B. Gratiano.
C. Montano.
D. Lodovico.

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