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Literature-In-English Objectives Questions -2

Pat I
General Questions on Literary Appreciation

1. A story in which animals are used as characters is a
A. panegyric
B. fable
C. limerick
D. tale

2. A short, witty statement in verse or prose is an
A. epithet
B. epigram
C. anecdote
D. epitaph

3. The first public performance of a play is its
A. rehearsal
B. audition
C. premiere
D. debut

4. A short songlike poem is
A. a lullaby
B. a sonnet
C. an ode
D. a lyric

5. One of th eelements essential to a novel is
A. scene
B. plot
C. dialogue
D. chorus

6. Loyalty to the flag is expected of all citizens illustrates the use of
A. euphimism
B. metonymy
C. symbolism
D. allusion

7. Wheels and wheels and wheels spin by illustrates
A. repetition
B. rhyme
C. euphimism
D. meiosis

8. ….. is a style used to induce laughter on the audience.
A. Metre
B. Humour
C. Rhetoric
D. Chorus

9. A funeral song which expresses grief is
A. a dirge
B. an epic
C. an ode
D. a sonnet

10. A device in which an earlier event is recalled for exposition is
A. suspense
B. apostrophe
C. irony
D. flashback

11. Just before a play is performed, actors undergo
A. recitals
B. dancing
C. auditioning
D. rehearsals

12. A line with a pause at the end is
A. run on
B. end stopped
C. rhythmic
D. metrical

13. The deliberate omission of a word or phrase in a piece of writing indicates
A. ellipsis
B. enjambment
C. elision
D. scansion

14. The technique of delaying the reader’s response to the action in a literary work is
A. denouement
B. conflict
C. suspense
D. flashback

15. A poem that teaches moral lessons is said to be
A. pastoral
B. symbolic
C. primitive
D. didactic

16. The end of a performance is followed by
A. a curtain call
B. a curtain raiser
C. an interlude
D. an intermission

17. ….. who never said a foolish thing nor even did a wise one illustrates the use of
A. pun
B. oxymoron
C. paradox
D. epithet

18. A literary work is a satire when it
A. finds fault
B. humorously criticises to improve a situation
C. provokes laughter
D. teaches a lesson for social improvement

Use the line to answer questions 19 and 20.
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!

19. The literary device used is
A. apostrophe
B. hyperbole
C. inversion
D. oxymoron

20. The device helps to
A. tone down the speaker’s emotion
B. intensity the speaker’s feeling
C. create a sense of fear
D. create a sense of wonder

Part II
Unseen Prose and Poetry

Read the passage and answer questions 21 to 25.

Diversion through Larteh! This is the sign in the middle of the road. They have diverted the 24 kilometre Mamfe-Aburi-Adenta road because of the major works. The Mamfe-Larteh-Adenta diversion makes the journey twice as long. The longer route is the shorter.

The little jeep flashes past the deserted police checkpoint. The howling wind, like a stretching comb, stretches Kyeiwa’s hair in flapping furrows behind her as she stands clinging to a metal support in the back of the open jeep, petrified. The jeep negotiates the hairpin bend below the overhang near Tamara’s Place at breakneck speed, now it is on the stretch to the Kodiabe junction. The little vehicle laps up the distance. Presently the travellers arrive at the last crossroads Kodiabe lies as the crow flies, Somanya to the left. The jeep turns right towards Accra.

21. Kyeiwa is in ….. mood.
A. a relaxed
B. an ecstatic
C. a frightened
D. an elated

22. The narrative technique used in the passage is
A. third person
B. a soliloquy
C. first person
D. an aside

23. The passage is
A. expository
B. analytical
C. narrative
D. argumentative

24. The atmosphere in the passage is one of
A. love
B. fear
C. anger
D. joy

25. The little vehicle laps up the distance conveys the impression of
A. leisure
B. pleasure
C. strength
D. speed

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