Literature In English 2017 Past Questions | JAMB

Study the following Literature in English past questions and answers for JAMBWAEC  NECO and Post-JAMB. Get prepared with official past questions and answers for upcoming examinations.

  1. This question is based on Richard Wright’s Native Son

    The story is narrated using the
    • A. Omniscient
    • B. limited omniscient
    • C. objective
    • D. first person

2. This question is based on Selected Poems from Johnson, R et al(eds): New Poetry from Africa; Soyinka, (ed); Poems of Black Africa; Senanu, K.E, and Vicent, T.(ed.):
A Selection of African Poetry; Gbemisola A.: Naked Soles; Hayward, J.(ed.); The Penguin Book of English Verse and Nwoga, D.(ed.): West African Verse.

The mood of Peter’s The Panic of Growing Older can be described as

  • A. sober
  • B. boastful
  • C. defiant
  • D. languid

3. Thus question is based on Frank Ogodo Ogbeche’s Harvest of Corruption

“Trust me. My duty is to convince her to play ball with him and then the usual commission keeps rolling in, shee you get?…”

The speaker in the excerpt above is

  • A. Aloho
  • B. Ogeyi
  • C. Odili
  • D. Ochuole

4. “The bees are buzzing and humming with great zest.
the doves are cooing, and the children chatter as they clatter downstairs to come and dabble in the cool system.

Use the extract above to answer the question below

The predicament sound device in the extract is

  • A. assonance
  • B. consonance
  • C. onomatopoeia
  • D. alliteration

5. This question is based on Selected Poems from Johnson, R et al(eds): New Poetry from Africa; Soyinka, (ed); Poems of Black Africa; Senanu, K.E, and Vicent, T.(ed.):
A Selection of African Poetry; Gbemisola A.: Naked Soles; Hayward, J.(ed.); The Penguin Book of English Verse and Nwoga, D.(ed.): West African Verse.


Piano and Drums according to Okara’s Piano and Drums are musical instruments of __________

  • A. contradictory tunes
  • B. complementary tunes
  • C. different cultural milieus
  • D. different rhythmic appeals

6. A poet‘s use of regular rhythm is known as _______?

  • A. allegory
  • B. assonance
  • C. metre
  • D. onomatopoeia

7. A poem that describes the simple life of rural people is called ___

  • A. elegy
  • B. ode
  • C. lyrics
  • D. pastoral

8. A fable is a story in which________?

  • A. allegations are made about characters
  • B. animal is or things are used as characters
  • C. there is an important setting
  • D. the story is told in poetic form

9. This question is based on William Shakespheare’s Othello

“ …Fathers, from hence trust not daughters’ minds. By what you see them act. Is there not charms. By which the property of youth and maidhood May be abused?. ”

In the excerpt it is implied that daughters are

  • A. lascivious
  • B. petty
  • C. pretentious
  • D. thieves

10. How many stanza and lines does William Moris’ poem “the proud king” has?

  • A. 119 stanzas and 849 lines
  • B. 109 stanzas and 849 lines
  • C. 119 stanzas and 850 lines
  • D. 109 stanzas and 850 lines

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