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.

21. This question is based on General Literary principle

Myths differ from legend inn that myths

  • A. have more of the historical background and less of the supernatural
  • B. are less concerned with moral didacticism
  • C. are more concerned with moral didactism
  • D. have less of historical background and more of the supernatural

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

This novel can be described as

  • A. satirical
  • B. metaphysical
  • C. paradoxical
  • D. allegorical

23. 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.


In Morris’ The Proud King, Jovinian assembled the throne when he was

  • A. poor
  • B. rich
  • C. young
  • D. old

24. This question is based on William Shakespeare’s Othello.

“Though I do hate him as I do pains, yet for necessity of present life, I must show out a flag and sign of love, which is indeed but sign…”

The speaker of the excerpt above can be described as

  • A. trusting
  • B. a concubine
  • C. a schemer
  • D. ambitious

25. This question is based on Selec ted Poems from Johnson, R et al(eds): New Poetry from Africa; Soyinka,(ed); Poems of Black Africa; Senanu, K.E, and Vincent, 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.

&lsquo …where guerillas walk the land while crocodiles surf. &rsquo

The lines above in Hallowelps The Dining Table signify _______?

  • A. danger
  • B. calmness
  • C. pity
  • D. saddness

26. “Carrying a heavy bundle of tightly wrapped bits and pieces of junk drooping over his face”

The excerpt above exemplifies _______?

  • A. Irony
  • B. synedoche
  • C. symbolism
  • D. euphemism

27. 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 Vincent, 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.

&lsquoIf goodness lead him not, yet weariness May toss him to my breast’&rsquo

The literary device in the extract above from Herbert’s The Pulley is

  • A. metonymy
  • B. personification
  • C. oxymoron
  • D. irony

28. This question is based on William Shakesphere’s Othello.

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

The speaker in the excerpt above addresses _______?

  • A. Othello
  • B. Lago
  • C. Brabantio
  • D. Roderigo

29. This question is based on Frank Ogodo Ogbeche’s Harvest of Corruption

The Two dominant themes of the play are

  • A. honesty and decency
  • B. immorality and greed
  • C. poverty and education
  • D. weeding and planting

30. The question is based on William’s Shakespeare’s OTHELLO

“O heaven; How got she out?
O treason of the blood!
Father; from hence trust not your daughters’ minds
By what you see them act. Is there not charms
By which the property of youth and maid-hood
May be abused?

The speaker of the excerpt above is________

  • A. Brabantio
  • B. Othello
  • C. Gratiano
  • D. Roderigo

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