WAEC GCE Literature in English Questions and Answers 2020/2021 ( Essay and Objectives)

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WAEC GCE Literature Questions and Answers

  1. A praise poem is (a) a ballad (b) a panegyric (c) an allegory (d) an epigram
  2. Literary work in which the characters are animals is a (a) lampoon (b) fable (c) parody (d) pantomime
  3. A short single act drama is called (a) opera (b) allusion (c) farce (d) playlet

Use the following line to answer question 4. Through the trees I’ll hear a single ringing sound, a cowbell jingle.

4. The underlined is an example of rhyme (a) end (b) feminine (c) internal (d) masculine

Read the following lines and answer questions 5 to 7

Yet, let me flap this bug with gilded wings. This painted child of dirt that stinks and stings

5. The alliteration in stinks and stings effectively conveys (a) distaste (b) admiration (c) indifference (d) approval

6. The poet’s intention is to (a) create humor (b) arouse sympathy (c) create fun (d) show contempt

7. The lines illustrate (a) blank verse (b) end rhyme (c) internal rhyme (d) free verse

8. The play on words for literary effect is (a) a paradox (b) a pun (c) a satire (d) an elegy

9. ‘It is a matter of sad joy’ illustrates (a) metonymy (b) oxymoron (c) euphemism (d) irony

10. The leading character in a literary work is the (a) foil (b) villain (c) antagonist (d) protagonist

11. A long narrative poem that relates heroic exploits is an (a) epilogue (b) epitaph (c) epic (d) epigram

12. Over the cobbles it clattered and crashed is an example of (a) oxymoron (b) pun (c) onomatopoeia (d) paradox

13. An essential feature of drama is (a) soliloquy (b) conflict (c) irony (d) aside

14. A humorous poem with five lines, the first two rhyming with last is (a) an ode (b) sestet (c) octave (d) a limerick

15. Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful is an example of (a) euphemism (b) metaphor (c) apostrophe (d) alliteration

16. An essential part of the plot is (a) characterization (b) exposition (c) atmosphere (d) foreshadow

17. The climax in a literary work is the (a) middle (b) beginning (c) central part of the dialogue (d) peak of the conflict

18. Dramatis personae is the same as (a) chorus (b) prompter (c) foil (d) cast

19. Ten thousand saw I at a glance…..illustrates (a) caesura (b) climax (c) bathos (d) hyperbole

20. Catharsis is normally associated with  (a) a pantomime (b) tragedy (c) comedy (d) farce


We did not go to school on that Friday morning. The night before had been rough. It was turbulent and scary. The strange cry “non-indigene must go” rent the air. Little did I know what it meant. That cry all the same haunted me in my sleep. My dreams were horrible. Why was Mum so trouble? Why was Dad suddenly pale and sickly? That night Mum and Dad had a foreboding silence. They looked at each other, they did not smile. They were utterly silent. Their silence spoke millions. Fear ruled the night. When the family belt summoned us to the family altar, it seemed that it tolled its last for the humans. Death smelled in the air, death was in the eyes…..but why? We were not told. Yes, during the prayer at the family altar, Dad has told us there was trouble in town. No one who was a non-indigene was safe.

21. The dominant feeling in the passage is that of (a) hostility (b) anger (c) anxiety (d) bitterness

22. This feeling is conveyed by the use of (a) long sentences (b) visual images (c) tactile images (d) short sentences

23. Their silence spoke millions illustrates (a) oxymoron (b) litotes (c) antithesis (d) assonance.

24. Their family bell summoned us is an example of (a) apostrophe (b) antithesis (c) assonance (d) euphemism

25. The passage is (a) in first person (b) in third person (c) a dialogue (d) a monologue

Read the poem and answer questions 26 to 30

I know not, Amina

When again on your brightness of smile

My eyes will rest awhile.

Nor when again of your softness of voice

My ears will drink by eager choice

When again into the silver moonshine

You early at night or late venture

As is your wont in weather fine

Astute, awake in bed as doters may, I’ll lie

Dreaming of grasping your velvety texture

26. The first stanza is a (a) tercet (b) couplet (c) quatrain (d) sestet

27. The poem evokes the senses of (a) smell and sight (b) smell and hearing (c) sight and hearing (d) touch and smell

28. The dominant literary device used in the poem is (a) allusion (b) repetition (c) allegory (d) metonymy

29. The poet’s tone is one of (a) anxiety (b) defiance (c) nostalgia (d) regret

30. My ears will drink by eager choice illustrates (a) oxymoron (b) onomatopoeia (c) synecdoche (d) meiosis


Read and extract and answer questions 31 to 35

Speaker:           I think this tale would win my daughter too,

                        Good Brabantio, take up this mangled matter at the best,

                        Men do their broken weapons rather use

                        Than their bare hands.

                        (Act 1, scene three, lines 171-174)

33. …this tale justifies (a) Roderigo’s unrequited love for Desdemona (b) Cassio’s promotion above lago. (c) Desdemona’s attraction to Othello (d) Brabanto’s rejection of Othello’s love for his daughter.

34. The underlined expression means (a) seek counsel elsewhere (b) wait till the war is ended (c) take your revenge (d) make the best out of this

35. According to the speaker, (a) the tale was good enough to win a woman’s heart (b) the right was unnecessary (c) the charges were a waste of time (d) there were other matters demanding the attention of the Senate.

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Read extract and answer 36 to 40

Othello:            So please your grace, my ancient;

                        A man he is of honesty and trust,

                        To his conveyance I assign my wife,

                        With what else needful your good grace shall think

                        To be sent after me.

                        (Act 1, Scene Three, lines 279-283)

36. Othello is speaking to (a) Brabantio (b) Duke (c) Montano (d) Roderigo

37. The speech illustrates the use of (a) Irony (b) litotes (c) paradox (d) comic relief

38. A man he is of honesty and trust refers to (a) Cassio (b) Lodovico (c) Gratiano (d) lago

39. Othello is leaving to (a) fight in Rhodes (b) make peace with the Turks (c) meet the Governor of Cyprus (d) take over the governorship of Cyprus

40. Othello then (a) leaves with Desdemona (b) entrust Desdemona to lago’s care (c) calls his lieutenant (d) confers with the Duke

Read the extract and answer questions 41 to 45

Lago:   Mere prattle without practice

            Is all his soldiership, But he, sir had th’election

            And I, of whom his eyes and seen the proof

            At Rhodes, at Cyprus, and on other grounds

            …must be belee’d and clamed

            By debtor and creditor.

            (Act I, Scene One, lines 23-28)

41, His soldiership refers to (a) Roderigo (b) Montano (c) Cassio (d) Brabantio

42. Sir refers to (a) Cassio (b) Roderigo (c) Othello (d) Duke

43. Lago (a) wants to go to Cyprus with Othello (b) does not regard Roderigo as a good soldier (c) is bitter about Cassio’s appointment as lieutenant (d) has been placed in charge of Desdemona

44. His eyes refers to (a) Lodovico (b) Cassio (c) Othello (d) Duke

45. The setting is (a) the Castle (b) Cyprus (c) a sea-port (d) Venice

Read the extract and answer question 46 to 50

46. The speaker is (a) lago (b) Othello (c) Brabantio (d) Duke

47. The first two lines express the speakers’ (a) loneliness (b) fear (c) confusion (d) regret

48. The speaker has just (a) divorced his wife (b) home from war (c) had a nightmare (d) smothered his wife

49. The speech is provoked by (a) Emillia’s call (b) lago’s treachery (c) Cassio’s confession (d) Desdemona’s plea

50. The underlined expression suggests that (a) there is an imminent eclipse (b) life will never be the same again for the speaker (c) nothing will change (d) there is an impending danger for the speaker.

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