we Literature-In-English Tutor Centre Assessment Test ~ Naija Poets




1.       A structural arrangement of units of composition by which one element of equal importance with another is similarly placed is called _____ (a) refrain (b) paradox (c) parallelism (d) repetition

2.       The pride that contributes to the fall of a tragic character in a play is known as _____ (a) epistasis (b) hubris (c) catharsis (d) harmatia

3.       A metrical foot of two stressed or long syllables is _______ (a) spondee (b) trochee (c) anapaest (d) iambic

4.       In literary criticism, the vocabulary or language used by a writer is generally known as _____ (a) rhythm (b) expression (c) diction (d) figure of speech

5.       An art that is both literary and theatrical is ______ (a) prosody (b) prose (c) drama (d) poem

6.       A didactic piece is one in which the writer _______ (a) discuses dialectic theme (b) explains human foibles (c) dictates to the readers (d) teaches human lessons

7.       The end of most comedies is _____ ( A. ) calm (B.) happy (C.) uncertain (D.) pure

8.       The main effect of comedy on an audience is ____ (A.)  laughter ( B.)  anxiety (C.) sadness (D.) weakness

9.       Which of the following is not a type of drama ______? (A.) burlesque (B.) tragedy (C.) resolution (D.) pun

10.   The climax in a literary work is the ____ (A.) Middle of the work (B.) Beginning of the story (C.) Most intense point of the conflict (D.) Part of a poetry

11.   The continuation of meaning without pause, from one line to the next is ______ (a) enjambment (b) synecdoche (c) alliteration (d) melodrama

12.   What basically distinguish literature from other disciplines (a) communication of ideas (b) use of imagination (c) portrayal of places (d) exposition of human experience

13.   In literature, a round character is associated with ______ (a) running down other character (b) stability and determination (c) simplicity and na├»ve (d) change and growth

14.   The use of gesture to communicate in drama is known as ______ (a) burlesque (b) soliloquy (c) mime (d) melodrama

15.   “I am on the world’s extreme corner”. The speaker in the line above is _____ (a) in pain (b) angry (c) sad (d) indifferent

16.   “I sat myself quiet…. For five

And forty turbulent years. I waited, sapped, famished

For love to wake from her sickly lumber”

The figure of speech in the last line above is _______ (a) assonance (b) personification (c) metaphor (d) oxymoron

17.   “We have hate but hate to plant

We have heat and the glory of the rainbow

But we kill our own suns with hurtful glee”

The poet’s feeling can be described as that of ______ (a) disappointment (b) indifference (c) anxiety (d) joy

18.   “…for my purpose holds

To sail beyond the sunset and the baths; of all the western stars until I die”

From the excerpt above, the persona does not intend to _____ (a) travel at night (b) die (c) undertake dangerous adventure (d) sail

19.   The name of Kabria’s husband is ___ (a) Kwei (b) Kpakpo (c) Adede (d) Ottu

20.   Fofo chose to spend the night in front of the provision store because _____ (a) it’s on Sunday (b) she is ill (c) she doesn’t want to risk losing her job (d) she has nowhere to go

21.   Sodom and Gomorrah used in the novel (Faceless) is an example of _____ (a) mixed metaphor (b) allusion (c) synecdoche (d) euphemism

22.   _____ signifies Ajumobi’s death (b) mourning garment (b) shooting star (c) cap-picking (d) far away drum sounds

23.   In lonely Days, the widows in the land are joined by loss of ____ (a) love (b) dignity and status (c) fame and wealth (d) family

24.   In Lonely Days, widows in mourning in Kufi wear garments that are ____ (a) red (b) white (c) black (d) blue

25.   Yaremi keeps company with ______ (a) Alani (b) Deyo (c) Ayanwale (d) Woye

26.   Bigger and his gang planned to rob who’s store (a) Max (b) Gus (c) Blum (d) Jax

27.   The author of “Native Son” is from which country (a) America (b) Britain (c) France (d) Canada

28.   Dalton’s family is _____ (a) rat infested (b) lack of chauffeur (c) racist (d) wealthy

29.   Bigger burns Mary body in the _____ (a) toilet (b) basement (c) backyard (d) wardrobe

30.   The primary setting of Harvest of Corruption is ____ (a) Gbossa (b) Darkin (c) Jabu (d) Mabu

31.   Chief Ade Amaka is involved in which of the following (a) rigging (b) smuggling (c) child trafficking (d) laundering

32.   “We will use her to get what we want, she will run the errands while we pick the bucks”. The statement refers to ____ (a) Ogeyi (b) Alice (c) Ochuole (d) Aloho

33.   Othello kills Desdemona because the ______ (a) former is jealous (b) former’s race is insulted (c) former is sad (d) former is betrayed

34.   What in particular does Cassio bemoan after his drunken fight? (a) wounds all over him (b) his wounding Montano (c) his spilling of drinks (d) desecration of his reputation

35.   Brabantio is opposed to the relationship between Othello and Desdemona because (a) Othello is a Moor (b) Roderigo woos her first (c) Desdemona is  too young (d) Othello is of lower status

36.   One of the following is not true (a) Desdemona had a crush for Cassio (b) Emilia waits on Desdemona (c) Iago is envious of Cassio (d) Emilia not in league with her husband

37.   “All peters with petered out desire”. The line in the poem Ambush is an example of ____ (a) symbolism (b) pun (c) alliteration (d) metaphor

38.   “Having a glass of blessing standing by”. The line from the Pulley is an example of (a) synecdoche (b) personification (c) hyperbole (d) simile

39.   “…and my boots have suddenly become too reluctant to walk me”. The persona in The Dining Table is ____ (a) exhausted (b) excited (c) indifferent (d) pained

40.   One vivid device in the poem The School Boy is _____ (a) ironical statement (b) metaphor (c) oxymoron (d) Rhetorical question




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