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2020 WAEC Possible Literature Questions And Answers

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Part 1


1. A praise poem is ____________

A. A Ballad

B. A Panegyric

C. An Allegory

D. An Epigram

Correct Answer: Option B


A Panegyric is a formal public speech, or (in later use) written verse, delivered in high praise of a person or thing, a generally highly studied and undiscriminating eulogy, not expected to be critical.

2. A literary work in which the characters are animals is a ____________

A. Lampoon

B. Fable

C. Parody

D. Pantomine

Correct Answer: Option B


A Fable is a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters

3. A short single act drama is called____________

A. Opera

B. Allusion

C. Farce

D. Playlet

Correct Answer: Option D


A playlet can be defined as a short play or dramatic piece.

Use the following line to answer question 4

Through the trees, I’ll hear a single

ringing sound, a cowbell jingle

4. The bolded is an example of______ryhme

A. End

B. Feminine

C. Internal

D. Masculine

Correct Answer: Option A


End rhyme is defined as when a poem has lines ending with words that sound the same.

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

Correct Answer: Option A

6. The poet’s intention is to___________

A. Create Humor

B. Arouse sympathy

C. Create fun

D. Show Contempt

Correct Answer: Option D

7. The lines illustrate________

A. Blank Verse

B. End rhyme

C. Internal rhyme

D. Free Verse

Correct Answer: Option D

8. A play on words for literary effect is_________

A. A Paradox

B. A Pun

C. A Satire

D. An Elegy

Correct Answer: Option B


Pun can be defined as a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings.

synonyms: play on words

9. ‘Its a matter of sad joy’ illustrates__________

A. Metonymy

B. Oxymoron

C. Euphemism

D. Irony

Correct Answer: Option B


An oxymoron is a term for a figure of speech. It is made up of two or more words that seem to be opposite to each other, or actually are opposite.

10. The leading character in a literary work is the________

A. Foil

B. Villain

C. Antagonist

D. Protagonist

Correct Answer: Option D


A protagonist (from Ancient Greek πρωταγωνιστής (protagonistes), meaning ‘one who plays the first part, chief actor’) is the leading character of a story. The protagonist is at the center of the story, makes the key decisions, and experiences the consequences of those decisions.

11. A long narrative poem that relates heroic exploits is an___________

A. Epilogue

B. Epitaph

B. Epic

D. Epigram

Correct Answer: Option B


In literature, an epic is a long narrative poem, which is usually related to heroic deeds of a person of an unusual courage and unparalleled bravery

12. Over the cobbles it clattered and crashed is an example of__________

A. Oxymoron

B. Pun

C. Onomatopoeia

D. Paradox

Correct Answer: Option C


Onomatopoeia is one way a poet can create sounds in a poem

13. An essential features of drama is___________

A. Soliloquy

B. Conflict

C. Irony

D. Aside

Correct Answer: Option B

14. A humorous poem with five lines, the first two rhyming with the last is______________

A. An ode

B. Sestet

C. Octave

D. A Limerick

Correct Answer: Option D


A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm

15. Death be not proud, though some have called thee might and dreadful is an example of___________

A. Euphemism

B. Metaphor

C. Apostrophe

D. Alliteration

Correct Answer: Option C

16. An essential part of the plot is____________

A. Characterization

B. Exposition

C. Atmosphere

D. Foreshadow

Correct Answer: Option A

17. The climax in a literary work is the ______

A. Middle

B. Beginning

C. Central part of the dialogue

D. Peak of the conflict

Correct Answer: Option D


The climax or turning point of a narrative work is its point of highest tension and drama, or it is the time when the action starts during which the solution is given. The climax of a story is a literary element.

18. Dramatis personae is the same as ______

A. Chorus

B. Prompter

C. Foil

D. Cast

Correct Answer: Option D


The characters in a play are sometimes referred to as the dramatis personae.

19. Ten thousand saw I at glance……. Illustrates______

A. Caesura

B. Climax

C. Bathos

D. Hyperbole

Correct Answer: Option D


Hyperbole, from a Greek word meaning “excess,” is a figure of speech that uses extreme exaggeration to make a point or show emphasis. It is the opposite of understatement.

20. Catharsis is normally associated with_____

A. Pantomime

B. Tragedy

C. Comedy

D. Farce

Correct Answer: Option B


Catharsis, the purification or purgation of the emotions (especially pity and fear) primarily through art. Aristotle states that the purpose of tragedy is to arouse “terror and pity” and thereby effect the catharsis of these emotions.

Part 2


Read the passage and answer question 21 to 25

21. The dominant feeling in the passage is that of______________

A. Hostility

B. Anger

C. Anxiety

D. Bitterness

Correct Answer: Option D

22. The feeling is conveyed by the use of_________

A. Long sentences

B. Visual images

C. Tactile images

D. Short sentences

Correct Answer: Option C

23. Their silence spoke millions illustrates___________

A. Oxymoron

B. Litotes

C. Tactile images

D. Short sentences

Correct Answer: Option C

24. The family bell summoned us is an example of__________

A. Apostrophe

B. Personification

C. Allusion

D. Euphemism

Correct Answer: Option B

25. The passage is__________

A. In First person

B. In Third Person

C. A Dialogue

D. Monologue

Correct Answer: Option A

Read the poem and answer questions 26 to 30.

26. The first stanza is a ____________

A. Tercet

B. Couplet

C. Quatrain

D. Sestet

Correct Answer: Option A

27. The poem evokes the senses of_______

A. Smell and Sight

B. Smell and Hearing

C. Sight and Hearing

D. Touch and Smell

Correct Answer: Option C

28. The dominant literary device used in the poem is_____________

A. Allusion

B. Repetition

C. Allegory

D. Metonymy

Correct Answer: Option B

29. The poet’s tone is one of__________

A. Anxiety

B. Defiance

C. Nostalgia

D. Regret

Correct Answer: Option C

30. My ears will drink by eager of choice illustrates________

A. Oxymoron

B. Onomatopoeia

C. Synecdoche

D. Meiosis

Correct Answer: Option C



Read the extract and answer questions 31 to 35.

31. The speaker is_____________

A. Duke

B. Othello

C. Brabantio

D. Cassio

Correct Answer: Option A

32. The tale being referred to is___________

A. Duke’s war exploits

B. Brabantio’s rejection of the Othello and Desdemona relationship

C. Othello’s war exploits

D. Brabantio’s rejection of Othello’s love for his daughter

Correct Answer: Option C

33. ……..this tale justifies_________

A. Roderigo’s unrequited love for Desdemona

B. Cassio’s promotion above Iago

C. Desdemona’s attraction to Othello

D. Brabantio’s rejection of Othello’s love for his daughter

Correct Answer: Option C

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

Correct Answer: Option D

35. According to the speaker__________

A. The tale was good enough to win a woman’s heart

B. The fight was unnecessary

C. The charges were a waste of time

D. There were other matters demanding the attention of the Senate

Correct Answer: Option A

Read the extract and answer questions 36 to 40

36. Othello is speaking to_____________

A. Brabantio

B. Duke

C. Montano

D. Roderigo

Correct Answer: Option B

37. The speech illustrates the use of________

A. Irony

B. Litotes

C. Paradox

D. Comic relief

Correct Answer: Option A

38. A man he is honesty and trust refers to_________

A. Cassio

B. Lodovico

C. Gratiano

D. Iago

Correct Answer: Option D

39. Othello is leaving to__________

A. Fight in Rhodes

B. Make peace with the Turks

C. Meet the government of Cyprus

D. Take over the government of Cyprus

Correct Answer: Option B

40. Othello then_________

A. Leaves with Desdemona

B. Entrusts Desdemona to Iago’s care

C. Calls his lieutenant

D. Confers with the Duke

Correct Answer: Option B

Read the extract and answer questions 41 to 45

41. His soldiership refers to______________

A. Roderigo

B. Montano

C. Cassio

D. Brabantio

Correct Answer: Option C

42. Sir refers to__________

A. Cassio

B. Roderigo

C. Othello

D. Duke

Correct Answer: Option B

43. Iago___________

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

Correct Answer: Option C

44. His eyes refers to____________

A. Lodovico

B. Cassio

C. Othello

D. Duke

Correct Answer: Option B

46. The setting is_______

A. The Castle

B. Cyprus

C. A sea-port

D. Venice

Correct Answer: Option D

Read the extract and answer questions 46 to 50

46. The speaker is ________

A. Iago

B. Othello

C. Brabantio

D. Duke

Correct Answer: Option B

47. The first two lines express the speaker’s_____________

A. Loneliness

B. Fear

C. Confusion

D. Regret

Correct Answer: Option D

48. The speaker has just_______________

A. Divorced his wife

B. Arrived home from war

C. Had a nightmare

D. Smothered his wife

Correct Answer: Option D

49. The speech is provoked by______

A. Emilia’s call

B. Iago’s treachery

C. Cassio’s confession

D. Desdemona’s plea

Correct Answer: Option A

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

Correct Answer: Option B

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