PAST WAEC/NECO EXAM QUESTIONS IN ENGLISH LITERATURE…PAPER 2… (DRAMA AND POETRY) (AFRICAN AND NON-AFRICAN) (17)

PAST WAEC/NECO EXAM QUESTIONS IN ENGLISH LITERATURE...PAPER 2... (DRAMA AND POETRY) (AFRICAN AND NON-AFRICAN)(17)

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Literature-In-English Paper 2, Nov/Dec. 2007

1.Discuss the use of imagery in the play.

2.Discuss the character and role of Styles.

3.Examine the influence James Ofosu exercises on his children

4.Comment on the relationship between Lawyer Bonu and James in the play.

5.With reference to the play, discuss the theme of decadence.

6.Discuss the character of Anna Andreyerna in the play.

7.Examine the theme of corruption in the play.

8.Discuss the trial at Westminister.

9.Discuss the poet’s attitude to Naett as a symbol of black beauty in “I will Pronounce Your Name.”

10.How effectively has Rubadiri used Imagery in “An African Thunderstorm?”

11.Consider “The Solitary Reaper” as a romantic poem.

12.Do you agree that “To An Athlete Dying Young” is a pessimistic poem?

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General Comments

The standard of the paper is commensurate with the requirements of the WASSCE syllabus. However, the performance of candidates continue to fall.From the responses given by the candidates to the questions on set texts, it is obvious that most of the candidates did not study the actual texts. There were ample traces of the candidates’ having a vague idea of the content of the set texts while the ingrained details were missing. Such details can only be grasped when the actual texts are studied.

This leads the examiner to conclude that the candidates opted to read summaries of texts.

Candidates’ Weaknesses/Recommendations
Most of the candidates did not take the time to understand the questions before attempting them.This was discovered as an offshoot of the candidates not reading the set texts. They were also plagued by other attendant problems i.e. poor grammatical structures, bad spelling, poor handwriting etc.

Candidates should actually read with the syllabus as a guide in preparation for examinations
Candidates’ Strengths
A few of the candidates were able to pull their weight in their answers to the questions. They were able to present matured and knowledgeable answers which fetched them good marks.

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QUESTION-BY-QUESTION OBSERVATIONS
1.Imagery is used effectively in the play to portray the major themes. The photographic studio established by Styles is a theater of confrontation between the oppressed blacks and the whites.The cockroaches stand for the white oppressors. The insecticide applied on them in vain represents the palliative measures taken to rid South Africa of the white oppressors. Death symbolizes peace which some blacks seek as opposed to oppression.

Most of the candidates did not understand “imagery” hence, they could not answer the question correctly

2.Styles introduces the play, he is a comic personality, his speech and gestures makes one laugh. He loves reading newspapers. His establishment of the studio is not only because of the need for a means of livelihood but also gives him an opportunity to restore some self respect to blacks.Styles personifies degradation of blacks and epitomizes their resilience.

Most candidates who attempted the question could not distinguish between character and role.

3.James Ofosu being not well-learned is determined to provide the best education for his children. He also chooses their career for them to “ensure” their “success” in life.He picks the profession he desires for his children. Incidentally, it suits his first two sons but his choice does not suit Aaron and Maanan.It takes his realization that one can become successful in any chosen career and the argument of George to convince him to allow the children to pick their desired career themselves.

The candidates understood the requirement of the question but lack of textual details robbed them of good scores.

4.Lawyer Bonu and James were the best of friends till Bonu is caught seducing James’ daughter Maanan. Bonu by virtue of his being a respectable lawyer complements James’ lack of education. Bonu is James’ adviser on all issues and James will rather displease his family than not obeying Bonu’s advise. James finds it difficult to believe his wife when she tries to tell him about Bonu’s overtures to Maanan till he catches him red-handed.

Candidates who attempted this question performed poorly because they obviously did not read the text.

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5.All the major characters in the play are morally corrupt. The Mayor and head of the district uses power arbitrarily and receives bribes.The Charity Commissioner is completely negligent in his duties, the hospital is dirty and the welfare of the patients is of no concern to him.The Postman indulges in professional misconduct, the Judge is carefree and careless and confesses to taking a bribe of Borzoi puppies.Hlestakov is greedy, extravagant and a gambler.All these corrupt practices constitute the major pre-occupation in the play.

The candidates understood the requirements of this question.

6.Anna is the wife of the Mayor, mother of Marya. She is very inquisitive and fatuitous. She competes with her daughter Marya for Hlestakov’s attention.She is ambitious and vainglorious. She appears absurd in her pre-occupation with change of clothes and other accessories, and she is a good example of moral decadence which pervades the society.

Candidates who attempted the question understood its requirements.

7.The play centers on the effects of a corrupt society on a morally upright man – Thomas More.The play features the debasement of characters i.e. those who allow their conscience to be bought over. The king sets the stage for conflict in his selfish desire to divorce his wife Catherine and marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. Characters like Cromwell, Rich and Norfolk succumb to the king against the church.More is set in his ways and refuses to sell his conscience by disagreeing with the king.

The question was quite popular with the candidates and it was well understood.

8.Thomas More’s refusal to sign the Act of Succession to enable the king have his way opposed to the church leads to a conflict in the play. The conflict culminates in More’s trail on trumped up charges, his subsequent trial and murder.Norfolk suggests that the jury retire to consider the evidence but is overruled by Cromwell who tells the Foreman to pronounce the sentence on More. This shows that the verdict predates the trial and More is aware that he has been doomed from the beginning.

Very few candidates attempted the question and their performance was poor.

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9.The poet is full of admiration and praise for Naett. He is emotionally moved and each line of the poem is addressed to Naett whom he adores.The poet uses similes, metaphors to describe Naett for whom he possesses a deep admiration. The diction of the poet is appropriately selected to bring out the contrasting and complementary qualities of Naett. Candidates performed poorly in this question as a result of their inability to understand the content of the poem.

10.The poem graphically presents the havoc wrecked by an African Thunderstorm.The dominant poetic device used to create a visual imagery in the poem include simile, metaphor and personification.Onomatopoeia is also used in “tremble and crack”. These firmly etch the image of destruction and devastation in the mind of the reader.

Candidates who attempted this question only described the destruction of the thunderstorm without referring to the image

11.The poem is written in simple language and also makes use of sensory images. All these are qualities of romantic poems.A lot of auditory images are used in the poem to portray the uncanny effect of the Lass’ song on the poet.

Candidates exhibited a total lack of knowledge of Romantic Poetry in their response to this question.

12.Houseman’s pessimism about life is clearly portrayed in the poem.Sorrow is seen to accompany every success in life. So, the joy of the young athlete is short lived. The destruction and brevity of life is highly emphasized.There is a general picture of gloom surrounding every step of man’s existence in life.

Most candidates were able to understand the demands of the question but, poor command of the English Language was the major problem in putting their points across.

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SOURCE OF QUESTIONS AND OBSERVATIONS:WAEC

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