2016-2020 WAEC/NECO/JAMB LITERATURE (2)…APPRECIATION FOR EXAM PURPOSES

WAEC/NECO LITERATURE IN ENGLISH-APPRECIATION OF AN AUTHOR OR HIS WORK- WHAT DO EXAMINERS WANT?

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1. To understand the author/poet please consider the following

(a) The intention-to teach­­­­­?…to inform?…to warn?…to condemn?…to persuade?…to criticize?…to ridicule?…to convince?…to delight?…to inspire?

(b) The mood-humorous?…sad?…ironic?…serious?…satirical?…indifferent?…happiness?… loyalty?

(c) The style/technique

-narrative poem?…lyrical poem?…sonnet?…poetic devices

-vocabulary employed meaningful?…choice of words apt?…words/diction difficult?

-elaborate imagery?…symbolism?…figures of speech?­­­

(d) Overall effectiveness/Conclusion-decide if style effectively conveys mood and intention

2. To understand the  nature of the author’s work/passage you need to know the following

 (a) Subject matter of work aim or central focus of the  work

 (b) Theme -political?…economical?

 (c) Tone of the workserious?heavy?…light?…gloomy?…sorrowful?

 (d) Setting-place or location?…time in history?…day or night?

 (e)  Characterizationagents to carry out action?…major or subsidiary role?…outline of role and significance of each of them.

 (f)  Plotstructure of the story?chronological or sequential?

 (g) Effectiveness/Conclusion-decide whether 2(b)-(f) help to convey the subject matter clearly.

3. To understand literary devices for personal usage you should know the following

(a) Poetic devices-rhyming (couplet? triplet? quatrain? enjambment)

(b) Prose devicesdescriptive?…narrative?…expository?…argumentative?…dramatic?… technical or scientific?…e.t.c.

(c)  Dramatic devices

-dramatic personae…cast?…director?…playwright?…producer?

-prompters?…prologue/epilogue?…climax?… resolution?…soliloquy?…chorus?…dramatic irony?

-role play?…audition?…genre?

TO BE CONTINUED

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