PAST WAEC/NECO EXAM QUESTIONS IN ENGLISH LITERATURE…PAPER3… (PROSE) (AFRICAN AND NON-AFRICAN) (16)

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Literature-In-English Paper 3, May/June 2007

1.Examine Emecheta’s use of Irony in the novel.

2.What role does superstition play in the novel?

3.In what ways does Toje contribute to Oshevire’s tragedy?

4.With reference to the text, discuss the theme of war.

5.Compare and contrast Silas’ life in Lantern Yard and Raveloe.

6.Examine the use of superstition in the novel.

7.Discuss the relationship between Richard and his father.

8.What are the causes of Richard’s problems with Aunt Addie?

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General Comments

The standard of the paper compares adequately with those of earlier years but the performance of candidates continues to degenerate.The questions were straightforward but it was obvious from the answers of the candidates that, the texts were not studied for the examination as is expected.
Candidates’ Weaknesses
Candidates find it difficult to relate episodes in full from the texts. This is attributed to the texts were not studied in preparation for the examination.Candidates’ performed poorly in non-African texts and were found to be completely lost in questions on role.The poor knowledge and usage of the English Language was exhibited by most of the candidates.Teachers should attempt to stress that good handwriting enhances the candidates’ chances in an examination.School authorities should enforce the purchase of recommended texts as one of the conditions a candidate should fulfil before being registered for the subject.Workshops should be organized for teachers of Literature-In-English who should also teach candidates how to answer questions in examinations.
Candidates’ Strengths
As the years go by, the candidates have exhibited better understanding of the demands of the rubrics. A near perfect adherence to rubrics was observed in the examination.There is also a clear demonstration of candidates being more at home with the African based set texts.They were able to address themselves adequately to questions on African texts with some relevant echoes from the texts.

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QUESTION-BY-QUESTION OBSERVATIONS
1.The irony in the novel starts with the title which in itself is ironic. Emecheta demonstrates that motherhood in the traditional African society is not joyful in any way.The heroine of the novel and other women in the society represented are not treated. Nnu Ego’s first marriage breaks up because she is not able to bear a child. She goes into another marriage with Nnaife and is blessed with children but the suffering is lifelong.Nnu Ego toils on end to educate his sons who end up not caring for her. The uneducated female children were more caring.Very few candidates attempted the question and they could not tie their points up logically.

2.Superstition is central to the novel. It is a reflection of the culture and tradition of the people and arouses the interest of the reader.Superstition  is used to a large extent to advance the plot of the novel. It sometimes distabilises people and families. Belief in superstition also exposes the extent of the gullibility of people and is also used to expose the heartlessness of some customs and traditions.The question was a popular one. However, most of the responses of candidates were evidently copy work from short notes so they lacked originality.

3.Chief Toje sees Oshevire as a rival in the rubber business. The attendant jealousy makes him decide to do away with Oshevire and his obvious success.The war situation provides a good fertile ground on which Toje’s evil seeds against Oshevire must grow. Toje becomes the only person officially allowed to interact with Oshevire’s family. This he uses to his own selfish end with the help of Odibo.The near fatal fight between Toje and Odibo brings shame to Oshevire and his opting to leave the town in the dead of night leads to his death.The question was a popular one, candidates understood tragedy, traced Toje’s action but failed to tie it up to Oshevire’s tragedy.

4.War as the central theme in the novel and its devastating effects forms an important part of the plot.The war affects everyone in the novel physically, psychologically and emotionally.The traumatic effects of war is illustrated in Oshevire’s fmily. The injustice of Oshevire’s detention as orchestrated by Toje is further fueled by the war situation.Many candidates attempted the question but, merely discussed the effects of war generally without relating it to the novel.

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5.The experiences of Silas in Lantern Yard and Raveloe are contrasts. While in Lantern Yard, Silas’ life is full of hope which ends up dashed and total loss of faith in man and God.In Raveloe, Silas starts out as a recluse and all attempts to reach him was futile till he loses his gold coins, and finds Eppie. This marks a turning point in his life as he gradually interacts with man, then, God till he achieves a well rounded life full of hope.Candidates merely narrated the story of Silas and not address the question.

6.The casting of lots to decide the culprit of the theft of the church money is superstitious. That the lot falls on Silas who is innocent points to the superciliousness of the belief.Silas heals Sally Oats from his knowledge of herbs and not possession of supernatural powers as believed.The discussion about ghosts in the Rainbow Inn at the time Silas walks in to report the theft of his gold puts the belief of people in ghosts to question.Superstition was also used to develop the plot of the novel.Candidates who attempted the question due to poor knowledge of the content could not point out specific instances of superstition in the novel.

7.The relationship between Richard and his father is limited to the early childhood of Richard.Richard does not trust his father neither does he have a sense of belonging towards him. He is defiant and looks for ways to taunt his father. He decides to take his father’s orders to kill the cat literally.After the father deserts the family, he feels no sense of loss but of freedom which is compounded by hunger pangs which becomes part of his everyday life.In adulthood, he is able to rationalize his father’s attitude and ends up not hating but pitying him.Few candidates who answered the question missed the point as they were discussing racial discrimination.

8.Richard had learnt to recognize a threat at a very early age.He has learned the ropes of refusing with all his being to be subjugated in any way.Aunt Addie with her strict missionary training sees Richard as a black sheep of the family and decides to subdue him.Richard takes exception to Aunt Addie’s methods and rebels so, her relationship at all levels is full of friction.
The question was a popular one. The candidates understood the demands of the question and were able to discuss it as such.

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SOURCE:WAEC

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