2015 JAMB EXAMINATION REVISION NOTES AND QUESTIONS ON THE LAST DAYS AT FORCADOS HIGH SCHOOL
PLOT/SUMMARY,CHARACTERIZATION,SETTINGS,POINT OF VIEW,THEMES AND TRIVIA
BY O.O.ODUMOSU EX-PROPRIETOR,MASON COLLEGE FESTAC TOWN (O8O33010872)
PLOT OF “THE LAST DAYS AT FORCADOS HIGH SCHOOL”
The novel is about the Solade and Coker families whose children Jimi and Efua are the two major characters. It is also about other minor characters who happen to be their colleagues at Forcados High.
The novel hooks us immediately through family and individual conflicts exhibited at home and at school. These led to the arrests of Wole and Jimi Solade by the police, and mistaken suspensions of Jimi and Efua by school Management.
Before resolving these conflicts we are taken through a series of unfortunate events including a family tragedy, a paternal disappearance, revelations of incest and what looks like a gay relationship, drug use and prostitution, burglary, breakdown of school and personal friendships. The story climaxes at the point we got to know that the assumed lesbian relationship between Efua and one of the school’s NYSC female teachers is actually a farce.
Thereafter, all actions fall towards resolving most of the conflicts enumerated above. It is a matter of personal conjecture if the final resolution is a logical conclusion from the conflicts and story’s climax
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CHAPTER BY CHAPTER SUMMARY
Wole Solade suddenly shows up at home after a short disappearance. His mother, Mrs Solade and Jimi are apprehensive of what the father will say. As expected the father reacts angrily towards him but Wole seems unbothered about what the father says.
First Term resumption. Students display/show off new acquisitions or awareness of “American bling-bling”, Nokia and Samsung cell phones, iPod and “hip-hop music”. Other characters such as Ansa, Seyi, Mr Mallum (Principal), Caro and Nene are also introduced.
Enters Efua and her showy mother at Principal’s office for admission. Efua is admitted and introduced to school management whose officers are not exactly friendly. Efua meets Jimi Solade and remembers him and a lizard-related incident from their primary school days.
Case of misplaced briefcase further emphasizes how disjointed Solade family is followed by revelations of Wole’s dark world of alcohol, drugs and prostitution.
Efua keeps a diary. At school everyone including Jolly loves Efua except Caro who thinks she is losing Jimi to her. But Efua pays no attention to them including Jimi. Jolly gets hurt and promises to pay Efua back in her coins.
Self-depreciation by Nene who sees herself as physically unattractive. Chords of friendship with Efua who spends some time at Nene’s house.
Enters Miss Novi, a teacher on NYSC duty. Miss Novi proves her mettle providing relevant first aid to student who fainted at preparations for school’s mid-term dinner. Novi impresses Efua especially about charity work.
School Christmas concert or Carol Service is coming. Efua can sing. Jimi joins choir to be near Efua.
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