JAMB Literature in English Questions 2017 – Check Literature Random Repeated Questions Here


1. The character matched against the hero of a play is the

[a] antagonist

[b] Anti-hero

[c] Braggart

[d] Clown

[e] Hypocrite

2. “He bleats like a goat” is an example of

[a] hyperbole

[b] Irony

[c] Personification

[d] Pun

[e] Simile

3. An epistolary method of writing a novel is a method whereby a novel is written in the form of

[a] dialogue

[b] Drama

[c] Essay

[d] Letter

[e] Monologue

4. Which of the following is not a genre of literature?

[a] farce

[b] no v el

[c] play

[d] poetry

[e] satire

5. A simple story with a deeper meaning is called

[a] an allegory

[b] an elegy

[c] an epic

[d] an ode

[e] a romance

6. A poetic device which exaggerates situations or objects is known as

[a] climax

[b] epigram

[c] flashback

[d] hyperbole

[e] paradox

7. Which of the following is odd in the appreciation of a poem?

[a] chapter

[b] rythm

[c] setting

[d] stanza

[e] theme

8. The term ‘tragic flaw’ means

[a] A mistake made by the hero

[b] A moral weakness in the hero

[c] the first act in a play

[d] the prologue

[e] wrong spellings in a play

9. The first eight lines of a sonnet is called

[a] a couplet

[b] an octave

[c] a quatrain

[d] a sestet

[e] a set

10. The last part of a literary work is known as

[a] acknowledgement

[b] an epilogue

[c] an epitaph

[d] a prologue

[e] conclusion

11. The identical sound at the end of a poem is known as

[a] mere

[b] refrain

[c] rhyme

[d] rhythm

[e] verse

12. A direct address to a dead/absent person or thing is known as

[a] apostrophe

[b] direct speech

[c] dirge

[d] lyric

[e] oration

13. The use of mild expression to avoid the direct statement of an unpleasant truth is known as

[a] euphemism

[b] hyperbole

[c] irony

[d] simile

14. Which of the following is not a play?

[a] Doctor Faustus

[b] Romeo and Juliet

[c] Galileo

[d] Dizzy Angels

[e] The trail of Dedan Kimathi

15. But from this earth, this grave, this dust my God shall raise me up, ‘I trust’ The feeling of the poet is one of

[a] hatred

[b] indecision

[c] love

[d] optism

[e] sarcasm

16. But from this earth, this grave, this dust, my God shall raise me up, ‘I trust!. The underlined are examples of

[a] assonance

[b] paradox

[c] repetition

[d] rhyme

[e] sarcasm

17. The period of laughter or amusement in a tragic play is called

[a] comedy

[b] comic relief

[c] denouncement

[d] interlude

[e] suspense

18. The principal female character in a novel is called a/an

[a] actress

[b] clown

[c] hero

[d] heroine

[e] villain

19. A Poem telling of spending deeds of a hero is

[a] a ballad

[b] a lampoon

[c] an epic

[d] a parody

[e] a sonnet

20. The major features of a play are

[a] acts and scenes

[b] chapters and paragraphs

[c] characterization

[d] metres and rhythms

[e] stanza and verse

21. One of the main aim of a did active literary work is to

[a] laugh at the society

[b] make people laugh

[c] show man’s weakness

[d] teach a moral lesson

22. A poem which portrays a simple rural life of the common people is called

[a] a carol

[b] a lyric

[c] an epic

[d] an ode

[e] a pastoral

23. The expression ‘He is a living dead’ is an example of

[a] antithesis

[b] imagery

[c] oxymoron

[d] paradox

[e] personification

24. The counsel for the accused addressed the bench.The underlined is an example of

[a] a seat

[b] metaphor

[c] metonymy

[d] onomatopoeia

[e] oxymoron

25. A sonnet may be divided into an octave and a/an

[a] a couplet

[b] octave

[c] quatrain

[d] Sestet

[e] tercel

26. In drama, the clown

[a] creates confusion

[b] creates hatred

[c] creates humour

[d] generates horror

[e] identifies with the hero

27. Pick out the odd item

[a] ballad

[b] hyperbole

[c] metaphor

[d] pun

[e] simile

28. A protagonist who has a disastrous end is a

[a] comic character

[b] flat character

[c] round character

[d] tragedy

[e] tragic hero

29. Romantic poetry deals with

[a] beauty

[b] conquest

[c] kingdom

[d] marriage

[e] nature

30. The anxiety of the reader to know of the subsequent developments in a novel is known as

[a] conflict

[b] Fiction

[c] Love

[d] Surprise

[e] Suspense

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