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Class: SS TWO      


 Time Allowed: 2 HRS


Fill in the gaps with the most suitable words from the options a – d.

  1. The expression of unpleasant experiences in a mild way is _____(a) hyperbole                    (b) metaphor (c) euphemism(d) paradox         
  2. The paragraph in prose can be compared to ____________ in poetry.(a) couplet (b) line (c) stanza (d) verse
  1. A literary device that creates a mental picture of a situation is (a) imagery (b) symbolism  (c) flashback    (d) epilogue
  1. ‘The whole town was present at the wedding ceremony’. This is an example of ____

(a) oxymoron   (b) hyperbole                                (c) onomatopoeia    (d)repetition           

  1. In a literary work , a clown normally ___ (a) directs the action (b) creates comic relief (c) supports the protagonist (d)creates the atmosphere     
  1. A narrative in the oral tradition that may include legends and fables is a _________(a) ballad (b) pastoral               (c) folktale (d) romance
  1. Any literary work which holds up a society to ridicule is a     __________(a) satire (b) lampoon (c) limerick  (d) sarcasm
  1. A mistake committed by the hero which leads to his downfall is known as ___ (a) climax (b) tragic flaw (c) comic relief (d) terse
  1. An author’s story about himself is a/an ____ (a) biography (b) essay (c) diary (d) autobiography        
  1. The feeling and attitudes of a writer are conveyed by __________             (a) mood (b) theme(c) setting (d) language
  1. Rhyming words ______       (a) have similar  spellings (b) are parallel lines                      (c) sound alike (d) convey meaning
  1. The specific literary term used to distinguish a novel from a play is _________

(a) genre(b) verse (c) act (d) passage

  1. A struggle between opposition forces in a literary work is the __________ (a) plot (b) conflict (c) climax (d) denouement 
  2. “Peter’s pretty partner paid the bills” is an example of(a) alliteration (b) rhyme (c) satire      (d) digression
  1. “O happy torment” is an example of

(a) oxymoron   (b) synecdoche                   (c) innuendo  (d) simile

  1. A literary work written in form of a letter is

(a) creative (b) romantic                                      (c) tautological         (d) epistolary

  1. According to Peter’s The Panic of Growing Older, at twenty, a man is  (a) poor (b) religious (c) hopeful (d) frustrated
  1. The concluding part of a play where the conflict is resolved is the _______

(a) prologue (b) enjambment                      (c) denouement   (d) climax

  1. A writer’s choice of words is his ______(a) diction (b) mood (c) tone (d) setting
  1. A deliberate use of exaggeration for the purpose of humor/emphasis is ______(a) metaphor (b) irony (c) simile (d) hyperbole
  1. A piece of writing or speech at the beginning of a work of art is the

(a) prologue (b) dialogue                          (c) monologue (d) epilogue

  1. What sustains the interest of a reader in all literature is (a) ambiguity (b) characterization (c) suspense (d) plot
  1. In literature, another name for denouement is

(a) resolution (b) reference                      (c) inference  (d) deregulation

  1. The opposite of the part that introduces the main work in literature is known as ___ (a) prologue (b) epitome (c) epilogue   (d) epitaph         
  1. Dramatis personae in a play refers to ____(a) list of characters  (b) order of appearance  (c) cast list   (d) protagonist and antagonist      
  1. _____ applies to both tragedy and comic plays (a) horrifying end (b) happy ending                  (c) bomb blast (d) plot
  1. Which of the following options is the stronghold of poetry? (a) emotion only (b) ideas only (c) beauty only                (d) all of the above        
  1. A narration is said to be an epistolary work if it is largely conceived in:                                       (a) essays (b) episodes (c) arguments     (d) letters      
  1. In the poetic line, “I am the enemy you killed, my friend,” the literary device most noticeable there is a/an ___                     (a) hyperbole (b) oxymoron                               (c) synaesthesia     (d) onomatopoeia   
  1. “What is our life? A play of passion?” What is the pronounced device deployed in that single poetic line? A/An (a) simile (b) rhetorical question(c) allusive phraseology        (d) metaphor                                                                                                 
  2. One of the following makes use of gestures only. (a) Comedy (b) Lampoon (c) Mime           (d) Satire  

Read the extract below and answer questions 32 – 34

‘Like the dew on the thorn

Like the foam below a valley

Like the bubble on a sweet babe born

Thou art gone, forever rarely’

  1. The extract arouses in the reader a feeling of (a) anxiety (b) sorrow (c) joy (d) ecstasy
  2. One of the literary devices used in the extract is ____(a) personification        (b) repetition (c) hyperbole (d) paradox
  3. The rhyme scheme of the above extract is (a) abba (b) abab (c) aabb (d) abcd
  4. ‘A joyful tear’ is an example of which figure of speech? (a) simile (b) metaphor (c) hyperbole (d) oxymoron
  5. ____ is a central organising element linking figure(s), action, style and language in a piece of fiction.  (a) setting           (b) plot   (c) theme                                    (d) characterisation
  1. The author of ‘Native Son’ is _______

(a) Robert Shawn (b) Richard Frost (c) Richard Wright (d)  Bernard Shaw

  1. You

Your head is like a drum that is beaten

for spirits.


Your ears are like the fans used for blowing fire.

The lines above are good example of            (a) satire (b) lampoon (c) caricature (d) ridicule

  1. One of the following is not a theme in Amma Darko’s ‘Faceless’ ? (a) sexual exploitation (b) superstition (c) racism                 (d) fear 
  1. The family that donates to charity is ___(a) the Thomas’ (b)Buckleys’                      (c) Daltons’ (d) Earlones






              ‘NATIVE SON’

  1. Discuss any three themes in the novel.
  2. Write a character portrait of Bigger.
  3. Closely examine the relationship between Bigger and Bessie.



  1. List ten figures of speech you know, and explain any five.
  2. List and explain the genres of literature. Give copious examples.

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