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JAMB 2023 LITERATURE IN ENGLISH GENERAL QUESTIONS

JAMB 2023 LITERATURE IN ENGLISH GENERAL QUESTIONS

JAMB 2023 LITERATURE IN ENGLISH LIKELY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The aim of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus in Literature in English is to prepare the candidates for the Board’s examination. It is designed to test their achievement of the course objectives, which are to:

 

  1. Stimulate and sustain their interest in Literature in English;

2.                  Create an awareness of the general principles and functions of language;

  1. Appreciate literary works of all genres and across all cultures;

4.                  Apply the knowledge of Literature in English to the analysis of social, political and economic events in the society.

 

 

 

   
 

1.       DRAMA

a.       Types:

i.                    Tragedy

ii.                   Comedy

iii.                 Tragicomedy

iv.                 Melodrama

v.                  Farce

 

Candidates should be able to:

i.                      identify the various types of drama;

ii.                   analyse the contents of the various types of drama;

iii.                  compare and contrast the features of different dramatic types;

b.         Dramatic Techniques

 

i.                    Characterisation

ii.                   Dialogue

iii.                 Flashback

iv.                 Mime

v.                  Costume

vi.                 Music/Dance

vii.               Décor

viii.              Acts/Scenes

ix.                 Soliloquy/aside etc.

iv.                 demonstrate adequate knowledge of dramatic techniques used in each prescribed text;

 

 

v.                   differentiate between styles of selected playwrights;

vi.                 determine the theme of any prescribed text;

vii.                identify the plot of the play;

c.         Interpretation of the Prescribed Texts

i.                    Theme

ii.                   Plot

iii.                 Socio-political context

viii.         apply the lessons of the play to everyday living.

 

 

 

   
 

2.         PROSE

a.       Types:

i.         Fiction

·         Novel

·         Novella

·         Short story

 

ii.       Non-fiction

·         Biography

·         Autobiography

·         Memoir

 

b.       Narrative Techniques/Devices:

i.         Point of view

·         Omniscent/Third Person

·         First Person

 

ii.       Setting

·         Temporal

·         Spatial/Geographical

 

iii.      Characterisation

·         Round characters

·         Flat characters

 

iv.     Language use

 

c.        Textual Analysise

i.         Theme

ii.       Plot

iii.      Socio-political context

 

3.          POETRY

a.       Types:

i.         Sonnet

ii.       Ode

iii.      Lyrics

iv.     Elegy

v.       Ballad

vi.     Panegyric

vii.    Epic

viii.  Blank Verse

 

b.       Poetic Devices

i.                    Structure

ii.                   Imagery

iii.                 Rhyme/Rhythm

 

Candidates should be able to:

i.                     differentiate between types of prose;

ii.                   identify     the     category     that                   each prescribed text belongs to;

iii.                  analyse the components of each type of prose;

 

 

 

 

 

 

iv.                 identify the narrative techniques used in each of the prescribed texts;

v.                   determine an author’s narrative style;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vi.                 distinguish     between    one    type                        of character from another;

 

 

 

vii.                determine the thematic pre-occupation of the author of the prescribed text;

viii.              indicate the plot of the novel;

ix.                 relate the prescribed text to real life situations.

 

Candidates should be able to:

i.                     identify different types of poetry;

ii.                   compare and contrast the features of different poetic types:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iii.                  determine the devices used by various poets;

iv.                 show how poetic devices are used for aesthetic effect in each poem;

 

 

 

   
 

iv.                 Diction

v.                  Persona

 
c.        Appreciation

i.                    Thematic preoccupation

ii.                   Socio-political relevance

 

v.                   deduce the poet’s preoccupation from the poem;

vi.                 appraise poetry as an art with moral values;

vii.                apply the lessons from the poem to real life situations.

4.       GENERAL LITERARY PRINCIPLES

a.       Literary terms:

foreshadowing, suspense, theatre, monoloque, dialoque, soliloquy, symbolism, protagonist, antagonist, figures of speech, satire, stream of consciousness etc,

in addition to those listed above under the different genres.

 

Candidates should be able to:

i.                     identify literary terms in drama, prose and poetry;

ii.                   differentiate between literary terms and principles;

 

iii.                  use literary terms appropriately.

b.     Relationship between literary terms and principles.  
5.    LITERARY APPRECIATION  

Candidates should be able to:

Unseen passage/extracts from Drama, Prose and Poetry. i.                     determine literary devices used in a given passage/extract;

ii.                   provide a meaningful inter-pretation of the given passage/extract;

iii.                  relate     the     extract    to     true     life experiences.

 

 

 

 

A LIST OF SELECTED AFRICAN AND NON-AFRICAN PLAYS, NOVELS AND POEMS

 

 

 

 

 

Drama:

African:

  1. Femi Osofisan: Women of Owu

 

Non African:

  1. William Shakespeare: The Tempest

 

Prose:

African:

  1. Asare Konadu: A woman in Her Prime
  2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus

 

Non African:

  1. Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and The Sea

 

Poetry:

African:

  1. Gbemisola Adeoti; Hard lines
  2. O.C. Umeh: Ambassadors of Poverty
  • Shola Owonibi: Homeless not Hopeless
  1. Syl Cheney-Coker: Myopia
  2. Jared Angira: Expelled
  3. Traditional:

 

Non African:

  1. John Donne: The Sun Rising
  2. Sir Walter Raleigh: The Soul’s Errand
  • Langston Hughes: Negro Speaks of Rivers
  1. John Fletcher: Upon an Honest Man’s

 

 

RECOMMENDED TEXTS

 

  1. ANTHOLOGIES

 

Gbemisola, A. (2005). Naked Soles, Ibadan Kraft

 

Eruvbetine, A. E. et al (1991). Poetry for Secondary Schools, Lagos: Longman Hayward, J. (ed.) (1968). The Penguin Book of English Verse, London Penguin Johnson, R. name(s)? (eds.) (1996). New Poetry from Africa, Ibadan: UP Plc

Kermode, F. name(s)? (1964). Oxford Anthology of English Literature, Vol. II, London: OUP Senanu, K. E. and Vincent, T. (eds.) (1993). A Selection of African Poetry, Lagos: Longman Sonyinka, W. (ed.) (1987). Poems of Black Africa, Ibadan: Heinemann

Wendy Cope (1986). Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, London: Faber and Faber

 

 

2.       CRITICAL TEXTS

 

Abrams, M. H. (1981). A Glossary of Literary Terms, (4th Edition) New York, Holt Rinehalt and Winston Emeaba, O. E. (1982). A Dictionary of Literature, Aba: Inteks Press

Murphy, M. J. (1972). Understanding Unseen, An Introduction to English Poetry and English Novel for Overseas Students, George Allen and Unwin Ltd.

 

Nwachukwu-Agbada, J. O. J. (2011). Exam Focus: Literature in English, Ibadan: UP Plc. Wisdomline Pass at Once JAMB.

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