Literature in English Form Four Examination| Pre Necta2

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Section A (40 Marks) Theories Of Literature

Answer all questions

1. Giving eight points, explain the importance of studying literature.
2. Analyse four key elements of Form and four of Content in a piece of literary writing.

Section B (20 Marks) Plays

3. Discuss the main ideas found in one play of your choice using eight points.

Section C (20 Marks) Novels And Short Stories

4. Give four points from each of the two readings of your choice to support the argument that, the titles of novels give the view of what is happening in that particular society.

Section D (20 Marks) Poetry

Answer one (1) question from this section.

5. Using two poems you have appreciated under this programme, point out four issues raised from each of the poems and then show how those issues are relevant to our society today.
6. Read the following poem and then answer the questions that follow:

Africa by David M. Diop

Africa my Africa
Africa of proud warriors in ancestral savannahs
Africa of whom my grandmother sings
On the banks of the distant river
I have never known you
but your blood flows in my veins
Your beautiful black blood that irrigates the fields
The blood of your seat
The sweat of your work
The work of your slavery
The slavery of your children
Africa tell me Africa.

Is this your back that is bent
This back that breaks under the weight of humiliation
This back trembling with red scars
And saying yes to the whip under the midday sun
But a grave voice answers me
Impetuous son that tree young and strong
That tree there
In splendid loneliness amidst white and faded flowers
That is Africa your Africa
That grows again patiently obstinately
And its fruit gradually acquire
The bitter taste of liberty.


(a) Who is speaking in the poem?

(b) To whom is the speaker speaking?

(c) Comment on the tone used by the poet.

(d) Mention with examples four poetic devices used.

(e) What four themes are portrayed in the poem?

(f) What lessons does this poem offer to the society

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