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*NECO 2017 LITERATURE*
LITERATURE DRAMA & POETRY QUESTIONS

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NOTE : Answer one each from each section. !

SECTION i
AFRICAN DRAMA

*Frank Ogodo Ogbeche* : Harvest of corruption

(1) With adequate textual illustration, discuss the theme of desperation.

(2) “Whatever you sow, you shall reap”.
Discuss the assertion IN relation to cheif Ade Amaka’s role in the play.

*Dele Charley* : The Blood of a stranger.

(3) Discuss maligu as a corrupt and deceitful character.

(4) With a close reference to the play, discuss the use of symbolism.

SECTION ii
Non-African Drama

*Oliver Goldsmith* : She stops to conquer

(5) Give a detailed account of Marlow’s acts of rudeness to Mr. Hardcastle.

(6) What are the contributions of Marlow to the development of the play?

*Lorrainc Hansberry* : A Raisin In the sun

(7) Compare and contrast mama’s and Walter dreams, showing their significance in the play.

(8) “Cena younger is a strong motivational force”. Discuss.

SECTION iii
AFRICAN POETRY

(9) Discuss the themes of poverty and suffering in birago Diop’s “VANITY”.

(10) Give a detailed account of Gbanabom hallowell’s “The dinning table”.

SECTION iv

NON – AFRICAN POETRY

(11) Discuss the use of plant imagery to reflect life experience in Robert Frost’s “Birches”.

(12) What are the messages contained in “THE PULLEY” by George Herbert?

*NECO 2017 LITERATURE*

*SECTION I*

3)MALUGUS DECEITFUL AND CORRUPTION : Throughout the play, The Blood of a Stranger, deceit permeates every aspects of the characters’ lives especially the antagonist such as Whitehead, Maligu, Parker and Soko. Maligu’s deception is made known from his plans to make fortune from the white man’s visit, at the expense of the people of Mandoland. This is evident in his conversation with Soko, from whom he canvasses support for his mischief. To the morally dangling priest, he says: “Do you want to die a poor man?” Similarly, Soko deceives the entire village regarding the coming of the white man when he lies that the oracle has indeed prophesied the event and that a virgin girl be sacrificed. In addition, the white man, Whitehead, and his assistant, Parker, connive to rob the village of her naturally endowed diamond while fooling the king and the palace chiefs that his mission is to empower the villagers through tobacco farming. With this, Charley seems to portray the deceptive and amoral means, which the White colonialists used in raping their colonies, African countries, of their God-given natural resources.

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*SECTION II*

8)Lena Younger, a.k.a. Mama, totally rocks our world. She’s a down-to-earth, hard-working black woman who doesn’t suffer fools. Mama has dedicated her life to her children and struggles to instill her values in them – with mixed results. One of Lena’s most poignant moments might be when she admits to Ruth that sometimes her children frighten her. This is one of those sad and beautiful moments that make her character seem truly human.

Throughout the play, Lena struggles to con

​SECTION iii​

No 9.

The poem, “Vanity” explores the experiences of the poor Africans whose cry for freedom are not heard. The experiences have two parts: the first one is the physical and the second one is the spiritual. The physical is all about the generality of the poor Africans whose suffering and anguish are neglected by the African leaders. The level of suffering of these people is so grave that when people hear them, they would laugh at them. The poet-persona asks several questions which tell us more about the suffering of the people. The persona makes it known to us that because of the way those in authority treat these poor Africans, they decide not to complain anymore and allow their anger to die with them. Finally, the poet observes that when people die in their anger, no amount of wailing will make up the lost grounds, for the dead are no longer alive to human experiences.
Analysis
The first three lines of the poem evoke the life of anguish which the people are going through.
The lines introduce us to the painful nature of human experiences. It is a kind of suffering which demands sympathy not laughter.
From lines five to fourteen, the persona rhetorically asks questions bothering on the state of the poor masses. He calls them names to depict their state of penury. He goes ahead to note ironically that anyone who hears their sad complain will laugh at them instead of pitying them.
In conclusion. It is really sad that a poor person suffers to death, no 1 cares for them. But when they die they are buried like kings

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