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An action in a play that stimulates the audience to pity a character is ______

A. pyrrhic.    B. props.    C. pathos.    D. parody.

A dirge is a poem sung

A. to send a child to sleep.    B. to make workers happy.    C. at a birthday party.    D. at a funeral.

You. Your head is like a drum that is beaten
for spirits.
You. 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.

Read the passage and answer the question.

A modest two-room hut built of mud and roofed with straw graciously sheltered the Mensahs. One of the rooms advertised itself as a living room. The kind earthenware pot willingly kept company with four ever- smiling stools. The pot eternally contained cool water for guests. The second room was a warm-hearted bedroom without a bed. The poor pair had to sleep on bare straw mats on the polished dirt floor. Some overwashed rags deputised for blankets and sheets and pillows. Two strong dry logs, facing each other like bitter rivals burned themselves out at night, not merely to keep the couple warm but mainly to ward off hungry mosquitoes and other hostile pests.
There was no door to ward off the cold night alit Some rude devices, however, were contrived to keep the room quite safe from prying eyes and curious domestic animals. Would any thief be ever tempted to peep into such a rude room of such a poor pair?

The expression ‘such a rude room of such a poor pair’ illustrates

A. onomatopoeia.    B. pun.    C. rhyme.    D. alliteration

A plot in a literary work is about ______

A. character delineation.
B. causal arrangement of events.
C. resolution of conflicts.
D. law of poetic justice.

Read the passage and answer the question.

A modest two-room hut built of mud and roofed with straw graciously sheltered the Mensahs. One of the rooms advertised itself as a living room. The kind earthenware pot willingly kept company with four ever- smiling stools. The pot eternally contained cool water for guests. The second room was a warm-hearted bedroom without a bed. The poor pair had to sleep on bare straw mats on the polished dirt floor. Some overwashed rags deputised for blankets and sheets and pillows. Two strong dry logs, facing each other like bitter rivals burned themselves out at night, not merely to keep the couple warm but mainly to ward off hungry mosquitoes and other hostile pests.
There was no door to ward off the cold night alit Some rude devices, however, were contrived to keep the room quite safe from prying eyes and curious domestic animals. Would any thief be ever tempted to peep into such a rude room of such a poor pair?

The setting is

A. dawn.   B. sunset.    C. midday.    D. night

Read the stanza and answer question below:

Pan, O great Pan, to thee
Thus do we sing!
Thou who keep’st chaste and free
As the young spring:
Ever be thy honour spake
From that place the morn is broke
To the place day doth unyoke.

Pan is used here as

A. an allusion.    B. symbol.    C. irony.    D. metonymy

In Literature, repetition is used essentially for

A. rhyme.    B. suspense.    C. allusion.    D. emphasis

The performers in a play constitute the

A. chorus.    B. characters.    C. audience.    D. cast

A funny incident within a serious situation is _____

A. comedy.   B. comic relief.    C. tragicomedy.    D. tragic hero.

Read the passage and answer the question.

A modest two-room hut built of mud and roofed with straw graciously sheltered the Mensahs. One of the rooms advertised itself as a living room. The kind earthenware pot willingly kept company with four ever- smiling stools. The pot eternally contained cool water for guests. The second room was a warm-hearted bedroom without a bed. The poor pair had to sleep on bare straw mats on the polished dirt floor. Some overwashed rags deputised for blankets and sheets and pillows. Two strong dry logs, facing each other like bitter rivals burned themselves out at night, not merely to keep the couple warm but mainly to ward off hungry mosquitoes and other hostile pests.
There was no door to ward off the cold night alit Some rude devices, however, were contrived to keep the room quite safe from prying eyes and curious domestic animals. Would any thief be ever tempted to peep into such a rude room of such a poor pair?

The writer’s attitude to the couple is one of

A. resignation.    B. indifference.    C. patronage.    D. praise

Purgation of emotion, pity and fear is ____

A. catharsis.    B. catastrophe.    C. epilogue.    D. exposition.

Read the poem and answer the question.

Proud mothers of the coming age,
‘Tis good to find you now engage
Your minds and time your lives to raise
Above the level of bygone days.

‘Tis good to see you play your part
Wfth spirit and undaunted heart,
It gives young Afric’s throbbing soul
A glimpse of a bright and glorious goal.

God bless you, mothers of our race,
God cause to shine on you His face;
And give you strength and all you crave
To bring forth sons and daughters brave

The poet’s tone is one of

A. sadness.    B. joy.    C. condemnation.    D. sarcasm.

Read the poem and answer the question.

Proud mothers of the coming age,
‘Tis good to find you now engage
Your minds and time your lives to raise
Above the level of bygone days.

‘Tis good to see you play your part
Wfth spirit and undaunted heart,
It gives young Afric’s throbbing soul
A glimpse of a bright and glorious goal.

God bless you, mothers of our race,
God cause to shine on you His face;
And give you strength and all you crave
To bring forth sons and daughters brave

The literary device used in line 7 is

A. conceit.    B. personification.    C. hyperbole.    D. pathos

And when you trudge on one horny Pads
Gullied like the solos of modern shoes Pads
that even jiggers cannot conquer.

Horny pads in the lines above is a reference to a ______

A. sole of a pauper.    B. sole of a soldier.    C. policeman.    D. madman.

A story in which characters or actions represent abstract ideas or moral qualities is

A. an epic.    B. a legend.    C. an allegory.    D. a satire

A speech in a play in which a character speaks his or her thoughts alone is _______

A. a monologue.    B. an aside.    C. a soliloquy.    D. as epilogue

The technique in which both the stage and the auditorium are involved in a play production is called _____

A. theatre of the absurd
B. role-playing
C. audience participation
D. total theatre.

The flat character in a literary work ______

A. is the same as the round character
B. cannot be found in an allegory
C. is capable of growing
D. always embodies a quality

______________ is the location of the action of the plot.

A. Setting    B. Narrative technique    C. Point of view    D. Characterization

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