SSCE/UTME – Literature In English Practice Tests (Literary Appreciation)


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'I'm not going to be drawn into that old trap
of an argument and be picked up by the tail
like some wet rat out of a sewer.’

The speaker in the statement above is being _____

A. symbolical    B. analogical   C. metaphorical    D. parabolical


‘I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees, all times I have
enjoyed
Greatly, have suffered greatly.’

(A. L. Tennyson: Ulysses)

The lines above inform the reader that the poet ______

A. is determined to suffer
B. has his poetic imagination kindled
C. will cure his sour mood
D. will not drink much


'Jose Palacios, his oldest servant, found him
floating naked with his eyes open in the
purifying waters of his bath and thought he
had drowned.
He knew this was ,one of the many ways
the General medicated, but the ecstasy in
which he lay drifting seemed that of a man
no longer of this world.'

- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The General in His Labyrinth

The master in the passage above is obviously in a state of _____

A. labyrinth    B. drowning    C. forgetfulness    D. trance


Where has my love blown his horn?
The tune of his horn is well-known
Young men of my clan
Have you heard the horn of my love?

- Okot P'Bitek: Horn of My Love

The overriding feeling of the persona in this extract is _____

A. anxiety     B. certainty    C. frustration     D. joy


Allegory is used to describe a work in which ____

A. both animals and humans swap roles
B. humans are transposed into animals
C. abstract ideas are personified
D. animals are given human characters


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