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JAMB Most Repeated Questions in Literature for 2024 Set

This post is for Art candidates who are preparing to write Literature in JAMB. I’m going to take a look at the Past Questions to discover JAMB most repeated questions in Literature. Since this set of questions are probably also going to repeat in your set, the aim of this post is to get you acquainted with them. By so doing, you will build your confidence and hit your target score in UTME exam.

JAMB most repeated questions in Literature

I have done a post on this website addressing the question, “Does JAMB Repeat Past Questions?” On that post, I authoritatively informed my readers that JAMB indeed repeats their past questions.

But when we think about Literature-in-English, we know that the subject is very vast and that new texts are introduced regularly. On the basis of that, JAMB can set hundreds of new Literature questions every year if they so wish.

However, JAMB repeats certain questions in Literature exams for reasons best known to them.

So I’m going to devote this post to showing you JAMB Most Repeated Questions in Literature. Of course, when you have insight into the questions JAMB repeats most for Literature, you will prepare better for them.

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JAMB Most Repeated Questions in Literature

Here below are JAMB most repeated questions in Literature.

JAMB Most Repeated Questions in Literature (1 – 10)

In Richard wright Native Son:
Bigger kills Mary due to fear.
Weekly, Bigger is to be paid twenty five dollar
Consider the following poem:
I wonder how long, you awful parasites,
Shall share with me this little bed,
And awake me, from my sweet dreams be lost,
Sucking blood from my poor head…
Mbure: “to bed-bug”

1. The lines on the poem above is an example of a
Ans: limerick

2. A limerick is a funny poem consisting of
Ans: five lines

3. The most common figure of speech in the poem above is
Ans: personification

4. The poet personally expresses dismay about
Ans: bedbug

5. A ___ is a figure of speech which shows direct comparison between two things that are unrelated, but which share some common similarities

Ans: Metaphor

6.___ is defined as a word that tries to copy the natural sound of a thing.
Ans: Onomatopoeia

7.___ is a form of infectious virulent satire in verse or prose, which is sometimes a malicious or unjust attack on a person, an institute, or an activity
ANS: Lampoon

8. An___ is a figure of speech sometimes represented by an exclamation, such as “oh”
Ans: apostrophe

9. ____ is a literary genre and type of comedy that makes use of highly exaggerated and funny situations aimed at entertaining the audience
Ans: Farce

10._____is a type of figure of speech in which two contradictory words appear in conjunction that is, a word and its opposite are in the same sentence.
Ans: Oxymoron

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JAMB Most Repeated Questions in Literature (11 – 20)

11.___ creates a sound effects that mimics the thing described making the description more expressive and interesting
Ans: Onomatopoeia

12. A ___ is also called a foot
Ans: metre

13. Metre or meter is a unit of rhythm in poetry, the pattern of the beat.

14. A___ is a story in which animals or things are used as characters
Ans: fable

15. Verbal irony is always ___
Ans: sarcastic.

16. _____ in a novel refers to the way the characters are revealed to the reader
Ans: Characterization

17. A literary work in which the characters and events are used as symbols is known as ___
Ans: allegory

18. ____ is the representation of a complete series of actions by means of speech, movement and gestures for the stage, screen and radio.
Ans: Drama

19. Caricatures of politicians are commonly used in editorial cartoons, while caricatures of movie stars are often found in ____
Ans: entertainment

20. When a writer or an artist makes fun of someone or something, by imitating the same thing in a funny way, it is called _____
Ans: lampooning

JAMB Most Repeated Questions in Literature (21 – 30)

Here we have Literature questions with complete options. ANS indicates the right option.

21. Based on Femi Osofisan’s Women of Owu, the gods are portrayed as
A. saviours of mankind – ANS
B. helpless
C. architects of man’s destiny
D. amorous

22. Based on Femi Osofisan’s Women of Owu, Orisaye describes Balogun Kusa as
A. a good leader          B. a great warrior – ANS
C. an enemy and a butcher
D. a friend in need

23. Based on Femi Osofisan’s Women of Owu, Balogun Kusa is killed by a
A. soldier – ANS
B. god
C. herbalist
D. lunatic

24. Based on Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, one of the changes introduced into St Agnes’ Church by Father Benedict is that
A. everyone must take holy communion – ANS
B. there must be fasting every month
C. the Credo must be recited in Igbo
D. the Kyrie must be rendered only in Latin

25. Based on Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, Eugene Achike in the novel is portrayed as
A. a tough retired soldier
B. a soft and gentle husband
C. an uncompromising traditionalist
D. a fanatical Catholic adherent – ANS

26. Based on Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, in the Achike family,the character who is central to the theme is
A. Jaja – ANS
B. Kambili
C. Mama
D. Sisi

27. These questions are based on selected poems from Johnson, R. et al (eds.): New Poetry from Africa; Soyinka, W. (ed.): Poems of Black Africa; Senanu, K.E. and Vincent, T. (eds): A Selection of African Poetry; Umukoro M. et al: Exam Focus: Literature in English; Eruvbetine, A.E. et al (eds.): Longman Examination Guides: Poetry for Senior Secondary Schools NWOGA, d.i. (ED.) West African Verse.

The dominant technique used in Serenade is

A. apostrophe – ANS
B. metaphor
C. simile
D. oxymoron

28. An action in a play that stimulates the audience to pity a character is
A. pyrrhic
B. props
C. pathos – ANS
D. parody

29. Fletcher’s Upon An Honest Man’s Fortune encourages people to
A. accept life as it is
B. condemn soothsaying
C. move in the direction of God – ANS
D. accept soothsaying

30. Purgation of emotion, pity and fear is
A. catharsis – ANS
B. catastrophe
C. epilogue
D. exposition

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JAMB Most Repeated Questions in Literature (31 – 40)

Here we also have Literature questions with complete options. ANS indicates the right option.

31. A device in drama where a character speaks alone is
A. soliloquy – ANS
B. aside
C. apostrophe
D. dialogue

32. This question is based on J.C De Graft Sons and Daughters.
‘I simply don’t understand what’s the matter with everybody today. everybody let me down, and ……

The speaker above is referring to
A. Hannah and George
B. Aaron and Maanan – ANS
C. Lawyer B and Mrs. B
D. Fosuwa and Maidservant

33. This question is based on J.C De Graft Sons and Daughters.
‘I simply don’t understand what’s the matter with everybody today. everybody let me down, and ….

The traditional order in the play is represented by
A. Hannah – ANS
B. Aaron and Maanan
C. Aunt
D. Mrs. B

34. These question are based on selected poems from Ker, al (eds.)New poetry from Africa; Soyinka, (ed.): Poems of Black Africa; Senanu K.E. and Vincent, T.(eds.): A Selection of African poetry; Umukoro, M et al (eds.): Exam focus:Literature in English: Eruvbetine, al (eds): Longman Examination Guide and Nwoga, D.I. (eds.): West African Verse.

The predominant device in Launko’s End of war is
A. antithesis
B. oxymoron
C. paradox – ANS
D. onomatopoeia

These questions are based on Literary Appreciation

35. ‘That year the harvest was sad, like a funeral and many farmers wept as they dug up the miserable yams. One man tied his clothe to a tree branch and hanged himself.
Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart.

The mood conveyed in the excerpt above is one of
A. frustration       B. sympathy – ANS
C. dilemma          D. sadness

36. But the towering earth was tired sitting in one position. She moved, suddenly, and the houses crumbled, the mountains heaved horribly, and the work of a million years was lost.

The subject matter of the extract above IS.
A. sea waves
B. house movement
C. earthquake – ANS
D. Storms

37. Woke, once, the clays of a cold star
Are limbs, so dear achieved
Sides full nerved still warm too hard
To stir was it, for this the clay grew
Tall? O what made fatuous sunbeams
Toil to break earth’s sleep at all

The theme of the poem is
A. distortion of life
B. creation of life
C. vanity of life – ANS
D. futility of life

38. “O’deadly sin! O rude unthankfulness!
Thy fault our law calls death, but the kind
Prince, taking thy part, hath rushed aside the law,
And turned that black word “death” to banishment.”

Based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the speaker in the passage above is

A. Apothecary
B. Lord Capulet
C. Lord Montague – ANS
D. Friar Lawrence

39. These question is based on General Literary Principles.

A literary work that ridicules the shortcomings of people or ideas is
A. an irony            B. a fable
C. a masque          D. a satire – ANS

40. The figure of speech in which the writer means the exact opposite of what he intends to say is
A. paradox             B. metaphor
C. satire                 D. irony – ANS

More of JAMB Most Repeated Questions in Literature (1 – 10)

1. ….. is known to be a type of poem that may be sung and which embodies a tale.
A. sentimental poem
B. sonorous poetry
C. musical interlude
D. a ballad E. satire
ANSWER: D (a Ballard)

2. Poetry is actually distinguished from prose fiction in that it uses …
A. puns and persona
B. injects emotion and sentiment
C. does not have a hero
D. rhyme and meter
E. stanza
ANSWER: D (rhyme and meter)

3. When a story is told at one level but has its true meaning at another level it is called
A. a horror story
B. a confusing story
C. an epic
D. an allegorical story
E. theme
ANSWER: D (allegorical story)

4. When an unrelated incident is inserted in a work of literature it is known as…
A. a dream sequence
B. a flashback
B. a digression
D. a masque
E. a prologue
ANSWER: C (digression)

5. The first eight lines of a sonnet are called……
A. a couplet
B. an octave
C. a quatrain
D. a sestet
E. a set

6. But from this earth, this grave, this dust, my God shall raise me up, ‘I trust!. The underlined are examples of
A. assonance
B. paradox
C. repetition
D. rhyme
E. sarcasm

7. A sonnet may be divided into an octave and a/an
A. a couplet
B. octave
C. quatrain
D. Sestet
E. tercel

8. In drama, the clown
A. creates confusion
B. creates hatred
C. creates humour
D. generates horror
E. identifies with the hero

9. Pick out the odd item
A. ballad
B. hyperbole
C. metaphor
D. pun
E. simile

10. A protagonist who has a disastrous end is a
A. comic character
B. flat character
C. round character
D. tragedy
E tragic hero


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