Waec 2022 Literature in English Questions and Answers

Friday 21st August 2022
Literature in English 2 (Prose) – 9:30am – 10:45am
Literature in English 1 (Objective) – 10:45am – 11:45am
Literature in English 3 (Drama and Poetry) – 3:00pm am – 5:30pm



(1) Fofo decides to tell her mother about her experience in Poison’s hands. Hence, she with her friend Odarley goes to see her mother. When they got to the house, Fofo stayed whereas Odarley moves ahead, invariably to go and test the waters.
The reluctancy in replying her greetings to the first woman she met, causes the woman’s daughter to prompt her mother which causes a reprimand. This makes Ordaley to ignore other members of the household and head directly for Maa Tsuru’s door. Deep in her own thoughts, Maa Tsuru is not conscious of the advancing of Ordaley and the cold treatment Ordaley had already received. As Maa Tsuru leans on her door looking idle-mindedly into space, Ordaley informs her that she was coming with Fofo who decided to stay back on the way because she was uncertain of the encounter.
Puzzled by sadness, Maa Tsuru cries out her sorry state in her house, her ostracism by all apart from Naa Yomo. She manages to ask Ordaley why Fofo decided to stay back out of the way. She becomes tensed up by the time the girl drops the hint a sinister thing had taken place. Consequently, her askance about what could have happened is confirmed when Ordaley calls Poison. She weeps in agitation and fear but prompts Ordaley to call Fofo.
After she is briefed about the condition of her family by Ordaley, Fofo ignores all except Naa Yomo. Fofo sits down and quickly suspects that something is missing in the room- her step father who has left. Fofo becomes despondent and disappointed in the fact that her mother allowed him to leave. Heart broken Maa Tsuru orders her daughter to leave. She assures Fofo she is not being sacked from her house but advised Fofo to move away or leave Accra if possible so as to fall prey to ‘they’ whom Fofo tries to find out.

Fofo who is confused, wants to know why the death of Baby T should necessitate an attempted rape on her, why Poison should get angered about a mother being told of her daughter’s demise.
Hence Maa Tsuru explains how poison came to the house to turn her into leper. Apparently, Poison had come to the house to openly reveal how Maa Tsuru released Baby T into prostitution and made money out of her demise. As a wicked person, Poison had threatened to replace Baby T with Fofo if Maa Tsuru or others involvement in the deal make him unhappy.
Fofo is vexed, protests her mother’s persistence that she should go away, and ponders where her mother wants her to go, especially when she lacks the wherewithal. She demands something better from her mother who has none to offer but Maa Tsuru regrets what she thinks “should not have happened”. The above made Fofo inquire if her father is still her mother’s husband.
Frustrated and weeping, Maa Tsuru decided to warn her daughter not to speak to her anyhow. Fofo is not impressed. Maa Tsuru prays silently for an end to her experience, after her daughter had told her she never wanted to come to her and her mother had shown surprise.
Later, fofo calmly asked why Poison is angry about Maami Borni coming to tell Baby T’s death to her mother and if anyone has spoken of what really happened.
Lastly, Maa Tsuru’s laments do not impress Fofo and later shows lack of concern to her mother’s consoling words; if she liked the plastic bag in the room. She(Fofo) meets Ordaley outside and inform that all is not right, they left afterwards.
In conclusion, this episode shows how decayed and depraved Shana society is in the book “faceless”.

(5) The last moment of Max to bigger was a result of seeing the convicted bigger in other to satisfies Biggers thirst for max’s company. He believes that the only person to whom he can freely unburden his mind and who can really connect with him emotionally is Max.

Bigger is woken up from an uneasy sleep by the guard who announces the presence of his lawyer ,Max. For a moment, the lawyer and the client look at each other before finally shaking hands. The atmosphere is uneasy as as silence takes over as soon as Bigger acknowledges the receipt of the telegram sent earlier by the lawyer. The telegram had conveyed the news of the failure of efforts to get the state Governor to intervene to save Bigger’s life. After a lot of emotional struggle, Bigger manages to break the silence but his speech falters. He acknowledged Max’s efforts and notes that the lawyer is not to blame for Hus plight . He had forseen this concerns himself
Noticing Bugger’s struggle with his speech ,Max comes to his aid by asking if there is anything he could do for him . Not knowing how to give expression to his thoughts,Bigger runs to the door and clutches the steel bar in his hands. In spite of Max’s promptings ,he cannot express his thought and he feels that Max does not know what he want. Perhaps, Max has removed him from his concerns. With a great deal of efforts ,Buggers again ,manages to tell Max that he is glad to know him before dying ,thought this is not what he wanted to say. Max replies in kind ,noting that as an old person he would soon die too . Bigger tells him that he remembers their talk the other night and how important, humbling and enlightening it has been to him
Later on,bigger feels that max has understood what he wants and promptly seizes the opportunity to unburden his mind. He tells max that that it was the murder of Mary which made him see himself and other people differently. While admitting that he is not trying to dodge what is ahead since he had already foreseen it,he adds that we never meant to hurt anybody. He did so because he felt he had to,as they were,” Crowding me to close”. He feels that his action were some sort of natural reaction to those people preventing him from getting what he wanted. He thought those people were hard, and he also acted hard. then ,he confesses that he is not hard at all,not even “a little bit”.He is ,however ,determined to go to his death without crying openly to the satisfaction of his killers,though he may be crying inside of himself.
Max leads Bigger to the window and tells him to look at the buildings in the loop. He informs Bigger that though they are made of steel and stone,the buildings are held in place by the belief of men, men like Bigger himself who were kept hungry and in need. The same feelings were responsible for their growth and multiplication bit they cannot grow again because of the greed of few men. In addition ,the men inside the buildings have started to doubt,like Bigger himself did.
He advises Bigger to worry less about life and die freely .He observes that Bigger is trying to believe in himself but others opinions about him have made this difficult. Because others have labelled him bad ,he doubt’s himself . Max further let’s Bigger realize that those who hate him feel the same way he does
Bigger exhort Max to go home and that he is fine . He notes that going by Max’s speech ,he thinks he is right in his actions. Although he never meant to kill,he thinks “what I killed for must have been good”.
Max is terrified and he points out that is not what he meant . Bigger ignores his terrified look and requests him to tell his mother that he is alright and therefore not worry.
The portrayal of Bigger in this last episode underscores one of the major weakness of the protagonist. He is unfortunately inarticulate.
In the episode, Lawyer Max serves as the authorial voice in the implication of capitalism as the cause and nurturer of racial exploitation, racial discrimination and the general oppression of the working class. Here,the themes of race and class oppression are clearly highlighted.


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Frank Ogbeche Portrayed Ogeyi as a “Born again Christian”.
Ogeyi in the play is a slim fair complexioned and average in height. She is deep rooted in religion and religious matters. One can say that she is a religious fanatic. Her religious and Christian life was illustrated numerous times. Ogeyi in the play vowed to maintain strict Christian and religious doctrines. Thus she was a receptionist in ABC company, but her deligence and decipline to work was outstanding. Ogeyi throughout the play acts religiously and wisely. Her religious life was so much rated in how she would not want anything evil to happen to Aloho even when she is proving adamant to advice. Ogeyi’s religious and Christian life made so brave thus she showed her commitment to maintain strict Christian and religious life in her confession at the police station to ACP Yakubu and Inaku. And her refusal to go any where in order to testify against Chief Halada Ade-Amaka and his cohorts. In court Ogeyi religious and Christian life was also illustrated in the fact that she has been in Jabu before Alho and has seen what ladies in Jabu do for connection and money but refuses to conform to such disdainful act in order to maintain her religious and Christian lifestyle. In a nutshell I can vividly say that Ogeyi is a true and direct contrast to Aloho. Ogeyi illustrated her religious life be accommodation in that she allows Aloho to squat in the same house with her at a place called Panya. Ogeyi has absolute faith, trust and confidence in God. She so believes that in any situation no matter how precarious it may be, God will eventually overturn it. Her excellent advice and sincere warning to Aloho clearly portrays her strong faith in God. Ogeyi has a sincere heart, good upbringing and a promising future.

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Mrs Johnson contributed heavily to making the play, ‘A Raising in the sun’ a hilarious one. She is like the neighbour that creates laughter in most plays. She is gifted at getting free food out of her neighbors, the Youngers. She appears on stage for few minutes and she succeeds in getting coffee and a piece of pie. She looks ‘pretty’ and ‘slick’. She serves as the instrument of comic relief but brings darker tone to the play.

She walks up with a newspaper that hints that a black family, residing in a white neighborhood has currently been bombed out of their house. Despite her outward friendly disposition to the Younger, she feels repulsive towards them. She reasons out that the Youngers supposed that they are too good to live in the mostly black vicinity anymore.
Mrs Johnson almost appears to enjoy disseminating the news that a black family was bombed by the racist whites. She abandons the paper in the youngers’ house on her way out.
She is used by the playwright in telling the Youngers’ the hard realities that await them for being the first black to move into clybourne park.
She has a genuine intention in warning the Youngers but her manner of approach is offensive.
Mrs Johnson’s bomb story depicts her insensitivity and unkindness.
Majorly, Mrs Johnson shows the feeling of resentment that some blacks felt when others began to climb the social economic ladder.
The paper Mrs Johnson’s left in the Younger’s apartment serves as evidence that will blame the latter for their rash decision of trying to live in White neighborhood.

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The poet’s selected use of words is highly contributory to the success of the poem. As a poem whose metaphorical import is very important to it’s appreciation, some words and phrases appear deliberately and and appropriately employed to help the effective delivery of its message. Some examples include “giant” sabre toothed, “shudder home”, “bayonets of tribulation”, “unceasing disaster” and so on. The word giant is deployed to underscore the enormity of size and might of the state. In a way, the word also provides suggestive information about the setting of the poem. It hints at the spar setting being Nigeria because Nigeria is often referred to as “the giant of Africa” due to the population size. The phrase “sabre-toothed” recalls a kind of tiger with sword-like teeth, which is meant to point at the possible effect of a bite or attack from such an animal or its metaphorical referent. While the phrase “bayonets of tribulation” similarly draws attention to the sharp-edged form of violence and other challenges faced by the commoners, “shudders home” comments on their intimidation. The word “unceasing” in “unceasing disaster” clearly emphasizes the despair attending the situation. The title word “Ambush” on its part, suggests the idea that the victims of the realities in the land are either caught unawares or the perpetrators carefully planned carry out their design as wished. The choice of animals used as metaphors for the land is also carefully made to reflect the three main natural abodes of animals viz: land, sky and water. This suggests a total control of every space by the metaphorical referents.

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The poem, “pulley” by George Herbert is one that showcases the omniscience of God.
In the first stanza, God in the course of making man said viva-vox “a glass of blessing” standing by thus”, let us pour, pour on him (man) all we can, “Let the world riches which despise lie, contract into a span”. Here God says orally in the course of making man, that his sequels-(the trinity) should join him in blessing man by making all other creation/creatures which lie in the world to come under man’s control. Hence, God’s blessing of dominating and subduing the earth to man, as well as that of reproducing their kind on earth . These made him to give man “strength”, “beauty”, “wisdom”, “honour” and “pleasure”.
But rest lies in the base of God’s belly because it is a treasure God will use as the “pulley” to make man not to forget Him, Accordingly, if God gives man rest — life devoid of trouble which God sees as a “jewelry’, man would adore God’s gifts instead of God. Again man will Rest (depend) on Nature other creation, not the God of Nature, hence God will lose both man and other creation.
Moreover, God decided that he should keep all other blessings (the rest).He showered on him but have them with brain storming (repining restlessness). Hence man According to God will be rich (have all things) and be weary (unhappy), so that if man does not have a stroke of luck and is not fortunate in the course of trying to forget God, weariness may toss him(man) back to my Breast(God).
In conclusion the poem explores God’s Sagacious nature over man.

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