Cameroon GCE A/L June 2016 Literature in English 2
PART ONE – OLD SYLLABUS
SECTTION A – DRAMA
ROBERT BOLD: A Man for All Seasons
- Bolt’s strength as a skillful writer lies in his ability to blend history with dramatic devices. Discuss.
- What possible difficulties may be faced in a performance of A Man for All Seasons on a Cameroonian stage?
WOLE SOYINKA: The Trials of Brother Jero
- The Trial of Brother Jero depicts a vicious world, void of virtue. Comment.
- Select any three episodes from The Trials of Brother Jero and show how each sustains the interest of the audience
SECTION B – PROSE
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: The old Man and the Sea
- How symbolic are the physical settings in The Old Man and the Sea?
- Discuss the use of the flashback technique in the Old Man and the Sea.
BESSIE HEAD: A Question of Power
- Discuss Bessie Head’s treatment of the theme of love in A Question of Power.
- A Question of Power is a novel of suffering and pain. Do you agree?
LINUS T. ASONG: No Way to Die
- How do women contribute to the development of plot in No Way to die?
- In Asong’s No Way to Die, Dennis Nunquam’s past is responsible for his failure in life. Examine the validity of this statement.
SECTION C: POETRY
GEOFFREY CHAUCER: The General Prologue and The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale
- Discuss the significance of any three settings in The General Prologue and Tale.
- Chaucer archives humorous effects by evoking a sense of the incongruous in his characters. How relevant is this statement in The General Prologue and The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale?
WILLIAM BLAKE’S Selected Poems
- Discuss the relevance of the church in Blake’s poetry.
- With reference to any three poems in your selection, show how Blake is unhappy with constituted authority.
WOLE SOYINKA (ed): Poems of Black Africa
- Modern Africa poets decry lack of vision in Africa leadership. Discuss with reference to any poems in your selection
- Discuss the use of local color by any three poets in your selection.
PART TWO: NEW SYLLABUS
SECTION A – DRAMA
ARTHUR MILLER: Death of a Salesman
- “Willy Loman’s problem in Death of a Salesman is the falsity of the American dream” How far is this true?
- How effective is Miller’s use of the flashback technique in Death of a Salesman?
OLA ROTIMI: Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again
- Show how Sikira contributes to plot development and resolution in Ola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again.
- Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again is well applauded for its appeal. Discuss
SECTION B – PROSE
CHARLES DICKENS: Hard Times
- “Women in Nervous Conditions are obedient servants of men”. How far is this true of Dickens’ Hard Times
- Hard Times is a novel of social protest. Comment.
TSITSI DANGAREMBGA: Nervous Conditions
- “Women in Nervous Conditions are obedient servants of men” Do you agree?
- Select any three buildings/landscapes and discuss their importance in Nervous Conditions.
JOHN NKEMGONG NKENGASONG: Across the Mongolo
- Across the Mongolo mirrors the contemporary Cameroonian society. Discuss.
- Discuss the use of contrasts in Across the Mongolo.
SECTION C: POETRY
GEOFFERY CHAUCER: The General Prologue and The Franklin’s Prologue and Tale
- Comment on the use of allusions in the General Prologue and The Franklin’s Prologue and Tale.
- Critically examine Chaucer’s attitude to women in both The General Prologue and The Franklin’s Prologue and Tale?
ALEXANDER POPE: The Rape of the Lock
- Comment on the poetic techniques which Pope uses to represent “” trivial things” as “Mighty Contest”.
- Write short notes on any three of the following in relation to The Rape of the Lock.
- The Cave of spleen
- Belinda’s dressing table
- The game of Ombre
WOLE SOYINKA (ed): Poems of Back Africa
- “The Africa Poet is uncomfortable with injustice and oppression” By close reference to any three poems, discuss this view.
- With reference to any three poems of the selection, show African poets are preoccupied with issues of African personality.