(For Both School and Private Candidates)

Time: 2:30 Hours Thursday 13th November 2014 p.m.


1. This paper consists of sections A, B, C and D.

2. Answer two (2) questions from section A and one (1) question from each of sections B, C and D.

3. Each question carries 20 marks.

4. Cellular phones are not allowed in the examination room.

5. Write your Examination Number on every page of your answer booklet(s).

SECTION A (40 Marks)


Answer two (2) questions from this section.

1. ‘The subject of Literature differs from other subjects taught in school.’ What are the differences between Literature and other subjects in the secondary school curriculum?

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2. Briefly compare and contrast the following pairs of literary terms:

(a) Symbolism and Imagery

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(b) Fable and folktale

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(c) Antagonist and Protagonist

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(d) Play and Drama

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(e) Alliteration and Assonance

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3. Support the view that ‘the society makes Literature and Literature holds the society.’

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SECTION B (20 Marks)


Answer one (1) question from this section.


The Trials of Brother Jero Wole Soyinka

The Swamp Dwellers Wole Soyinka

Kinjeketile Ibrahim Hussein

Dilemma of a Ghost Ama Ata Aidoo

The Lion and the Jewel Wole Soyinka

The Barbed Wire M. Rugyendo

Dedan Kimathi Kenneth Watene

The Government Inspector N. Gogol

4.Analyse any four major themes found in any two plays studied under this programme

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5. One of the dominant problems in many plays is malpractice which is done by various leaders. Discuss this view using one play.

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6. Are all traditional customs and values useful to people in the society? Give your views using two plays.

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SECTION C (20 Marks)


Answer one (1) question from this section.


Tales of Amadou Koumba David Diop

Quartet Richard Rive

A Walk in the Night and Other Stories Alex La Guma

Houseboy Ferdinand Oyono

The Concubine Elechi Amadi

Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali Djibril Tamsir Niane

Secret Lives Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

The Three Solid Stones Martha Mvungi

The Old man and The Medal Ferdinand Oyono

Girls at War Chinua Achebe

Uncle Tom’s Children Richard Wright

7. Artists are the eyes and ears of people in the society because they write what they see and hear about in their societies. Defend this view using two novels/short stories.

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8. If you were to write a novel, which eight themes would you use to deliver your message to your readers? Being enlightened by two authors under this section, explain why you would use those themes.

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9. How have the writers of any two novels read under this programme managed to deliver the intended message to the readers?

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SECTION D (20 Marks)


Answer one (1) question from this section.

TEXT: Selected poems — Tanzania Institute of Education

10. Make a critical analysis of any two poems studied under this programme in terms of content and form.

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11. Use any two poems studied and show how the literary writers used different techniques to deliver their message to the readers.

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12. Read the following poem and then answer the questions that follow.

An Abandoned Bundle

The morning mist

and chimney smoke

of White City Jabavu

flowed thick yellow

as pus oozing

from a gigantic sore.

It smothered our little houses

like fish caught in a net.

Scavenging dogs

draped in red bananas of blood

fought fiercely

for a squirming bundle.

I threw a brick?

they bared fangs

flicked velvet tongues of scarlet

and scurried away,

leaving a mutilated corpse?

an infant dumped on a rubbish heap?

‘Oh! Baby in the Manger

sleep well

on human dung.’

Its mother

had melted into the rays of the rising sun,

her face glittering with innocence

her heart pure as untrampled dew.


(a) Briefly comment on the title of this poem.

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(b) What type of poem is this? Give reason(s).

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(c) Comment on language use in this poem.

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(d) What is the tone of the poem?

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(e) Mention and briefly comment on the two possible themes in this poem.

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(f) What message do we get from this poem?

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(g) Briefly comment on the relevance of this poem to your society today

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