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Answer Two (2) only one from each section.



The eight-year-old Adah, who was born in Lagos during World War 2, only dreams of going to school since she is not allowed to attend school because she is not a boy. One day, when her mother is distracted, Adah goes to the Methodist School where her neighbour teaches, and he allows her to learn with them for the day. She returns home meeting a group of policemen in their compound. Her mother is being punished for child neglect, yet Adah is allowed to continue attending school.

Months later, Adah father goes to the hospital but does not return. His demise makes his nuclear family to separate. His wife, Adah’s mother, is inherited by his brother. His son, Adah’s brother, goes to live with one of his (Adah father’s) cousins whereas Adah is sent to live with one of her mother’s brothers.

Adah is allowed to remain in school only because she could bring a higher bride price if educated. Suitors come; however, she is not interested in any of them. Instead, fascinated with the possibility of winning a scholarship to secondary school, Adah steals the money for the sitting fee, passes the examination, and wins the scholarship. She attends the Methodist Girls’ School and completes the four-year course.

Knowing full well that she will not be allowed to live on her own in the university, Adah marries a student named Francis Obi (who is too poor to pay the bride price) with the hope of being able to attend school and study at her own pace. She births a daughter and begins working for the American Consulate Library. Having had the dream of going to the United Kingdom, she shares it with her husband. They decide to go, but his family, who depends upon her income, approves of his leaving but insists that Adah remain at home and continue to support the family. Her husband’s father does not approve of women going to England. At first, Adah is filled with rage, but she controls her anger and comes up with a plan – “Be as cunning as a serpent but as harmless as a dove,” she quoted to herself. Once again, she uses her cleverness to get what she wants. She sends Francis (her husband) off to England to study while she works and sends him money in the meantime.

Adah is known for her perseverance; she does not give up. When her husband writes to her a few months later that he is going to be in England for at least four or five years, she decides it is time to make her move. She convinces her in-laws that it is necessary for her to be in England with her husband, stating that her husband wants her there, which he did say to her in the letter. She soon books herself and her two children first class tickets on a ship to England. As a foreshadowing of all that is to come for her, Adah arrives England, welcomed by cold, rainy and cloudy skies. She is shocked by the greyness but will not give up on her dreams. Adah has arrived in the United Kingdom where she becomes a second class citizen. She is only a first class citizen in Nigeria.

Some of the main points of struggle for Adah are being a black woman in a predominantly white society, learning of the women’s right movement during the seventies, the fact that there is birth control available to her, and the struggle to pursue her goal in becoming a writer between four children and a lazy abusive husband.


Adah and her children enter the UK through Liverpool, and she is greatly disappointed by her first sight of her dream country: the dark, cloudy, industrial city gives her pause. However, she remembers how important it is to her that her children have an English education. Adah and the children disembark and reunite with Francis, who sees his son for the first time.

Adah notices that Francis has changed significantly. He makes jokes about death, which he attributes to the English people’s odd sense of humour. Adah is skeptical of this, though, because she doesn’t think the people around her look like they have senses of humour. He says that she has become bolder and speaks to him in a way she would not have in Lagos. Adah interprets his remarks as evidence that men have more rights and privileges than women do, even in England. They board the train to London, and on the journey, Adah sees snow for the first time. She is beginning to feel more hopeful about England now that she has seen some of its beautiful landscapes.

Once in London, Francis takes them to their accommodations. Adah cannot believe how close the buildings are to one another, and Francis tells her that in Nigeria, there is more land to spread out. Their home country is not at the point yet where every available space is built up, as in London. Next, he takes her to their apartment, which is very small and sparse; there is only one room, no bath or kitchen, and no private toilet, the communal toilet is four floors downstairs. Adah has not been told ahead of time what the apartment will be like and is shocked to see the bareness of the room.



Xenophobia is one of the most significant themes in Unexpected Joy at Dawn.
In the text, citizens and governments of both Nigeria and Ghana are not comfortable with other country’s nationals in their country. The Bank Manager of Expense Bank does not hide his dislike for Nii Tackie whom he sees as a Nigerian living off the wealth of Ghana. He goes to the extent of saying that if given the power, he would gladly sack all the “aliens” working in the bank.

The Bank Manager’s wish though not fulfilled is already in motion outside the bank. Ghanaians are already hitting out on Nigerians living in Ghana. This is further confirmed by newspaper reports as related by an immigration officer during the screening of Mama Orojo’s luggage in the airport on her way to Accra and also by Nii Tackie’s sudden consciousness of his tribal marks.
And in Nigeria, there is expulsion of aliens from the country; mostly Ghanaians. The Ghanaians are clearly doing well in Nigeria before the alienation policy is introduced. They work in banks, schools, and construction companies. But immediately the new immigration policy is introduced, their Nigerian employers subtly collect their residents’ permits and destroy them.

Also rife in the novel is the theme of alienation. And it cuts across the both countries.

Some fifteen years earlier, Ghanaian government introduced an alienation policy which eventually led to mass exodus of other countries’ nationals from Ghana; and the separation of families. This led to the separation of Mama Olu Orojo and her parents from her kid brother, Moses Nii Tackie.

As a result, it takes fifteen years to re-unite with his sister, Mama Orojo, under the least expected circumstance.
Also, Nii Tackie and Massa are separated by Massa’s death.

Nii Tackie and Massa are our ideal love birds in this text. They so much love each other that each understands the other already.
For example, when Massa downplays her pain, Nii Tackie knows already that she is lying and only wants him to feel relieved. Massa too, despite her sickness, is quick to notice that Nii Tackie has become conscious of his tribal marks.

Another category of lovers in the novel are Joe and Mama Orojo. Their relationship belies the cat and dog relationship between their two countries. It is refurbished with love the two countries lack.

The love is so strong that Mama Orojo is ready to forgo her respected position in the local Corpus Kristi and risk being excommunicated from Amen Kristi just to marry Joe.

Idem and Wachuc are another category of lovers. Through Idem’s nagging, one can see a woman’s love and concerns for her husband.

Emily Bronte’s repeated injection of death into Wuthering Heights is striking and plays with several messages relating to relationships, both familial and romantic. Even though death has a negative connotation, Bronte uses it to promote a message.

Almost all the chapters in Wuthering Heights focus on someone dying, someone who has recently died, or someone who is about to die. None of these deaths happen as a result of old age, and they are often foreshadowed long before they happen. Mrs. Earnshaw dies first, followed by Mr. Earnshaw, Frances, the elder Mr. and Mrs. Linton, Catherine, Hindley, Isabella, Edgar, the young Linton, and Heathcliff. Those who survive the story are Nelly, Joseph, Cathy, and Hearton. A kind of depressing irony comes at the end of the novel when Mr. Lockwood and Nelly are discussing the arrangements for the Wuthering Heights estate and he comments that perhaps ghosts (which there should be plenty of now) might come and inhabit it. Nelly does not agree with him on this saying, she believes the dead are at peace, and it is not right to speak of them with levity. Though Nelly has spent the last two-hundred pages gossiping to Lockwood at his request about all the tragedies that happened before he arrived.

There are about eleven deaths. Some are introduced early on, for instance, Frances who arrives at Wuthering Heights during Mr. Earnshaw’s funeral and has a breakdown saying she was so afraid of dying, only to die a year or so later. There is the young Linton’s arrival to the Grange when Cathy and her father are discussing how well he will do if they can keep him, which has a double meaning relating to keeping Linton with them and keeping him alive in general; needless to say he dies. Edgar’s living long in the story is as surprised as anything. But when his wife died and Nelly described him as a man who execrated God and man, and gave himself up to reckless dissipation, we get the gist he (Edgar) wasn’t really going to be “living” for the rest of the novel.

Then there are the deaths of Catherine and Heathcliff, the first of which happens relatively early on and we are aware of for the entirety of the novel and the later which ends the novel. These are the deaths the novel is powered by and then waits for. Catherine and Heathcliff’s unhealthy relationship when they were alive carries over into eternity when she dies and he says, “Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest, as long as I am living!… I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” In a way, Heathcliff experiences a living death similar to Edgar, where he is still very much alive but all the good parts of him have died and he is being driven by the sorrow of another’s death. All of the trouble they caused when she was alive is foiled by the madness Heathcliff endures and inflicts after her death, and peace only comes when they are reunited in death.

Isabella is Edgar’s younger sister. She is known to be a weak and spoilt child. In the novel, she becomes infatuated by Heathcliff, seeing him as a romantic hero who in turn despises her and uses her purely as a tool in his revenge. She is a contrast both physically and spiritually to Catherine.

When we first see her, she is fighting over a puppy with Edgar, and she never really grows beyond this adolescent stage. She seems to suffer from a combination of boredom and envy of Catherine.

Her infatuation with Heathcliff comes across as both risky and silly (messing with Catherine’s man?). When she marries Heathcliff, she pays dearly by being disowned by Edgar and imprisoned at the Heights by her violent husband. Though we never know for sure, she seems interested in Heathcliff partly because he’s a dark and brooding hunk, and partly as a way of competing with Catherine. Then again, there are not many other options for her.

That she utterly fails to recognize the degree to which Heathcliff is using her speaks to her love of melodrama. Like a fool, she yearns to be with Heathcliff and confesses to Catherine that she loves Heathcliff more than Catherine loved Edgar.

Isabella finally wises up and leaves for London, but not before getting pregnant with Linton Heathcliff, who winds up with both of his parents’ worst qualities.



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No (1)

The story centres on the phenomenon of the street child. In its treatment as a major theme, the novelist its causes and consequences. Central to this is the life of the novel’s protagonist, Fofo, and that of her sister, Baby T. Of course there are many children on the streets in the novel, the case of these two sisters dominates. In examining the causes of this phenomenon, poverty is treated as the most crucial. Many parents who cannot afford to provide such basic things as food and clothing, directly or indirectly, push their children into the streets.

For instance, Maa Tsuru, Fofo and Baby T’s mother, pushes her children into the streets by encouraging them to beg for money for food until they gradually find it more attractive and profitable than being at home. Other factors implicated in the cause of the phenomenon include faulty beliefs, ignorance, absentee fathers and irresponsibility.

Men who find themselves financially incapable of sustaining a family soon run away from home, thereby leaving the wife to take care of the children alone. When the burden becomes too much for the woman, she relieves herself by pushing the children out. This also happens in the case of Maa Tsuru whose “husband”, Kwei, abandons together with the children by running away not only from home but from town. Although time in Maa Tsuru. It is also seen in Maami Broni, Kpakpo and even Onko. as she can now openly mourn her. mes across as explores Kwei uses the issue of a curse as his excuse for walking out on his wife and children, the truth is that he is frustrated by the responsibility which a new baby being carried by his wife would add to his burden.

Closely related to poverty in terms of the causes of the phenomenon are ignorance and wrong beliefs. Many parents’ economic condition is terrible because of the number of children they have due to ignorance about family planning. There are also beliefs like “God is there to take care of his creatures and the tendency for girls or young women to have babies they are incapable of taking adequate care of simply because the society expects them to prove their womanhood.

The direct effect of this is a worsening in their economic condition, which ultimately leads to pushing the children into the streets. The effects of the phenomenon are shown as extremely adverse on the children and the society at large; even the parents are not spared. The children experience exploitation and abuse in different ways: sexual, economic, social and physical.

They also go through emotional and psychological turmoil. Many end up becoming hardened criminals like Poison or petty ones like Odarley and Fofo. Worse still, some have irreversible experiences like death as in the case of Baby T. The society also becomes a victim of the phenomenon because young talents are wasted, criminalized and made to become torturers of innocent citizens as happens in the case of Fofo trying to rob Kabria. Some of the parents and guardians of such children also experience emotional torture in terms of guilt feelings. This is seen from time to time in Maa Tsuru. It is also seen in maami broni, kpakpo and even onko.

No (2)

MUTE’s custody of FOFO.

As Kabria leaves the hairdresser’s salon, she prays that Fofo be around at their appointed place. Luckily, from some distance, she beholds Fofo reclining on her car somewhat awkwardly. She calls to her but the girl does not respond. When the girl responds to the second attempt by raising her head, Kabria is astounded. Fofo’s right eye is bloodshot, part of her face is swollen and her lip is cracked.

She has been beaten up by somebody Kabria calls office to inform her colleagues of the development and her decision to bring the girl over. Inside the car, she asks Fofo what happened and who beat her but the girl will not talk When she eventually talks in response to the need to seek medical attention, she complains of lack of money but looks grateful on hearing that MUTE will foot her medical bill. Kabria’s question on whether Fofo’s condition has anything to do with her dead sister undermines the ensuing understanding between the two.

Fofo pretends as if she does not have any sister, let alone talk about one. Kabria is confounded and asks if Fofo sometimes tell lies. She admits so and Kabria becomes desperate. She thinks Fofo is playing some games and wishes she had Vickie’s company to cope with the situation. Intermittently, Fofo winces in pain.

At a point, she tells Kabria that she would like to spit some blood collected in her mouth. Kabria pulls up the car for her to do so. As they set off again thereafter, Fofo dozes off. Later on, Kabria contemplates the girl’s face and feels that sooner or later the source of the violence done to Fofo will be uncovered. Kabria’s colleagues in the office are amazed at what they see of Fofo’s face. Their attempts to get her talk end in vain.

While thinking of what next to do, Aggie suggests that the police be informed. The suggestion alarms Fofo and she tries to run away, crying “No police! No police Dina takes charge, asking Fofo to sit down and makes arrangements for her food and medication. She also goes into her office to make arrangements with the producer of GMG Show on the subject of the street child, and thereafter shares out responsibilities concerning Fofo among her staff members.


(i) The act of taking in the girl signifies the commitment of MUTE to her plight and cause. By taking custody of the girl, they have tacitly taken up the challenge of going the whole hog with the case and liberating or rehabilitating her.

(ii) The appearance of Fofo in this episode shows very vividly one of the major characteristics of street life, which is violence.

(iii) The act of taking Fofo into custody also facilitates the bonding and generation of trust needed to make MUTE’s task in the efforts to help the girl and unravelling the mystery of her sister’s death easier.

(iv) Fofo’s initial uncooperative and pretentious attitude towards Kabria and later to other members of MUTE shows that she is under pressure from some very powerful people.

(v) The step will also be leading MUTE outside of its familiar terrain of establishing alternative library services into crime investigation.





A princess and the daughter of Frederic, the Marquis of Vincenza, at the beginning of the novel Isabella is Conrad’s fiancé and the ward and de facto daughter of Hippolita and Manfred. Like Matilda, Isabella is beautiful, pious, and a model of filial devotion. Despite her personal reluctance, she agrees to marriage with Conrad because she believes it to be arranged by her long-lost father (later the narrator reveals that Manfred actually bribed her guardians). When Manfred attempts to rape her, Isabella protects her virtue by fleeing the castle with the help of Theodore and escapes to a cave where she meets Frederic, her long-lost father. After Manfred’s failed attempt to kill her, Isabella mourns the loss of Matilda with Theodore and eventually marries him.


(i) She is the daughter of Marquis Frederic betrothed to Conrad before the boy’s untimely death.

(ii) She resists Prince Manfred’s attempts to force her into marrying him. Firstly, she flees from the castle to the sanctuary at St. Nicholas Church. Later, she runs into a cave. She also promises to defy her father on the matter should he encourage her into it.

(iii) Similarly, she resists Lady Hippolita’s encouragement along this line.

(iv) She is a loyal friend to Matilda. Realizing that Matilda is Theodore’s object of affection, she yields him to her and wishes her friend well.


Bigger’s first assignment in the Dalton house begins with Bigger nursing so much fear for the white folks. After the omnious incidents of killing a rat in his family’s apartment in the south-side of Chicago and the failed robbery of Bloom’s shop, Bigger gets a driver job with the Dalton’s, and his first task as their driver is to drive Mary to school and to her boyfriend, Erlen Jan. To Bigger’s dismay, Mary displays so much tolerance that can hardly be found among the white people. Mary and her boyfriend drink so much until she falls into stupor. Bigger as her driver manages to put her in the car and drives her home. In the cause of helping her to her room Bigger feels sexually aroused and begins to kiss her. The fearful Bigger hears the footsteps of the blind Mary’s mother. Fearful and unaware of the woman’s blindness, he tries to keep Mary.


NECO Literature past questions and answers

The questions below are the Neco past questions and answers that will help you in your 2022 NECO Literature Questions.

The questions below are the NECO 2022 Literature Practice Questions. Go through it and see how NECO examination looks like.

1. In Literature generally, a stock character is a character

A. who plays the role of a stock
B. broker or merchant
C. whose actions, speech, style, and role are predicable
D. whose manner is as stiff as a dry stockfish
E. Hypocrite

ANSWER: C (whose actions, speech, style, and role are predicable)

2. A light or amusing interlude inserted in the middle of a tragic play is called

A. a comic relief

B. an aggression

C.a contrast

D. digression

E. drama

ANSWER: A (comic relief)

3. When one author produces a mocking invitation of another author’s work we call his product

A. a conceit
B. an aggression
C. a contrast
D. a parody
E. Monologue

ANSWER: D (parody)

4. A type of poem which may be sung and which embodies a tale is called

A. sentimental poem
B. sonorous poetry
C. musical interlude
D. a ballad
E. satire

ANSWER: D (a Ballard)

5. Poetry is distinguished from prose fiction in that it

A. uses puns and persona
B. injects emotion and sentiment
C. does not have a hero
D. uses rhyme and meter
E. uses stanza

ANSWER: D (uses rhyme and meter)

6. Go, lovely rose,

Tell her that wastes her time and me

When I resembled her for thee,

How sweet and fair she seems to be

In the above lines, the rose is presented as having human characteristics or abilities. This is knowns as

A. climax
B. epigram
C. Personification
D. hyperbole
E. paradox

ANSWER: C (personification)

7. 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)

8. When an unrelated incident is inserted in a work of literature it is called
A. a dream sequence
B. a flashback
B. a digression
D. a masque
E. a prologue

ANSWER: C (digression)


How to pass NECO Literature

Now that you have seen how Literature in English 2022 will look like, it is important you also get the necessary tips you need to observe in order to pass your exam very well.

1. Trust yourself

Self-confidence is another factor that affects the performance of a candidate. Promise to do everything by yourself and all will come out very easy.

It is well known that many students cancel the right answers only to copy the wrong ones because they do not have confidence in themselves. You’re a miracle for the day, study and pray hard.

2. Start Early Study

In your life as a student, studying is very important. NECO is a very simple exam for the duration of the study. To study is one thing and to study on time is something completely different.

Do not wait so long before you begin studying for the NECO 2022 Literature examination. You really won’t be helped by late preparation. There will be time to review before exams when you begin studying early.

3. Utilize the Literature in English NECO Syllabus 2022

It is extremely important to use the NECO literature 2022 curriculum as it will help you to cover important topics. Without the Syllabus you will concentrate on unnecessary subjects not presented in examinations.

No need going to cover a whole textbook just to pass a particular subject. That would be stressful on your own side. The syllabus are important because all your questions will come from there.

Syllabus gives you area of concentration and also the list of textbooks which you will use to cover those topics.

Manage your time in the examination hall wisely

It is risky to remain in one question for more than the expected time. For objectives, you should be able to answer all your questions 15 minutes before the exam ends. Use the remaining time to dot your ‘I’s and cross your ‘T’s. In other words, use it to go through your work and make the necessary corrections.

For the essay part of the exam, ensure you do not exceed he proper time for each question. No matter how simple or hard a question would be, don’t dwell much on it.

To be able to manage your time properly, I recommend you go in with a wrist watch. Always allocate time to each question and try to finish it within that period.

Be timely to the examination venue

During the examinations, punctuality matters. Go early on to the examination site so the brain can do the job. When you rush into the examination hall you will be unstable and susceptible to so many mistakes.

Take the time before you begin to answer an examination question paper.

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