African Poetry: ''A Government Driver on his Retirement" by Onu Chibuike - SS2 Literature Past Questions & Answers - page 1

1

What is the central theme of the poem "A Government Driver on His Retirement"?

A

Celebration and joy

B

The consequences of excessive drinking

C

Loyalty to one's country
   

D

The importance of duty rules
  

CORRECT OPTION: b
2

What does the government driver plan to do on the day of his retirement?

A

Go back to work early

B

Celebrate with friends and family
   
   

C

Adhere to duty rules and regulations
   

D

Reflect on his years of service

CORRECT OPTION: b
3

How does the poem describe the driver's reaction to his retirement?
 

A

He is indifferent

B

He is anxious and worried
   

C

He is relieved and joyous
  

D

He is regretful and sad
   

CORRECT OPTION: c
4

What does the brand new car symbolize in the poem?
 

A

The driver's need for transportation
   

B

The government's appreciation for his service
   

C

The driver's desire for material possessions

D

The consequences of excessive drinking

CORRECT OPTION: c
5

Discuss the central theme of the poem " A Government Driver on his Retirement" and how it unfolds in the narrative. Use examples from the poem to support your answer.

 The central theme of the poem is the consequences of excessive drinking. The poem portrays the driver's retirement celebration and his decision to indulge in alcohol. However, this celebration leads to a tragic accident due to his impaired judgment. The poem serves as a cautionary tale about the adverse effects of excessive drinking, even during moments of celebration.

6

Explore the symbolism of the brand new car in the poem. How does it relate to the driver's years of service and his ultimate fate?

The brand new car in the poem symbolizes the government's appreciation for the driver's thirty years of dedicated service. It represents a reward for his loyalty and hard work. However, the car also serves as a tragic symbol, as it becomes the vehicle of the driver's undoing. It highlights the irony that the very reward he receives for his service leads to his unfortunate end.

7

The persona in the poem is also worried about his retirement because

A

he is afraid of getting bored 

B

he is afraid of losing his sense of purpose 

C

he is afraid of running out of money 

D

all of the above

CORRECT OPTION: d
8

Which of the following is the main theme of the poem?

A

The joy of retirement

B

The dangers of uncontrolled joy and freedom

C

The importance of following rules and regulations 

D

The destructive nature of corruption

CORRECT OPTION: b
9

The persona in the poem is a

A

government driver

B

government official

C

government contractor

 

D

government criticgovernment critic

CORRECT OPTION: a
10

Discuss the relevance of "A Government Driver on His Retirement" to today's world.

"A Government Driver on His Retirement" is still relevant today because it explores universal themes such as retirement, aging, and the meaning of life. The poem also reminds us that retirement is not just about rest and relaxation. It is also about finding new ways to stay active and engaged.

In today's world, many people are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. This means that they are spending more time in retirement. As a result, it is important to think about how to make the most of this time. The poem "A Government Driver on His Retirement" can help us to reflect on our own retirement goals and to find ways to create a meaningful and fulfilling retirement experience.

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