General overview of Literary Appreciation -(prose revision) - SS3 Literature Past Questions & Answers - page 1

1

What is the central theme of "Second Class Citizen" by Buchi Emecheta?
 

A

Political revolution
 

B

Gender inequality
   

C

Immigration struggles
   

D

Family dynamics

 

CORRECT OPTION: b
2

Where does Adah, the protagonist of the novel, face numerous challenges and obstacles in her pursuit of education and independence?

A

Nigeria
   

B

South Africa
   

C

United Kingdom
   

D

United States

 

CORRECT OPTION: c
3

Unexpected Joy at Dawn" by Alex Agyei-Agyiri:**What is the primary conflict faced by the main character, Aku-nna, in "Unexpected Joy at Dawn"?
 

A

Her desire for education vs. cultural expectations
   

B

Her love for a foreigner vs. her family's disapproval
   

C

Her ambition to become a doctor vs. societal norms
  

D

Her pursuit of wealth vs. her loyalty to her village

 

CORRECT OPTION: a
4

Discuss the theme of gender inequality in "Second Class Citizen" by Buchi Emecheta. Provide examples from the novel to illustrate how the protagonist, Adah, experiences and confronts gender discrimination.

 In "Second Class Citizen," gender inequality is a central theme. Adah, the protagonist, faces numerous challenges and discrimination as a woman, both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She is expected to fulfill traditional gender roles, but her ambition for education and independence clashes with societal expectations. Adah's journey illustrates the struggles and limitations imposed on women in a patriarchal society. Examples from the novel, such as her husband's oppressive behavior and societal norms, highlight the theme of gender inequality.

5

 Analyze the conflict between Aku-nna's desire for education and the cultural expectations in "Unexpected Joy at Dawn" by Alex Agyei-Agyiri. How does this conflict shape her character and the plot of the novella?

The central conflict in "Unexpected Joy at Dawn" revolves around Aku-nna's desire for education and the cultural expectations of her Nigerian village. Aku-nna's ambition to receive an education clashes with the traditional role expected of women in her community. This conflict shapes her character by highlighting her determination, courage, and willingness to challenge societal norms. It also drives the plot as Aku-nna faces obstacles, family pressures, and a difficult decision. The novella underscores the tension between modern aspirations and cultural traditions in a changing society.

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