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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Model Unseen Prose and Poetry (1)

Read the passage below to answer questions 1-5
The drummers began the second dance. Gingerly, they strummed their instruments as if afraid to break them. The girls formed their dancing circle. They stopped from side to side as the beat indicated. Then the beat quickened and steps grew faster.
The tempo was rising steadily. In the midst of it all, there was a shout. “Look! She’s here! A golden girl is here.” Every eye turned to where people pointed. Okeke pushed the crown impatiently aside. Then he saw her and stopped. He caught his breath and so he stood.

There, dancing in a leisurely way towards him was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. It was the girl of yesterday. Her face and complexion told him so. But whereas yesterday she was dressed in silver, that day she was dresses in a pair of golden shoes. She wore a wrapper patterned in gold.
1.     The figure of speech used in the first underlined statement of the passage is an example of 
(a)  metaphor  (b) simile  (c) onomatopoeia  (d) paradox
2.     The passage suggests that the people are in a/an
(a)  melancholic mood  (b) festive mood  (c) foul mood  (d) indifferent mood
3.     “Every eye turned to where people pointed” as used in the passage is an example of
(a)  synecdoche  (b) personification  (c)metonymy  (d) irony
4.     The introductory expression in the third paragraph suggests the deliberate use of
(a)  overstatement  (b) understatement  (c) sarcasm  (d) indirect comparison
5.     “…a pair of golden shoes” as used in the passage is an example of
(a)  zeugma  (b) irony  (c) oxymoron  (d) metaphor

Use the poem below to answer questions 6-10
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the sea,
The plowman homeward plods his weary way
And leaves the world to darkness and to me
Now fades the glimmering landscape on sight,
And all the air a solemn stillness holds,
Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight,
And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds.
6.     The tone of the poem is
(a)  satirical  (b) soothing  (c) persuasive  (d) lamentative
7.     “…parting day” exemplifies the use of
(a)  personification   (b) metaphor  (c) euphemism  (d) oxymoron
8.     The rhyme scheme of the poem is
(a)  abab cdcd  (b) abba addc  (c) abba cdcd (d) abab cddc
9.     “Darkness” as used in the poem suggests
(a)  blindness  (b) death  (c) power failure  (d) rejection
10.                         The poem is a/an
(a)  ballad  (b) epic  (c) elegy  (d) ode

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