Literature in English Past Papers Form Four Necta
This Literature in English Examination format is a revised version of that of 2001.The format will be effective from 2008.
2.0 GENERAL OBJECTIVES
The Literature in English examination general objectives is to find out the extent to which candidates:
2.1 Have attained knowledge of theories of Literature, literary genres, form and content in plays, novels, short stories and poetry.
2.2 Have acquired skills to be able to produce a continuous narrative, argument or a piece of descriptive or informative writing, e.g. of a process, a character, a scene or an event.
2.3 Can identify and critically analyse different issues of literature that are related to everyday life.
2.4 Can adopt what they learnt in the subject to improve their language competence and to further their lives and education.
3.0 GENERAL COMPETENCES
The general competences for the Literature in English examination are to assess the ability of candidates to:
3.1 Recall the meaning of Literature as an artistic expression of a person’s culture;
3.2 Demonstrate knowledge of style in writing;
3.3 Differentiate between form and content in novels, short stories, plays and poetry;
3.4 Define literary terms and exemplify literary genres;
3.5 Describe the roles of characters in plays, novels, and short stories and relate their
behaviour and actions to everyday life
3.6 Differentiate poetry from prose.
4.0 EXAMINATION RUBRIC
There will be one paper for this subject. The paper will be of 2½ hours duration. It will comprise 12 questions in sections A, B, C and D. Candidates will be required to attempt five (5) questions. Each question will be awarded twenty marks (20). In answering the questions candidates will be required to refer to at least two texts. The list of texts to be referred to will be listed down under each relevant section.
4.1 SECTION A will consist of three (3) questions and candidates will be required to attempt two (2) questions. The questions in this section will be on Theories of Literature, Definitions of Literary Terms, Role of Literature and Form and Content in Drama.
4.2 SECTION B will consist of three (3) questions on form and content of Plays and candidates will be required to attempt one (1) question. A list of prescribed texts will be provided.
4.3 SECTION C will consist of three (3) questions on form and content of Novels and Short Stories. Candidates will be required to attempt one (1) question. A list of prescribed texts will be provided.
4.4 SECTION D will consist of three (3) questions on form and content in Poetry. Candidates will be required to attempt one (1) question. The main reference for this section will be ‘The Selected Poems compiled by the Institute of Education’.
5.1 Form and content in Plays
5.2 Role of characters, audience, message, language and actions. The list of texts for “Plays’ for reference will be:
The Lion and the Jewel -Soyinka, W.
The Trials of Brother Jero -Soyinka, W.
The Swamp Dwellers -Soyinka, W
Kinjeketile -Hussein, E.
The Dilemma of a Ghost -Aidoo, A.A.
The Barbed Wire -Rugyendo, M.
Dedan Kimathi -Watene, K.
The Government Inspector -Gogol, N.
5.3 Form and Content, characters and their role in educating the reader.
The list of Novels and Short Stories under this section is:
Tales of Amadou Koumba- Diop, B.
Quartet ed. -Rive, R.
A Walk in the Night- La Guma, A.
Houseboy -Oyono, F.
The Old Man and the Medal -Oyono, F.
The Concubine- Amadi, E.
Sundiata -Niame, D.
Secret Lives -Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Three Solid Stones -Mvungi, M.
Girls at War- Achebe, C.
Uncle Tom’s Children -Wright, R