Waec 2016 Literature (Drama & Poetry) Answers

The play revolves mostly around Aloho, a naïve and
jobless university undergraduate who is desperately
searching for a job. She meets Ochuole, a notorious old
school mate of hers who is the Chief Administrative
Officer at the Ministry of External Relations. Ochuole
offers to help her secure a job by speaking with the
Honourable Minister of External Relations, Chief Ade
Haladu-Amaka on her behalf. Aloho is offered a job as
one of Chief Ade Haladu-Amaka’s protocol officers.
However, she does not know that Ochuole is actually
being used by the Chief to perpetrate criminal activities
especially drug trafficking. Madam Hoha’s hotel is the
hideout for these criminal activities.
Chief Ade Haladu-Amaka gives Aloho a package
containing hard drugs to deliver in the United States of
America. Aloho unknowingly accepts the package and
gets arrested at the airport by drug law enforcement
officers. Chief Ade Haladu-Amaka bribes the judge and
the prosecutors to set Aloho free.
Upon Aloho’s release from detention, she discovers she
is pregnant for Chief Ade Haladu-Amaka. She makes
futile attempts to abort the pregnancy and eventually
dies while giving birth to the child. Meanwhile, a honest
police officer, ACP Yakubu initiates investigations into
allegations of embezzlement of the sum of One point
two billion naira embezzled by Chief Ade Haladu Amaka.
Ayo, a clerk in the office of Chief provides necessary
documents to the police to unravel the crime after
receiving a bribe. Ogeyi, Aloho’s friend seeks justice by
reporting Chief to the police. Justice prevails in the end
as all the corrupt characters are punished and made to
pay for the crimes committed.
When at break of day at a riverside
I hear the jungle drums telegraphing
the mystic rhythm, urgent, raw
like bleeding flesh, speaking of
primal youth and the beginning
I see the panther ready to pounce the leopard snarling
about to leap
and the hunters crouch with spears
poised; And my blood ripples, turns torrent,
topples the years and at once I’m
in my mother’s laps a suckling;
at once I’m walking simple
paths with no innovations,
rugged, fashioned with the naked warmth of hurrying
feet and
groping hearts
in green leaves and wild flowers
pulsing. Then I hear a wailing piano
solo speaking of complex ways in
tear-furrowed concerto;
of far away lands
and new horizons with
coaxing diminuendo, counterpoint, crescendo. But lost in
the labyrinth
of its complexities, it ends in the
of a phrase at a daggerpoint. And I lost in the morning
of an age at a riverside keep
wandering in the mystic rhythm
of jungle drums and the concerto.
Mama is the most nurturing character in
the play, and she constantly reminds
Walter that all she has ever wanted is to
make her children happy and provide for
them. She cares deeply for Walter and
shows this care by giving him the remaining insurance
money. She cares
deeply for Ruth as well, consoling her
when Walter ignores her. Mama respects
Beneatha’s assessment of George
Murchison as being arrogant and self-
centered, telling her daughter not to waste time with
such a “fool.” Mama
loves Travis, her grandchild, and hopes
their new house will have a big yard in
which he can play. She is also very fond,
though in a different way, of her plant,
which she tries to nurture throughout the play.
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