Kenyatta University Bachelor Of Arts (Literature) Survey Of African Literature  Question Paper

Exam Name: Survey Of African Literature 

Course: Bachelor Of Arts (Literature)

Institution/Board: Kenyatta University

Exam Year:2009

KENYATTA UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS 2009/2010
FIRST SEMESTER EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF
ARTS AND BACHELOR OF EDUCATION

ALT 202:
A SURVEY OF AFRICAN LITERATURE

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DATE: WEDNESDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2009
TIME: 8.00 A.M. ? 10.00 A.M.

INSTRUCTIONS
Answer Three Questions
Question I is Compulsory.


1.
Referring to various issues such as authorship audience, locale, identity issues and the

language question in African Literature discuss the problematics of defining African
Literature.

2.
By Quoting from various Negritude poets discuss the major concerns of the

Negrititude movement in Africa.

3. Either

a)
?Apartheid system brutalizes all regardless of colour or nationality.? Discuss


the validity of this statement with regard to Alex La Guma?s A Walk in the
Night.



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Or

b)
By using Alex La Guma?s In the Fog of the Season?s End or Geina Mhlope?s
The
Toilet
discuss the effects of the Apartheid system on the subjects of the
South
African
nation.

4.
By referring to any two short stories that you have studied in this course discuss how

women are shown to be both unequal and exploited.

5. Either:



A.
Analyze the nature of dramatic conflict in one of the following plays:

a)
Obotunde Ijimse?s. The Imprisonment of Obatala
b)
Wole Soyinka?s
Kongi?s Harvest
c) Francis Imbuga?s The successor

Or



B.
Chinua Achebe?s ?The trouble with Nigeria is a metaphor for the troubled


post independent African nation states? Do you agree?

6. Either

A.
Discuss the nature of tragedy in either Chinua Achebe?s Things Fall Apart or
Elechi

Amadi?s
The
Concubine.
Or

B.
?The persona in Okot P?Bitek?s Song of Lawino makes a spirited defense of


the African culture and World view.? Discuss.

7. Either

A.
What is Mongo Beti?s Mission of Kala about?


Or

B.
Discuss the concept of Ethnicity in African literature with reference to


Kinyanjui Kombani?s The Last Villains of Molo.

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8. Either

A.
?Ideal with women who break away from oppression but find themselves


caught in a guilt trap? to what extent is this a fair assessment by Tsitsi


Dangarembya regarding her work, Nervous Conditions?

Or

B.
Referring to ?Kenya? in Brarrack Obama?s Dreams from My Father discuss


the problematics of Identity issues in African literature.

9.
Why does Olunde perform the ritual suicide instead of his father in Soyinka?s Death

and the Kings Horseman? Illustrate with specific textual references.
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