Bachelor of Arts (Literature)
Survey Of African Literature
Exam Name: Survey Of African Literature
Course: Bachelor of Arts (Literature)
Institution/Board: Kenyatta University
UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS 2009/2010
FIRST SEMESTER EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF
ARTS AND BACHELOR OF EDUCATION
A SURVEY OF AFRICAN LITERATURE
DATE: WEDNESDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2009
TIME: 8.00 A.M. ? 10.00 A.M.
Answer Three Questions
Question I is Compulsory.
Referring to various issues such as authorship audience, locale, identity issues and the
language question in African Literature discuss the problematics of defining African
By Quoting from various Negritude poets discuss the major concerns of the
Negrititude movement in Africa.
?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
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By using Alex La Guma?s In the Fog of the Season?s End or Geina Mhlope?s
discuss the effects of the Apartheid system on the subjects of the
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.
Analyze the nature of dramatic conflict in one of the following plays:
Obotunde Ijimse?s. The Imprisonment of Obatala
c) Francis Imbuga?s The successor
Chinua Achebe?s ?The trouble with Nigeria is a metaphor for the troubled
post independent African nation states? Do you agree?
Discuss the nature of tragedy in either Chinua Achebe?s Things Fall Apart or
?The persona in Okot P?Bitek?s Song of Lawino makes a spirited defense of
the African culture and World view.? Discuss.
What is Mongo Beti?s Mission of Kala about?
Discuss the concept of Ethnicity in African literature with reference to
Kinyanjui Kombani?s The Last Villains of Molo.
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?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?
Referring to ?Kenya? in Brarrack Obama?s Dreams from My Father discuss
the problematics of Identity issues in African literature.
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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