Literature-In-English Paper 3, Nov/Dec. 2014  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Main
General Comments

Question 4

Comment on the significance of the scene in which Maye spares Iyunloye’s life.


A good number of candidates attempted this question. Many of them narrated the story rather than dwell on the significance of the scene. Only few candidates were able to answer the question correctly.

The significance of the scene includes:

  • Iyunloye’s use of her beauty and wit in making Maye spare her life.
  • Maye’s refusal to heed Erelu’s warning not to look into Iyunloye’s eyes so that he will not be deceived.
  • The people’s disappointment when Maye eventually rides home with Iyunloye whom he had earlier pronounced will be put to death for her infidelity.

Candidates’ performance in this question was fair.

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