Kenya Certificate Of Secondary Education (KCSE 2009) English Paper 1

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  1. You are waiting to join college after your K.C.S.E examination. While reading newspaper, you see an advertisement for  a volunteer worker at a children's home. Write a letter of inquiry to the manager. Express your interest and inquire if they will pay any allowances and whether they can provide accomodation. Remember to quote the reference number of the advertisement. (20 marks)


  2. Read the passage below and fill in each blank space with an appropriate word. (10 marks)
    If our skins were to be complainants in the court of law, they would 1.............. us of committing all manner of dermatological crimes 2..................... them. And they would have legitimate grounds to do so.
    They would for instance, argue that some of us assault them with bleaching creams, all in 3................ to make our complexions look much 4............... They would produce exhibits of ugly 5 .......................... left behind by the harzadous substances.
    In addition, some would recount how we usually 6............... to layers of irritating anti-aging creams without consulting them. They would insist that we allow them to age 7.......................and gracefully. Moreover, there would be 8................. that would object to continually being plastered with chocking substances meant to eliminate non-existent pimples. In closing, our skins would submit that they have suffered gross skin abuse in our hands 9......................... hope that the judge would find us 10.................... as charged.


    1. Read the following oral chant and then answer the questions that follow.

      Rain Making Litany.

      We overcome this wind                                                     We overcome
      We desire the rain to fall, that it may be
      poured in showers quickly                                                 Be poured
      Ah! True rain, I adjure thee fall, if thou rainest it is well        It is well
      A drizzling confusion                                                         Confusion
      If it rains and our food ripens, it is well                               It is well
      If the children rejoice, it is well                                          It is well
      If the children rejoice, it is well                                          It is well
      If it rains, it is well. If our women rejoice it is well               It is well
      If the young men sing, it is well                                         It is well
      A drizzling confusion                                                        Confusion
      If our grain ripens, it is well                                               It is well
      If our women rejoice,                                                       It is well
      If the children rejoice                                                       It is well
      If the young men sing                                                      It is well
      If the aged rejoice                                                            It is well
      An overflowing in the granary                                            Overflowing
      May our grain fill the granaries                                          May it fill
      A torrent in flow                                                               A torrent
      If the wind veers to the south, it is well                              It is well
      If the rain veers to the south, it is well                               It is well


      1. Identify three aspects of oral performance that make this chant easy to remember. (3 marks)
      2. In what ways would this chant be made interesting to listen to. (3 marks)
      3. What preparations do you think a narrator would make to ensure that the audience listens and participates in the performance of the chant. (4 marks)

    2. You are going to take part in a debate. Explain how you would deal with the fear and anxiety associated with public speaking of his kind. (6 marks)

    3. Classify the words below according to the sound of the underline 'ch' letters. An example of each of seconds represented has been given. (3 marks)
      Bench            Chore            Chanderlier
      Charisma       Parachute      Trachoma
      Chauvinism    Choral           Church
      Champagne   Charm           Chrysalis

      /tʃ/                /ʃ/                     /K/
      church         champagne        trachoma

    4. The underlining indicates the stressed word in the sentences below. Briefly explain what each sentense means.
      1. I wrote the love poem for you.
      2. I wrote the love poem for you.
      3. I wrote the love poem for you.

    5. Shouting and screaming from your class distrupted the other students during study time. As the class monitor, you have been called by the teacher on duty to her office to give an explanation.
      Complete the conversation below by filling in the blank spaces.

      Teacher:    You were the class monitor of Form Two East, aren't you?
      You:           ......................................................................................... (1 mark)
      Teacher:     Why was your class shouting and screaming?
      You:            I am not sure, madam. The noise started at the back of the classroom.
      Teacher:     ........................................................................................................................................................................................... (1 mark)
      You:           You see madam, I sit at the front of the classroom and by the time I turned to look, the boys at the back were already on top of the desks and some were trying to jump out of the window.
      Teacher:            .................................................................................................................................................................................(1 mark)
      You:           I ran out, madam!
      Teacher:           ...............................................................................................................................................................................................(1 mark)
      You:           I am sorry madam, but it seemed like there was great danger in the middle of the class. I had to run for my life.
      Teacher:     When the noise subsides, what did you find out?
      You:            ......................................................................................................(1 mark)
      Teacher:     A snake?
      You:            .......................................................................................................(1 mark)
      Teacher:     Whose toy snake was it?
      You:            .........................................................................................................(1 mark)
      Teacher:      You can go now, but i will know whose toy snake it was.
      You:            ..................................................................................................................(1 mark)

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