KCSE 2011 English Paper 1 Questions and Marking Scheme

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  1. Your Drama Club is organizing to stage a performance of Henrik Ibsen's play, An Enemy of the People. You are inviting neighboring schools and the general public to the event.
    1. Write the notice announcing the event and inviting other schools and the public to attend. (8 marks)
    2. In not more than 200 words, write a synopsis of the play to accompany the notice. (12 marks)

  2. Read the passage below and fill in each blank space with the appropriate word.
    As you think about different aspects that go ____1______ your persona, it is important to ____2____ your best traits and recognise the ______3_______ you may have been taking for granted all ___4____. Doing this will provide a foundation of confidence that serves as a ____5____ to connect you to other people.

    _____6_______ your appearance is what makes people curious to get to know you, your presence is what makes them to respond to you. Your presence is your energy, your spirit and your aura. It includes ______7______ those qualities that help you bond with another human being. It starts with your eye contact then moves to your listening skills as well as the extent to which you are engaged in a conversation. Some people are _____8_______ there, giving 100 percent; others give 20 percent at _____9_____ because their minds are elsewhere.

    Eye contact is an _____10_____ powerful tool. So long as you are making eye contact while talking, the topic is not likely to matter much.

    Adapted from Love Smart by Dr. Phil, McGraw (2006). Simon and Schuter, UK Ltd.

    1. Against each of the following sentences, indicate whether you would end with rising or falling intonations. (5 marks)
      1. You actually saw the pyramids? _________________________
      2. My younger sister has identical twins. _____________________
      3. Why did you oversleep? _______________________________
      4. Could I come with you, please? __________________________
      5. What a tragic experience that was! _______________________

    2. Read the following poem and then answer the questions. 

      Lazybones, let's go to the farm
         Sorry, I've got an headache
      Lazybones, let's go pounding grain
         Sorry, my leg isn't right
      Lazybones, let's go fetch firewood
         Sorry, my hands are hurting
      Lazybones, come and have some food
         Hold on, let me wash my hands!

      (From the Oral Poetry from Africa. Complied by Mapanje and White. Longman Group, U.K)

      1. How would you say Lazybones' responses in lines 2, 4 and 6? Give reasons . (3 marks)
      2. If you were performing this poem, how would you say the last line? (2 marks)
      3. Provide another word that has the same pronunciation as the following words: (3 marks)
        some : ...........................................................
        right: .............................................................
        come: ..............................................................

    3. Apart from the voice, what else would you use to capture and maintain an audience's attentio when delivering a speech? Explain. (6marks)

    4. Read the dialogue below and then answer the question that follows.

      JUMA: Do you know? I think the new law will transform our society.

      OWINO: Juma, you can't argue like that. You sound like somebody from ...

      JUMA: I don't want to argue with you anyway. How can i stoop so low. You are unlikely to comprehend my point.

      OWINO: You see. You are rude and unrefined.

      JUMA: And you, of course, have such fine manners!
               What’s wrong with what I said?

      OWINO: A document of mere legislation cannot transform a society.
                  It's the people who must change their thinking and demonstrate a willingness to make things better.

      JUMA: But the new law provides guidelines that will put us on the right path.
               It's like a compass. If we follow it, we won't get distracted ...

      OWINO: You have made your point.

      JUMA: I give up. Every word you say confirms that I shouldn't be talking to you.

      Expalin the features that make the conversation between Juma and Owino ineffective. (6 marks)

    5. Underline the part (syllable) where the stress falls in each of the following words. (5 marks)

      1. descent
      2. contest (verb)
      3. discuss
      4. friendly
      5. present (noun)



    1. NOTICE
      • must be a notice if not deduct 2 marks;
      • advertisement must be catchy.

        Sample Notice
        WHAT: Presentation of Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People
        WHEN: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 22nd - 23rd
        TIME: 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm both days
        A must watch for KCSE candidates.
        Members of the public are welcome.
        *For a sneak preview, see the attached synopsis of the play.
        Secretary, St. Kuvito High School Drama Club
        Contact Person
        Mr. G. Kabiru (patron)
        Cellphone: 0922 - 404040

    2. Must be a synopsis. Must be in continuous prose. If not, deduct 2 marks A.D. Must be faithful to the text, otherwise treat as irrelevant and penalize accordingly.
      • Dr. Stockmann, the Medical Officer of Health, having noticed an increase in the incidence of waterborne diseases among visitors coming to the medicinal spas in the city, institutes a scientific investigation and discovers the water is contaminated by effluent from the tannery nearby. He recommends to the Municipal authorities he serves closure of the Baths and the relaying of the entire piping system. This sets him on a collision course with the Municipal authorities who wish to downplay the issue on account that publication of the issue would scare away the tourists and kill the economy of the city that was dependent on the Baths. Besides, they argued, closure and the works would take too long and would be too expensive for the shareholders.

        This sets the stage for the confrontation between Dr. Stockmann who believes the safety of the populace and of the tourists is paramount and the Mayor who leads the political and business fraternity. The ensuing battles form the conflict in the play An Enemy of the People. The Mayor uses intimidation, sacks Dr. Stockmann, distorts the information and blackmails the public into supporting him by claiming the taxpayers would have to foot the bill should Dr. Stockmann succeed. This makes the public to denounce Dr. Stockmann as the enemy of the people.(204 words)

  2. Cloze test( 12 MARKS)
    1. into
    2. consider
    3. ones
    4. along
    5. bridge, thread
    6. While
    7. all
    8. always
    9. best, most
    10. especially/ extremely

  3.  (10 marks)      
      1. rising
      2. falling
      3. falling
      4. rising
      5. falling
    2. (5 marks)  
      1. The lines should be said with a slow, sarcastic tone. This is because lazybones is just giving excuses that can convince no one. The voice could also show mockery as the performer imitates lazybones. (3 marks)
      2. I would say the last line with eagerness and excitement. I would quicken the pace of my voice. (2 marks)
      3. farm - firm
        right - rite, write
        come - cum
        (3 marks)
    3. I would capture the audiences' attention by:
      1. having a captivating introduction/ using a quotation, a story, a rhetorical question, an anecdote, etc. related to the topic.
      2. supporting my points with appropriate illustrations,
      3. using appropriate body language, eg. gestures, facial expressions.
      4. establishing closeness/ contact with the audiences by involving them or moving among them.
      5. maintaining eye contact with the audience responding to audience feedback.
      6. concluding by tying everything together/ summarising/ reviewing the key points.
        (Any three for 2 marks each = 6 marks)
      1. Both characters are impolite. Attack on the person - "you ..." "somebody from..".
      2. They interrupt each other.
      3. The dots at the end of lines indicate this.
      4. They do not respect each other's opinions. Use of sarcasm.
      5. They resort to name-calling instead of addressing the issues. Superiority complex.
        (Any three appropriately illustrated points for 2 marks each = 6 marks)
      1. descent;
      2. contest;
      3. discuss;
      4. friendly;
      5. present.
        (5 marks)
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