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Kenya Certificate Of Secondary Education(KCSE 2013) English Paper 3

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Answer THREE questions only.

  1. Imaginative Composition (compulsory) (20 marks)
    1. Write a story to illustrate the saying.
      "A stitch in time saves nine."

    2. Write a story ending with:
      ... This is when I realised that it is noble to have and keep friends.

  2. The Compulsory Set Text (20 marks)
    Ngugi wa Thiong'o, The River Between
    "Although change is inevitable, it comes with a lot of challenges."
    Drawing illustrations from the novel The River Between, write an essay illustrating the the truth of this statement.

  3. The Optional Set Text   (20 marks)
    Answer any ONE of the following questions.
    1. The Short Story 
      Ilieva and Olembo (Ed.), When the Sun Goes Down and Other Stories.

      With illustrations from Haruki Murakami's short story "The Mirror", explain the problems of supersition in human life.

    2. Drama
      John Ruganda, Shreds of Tenderness

      "In the opening section of the play Shreds of Tenderness, Odie engages in a one-sided dialogue with His Highness, The King of Termites. Much of it is diversionary, even verging on a 'madman's' gimmick. Yet it makes contribution to the play."

      Write an essay on the use Ruganda makes on these episodes both as prologue to the play and as a commentary on the situation depicted in the play Shreds of Tenderness.

    3. The Novel
      Witi Ihimaera, The Whale Rider
      "A seedling that will grow into a big tree can be spotted early."

      Using examples from the character of Kahu in the novel The Whale Rider, write a composition in support of this statement.
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