English Paper 1 Questions - Alliance Girl's High School Mock December 2020

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Instructions to candidates 

  1. Write your name, admission number, index no, and the date of the examination in the spaces provided above.
  2. Answer ALL the questions in this question paper.
  3. All your answers must be written in the spaces provided in this question paper.
  4. This paper consists of 7 printed pages e) Candidates should check the question paper to ascertain that all the pages are printed as indicated and that no questions are missing.

For Examiner's use only

Question  Maximum Score  Candidate's Score
 1  20  
 2  10  
 3  30  
Total score  60  

2. Read the passage below and fill in each blank space with the most appropriate word. (10 mks)
Because of its speed and cost-efficiency, greater use of e-mail is 1.........................made in business. At the 2..........................of a button, text, pictures, graphs or just about anything which you have created 3.......... your computer can be sent to any other on-line' user anywhere in the world in a .........of moments. 4......................Correspondents seem to accept informality, brevity and even perhaps less good English style 5..........................that the message is clear. You can start with something along the 6.......................of "Hi Robert", although ,7..........................you feel uncomfortable with this, the standard “Dear Sir/Madam and "Yours faithfully" is fine.
Your e-mail address and date are 8..........................included but few things are more annoying than receiving an e-mail which 9.............. .........any terrestrial address, phone or fax number. Including them is both efficient and courteous. You can set up your e-mail to do so 10......................... default.
3.(a) Read the Poem below and then answer the questions that follow,
Infant sorrow
My mother groan'd, my father wept
Into the dangerous world I leapt
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

Struggling in my father's hands,
Striving against any swaddling bands,
Bound and weary, I thought best,
To sulk upon my mother's breast.

  1. Describe the rhyme scheme of this poem. (3 mks)
  2. Which words would you stress in the last line of the poem and why?(2 mks)
  3. Mention one non-verbal cue you would use to enhance a recitation of the line "My mother groan'd, my father wept" (2 mks)

(b) Pick the odd one out according to the pronunciation of the underlined letters. (6 mks)

  1. Aunt, August, Author
  2. April, Ape, Apart
  3. Pulse, Pulpit, Pull
  4. Tough, house, mouth
  5. Salt, insult, suit
  6. Food, fool, book

(c) In each of the sentences below underline the part (syllable) where stress falls in the words in bold. (5 mks)

  1. His record has just been released in the market.
  2. We have been asked to record all the transactions in the new book
  3. He subjects the detainees to a lot of torture.
  4. The king had great respect for his subjects. 
  5. English is an interesting subject.

(d) Identify a sound feature in each of the following forms given below. (6 mks)

  1. The big block broke the bleak brakes.
  2. Fleet feet sweep by sleeping geese.
  3. Hear the sharp screeching of brakes.

(e) Read the dialogue below and then answer the questions that follows:
AMISI: Do you know? I think the new law will transform our society.
PAUL: Amisi you can't argue like that. You sound like somebody from ...
AMISI: I don't want to argue with you, anyway, how can I stoop so low. You are unlikely to comprehend my point.
PAUL: You see, you are rude and unrefined.
AMISI: And you, of course, have such fine manners! What's wrong with what I said?
PAUL: A document or mere legislation cannot transform a society. It's the people who must change their thinking and demonstrate a willingness to make things better.
AMISI: But the new law provides guidelines that will put us on the right path. It is like a compass. If we follow it, we won't get distracted...
PAUL: You have made your point.
AMISI: I give up. Every word you say confirms that I shoudn't be talking to you.

Explain the features that make the conversation between Amisi and Paul ineffective. (6 mks)

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