English Paper 1 Questions and Answers - MECS Cluster Joint Mock Exams 2021/2022

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ENGLISH
PAPER 1
(Functional writing, cloze test and oral skills)

  1. FUNCTIONAL WRITING (20MARKS)

    You are the environment club chairperson in your school. You have been invited to give a speech on how to conserve the environment during the “Environmental Awareness Day” in your sub-county. The sub-county director of environment, the area chief, students, the club patrons and members from the community will attend. In your speech you will address the following issues: deforestation, pollution and waste disposal. Write the speech that you will deliver. (20 marks)

  2. CLOZE TEST (10 MARKS)
    Complete the following passage by filling in the blank spaces with the most appropriate word.

    Stealing livestock will attract a death sentence____________________ (1) conviction if a proposed ________________________(2) is passed by parliament and assented____________________________________ (3) by President Kenyatta. The Penal code (amendment) Bill 2020, by Kitui East M.P Nimrod Mbai, currently before the National Assembly____________________________________ (4) to enhance the punishment for livestock theft in the country as a way of _________________________________________(5) the societal vice of many years. “A person who steals livestock commits an____________________________________ (6) and shall be sentenced to death upon conviction,” the bill which seeks to amend section 278 of the Penal code act, reads. The Supreme Court declared death sentence illegal.
    Livestock theft____________________________________ (7) become a transitional organized crime in the Horn of Africa which region`s governments are________________________________________ (8) equipped to deal with. Currently, the law provides a_______________________________________ (9) sentence not exceeding 14 years for those______________________________________ (10) guilty of the offence.

  3. ORAL SKILLS (30MARKS)
    1. Read the oral poem below and answer the questions that follow. (8 marks)

      Make me a grave where’re you will
      In a lowly plain, or a lofty hill;
      Make it among earth’s humblest graves,
      But not in a land where men are slaves.

      I could not rest if around my grave,
      I heard the steps of a trembling slave;
      His shadow above my silent tomb,
      Would make it a place of fearful gloom.
      1. What makes this poem rhythmic? (2 marks)
      2. How would you say the last line of the poem? (1 mark)
      3. Which words are you likely to stress in the fourth line of first stanza and why? (2 marks)
      4. Give a word that is pronounced as each of the following (3 marks)
        1. Would ________________________________________________
        2. Plain _________________________________________________
        3. Rest _________________________________________________
    2. Study the genre below and answer the questions that follow. (7 marks)
      If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
      1. Giving a reason, classify the genre. (2 marks)
      2. Identify the dominant sound pattern used in the above genre. (2 marks)
      3. State two functions of the genre above. (2marks)
      4. If the above genre was to be translated to another language, what would be lost? (1 mark)
    3. Two classmates, James and Erick have a debate. Erick strongly feels that boarding schools should be done away with. James, on the other hand, argues that they should remain.
      1. If your teacher of English brought the same motion to your class, how would you prepare for the debate (3marks)
      2. Explain three verbal cues that you would use to make your presentation effective. (3marks)
      3. Advise the above classmates’ four things they should do in order to disagree in a polite manner so that their conversation does not degenerate into a dispute. (4mks)
    4. Complete the following conversation between the principal and a parent.. (5 marks)

      Mr. Kamau: Good morning sir, my name is Mr. Kamau.
      Principal:________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________(1 mark)
      Mr. Kamau: I received your message inviting me to school over the conduct of my son.
       For how long has he been absent from school?
      Principal:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________(2 marks)
      Mr.Kamau:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________(1 mark)
      Principal: Thank you Mr. Kamau for coming and accepting to discipline your son.
      Mr.Kamau:______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________(1 mark)

MARKING SCHEME

  1. FUNCTIONAL WRITING
    SPEECH WRITING.
    1. Format =4marks
      Must be a speech, if not deduct 4mks
      Must be written in prose.
      Title- Capital and underlined. 1mark
      Capital to capture the following
      • Event 1mk
        Date 1mk
        Speaker 1mk
    2. Content 8marks
      Greetings and recognition of the various personalities in order of seniority 1mk
      Appreciate the organizer for invitation 1mk
      Introduce the topic: environmental awareness 1mk
      A paragraph on;
      • deforestation 1 mark
        pollution 1 mark
        waste disposal 1 mark
        Give summary of your speech 1 mark
        Thank the audience for listening to you 1 mark
    3. Language 8 marks
      1. 7-8 marks
        • The learner communicates with ease. No tense or spelling errors.
        • Subject- verb agreement rule observed
        • good paragraphing.
        • Good use of sentence structures.
        • A flawless writing.
      2. 4-6 mark
        • A few spelling and tense errors present.
        • A few errors in sentence construction.
        • Has a number of general errors but the student still communicates.
      3. 1-3 marks 
        • Has all types of serious/gross errors in tenses, spelling and poor paragraphing.
        • The learner can’t communicate and one has to guess what he/she means.
          NB: Do not award 0 (zero) mark for language

  2. CLOZE TEST (10 MARKS)

    Stealing livestock will attract a death sentence upon (1) conviction if a proposed law (2) is passed by parliament and assented to (3) by President Kenyatta. The Penal code (amendment) Bill 2020, by Kitui East M.P Nimrod Mbai, currently before the National Assembly, seeks (4) to enhance the punishment for livestock theft in the country as a way of eradicating/eliminating/exterminating (5) the societal vice of many years. “A person who steals livestock commits an offence (6) and shall be sentenced to death upon conviction,” the bill which seeks to amend section 278 of the Penal code act, reads. The Supreme Court declared death sentence illegal. Livestock theft has (7) become a transitional organized crime in the Horn of Africa, which region`s governments are poorly/ ill (8) equipped to deal with. Currently, the law provides a jail (9) sentence not exceeding 14 years for those found (10) guilty of the offence.

  3. ORAL SKILLS (30MARKS)
    1. Read the oral poem below and answer the questions that follow. (8 marks)

      Make me a grave where’re you will
      Make it among earth’s humblest graves,
      But not in a land where men are slaves.
      I could not rest if around my grave
      I heard the steps of a trembling slave;
      His shadow above my silent tomb
      Would make it a place of fearful gloom

      1. What makes this poem rhythmic? (2 marks)
        • Through use of regular rhyme scheme that is aabb,ccdd.
        • Through the use of alliteration. Make me a grave where’re you will
        • In a lowly plain, or a lofty hill;
      2. How would you say the last line of the poem? (1 mark)
        • Would use a falling intonation to signal the end of the poem.
      3. Which words are you likely to stress in the fourth line of first stanza and why? (2 marks)
        • Land, men and slaves because they are content words.
      4. Give a word that is pronounced the same as each of the following (3 marks)
        1. Would wood
        2. Plain plane
        3. Rest wrest

    2. Study the genre below and answer the questions that follow. (7 marks)
      If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
      1. Giving a reason, classify the genre. (2 marks)
        • This is a tongue twister. The sound /p/ is repeated.

      2. Identify the dominant sound pattern used in the above genre. (2 marks)
        • Alliteration- If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

      3. State two functions of the genre above. (2marks)
        • Fluency/ speech therapy
        • Promote creativity
        • Entertainment purposes
        • To precede/ prelude a story telling session.

      4. If the above genre was to be translated to another language, what would be lost? (1 mark)
        • Originality is lost.
        • Sound patterns are lost.
        • What makes the genre entertaining is lost.

    3. Two classmates, James and Erick have a debate. Erick strongly feels that boarding schools should be done away with. James, on the other hand, argues that they should remain.
      1. If your teacher of English brought the same motion to your class, how would you prepare for the debate (3marks)
        • I would;
        • Carry out adequate research on the
        • Write your notes logically on a notebook/ paper
        • Do proper rehearsal/ mock presentation.
        • Proper grooming/ dress appropriately.
          (Mark the first three.)

      2. Explain three verbal cues that you would use to make your presentation effective. (3marks)
        • I would; vary my tone appropriately to make my presentation interesting.
          Project my voice to be heard clearly.
          Employ appropriate pausing during presentation to allow my audience to digest my points.

      3. Advise the above classmates four things they should do in order to disagree in a polite manner so that their conversation does not degenerate into a dispute.(4mks)
        • To observe turn taking.
        • Use of polite language.
        • Acknowledge each other`s opinion.
        • Disagreeing politely.
    4. Complete the following conversation between the principal and a parent.. (5 marks)

      Mr. Kamau: Good morning sir, my name is Mr. Kamau.
      Principal: Good morning sir. How may I help you?
      Mr. Kamau: I received your message inviting me to school over the conduct of my son.
                         For how long has he been absent from school?
      Principal: Yes, I sent you a message. Your son has been untidy and now he has absent ____________. from school for one week now.
      Mr. Kamau: I will discipline him thoroughly to make sure that he does not do it again.
      Principal: Thank you Mr. Kamau for coming and accepting to discipline your son.
      Mr. Kamau: You are welcome, sir.

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